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They became "wise" in that they now knew (the difference of) Good and Evil. The tree is explicitly called Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, so we should assume it is right that eating the fruit conferred that knowledge. This is also confirmed by them having a different view on their nakedness after eating the fruit. So, yes, that fruit did confer ...


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For most Protestants this is a matter of semantics. Protestants know full well that Catholics call Mary, the "Blessed Mother." They also know that if you ask a Catholic "Is Mary blessed?" They would surely answer "Yes, indeed she is." But the Catholic should understand that the Protestant, in general, would also answer the same. Mary is blessed. Mary ...


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The KJV uses judge, whereas the others use 'Defend', 'relieve', 'take up the cause of'. The use of the word judge in the KJV relates ushering them judgments, similar to a court of law. Not all judgments are punishment, however. If you were taking someone to court and won, the judge would rule in your favor. Similarly, when judgments in every day life are ...


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Yes, that is the case, in some form or another. This article gives a good discussion, including some of the other verses supporting this. Marvel not at this: for the hour comes, in which all that are in the tombs shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto ...


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That is exactly not the point he is trying to make. He is trying to say that it's our actions that show whether God or Satan is "our father" in a very figurative sense. He is saying "You are not the righteous just because you descend of Abraham, if you not also behave like that". Reversing that to say Jews are "children of Satan" in general is basically the ...


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The first thing to understand is the JW believe there are multiple Gods. Jesus is A God, but not The God. This verse is actually used to separate Jesus Christ from Jehovah. Isaiah 9:6 calls Jesus the Mighty God. Exodus 6:3 Declares Jehovah as God Almighty. Each distinct and separate titles. Exodus 6:3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto ...


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The answer to your question is not an easy answer; Since the original word used here was: שׂכל Pronounced śâkal For myself I do believe that choosing our current state as opposed to remaining in God’s pristine state was either wise nor desirable. Brown Driver Biggs Definition: 1) to be prudent, be circumspect, wisely understand, prosper 1a) ...


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Starting with v11, this is the rider on the White Horse of Revelation 19. This is clearly Jesus, in His glorified state, doing warfare on the Earth. A primary breakdown of the basic level of symbolism could be expressed as follows: The rider is clearly Jesus. His White Horse would symbolize victory and triumph, as well as purity and righteousness (based ...


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TL;DR: Milk before meat. Deep doctrine is dangerous to an unprepared soul. "I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able." (see 1 Corinthians 3:1-3) Christ taught in parables [as did Isaiah] so that the spiritually immature and spiritually mature could both benefit from the ...


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Why do we celebrate Xmas with a tree? Or at all for that matter? We can celebrate Christmas with a tree because the Bible does not prohibit it. Jer. 10 does not refer to the practice of celebrating Christmas and decorating a Christmas tree. Rather, it refers to the heathens (idolaters) cutting a tree out of the forest, making a wooden idol (a god), and ...


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Seventh Day Adventists do not view Romans‬ ‭14‬:‭5‬ to be about the 4th commandment. We do not believe that the ten commandments (God's moral laws) were abolished at the cross. The law of love would cause Christians to want to keep God's moral laws through grace (i.e. not murder, not commit adultery), it does not free them to then freely murder. The same ...


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Good question. Similarly, an earlier verse seems diminish the importance of the Seventh Day Adventists' distinctive belief in vegetarianism. For instance, one person believes it’s all right to eat anything. But another believer with a sensitive conscience will eat only vegetables. ...those who don’t eat certain foods must not condemn those who do, for ...


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Can anyone interpret Revelation 19:12-16 for me? Revelation 19:11-16 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he ...


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Is there some way of understanding this verse to be not anti-Jewish, or are there Christians that do not accept this verse as authoritative? The particular Jews that Jesus was speaking to were plotting to kill him. Jesus was pointing out that their claim to Abraham may have had a biological basis, but that their actions were contrary to what Abraham would ...


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Genesis 3:22 is instructive in this regard: "Then the LORD God said, 'Behold, the man has become like on of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever'" (NASB Updated). The phrase "knowing good and evil" is a Hebraism. The technical name for it in rhetoric is ...


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Did the forbidden fruit make us wise? Two trees are specifically identified as being created by God. Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Adam was given specific ...


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My own personal interpretation as a Christian would suggest that the ultimate effect of the Fruit will be to impart the same sort of "wisdom" as the Prodigal Son received from his wayward lifestyle (Luke 15:11-32). Paradise 1.0 (Eden) was the farm prior to the son's departure; Paradise 2.0 (Heaven) will be the farm after his return. Prior to his departure, ...


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Jesus was talking to a subset of people who were Jewish. Abraham was, in fact, their father/ancestor. However, being Jewish was not merely physical. They were God's covenant people. In this covenant, God obligated Himself to various things, but they were also obligated to various things as well. Also, a Jew who did not worship God and God alone was to ...


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No, God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34) "But, in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him." (Acts 10:35) Jesus was not speaking about Jews as a nation, but specifically to the audience in-front of Him. They have hardened their hearts against the Holy Spirit and were working against God.


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Reformed Theology (Calvinism) does teach that God is absolutely in control over everything, which means predetermining every tiny detail. John Piper was asked the question 'Has God Predetermined Every Tiny Detail In the Universe, Including Sin?' (video and transcript), and he begun his answer with this: Yes. There's a great quote from Spurgeon ...


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Many answers are on the right track. What is meant by keeping people blind and deaf so as not to get healed? Many who went to hear Jesus were not there to hear the truth. Instead they were there to try to catch Jesus speaking against the law or commit blasphemy so as to find cause to condemn Him. Therefore, Jesus directed this saying to all those who did ...


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I consider a biblical answer of a person whose heart God hardened. Pharaoh, in the time of Moses, was shown repeatedly hardening his own heart, until finally the Lord began to harden his heart to the point of supernatural stupidity. The Lord made an example out of a bad man, who had chosen and committed himself to his wicked rebellion against the Lord. ...


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Jesus was himself a Jew therefore I am perplexed by your question. Jesus was not a racist, what that passage is intended to convey is that: Genesis 15:4through 6 NKJV And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, "This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir." 5 Then He brought him outside and ...


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Paul wrote, Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become "fools" so that ou may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight. As it is written: "he catches the wise in their craftiness. and again, The Lord knows that the thoughts oof the wise are futile. ...


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The answer to your question is a qualified yes. If we are to accept that all Scripture is inspired by God, then we can logically deduce that Jesus gave these predictions to Isaiah to write. Whether or not those exact words are the utterances of a pre-incarnate Jesus or not is not worth arguing in that they are so accurate that whether they came from Isaiah ...


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Daniel's 70th week notes that the daily sacrifices and offerings ends in the middle of the week. The sacrifices and offerings ended in 70 AD. It marks the middle of the seven year (one week) war called the Roman-Jewish war or Jewish Rebellion. Titus made a covenant with the Roman Empire (with many) to squelch the Jewish uprising in 66 AD. The war ended ...


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This is a mixture/edit of answers I've posted to the following questions on BH.SE: What does the prohibition against women speaking in church in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 mean? Is 1 Corinthians 14:33-35 an interpolation? Perhaps Paul didn't mean 'absolute silence at all times' in the churches Paul permits women to speak elsewhere, and Paul must be read ...



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