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(LDS view) The Prophet Joseph Smith (1805–44) commented on Paul’s statements in 1 Corinthians 8:5–6: “I have always declared God to be a distinct personage, Jesus Christ a separate and distinct personage from God the Father, and that the Holy Ghost was a distinct personage and a Spirit: and these three constitute three distinct personages and ...


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Among church fathers, Ambrose is one supporter: Abraham, who was glad to receive strangers, faithful to God and tireless in his service and prompt in fulfilling his duty, saw the Trinity typified. He added religious devotion to hospitality, for although he beheld three, he adored one, and while keeping a distinction of the persons, yet he called one ...


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The many gods and many lords in 1 Corinthians 8:5 are equally gods according to the immediate context in the same verse: For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”— 1 Corinthians 8:5 (ESV) These gods and lords are all idols based on verse 5: Therefore, as to the eating of ...


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There are actually two similar ways that this passage is interpreted: That the "gods" and "lords" are the completely imaginary gods of the heathen That the "gods" and "lords" are supernatural beings that do exist, but are not divine Many commentators don't attempt to draw a distinction between these two, like George Leo Haydock (a Roman Catholic), who ...


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The verses aren't contradictory, even if you make a distinction between Godly and earthly wisdom. They both can be true at the same time. Godly wisdom brings prosperity for the entire man. Not only are his physical needs addressed, but his spiritual life blessed. The beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord. We live in a world, governed by principals ...


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Context is crucial here: 17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and ...


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What does it mean that Eve was beguiled? The verse that sheds the most amount of light on this is found in the New Testament. 1 Timothy 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. While it is currently unpopular to suggest that there are any differences between men and women. The Bible maintains the ...


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Genesis 3:1 – “Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made." The term ‘subtle’ is often rendered ‘crafty’ or ‘shrewd’. The serpent had a keen intellect and was obviously beguiling to look at – beautiful and mesmerising. We are told that the serpent was cursed to crawl on its belly (Gen. 3:14) – which means ...


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This is how I connect the request of the Apostles. As I see it, Jesus said something very harsh to the disciples.." It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he would cause one of these little ones (believers, maybe those young in the faith) to stumble." Jesus went on to tell them to ...


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As someone else stated in an answer to a similar question of yours, "The Catholic Church does stand behind the verse, but insists that it be read in context, and in the context of the literary genre of the passage." In fact, that would be the answer to any question about whether the Catholic Church "stands behind" a particular verse. There's a similar law ...


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I disagree. I think when a Christian gets to such a state that he would commit such an act God knows he will sink even deeper and so might have him die to keep him from sinking any deeper but deliver his soul.


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The answer that I have been given was that Thomas looked to Jesus and stated "My Lord" and then to heaven and said "My God" as a praise to Jeohovah for his miracle. I know this answer doesn't have an "official stance of the WatchTower" feel to it, but nine times out of ten, this will be the answer they give you on your doorstep. I have looked, with no ...


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The Catholic Church considers the Bible to be the inspired word of God: God is the author of Sacred Scripture. "The divinely revealed realities, which are contained and presented in the text of Sacred Scripture, have been written down under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 105; the quote is taken from ...


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Unless you only have sex once it can be hard to pinpoint exactly when the child was conceived. Normal term pregnancies range from 37 to 41 weeks, a full month's time. Bathsheba presumably contacted David as soon as she realised she had missed her period and was pregnant. David tried to get Uriah to go home and sleep with her immediately, so that he would ...


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The sun and moon are the mother and father. I am also sure that Josephs father did not go without a wife. Read Deuteronomy, its boring as heck but truly insightful into how they did things. People place this sort of "things were different then" quality when they read the scripture but these scholars are not true historians. It is better to know more ...


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In 1 Corinthians, 10-12: Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. It was ...


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Jesus was tempted thrice by the Devil and he responded three words that defeated the Devil: "IT IS WRITTEN." ~ Matthew 4:1-11 Jesus never did refer to oral traditions in a positive way.Rather, every time he defends truth he refers to the scriptures: Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things ...


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As I read your question it appears that you are mistaking God's discipline with our free will. Let's begin with this statement, God is sovereign! What is meant by that is that God can do no wrong. His word is all powerful, it is his word that created all things, and all things (even you and I) are subject to his every whim. As the head of the household your ...


