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Perhaps one could say a long age happened before the 7 days of creation, and then the 7 days of creation took place. So you would have room for both long and short age perspectives within a single interpretation of the text. Genesis 1:1 could be seen as describing God's creation of the universe including the earth as a sort of blank canvas covered in water ...


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In Romans 3:1-8, what is God being faithful towards? The faithfulness of God is more about his constancy that his word is trustworthy and his promises absolute. Even Einstein caught a part of this when he said that he believed in the God of Spinoza that made himself manifest in the harmony of nature. Which words and which judging is referred to? ...


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Levi never becomes a disciple or apostle, unless we assume that he is also called Matthew, but Luke's Gospel never makes this assumption. The passage in Luke 5:27 is known to have been sourced from Mark, which mentions both Levi and Matthew separately, referring to Levi, son of Alphaeus, as a tax collector whom Jesus called to follow him (Mark 2:14). As ...


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Jesus meant exactly what you would expect him to mean. He was returning soon and he did just that in the 1st Century. At least 21 other statements in the New Testament say the same thing. Jesus even said the apostle John would still be alive when he returned (Jn. 21:21) Only two authors of the New Testament DON'T say something about his soon return. There is ...


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I'm pretty sure it just offers you a choice. The choice is to accept you are/have been bad, or to cut out your eyes so you wont be bad again. We will never be perfect. To accept this fact is to accept you are poor in spirit. To accept being poor in spirit is to gain access to heaven. The people listening wouldn't have thought "oh I'm gonna cut my eyes ...


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There is another interpretation that is put forward by Ellis Skolfield (no relation to the author of the Scofield Bible). He is a Messianic Jew who holds to a form of historicism. In his view, the word for "thousand" is an indefinite plural, hence it means "thousands". He teaches that the millennial reign of Christ began either at the Cross or on the day of ...


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Matt 24 is answering 2 questions - so the clue is knowing when Jesus is talking about which thing. The key in greek is the start of verse 36 with the use of the words "peri de" which means in simplified english - "now the other". Up to verse 36 its all about the destruction of Jerusalem including much figurative language similar to old testament ...


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Modern scholarship tends to see the genealogies of Jesus as theological constructs rather than factual history. Thus the two New Testament genealogies should be understood in terms of what they were meant to achieve, rather than as a collection of facts. Matthew and Luke provide detailed genealogies for Jesus, back through the great Zorobabel to the line of ...


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To answer this question we need to consider a few Biblical facts: The Day of Pentecost. "The Holy Spirit will remind you everything I (Jesus) have said." Understanding that the apostles received the Holy Spirit on the day of the Pentecost, crosses out the idea that Jesus gave them Holy Spirit before then by breathing onto them. But it still leaves the ...


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This question spawns from a misunderstanding of why the genealogy is there in the first place. The genealogy is not a benign collection of facts, much like our own western approach to the topic would have it listed. Instead, Matthew provides Jesus' genealogy to legitimize him for any Jewish readers. First, consider that everyone is from Adam. It means ...


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This passage is not necessarily declaring an immunity from poison to all Christians as individuals, but is meant to mention some of the miracles that will take place in the body of Christ as a whole. There aren't too many trying to poison Christians today, but if there were, many would be saved by the miracle working power of God. God is still sovereign, ...


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The problem arises when we read Mark 16 context Whoever believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name they will cast out demons; They speak with new tongues; Mark 16: 16-17 There are five signals (05) that all Christians receive this gift by believing in ...


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Knowing how to worship God in Spirit and Truth is crucial for faith to meet God's expectation. Jesus was bringing out to the woman at the well that following the traditions of man is not the same as meeting the expectations of God; righteousness is not attained by man's best intentions, nor by relying on such traditions of faith as one might have grown up ...


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These two aspects of Jesus are a common thread which guide us to the two aspects of Jesus' mission: For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17 Grace being the Holy Spirit made accessible through his death and Truth being his (and thereby God's John 1:14) Word spoken during his ministry: So Jesus said ...


