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Consider the wisdom books (Ecclesiastes, Proverbs, Job) not only as complementary, differing in focus and filling out the ideas by considering difficult cases, but also as a progression. Ecclesiastes begins with a lost person, who despite a measure of wisdom, is confused about the meaning and purpose of life and unable to find the most enjoyable course to ...


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Day-age Theology does not deny the Genesis account; only that a day in Genesis does not necessarily refer to a 24 hour period. I am one. I base my belief on Genesis 1:1 as compared to Genesis 1:3 and 1:5. Genesis 1:1 KJV In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Genesis 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. ...


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JAMES 4:5 IS QUOTING HOSEA I hate be the odd ball here.... First off... this letter was not written by james.... it was written by yakov/ jacob.... Second.... let s look at his audience.... "the twelve tribes scattered abroad" By the way.... this is not only "jews" which is a reference to judah and benjamin, but it is a reference to the 10 tribes to the ...


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The New Testament contains many instances where prominent figures will teach or defend themselves by echoing the Hebrew Scriptures. This is a prominent example of that practice, Stephen appearing to echo 2 Chronicles 36:15-16: 15 Early and often the LORD, the God of their ancestors, sent his messengers to them, for he had compassion on his people and his ...


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The statement is rhetorical, not literal: "Which of the prophets did you fathers not persecute?" (If you are unfamiliar with the role of a rhetorical question, this explanation can help: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhetorical_question ) Stephen is emphasizing the tendency of the ancient Israelites to turn a blind eye to those prophets which prophesied ...


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It may not be clearly represented that God instructed Eve, but it is clear that she knew: 1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God actually say, 'You shall not eat of any tree in the garden'?" 2 And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat of the fruit of the trees ...


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Well I am an opponent of penal substitution and can give an answer that I believe is within the bounds of Eastern Orthodox tradition. Note the part where the verse says: "yet we considered him punished by God". This phrase implies that it is wrong to consider him punished by God, which is explicitly what penal substitution teaches in the reformed tradition. ...


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Jesus says this to him to humiliate him (i.e., to make him humble). For example, St. Remigius commentates: This must not be so understood as though it were possible for God to cause that the rich, the covetous, the avaricious, and the proud should enter into the kingdom of heaven; but to cause him to be converted, and so enter. See the other Fathers' ...


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The most common take on that passage (and the related ones in Mark 10 and Matthew 10) is the difficulty in being a disciple (or in the case of those two, the immense difficulty and challenge of being an apostle). In the notes for the New American Bible hosted at the Vatican's web site, there is a cross reference to Matthew 10:38-40. 38 and whoever ...


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This answer is based on the theology and Bible interpretations written by the Christian theologian Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), which are accepted in the "New Church" or Swedenborgian denominations. Swedenborg and the various Swedenborgian denominations explicitly reject substitutionary atonement theories such as Anselm's Satisfaction theory of atonement ...


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See https://answersingenesis.org/death-before-sin/genesis-2-17-you-shall-surely-die/ They say that an acceptable translation of the phrase is "dying you shall die", and back it up by showing an identical construction found in Numbers 7:10–84, informing the people that that generation would die in the desert without reaching the promised land. The whole ...


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How do “once saved, always saved” advocates explain the Parable of the Sower? There is a frame of reference issue here that needs to be clarified first. Everything that Jesus said, taught, and did was consistent with a legitimate offer of the Kingdom to the nation of Israel. He never winked and said, “I know you guys are going to blow it so here is the real ...


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According to the Babylon Talmud the walls of the second temple were carved throughout with cherubim, palms, and open-faced flowers (inspired by Ezekiel's vision), and overlaid with gold. To the Jews the palms are a celebratory symbol that God, the victorious one, tabernacles with humanity. It wasn't the season for Sukkot, but those recognizing Jesus as ...


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I agree with gwofatlanta's conclusion and would put it in even stronger terms - it is highly unlikely that the servant in 1 Kings 18 refers to Obadiah. Firstly, "your servant" was a common polite form of address in biblical times, and it is extremely common for it to be used in this non-literal sense. Secondly Obadiah is specifically described as a palace ...


