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Your premise is invalid, as the warning in Revelation cannot be honestly interpreted as referring to anything beyond Revelation itself. "The Bible" did not exist back then. The very concept of "the Bible" did not even exist back then. Each sacred writing was its own book; they weren't compiled into a collection until centuries later. In addition, John ...


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The story of Judah and Tamar is an interesting one, to say the least. Judah and Tamar are both explicitly mentioned in Jesus' lineage (Matthew 1 - and Tamar is only one of four women mentioned, all of whom have sordid stories associated with them). In the end, Tamar is going to trick her father-in-law into getting her pregnant, and then avoids death by ...


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Two things are significant. The first is that the curtain symbolically divided the Holy of Holies, the most revered place in the temple where God was believed to dwell and only priests were allowed to enter, from the rest of the temple where ordinary people were allowed. Removing that division was a symbol that there was now no barrier between ordinary ...


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Bob's answer about the intended meaning of 'not yet going' is on the right track but it leaves out a couple of important details. There are more than one set of Greek manuscripts and there are actually quite a number of one and two character type differences between them. Usually, these involve punctuation or spelling differences and have no affect on the ...


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Before it meant the son of a king, or someone who was not yet king, the original sense of the word 'prince' was someone of the highest rank. (It's related to the word 'principal'.) The Hebrew word שָׂר used in the original seems to have the same idea in it.


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There are three primary views that explain the meaning of the word "day" in Genesis 1. I will describe each one, and some of the purported Biblical evidence supporting each, briefly here. After all, this is a topic on which many books have been written. 24-hour Day Theory This view, which is held by many Young Earth Creationists states that each of the 6 ...


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First understand the architecture of the temple. There were three chambers. A large courtyard where a very large altar lay. An indoor lobby where only the priests could enter after washing and finally the Holy room which only the high priest himself could enter. The Holy room contained the ark of the covenant. This room was shielded from the lobby by a ...


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The reason this plural noun is translated into other languages as a singular noun is because it's being used with a singular verb. This would be comparable to saying "Ants is here to stay" instead of "Ants are here to stay". It turns this plural word ("ants") into a proper noun. Example with singular verb In Genesis 1:1 (referenced in the question), we ...


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Our command to love our enemies is intended for our human enemies, whom God also loves. God's love for us is shown through His sacrifice on the cross, and also in the statement that it is His desire that every man come to repentance. Satan, on the other hand, cannot come to repentance, and there is no hope for his redemption. A good answer with ...


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Matthew Henry Explains this passage with the following in his Commentary: Some make the slain bird to typify Christ dying for our sins, and the living bird Christ rising again for our justification. The dipping of the living bird in the blood of the slain bird intimated that the merit of Christ's death was that which made his resurrection effectual for ...


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In Mark 3:1-6, Jesus heals a crippled man's hand on the sabbath: Jesus went into the synagogue again and noticed a man with a deformed hand. 2 Since it was the Sabbath, Jesus’ enemies watched him closely. If he healed the man’s hand, they planned to accuse him of working on the Sabbath. 3 Jesus said to the man with the deformed hand, “Come and stand ...


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Like the forefathers of those who eventually ended up in the Promised Land, Moses's problem was that he failed to trust in God. In chapter 12 of Numbers, Aaron and Miriam oppose Moses as God's messenger and their leader. As a result, they also are refused entry to the land (by death, like Moses). Moses' problem wasn't that he misinterpreted God or thought ...


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Up until this point, the disciples had operated under the aegis of both Roman and Jewish law. They were seen as just another group of disciples of some charismatic Rabbi. If he had some strange ideas he was teaching, well, so did plenty of others. But now, all that was about to change. He was going to be taken by the Jews, tried and convicted and put to ...


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Christ is using his ability to perform miracles as evidence that he is God, and therefore has the right and the ability to forgive sins. He is saying, anyone can say "Your sins are forgiven," without any evidence that they have the authority to do so. But only God can heal a paralytic. So by performing such a miracle, Christ is proving that he has the ...


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I agree 100% with Mason Wheeler, but I thought I could clarify something. The LDS faith does not claim to add to the Bible. The only additions in their version of the King James Version of the Bible is in the form of footnotes and reference information. If that is considered adding to the Bible, then most denominations are guilty. The Book of Mormon is a ...


