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This is probably an issue of translation. The Old Testament passage Jesus is referring to here was written in Hebrew. By the time Jesus was born, it was translated into Greek. The people at the time of Christ spoke Aramaic, but the New Testament was written in Greek. So, Jesus likely spoke these words in Aramaic. The Greek language was much more ...


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As you have said, in John 14:6 Jesus tells us that "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." Paul and Silas tell their jailer in Acts 16 what he must do to be saved. Acts 16:29-34 NIV 29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He then brought them out and ...


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The greatest commandment is given to us by Jesus. Matthew 22:36-40 NIV 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor ...


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Doubting Thomas said it well in his comment: "Jesus was just elaborating on God's Commandments from the OT; revealing their true meaning.". In that spirit, here's my elaboration. In Matthew 5:21-48, there are six it has been said statements: Do not murder Do not commit adultery Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce Do not ...


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The way I understand these passages, they do not mean that the OT law was canceled. Rather they refer to the fact that keeping the law cannot save us from Hell. We are saved by Grace alone through faith. (Ephesians 2:8) Circumcision was a sign that God gave to the people of Israel to signify that they were His. It did nothing to save them, but rather it ...


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Normally, I don't link to my own sermons. But in this case, I'm going to make an exception. As a Baptist pastor, I wrote this sermon specifically to address this question - Why would God prohibit making graven images? The upthrust of the answer is that images stick the thing of which the image is made in a fixed point in time. And, the truth is, that as ...


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When Peter preached the Gospel to the crowd assembled on the Day of Pentecost, many believed his words: Acts 2: 37-38 37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in ...


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Bear in mind that quote marks are a modern invention. Ancient writers did not clearly distinguish between an exact quote and a restatement of what the person said. Like if I wrote, "In his Gettysburg Address, Lincoln said, '87 years ago, our ancestors created a new country in America'", people would protest that those were not the words he used, that is not ...


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The greatest sin a man can commit is DISOBEDIENCE to God. The act of disobedience makes you break the rules of God. The sole aim of Satan is to have man disobey God like he did in the garden of Eden. 1 Samuel 15:22-23 22 And Samuel said, has the LORD has great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, ...


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I would think there are a few, given the nature of His position of authority over all creation. However, the question would be answered differently if you are referring to God as the Godhead (ie, the Trinity) or just as God the Father. If you are just referring to God the Father, then the answer is any form of submission. God commands us to submit to the ...


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The issue is verse 4 is not a complete sentence, you need to read verse 5 to finish it which says... You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. The prohibition is against ...


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Jesus said: 30 "I and the Father are one.” John 10:30 That means that Jesus has same goals, norms and moral values as His Father. Jesus had never desire for independence from God. Jesus is staggeringly connected with His Father. Jesus also said: The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me. John 10:25 So how could be Jesus's and God's ...


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1. Bilateral Covenants afford rights After the conquest of Canaan, Joshua has an interesting proposition for the Children of Israel. Reflecting on their tendencies to fall into idolatry and syncretism, he says in Joshua 24: “Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the ...


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The greatest sin as defined in the Book of Acts is to blaspheme the Holy Spirit. To blaspheme or lie to the Holy Spirit is to deny the power it beholds as the third person of the trinity. To blaspheme the Holy Spirit is to blaspheme God as they are both part of the whole triune God. Also mentioned in the Gospels: 31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner ...


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God frequently offers people choices. One of the things you should remember is that the Israelites actually all got the choice of whether they wanted to follow God or not. It occurs on several occasions, but you can read about it in most detail at the renewal of the covenant in Joshua Chapter 24. Deuteronomy Chapter 30 and 2 Kings 18 a choice is also ...


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Not Concerning Young Children You pose the question as if young children were considered for execution. The description of the "child" (a word that connotes "offspring" more than the "tender, innocent years") is a description of someone who is old enough to be an adult but still living with his parents (17-20?). As a parent, I don't know how long it might ...


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The answer to this question depends on which broad system you accept when reading the Bible. Those systems that see a sharp discontinuity between Old and New Testament (e.g., Dispensationalism, New Covenant Theology, Progressive Covenantalism) will say something like, "The Old Testament laws are done away with in the different era of the New Covenant," or ...


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Having read the answers to your question, I find it hard to believe no one seems to have interpreted Exodus 20, verses four and five in light of the New Testament's teaching on idols and its application to our lives today. The apostle John concluded his first letter with the following words: "Little children, guard yourselves from idols" (5:21). An ...


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Moses interpreted God. The way to experience God is to have no image of God. If we think on what an image is, then we can see that it is an expression of a person or an object in another form. For example an image formed by a camera on a film. Thus creating Gods image would be to depict God in another form. Speaking about God or thinking about God or ...


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Making images and vowing to them and serving them in sinful. Also trying to make images of God is sinful because it lowers our perception of God. I believe pictures of Jesus also lower our perception of Him, but more importantly it prepares us for deep deception in the last days. I believe that it is important to note the words of Jesus: Then if any man ...


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That is a good question :) My understanding of what you are asking: How come, Adam and Eve, did not "have it in them", to choose correctly, to choose to obey the commandment. In short: there is no, purely logical answer to this. Some observations: This question basically boils down to these types of questions: why did (how could) God create a ...


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The difference between Jesus'commandments and God's commandments is that Jesus' commandments are given under a new covenant, one between between the Father and the Son, that Jesus himself fulfilled. The commandments from Sinai were given to only the Hebrews, and were conditional upon their obedience. Did Jesus end the law or not? Yes he did. Jesus said "It ...


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Jesus claimed to be one with God the Father. As he said in John, "If you have seen the Father, you have seen me." He also says, "I and the Father are one." (John 10:30) One of the core doctrines that holds all Chalcedonian Christians together is the idea of the Trinity - that God exists as a "three-in-one." As Jesus and God are the same person, by ...


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You say "The major point of Christianity, compared to Judaism, is this: Judaism is still "under the law". In other words, they are trying to earn their salvation by keeping the Law." I disagree. There is a) belief and b) there is law/rules to follow - two separate things. Judaism does not merely call for following the Law, it more importantly calls for ...



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