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Worshiping in truth is an act of personal interaction between people and God. Jesus said to go into our closet and pray to God in secret (Mt. 6:6). A man who sits at a public restaurant, whether alone or with a group, bows his head and begins loudly thanking God for his food is probably an exhibitionist and is speaking to be heard by those around him. That's ...


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There is a suggestion that the first verse you quote is Paul quoting the thoughts / writings of the Corinithians. Paul goes on to refute them - hence the apparent contradiction. For more info on this "rhetorical" interpretation of this passage and a couple of others, you can take a look at the book "Women and worship at Corinth - Paul's Rhetorical ...


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Maybe clarify the question some. Like - "Are there any denominations that that prohibit divorce in the case of adultery?" In my personal experience and study, Outside of the Catholic church, I am unaware of any denomination that does not permit divorce in the case of adultery. Even in very conservative - fundamental churches, when a person commits ...


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Paul does not forbid women to speak; rather, this is the position held by some Corinthians and it is one of several matters causing division between the believers. After an extended discourse on speaking in tongues [14:33], Paul diverts briefly to another sub-theme [the main theme being division], which has been raised by some Corinthians: the role of women ...


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Anthony Thiselton, in the NIGTC commentary, has offered the following translation of 1 Cor 13:7: It never tires of support, never loses faith, never exhausts hope, never gives up. Here, the phrase “never loses faith” is used to translate πάντα πιστεύει (panta pisteuei). The basic argument underlying this translation is that panta (‘all things’) here ...


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What means that “(Jesus) breathed on them” in John 20,22 John 20:20-22 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and ...


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God is Love personified: ...for God is love (1Jn.4:8). Hence love is God's nature and he wouldn't do anything but by love. When we discuss the nature of love, then it's descriptive. When we refer to the scripture for guidance on love, then it's instructive. It's descriptive of the Christian that he is love personified. It's instructive of the Christian, ...


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so what does it mean? Well verse 22 and 23 should help clarify what it meant when Jesus blew his breath onto his Disciples. Basically to clarify John 20:22, Jesus is giving his Disciples the Holy Spirit and just like how the Father sent Jesus, he will send his Disciples and then he followed up by saying "If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven ...


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Matthew 24 is best viewed as a response to chapter 23. Jesus is, of course, the purpose of the Jewish Nation and the Old Testament (Galatians 3:24). Jesus pronounces 7 "woes" on the Jewish establishment in Matthew 23:13-33: 1.Shut up the kingdom of heaven against men (13) 2.Devour widows' houses, pretense make long prayers (14) 3.Make proselytes twice ...


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Saint is a technical term meaning to be set apart, whether in the greek hagios or the hebrew qadowsh. In itself, it doesn't mean anything regarding love, godliness or righteousness, as objects can also be sanctified as stated in MAt. 23:17 where Jesus said the temple sanctifies (greek = hagiazo) the gold within. All it means is set apart. Regarding the ...


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How do Protestants interpret Matthew 16:13-20 The declaration that Peter would be called a stone or a rock was not so much an indication of Peter's strength or even hard-headedness. John 1:42 And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A ...


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Paul refers to “the saints” many times in his writings. The clearest definition of a saint is found in his salutation at the beginning of 1 Corinthians: 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called ...


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The translation is not accurate. Original Greek says "is it lawful for a man to dismiss his wife?" Not divorce. The Pharisees would never ask "is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?" as it is very clearly stated in Torah that it is (Deu. 24). Rather the question is about a man leaving his wife through separation alone. They ask Jesus why did Moses ...


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Perhaps a more literal translation: Exodus 21:22: And should men quarrel and hit a pregnant woman, and she miscarries but there is no fatality, he shall surely be punished, when the woman's husband makes demands of him, and he shall give [restitution] according to the judges' [orders]. The great medieval rabbi known as Rashi comments on this passage: ...



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