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To TEs who don't believe in a literal Adam and Eve, Eve being the mother of living is metaphor, just as Eve existing is metaphor.


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Christian Pacifism does not imply that one does not get angry. It doesn't even mean that one doesn't stand up against oppression. It only suggests that one eschews violence and use the least force required to achieve justice. When the Pacifist Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King marched or conducted sit-ins, sometimes there were altercations. People on both ...


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The Apocrypha will help on this issue. Sirach, which is believed to have had a Hebrew original (e.g. DSS) and which is quoted several times in Hebrew in the Talmud, has a chapter concerning being the master of a feast: Sirach 32:1-9 (NRSV) If they make you master of the feast, do not exalt yourself; be among them as one of their number. Take ...


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The saying "I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End" can be, and has been, interpreted in the following four ways at least: (1) As an idiom meaning eternal. Thus Albert Barnes interprets it in Barnes' Notes. Adam Clarke follows the same interpretation in his commentary on Revelation 1:8 where he says: I am Alpha and Omega - I am from ...


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Some quick, important notes about your references before answering your question directly: Moses is not clearly justified in killing the Egyptian. He fled as a guilty man because he committed murder. There are many instance of men taking justice into their own hands, but this does not mean it was good for them to do so. God continues to bring judgment and ...


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In these "What would an Arminian say about..." questions, it's important to first denote what kind of Arminian you're talking about. There are 5 points of Arminianism: Human Free Will - This states that though man is fallen, he is not incapacitated by the sinful nature and can freely choose God. His will is not restricted and enslaved by his sinful ...


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We often let ourselves get trapped by not searching for other Scriptures which may help to explain what we do not fully understand. This particular scripture is complicated by the part following which denotes his following lessening, because they did not understand that Jesus was not speaking of literally eating his flesh and drinking his blood. Today after ...


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The meaning of Matthew 5:25 may be clearer if you consult a more recent translation: Come to terms quickly while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. [NRSV]


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You appear to be misreading the Scripture, in order to understand a verse of Scripture we must also read and understand the other verses before and after the one we want to understand, and sometimes we even have to read and understand the Chapters before and after the one containing our verse. Sometimes we even have to understand what the entire book is ...


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Physical Descendants Abraham's descendants do not include just the Jewish people. Recall that father Abraham had many sons--had many sons had father Abraham. Isaac is the father of the Jewish nation, but you also have Ishmael along with the six sons of Keturah: Now Abraham took another wife, whose name was Keturah. She bore to him Zimran and Jokshan ...


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At the time of the writing of Paul's epistle to the Corinthians, Paul had served three missions, the most recent of which lasted several years. He is speaking to those men who would be called to the ministry, and likewise serve missions abroad, traveling and preaching away from home and loved ones. He is explaining that it is easier for an unmarried man to ...


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From a Catholic perspective: The Catechism of the Catholic Church has a whole chapter on baptism. It begins by stating the Catholic belief that Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua [that is, "the door to spiritual life", a phrase due to the Roman Catechism]), and the door which ...


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Ecclesiastes 12:11-12: "The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd. But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body." The writer of Ecclesiastes (Solomon?) in looking back over his ...


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At least one OEC organization -- Hugh Ross's "Reasons to Believe" -- clearly states that they believe in a literal Adam and Eve. This article from their site discusses DNA evidence that there is a single ancestral pair for the entire human race. [N]umerous studies indicate that humanity originated: (1) recently (around 100,000 years ago, plus or minus ...


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As an Evangelical (with Wesleyan soteriology - a particular form of Arminianism), my perspective is that we actually 'become' sheep at the point of Regeneration. Though our election to 'sheephood' was done in God's foreknowledge before the foundation of the world and the basis for our entrance to that state was purchased by Christ Jesus at the cross, the ...


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I'm not aware of any Christian denominations who hold such a belief, though there may be individuals or groups self-identifying as Christian who do. The Roman Catholic Church, most Orthodox churches, and most Protestant churches, hold to the Nicene Creed as an authoritative statement of the core of their faith. The Creed states that Jesus was "incarnatus ...


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Catholic and Scriptural Perspective Answer The Old is the type of the New, prefiguring it, with the New revealing and fulfilling the Old. cf. The unity of the Old and New Testaments - Catechism of the Catholic Church 128 The Church, as early as apostolic times,1 and then constantly in her Tradition, has illuminated the unity of the divine plan in ...


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two things: in the account in John, it mentions that Jesus used the whip of cords (which is different from the "lead-tipped whip" used on Jesus in Pilate's courtyard) and used it on the animals to drive them out. in the synoptic gospels, there is no mention of any whip or weapon used by Jesus, but He did "drive out" the bad guys in the temple. even if ...


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There are two or three ways this question is answered. The first kind of answer differentiates pacifism from non-violence. Some holders of Pacifist viewpoint distinguish war from legitimate police functions. For example, this article: God may use state violence, [...] to achieve God’s ends. Further, if God uses the violence of the state, then ...


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I am assuming you think that there are two kingdoms because "keys" is plural. But plurality of keys doesn't imply a plurality of kingdoms. The keys can be interpreted, for instance, as preconditions for entering the kingdom. Tertullian (circa 208) interpreted the keys as repentance and baptism, saying Peter turned them in Acts 2:38, binding the sins of all ...


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Short answer: no. He does not have two kingdoms currently. John 18:36 "Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence." (KJV) Jesus' kingdom is, for right now, not on earth. His kingdom resides in the heavenly ...


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The answer to your question appears to lie in a single verse of Scripture: All Scripture is quoted from the King James translation, unless otherwise noted. John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from ...


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How do people become the sheep that Jesus speaks of in John 10? My understanding is that people do not become the sheep. My understanding is that the sheep are truths. The sheep, gate, and shepherd - Decoded Truly I say to you whoever does not enter into the heart by the word but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But whoever ...


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Perhaps the simplest--yet most profound--reason for Satan's being chained for a thousand years is because God desires to prove to humanity once and for all that even with Satan out of the way, human beings will still reject the Lordship of Jesus Christ, thinking they are better off being masters of their own fate instead of subjects of the King of kings and ...


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And to the man He said “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and ...


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To answer a question about why John reports that there was an arcitriklinw--the actual Greek word used--at the Wedding in Cana, the best answer is that John thought it necessary to eliminate future questions about the quality of the wine resulting form Our Lord's miracle. While John's narrative was about a Jewish wedding, the language in which John wrote ...


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The bow is a rainbow. The pre-flood world was very different. It's not clear there was rain before the flood. Genesis 2:5-6 2:5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. 2:6 But there went ...


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The question is based on a misreading of Romans 12:17. Paul is not exhorting one to do what is right and to do that in sight of everyone. Paul is saying that one should do what everyone deems right: "What is right in the eyes of everyone, be careful to do that." Consequently, it's perfectly possible to do what is right and do it in secret. There is no ...


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"Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." It's simple, it is the essence of Christianity. A non-christian cannot love as a christian because christian love is a love that goes against our human nature. Our human nature tells us to love those who love us and hate those who hate us. But God's love says do good to those who persecute you, ...


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Considering that at one time the ox was a farmer's "tractor", the gist of Prov 14:4 is: If you're doing nothing productive, you won't have any mistakes (or mess) to clean up. The stall will get dirty when you're active, involved and productive. A nice clean stall simply meant someone wasn't doing anything.



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