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In context, Jesus just taught his disciples not to judge in Matthew 7:1-5. The kind of judgment Jesus meant is the judgment of a critical and censorious spirit. That kind of judgment seeks to impute motivations to behaviors one person observes in another person. Since quite frequently, people have a tendency to project their own failings onto other people, ...


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As far as the actual mechanics of this, we really have no idea. However, we know the basics of what changed. However, what the Lord had said to Sarah was that her womb would be opened and she would be able to conceive. And that's exactly what happened. Basically, to answer your question, no God did not have sex with Sarah, Abraham did. However, she was ...


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Isaac is affirmed in multiple places as the son of Abraham (including seven times in the passage you've quoted alone!). God's visitation to Sarah was that of healing and restoring fertility so that she could conceive a child with her husband. To think that the Bible somehow implies that God had sex with Sarah is to ignore parts which speak quite plainly to ...


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Just like teachers today, Paul is using an illustration. The form his illustration takes is three examples of people who work hard, to show what working for God in Christian ministry is like. There are slight differences in what each example tells us about ministry. To understand it you need to read it in context: 2:1 You then, my son, be strong in the ...


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The advice is not to "eat, drink, work hard and be merry". The advice is more similar to Jesus' "See the lilies,...". In this chapter, Ecclesiastes says (attention, context coming ;-) ): It is vain to work hard and amass earthly riches, they won't go with you. It is even more vain that you work hard and don't even enjoy the outcome. Instead, we should ...


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Several good questions being asked here: Regarding the word "heavens", Paul makes mention of visiting the "third heaven" (2 Corinthians 12:2). It was common for Jews to use the word heaven to mean the sky, outer-space, or spiritual heaven where God dwells. So "in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth" may have meant the creation of earth and ...


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The commentary on 2 Thessalonians 2:4 (that Antichrist "sitteth in the temple of God") of the very anti-Protestant Original Douay-Rheims Bible says: St. Augustine therefore li. 20 de civit. c. 19 and St. Jerome q. 11 ad Algasiam. do think, that this sitting of Antichrist in the temple, doth signify his sitting in the Church of Christ, rather than in ...


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C Rags answer is the best one so far because it is based on Scripture (Unfortunately as of now I can't comment neither vote up on his answer). If I am to give another answer, I would also use the Scripture beginning in Romans 5:12-14 (KJV): 12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for ...


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Just one week back I encountered the same question in my personal meditation. I think the key is in understanding the term Saviour. Saviour to all men: Originally all men ought to have been destroyed in Adam when he sinned. The Bible says, And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb ...


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I am not claiming that this is orthodox, but it is the explanation I heard in a Baptist church. It was the pastor's explanation. First, according to the pastor, this story is not a parable. Jesus never gives names in His parables (instead He uses descriptions such as a certain rich man). Second, at the time the parable was told, Jesus had yet to be ...


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God created the HEAVENS and the Earth. God is the creator of all reality as we know it, including time and space itself. Considering that both are directly related, time would have been a consequential creation of the creation of the dimensions of space. God does not have a physical body like we perceive life from our limited perspectives. He is often ...


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The Greek text of 2 Tim. 1:6 according to Robert Estienne's Textus Receptus (1550) states, δι᾽ ἣν αἰτίαν ἀναμιμνῄσκω σε ἀναζωπυρεῖν τὸ χάρισμα τοῦ θεοῦ ὅ ἐστιν ἐν σοὶ διὰ τῆς ἐπιθέσεως τῶν χειρῶν μου There a couple facets of the Greek text worthy of discussion. Does the infinitive ἀναζωπυρεῖν function transitively or intransitively? Of primary ...


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Is there a logical flow in 2 Timothy 2:4-7? Sometimes Paul can write what sounds like a staccato of bullet points that seem a little disconnected. In context Paul sounds like he is writing in view of only a little time left to him. In a way that many who face the end of their life do, he tries to summarize things for Timothy. In so doing he hits points ...


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Patricia Sanchez from the National Catholic Reporter connects the Eucharist and being at one with God with the events that led up to the Crucifixion. Basically, Sanchez's logic goes something like this. We (Catholics) are in union with God by means of Holy Communion. This union is special, because it helps us become better people, and because it leads us ...


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I think Paul is saying that Jesus is the saviour of all people. I don't think that the word "all" needs to be qualified in any way. There are other "all" verses which help support this. For example: 1 John 2: 2 "He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world." Rom 5:18 "Consequently, just as one ...


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It really isn't that confusing; What Paul is indicating is that God is the Savior of all people including those who came before Jesus, but he readily saves those who believe that Jesus Propitiated our sins. Since millions of people lived and died before Jesus descended from Heaven and paid for the sins of all mankind God is also their Savior based on the ...


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The expression dogs in the gospels refers to those who are not Jews. So the disciples of Christ are not to give things which are holy or sacred to those who have no understanding of what a sacred thing is. It's the Jews that were educated by the Lord as to what was sacred. Pearls is used here as a precious thing that the wealthy understand and appreciate. No ...


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What this Southern Baptist understands from the passage is several things, and it is necessary to include the entire exchange to understand it. Let's take the verses you referenced and see what Jesus was conveying to his disciples. Matthew 19:1 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee, and came into ...


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It seems that Christ is simply saying that some servants of the Lord remain single so that they might be totally devoted to the Lord and not diverted by being married. Paul seems to make the same point when discussing marriage when speaking to the Corinthians.


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I will let the Scriptures speak for themselves: As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one... For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.. ...


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I've elsewhere explained in detail why Hades is translated as 'hell' in this passage, which is important for understanding it. However, in the interest of not reproducing an entire answer, I will only repost the relevant portion here. The distinction between the Greek terms γέεννα (Gehenna), ταρταρόω (Tartaroo/us), and ᾅδης (Hades) was somehow lost in ...


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The consensus seems to be that St. Paul was giving a specific norm for a specific cultural context. The phrase translated “nature itself” here is ἡ φύσις αὐτὴ. It is true that in a philosophical context (in Aristotle, for example), the word φύσις means “nature” in the sense of “that which dictates what kinds of actions a given ...


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The Popes in recent years have spoken out strongly against Cultural relativism and the St. Paul (or one of his pals) says Jesus is the same yesterday today and forever, so it would probably be fair to toss the idea that something like wearing veils constituted moral behavior between 50 AD and 1960 AD and is now in the realm of the amoral. So, its the ...


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What Jesus is referring to in that particular verse is the battle for men’s souls. Matthew 11:12 NKJV And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. There was an actual war in Heaven (the Spiritual World where God himself reigns): Revelation 12:7 through 12 And war broke ...


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Perhaps, some may agree with this (theophany). However, another way of looking at this passage in Hebrews is that the author is discussing an order or priestly appointment (precedent) without lineal descent. Just as Melchizedek had no known lineage (some Jewish commentators have written about traditions that Shem, Noah's son is Melchizedek, though this is ...


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Answer: Throughout the wilderness wanderings of the Israelites, God was constantly teaching them things about Himself and about their own sinfulness. He brought them into the wilderness, to the same mountain where He revealed Himself to Moses, so that He could instruct them in what He required of them. Shortly after the amazing events at Mt. Sinai, God ...



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