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This is a great question. The Bible never provides a direct rationale for the seemingly long ages recorded in the Old Testament. It just states them as a matter of fact with no apology for them. As we look more closely at the ages, though, we find some very interesting things. The ages fall quite dramatically at a very definite point in biblical history ...


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Jesus said, If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted ...


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No. These are two different trees. The LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground--trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Gen 2:9) At first, only one was made off limits to humans. but you must not eat from the tree of the ...


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In short, yes, Jesus is talking about a physical gathering of two or three people (or in one instance, two or three individuals, one united congregation, and one sinner). In our technological age, NOTHING can fully replace face-to-face meetings between people, especially the Lord's people at the grass roots level of a healthy local church, or an assembly of ...


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The verse you quote does not specify exactly what "gather in my name" means, whether that includes cell phone conversations or Internet chat rooms or whatever. I'm not aware of any other verse that you could drag in to specify. That hardly makes this verse unique. People often think of the Bible as a big book, but there are plenty of novels that are longer, ...


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I'm not sure that there is any real profound significance. The names do have meanings as follows: Pishon: increase Gihon: bursting forth Tigris - rapid Euphrates - fruitfulness. One thing that may be of note is that Adam may very well have given them these names. God specifically had Adam name the animals. This seems to be inherent in the dominion ...


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It seems to have been a mark of warning, not of protection, to those who may think to harm him. The mark was a sign of God's mercy for this murderer. Unfortunately, others warped the meaning of the sign and applied it to themselves later in the same chapter: Genesis 4:23-24 Lamech said to his wives: “Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; you wives of ...


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Dittos to Narnian's answer, I won't repeat his material, but let me add some further thoughts: I've heard theories that the word translated "year" in our Bibles is really referring to some much shorter unit of time. One writer suggested it should be translated "month", so the ages of 800 and 900 years become 800 and 900 months, or 70 or 80 years, and thus ...


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Adam was created to live forever. However, Because of the fall, he had to die. He also forfeited his right to eternal life. The genetics of Adam were such that generations following would benefit exponentially, until the influence would be depleted. Thus, succeeding generations lived shorter periods of time. ...


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There is nothing symbolic about those old ages they are there to remind us of just how continuing to sin sorrows God: All Scripture is quoted from the King James translation. Gen 6:1 through 6 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that ...


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The primary context (Matt 18:15-20) of this passage is about correcting other believers. It's about when another believer sins against you and how you should attempt to bring them to repentance, to repair your relationship with them and to repair their standing in the church. It is not, primarily, about any generic gathering of believers. I believe that ...


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To me, it sounds like a recounting of early civilization: domestication of animals, music, metallurgy, city building. A secular anthropologist would tell a story of hominids evolving over millions of years culminating with emergence of homo sapiens in Africa. Then the story shifts into high gear as humans migrated all over the world and culture, technology ...


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The Bible doesn't say what the mark was. I think the verse you quote is all that we're told about it. It is puzzling. I always picture some symbol on his forehead, like a tatoo. But nothing in the text spells that out. The whole point is that people who knew Cain was a murderer might take it upon themselves to execute him. But that would require that they ...



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