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I have heard two explanations for this. I tend to think the second one is much more sound in the context given but I will offer them both for reference. First of all, the passage in question is 1 Corinthians 14:34. The first explanation I've heard is that at the time, most women were poorly educated and had a difficult time participating in the discussions ...


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Before we start to answer this, a little history is needed. Both the Latter-Day Saints and Jehovah's Witnesses are Restorationist churches. That means that they were founded on the belief that all the other churches in the world had ceased to hold to the whole correct Christian doctrine, and that a direct revelation from God to the founders caused them to ...


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This is a little easier to understand using the KJV translation. Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come. He didn't say he wasn't going. He said He wasn't going yet. Also, for comparison, Young's Literal Transation: Ye -- go ye up to this feast; I do not yet go up to this feast, because my ...


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The issue is not that OECs have a "weak faith," but we believe we are taking a more appropriate view of the scripture. Indeed, if the text is written metaphorically (as we believe), then reading it literally is the weaker position. If you don't want to read my rather long (yet still way too short to pay true justice to this topic) answer, I suggest jumping ...


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There are a number of different theories as to the meaning of Genesis 6:3: 120 years to the flood One common interpretation is that it's not talking about lifespan, but the amount of time humanity has to repent before the coming of the Flood.1,2 Aside: Genesis 7:6 tells us that Noah was 600 years old when the flood came, placing the flood 1656 years after ...


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This is an excellent question! The book of Exodus tells the story of how the tribe of Levi was separated to serve the Lord. Exodus 32:26-29 Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD'S side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him. And he said unto them, Thus saith the LORD ...


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Isaiah 35:5-6a,10 NIV: Then will the eyes of the blind be opened   and the ears of the deaf unstopped. 6Then will the lame leap like a deer,   and the mute tongue shout for joy. (verse 10 shows context of Zion) 10 and those the LORD has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing;   everlasting joy will crown their ...


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It was likely a common expression in that day to emphasize the importance of what would be spoken immediately after that. And, to tell you the truth, we have a similar phrase in English. We don't mean that we weren't telling the truth before and are only now beginning to do so. So, can I be honest with you? I wasn't being dishonest with you before, but ...


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This passage is often used to bolster the claim that Jesus is not God. The usual misinterpretation is that Jesus is saying that He isn't good, because He isn't God. The opposite is true. In this passage, Jesus is establishing His deity. The Answering Islam site offers a fairly good explanation. Excerpt: In the central passage of chapter 10, Jesus ...


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There is a spectrum of literal biblical reading, but basically it boils down to the degree to which one believes in the historicity (in the modern sense) of the Bible. Archeological evidence only goes back as far as a steele mentioning the "House of David," so for modern academics, the historicity of say, Moses, Abraham, and Adam and Eve are all at least ...


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The ESV renders the verse in question: That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea. It seems to contain the implication that he was wearing some kind of inner garment while working, and ...


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In the NLT, it's quite straightforward: Acts 20:26 (NLT) 26 I declare today that I have been faithful. If anyone suffers eternal death, it’s not my fault, I was actually amused by the "it's not my fault" part; reminds me of a child. :P Anyway, other more-literal translations give variations of the following: Acts 20:26 (NIV) 26 ...


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Jesus is the king of metaphors. This reference was not meant as an insult. To quote from Life Application Study Bible in reference to Matthew 15:24: Jesus' words do not contradict the truth that God's message is for all people. After all, when Jesus said these words, He was in Gentile territory on a mission to Gentile people. He ministered to Gentiles ...


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To me, this is a very offensive direction that Jesus gives. And that isn't a bad thing -- frequently the Bible gives directions that are offensive to what we are accustomed to believing. We should always take them seriously. In this case, I think the message is that we must put following Christ above everything, even our most important worldly concerns. ...


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We are not commanded to dress a certain way in Scripture, other than that it should be modest. However, I have a strong personal conviction - one I would not try to force on anyone else - that you should dress up for Church. When God appeared to Moses as a burning bush, He commanded Moses to "put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon ...



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