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Probably not. This unnamed servant was left in Beersheba by Elijah ( I Kings 19:3). After naming Obadiah specifically and detailing his conversation with Elijah in the first half of I Kings 18, it would be unreasonable not to name him in the interactions with Elijah later on, if had been Obadiah again.


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the trees are most certainly not the same. kabala (jewish mysticism...those that have passed on deeper teachings from these days) teaches of the tree of life as a spiritual tree with multiple levels representing levels of spiritual life and that there are 3 plains on which this tree exists the low spirit the human levels and the divine....but the most basic ...


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Two fourth-century fathers clearly make this connection.1 First, Cyril of Jerusalem: The multitude of the hearers was confounded;—it was a second confusion, in the room of that first evil one at Babylon. For in that confusion of tongues there was division of purpose, because their thought was at enmity with God; but here minds were restored and united, ...


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How do the early church fathers expound upon the “exaltation of Christ” (Philippians 2:9-11) in light of the immutability of Jesus Christ? The early church fathers uniformly believed that the pre-existent Word , by being the only-begotten from the Father, was and is fully God in essence (nature). “We acknowledge a God, and a Son (His Logos), and a Holy ...


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Balaam's second prophecy, from which you quote, may not be reliable. The context of this passage is the story of a Moabite king Balak and questionable prophet named Balaam. Consider the introduction to the story from Numbers 22-24. Numbers 22:4-7 And Balak the son of Zippor was king of Moab at that time. So he sent messengers to Balaam the son of Beor, ...


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I regard this question and its answer so important that I think it merits some more attention and especially the implied question in the example given by Greg" "For example, are Jesus' words more important than Paul's?" A lot has already been said about the fact that the word "γραφή" or "graphē" can only refer to writings from the old testament. It is ...


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Hard Sayings of the Bible explains this simply: God's jealousy does not involve being suspicious or wrongfully envious of the success of others, or even mistrusting. When used of God, the word jealous refers to that quality of his character that demands exclusive devotion to all that is just, right and fair. Jealousy is the anger that God directs ...


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Paradise is a place of blessing where the righteous will go after death. According to revelation 2;7 "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God."


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Unlike envy, which is the desire for things you do not rightfully possess, jealousy is the fierce protection of that which is rightfully yours. As such, the premise that jealousy is inherently sinful in your comparison is not accurate. Consider the case of Phinehas: 1 While Israel lived in Shittim, the people began to whore with the daughters of Moab. ...


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"Jealousy" in colloquial English, means either (1) indignation in response to infidelity, or (2) covetousness of the belongings of others. We can immediately eliminate the second case, because God cannot be covetous; everything is his. (Psalm 50:12) “If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is Mine, and all it contains." This jealousy that ...


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Let us consider the passage in context. 1 Corinthians 2:6-13 (NASB) 6 Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away; 7 but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory; 8 the wisdom which none of the ...


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The church is not a mere building where worship happens. The church in the Bible is the people of God (Matthew 16:18). The church is the support of truth as well as the solid ground of truth (1 Timothy 3:15). This means that the people of God holds the truth and keeps it stedfastly. but in case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how one ought ...


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The answer to your question is hinted at in the scriptural verses prior to Matthew 10:34 (1-33) and in a tiny fragment from the NT that is the oldest part of the NT ever found. Matthew 10:1-33 These twelve Jesus sent forth... preach, saying: The kingdom of heaven is at hand... I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves... they will scourge you in ...


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The sword is an important symbol in Christian imagery, and does not always symbolize war and violence. In fact, the sword is a definitive symbol of the word of God. In the context of the passage you cite, history teaches us that the word of God is a source of discord among men. Consider these passages from the New Testament: (Hebrews 4:12 NASB) For the ...


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Why did Christ say he came as a sword? Matthew 10:32-35 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but ...



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