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Alpha and Omega is the Beginning and Ending yet time as a form of energy extends into the infinite past and future which is the same as saying the beginning to the ending is from everlasting to everlating- without time does not exist apart from them (alpha and omega). The Beginning is like taking the whole number 1.00 halving it again and again such as 1/2, ...


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What is the 70 weeks prophesied in Daniel chapter nine? Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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Question 1 - It was an 'Angel of the LORD'. Question 2 is also answered by these verses from the 'Book of Jasher': 78 "9 And Zipporah conceived and bare a son and he called his name Gershom, for he said, I was a stranger in a foreign land; but he [Moses] circumcised not his foreskin, at the command of his father-in-law." 79 "7 And Moses hearkened to ...


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Revelation is my take. The more your spiritual eyes are opened, more becomes revealed. A little like peeling back layers of an onion.


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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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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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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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In 2 Timothy, chapter 2, Paul gives Timothy encouragement and exhorts him to be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, bearing his share of hardship like a good soldier of Christ. In verses 4-6, he tells Timothy that there are some rules for the role he will be taking on: Verse 4: A soldier does not become involved in business affairs merely to ...


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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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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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Answer: John 5:29 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29 and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned. This parable likely describes the wicked man existing in a form of tribulation, and is calling ...


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From the Haydock Commentary: Ver. 26. Though there were other holy women standing by the cross, he takes notice of none but his mother, teaching us, by this, what we owe to our parents. For although it is our duty to disown them, when they place obstacles in our way to salvation; yet when they do not thus impede us, we owe every thing to them, ...


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"This day you will be with me in paradise" does not mean go directly to heaven. Paradise is where good souls go to await their resurrection and final judgment. Those who have not followed Jesus (or never heard the Gospel) go to what is described as "prison". These are those "spirits in prison" to whom Jesus preached between His death and resurrection. If the ...


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Believers are saved by grace through faith. Believers have passed from death to life. There is no condemn condemnation for believers Unbelievers will be judged by what they have done. Those who have done good will rise to live. Do not be amazed at this.


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Jesus used Parables (made up stories) to illustrate things about Heaven and the Kingdom of God to the people. The parable of the Rich man and Lazarus was meant to show the common people that those who go to Heaven are at peace while those who go to Hell are in torment. What you need to keep in mind is that times were very different in Jesus day. People were ...


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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 will say after God has supplied us with all we need through Jesus Christ and Holy Sprit expect us to bear good fruits and if we are not bearing good fruits,he is calling us to repentance to be productive Christian in our words and actions;unless he will uproot us.2Peter 1:5-6,Psalm 86:5,Galatians 5:22-27.


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Opening I will start off with the Navarre Bible New Testament Compact Edition Explanatory Notes to the vv. 2:2, 2:3, and 2:7 in the Second Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians and then I will quote a great portion of the note to 2 Thes 2:1-12 from the same Bible, after which I will attempt to answer the 4 questions you have raised. The Explanatory Notes ...


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Isn't God a Savior only to those who believe? What could Paul be getting at here? This touches on a doctrine called "limited atonement" suggesting that Jesus died only for the sins of the elect. There are verses that seem not to support this view; 1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the ...


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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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Jesus saves us from two kinds of death. All will be resurrected and overcome mortality, becoming immortal, thus triumphing over "Physical" death. But only those who believe on Christ and accept his atonement will overcome "Spiritual" death (separation from God) and be allowed to dwell with God, attaining eternal life. And all will have the opportunity to ...


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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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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 two verses are in apparent contradiction. The sages explain that one should not be drawn into vain arguments with a fool in worldly or inconsequential matters. However, if he disputes or errs regarding the Torah, it is essential that he be corrected.. So in light of this, it is not a contradiction. You just have to understand when you answer a fool, ...


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it claims that non-Christians are incapable of love Like most complex subjects it is good to start with a definition of terms. The Biblical definition of love can be found in 1 Corinthians. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 The love is long-suffering, it is kind, the love doth not envy, the love doth not vaunt itself, is not puffed up, doth not act unseemly, ...


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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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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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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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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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What does it mean to worship in truth? John 4:23-24 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. Jesus announced a change in worship. Location centered ...


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What did Pilate mean by asking “What is Truth?” John 18:37-38 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. Pilate saith unto him, What ...


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God put Adam and Eve into the garden to work it and to enjoy the fruits of their labor and their relationship with each other and with God. Same thing Ecclesiastes is telling us to do. When we create a religion of self denial in service to Christ that denies these fundamental gifts from the hand of God then truly we have become the atheists. ...


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I see this as God's love not ours if you notice that what he is doing is describing what God's love is. The mistake I think that people make is trying to love like this by there own understanding. For us to manifest this kind of love we must be born of God because this love only comes from God. This love comes out of the nature of God, and for us to do it we ...


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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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I think the emphasis shouldn't be on the "ye are gods" part, but on "you are all sons of the Most High." Because on Psalms that is what gives meaning to the text. We are ALL sons of the Most High, including Jesus. Now becoming a Son of Man is a different thing and can only come through being born of water and spirit.


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The assumption is that the dead - depending on their station in life - are in heaven or in a fiery hell. Does this make sense against the pattern of Jesus' teaching and the events of the resurrections he performed? When Jesus resurrected Lazarus, where was Lazarus when he died? In heaven? No! According to John 11:11 and John 14:14, Lazarus had been dead for ...


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Let the Bible interpret itself. The dead sleep. Christ will call them from the grave, as He did Lazarus. Christ rose. He did not go to heaven when He did. Breath, given by God to everyone, is what keeps us alive. The resurrection has not yet happened; Christ has not returned.


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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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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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So what is the Catholic understanding of this verse and why isn't it referring to their practices in these areas? Let's address each in turn. 1 Tim 4:3 Considering the fact that Paul was one of the Catholic Apostles who were succeeded by the Bishops (we can see references to St. Paul & ordaining men in Scripture), the questioner's statement (This ...


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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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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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