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The writer of Romans paints an answer with a brush wide enough to cover all these verses I think: Romans 8:29 "For whom He foreknew, He also predestined..." The all knowing God knows the heart of man and He is able to predestine/predetermine/foreordain/orchestrate according to what man will chose. And so Pharaoh chooses his path, but God orchestrated it. ...


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The most commonsensical explanation of the Messianic Secret is simple self preservation - not necessarily self preservation in the literal sense, but in terms of the mission of Jesus. He couldn't do what he was trying to do if it became well known that he was the messiah. In the time in which Jesus lived, Palestine was under Roman occupation. Jesus was ...


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The bread and wine we offer at Mass do become, in Catholic understanding, "truly, really, and substantially, the body and blood together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ"1, and this is what we consume in the Eucharist. However, this does not mean—as I mentioned in this answer—that the sacrificial offerings are no longer like ...


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To those who believe in the perseverance of the saints, "keeping watch over your souls" does not imply "preventing your soul from falling into eternal damnation." Matthew Henry interprets the phrase this way: They are to watch against every thing that may be hurtful to the souls of men, and to give them warning of dangerous errors, of the devices of ...


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Because although Christians cannot lose their salvation, they can still appear before the Lord in shame rather than in confidence (1 John 2:28). The good shepherds who watch over the flock want them to enter into the best the Lord has for them, and not be "scarcely saved" (1 Peter 4:17-18). Not all Christians will inherit a crown and rule with Christ; that ...


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If God “shows no partiality,” how do Calvinists defend predestination? The application of "predestination" would by definition be "before". Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Since there is much we do not know, some interesting ...


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Protestants actually provide a variety of interpretations of this passage. The "easy" answer, that this refers to the "unforgivable sin," is held by some, but others argue that the case for that interpretation is weak, and suggest several alternatives. A couple of notes to begin: Protestant definitions of the unforgivable sin vary significantly, and ...


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Well since a mote is like a dust particles it so take a magnifying glass to really look at ,so he could be saying don't examine someone so closely as if looking for anything,so look at yourself because you know what's really visible to you its really Large to you


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Marc, Thaddeus B, and Adam. Please bear with me, as I am new to S/E. Yes, 'Rightly dividing' is certainly about context. In the broader context, the Epistles are addressed to Children of God (saints). But he reserves judgment on salvation, as in the verse after the one in question (vs 20): "...I stand in doubt of you.", which speaks for itself. And, ...


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This section focuses specifically on Paul's relationship with the Galatians and how he feels like he has to lay the foundation again for their faith. He uses that tried and true metaphor of childbirth. "Until Christ is formed in you" could mean that he thinks they are all pagans, but it also might simply be that he desires for them to live in the freedom ...


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There is indeed a deeper meaning. The village in which they were going refers to the destination of the Apostles not to Christ. Christ was indeed not intending to stay with the disciples that night, he was there for a very important historical and biblical reason. He was there so that the desciples would know how to recognize Him. Luke 24:30-35 It is ...


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Verse 31 also says".... and He vanished out of their sight." In deed, Jesus had not intended to stay with the disciples for the night, but had only wanted `to open their eyes ' to and have them recognize Him. He had also wanted that the initiative for such a recognition with 'burning of the heart' come from the disciples with an invitation to Him to stay ...


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The interpretation that when the text says Jesus was acting like he was going to go on, he was "pretending" to go further may be true, but it is extrapolating from the text. The text tells us what Jesus' actions were, that he was "acting as if" he were going further. Whether this was pretense or not depends upon what Jesus' thinking was at the time, and ...


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I disagree with the "thought" above Question: "Why did the Prophet Elisha curse the “youths” for making fun of his baldness (2 Kings 2:23-24)?" Answer: There are a few key issues we must understand in regards to this account of the youths cursing Elisha. The text reads, “From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some youths ...


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The Messianic Secret refers to a motif primarily in the Gospel of Mark in which Jesus is portrayed as commanding his followers to silence about his Messianic mission. The Messianic Secret belongs in Mark's Gospel, but elements of it have been copied into the later synoptic gospels (Matthew and Luke) but not into John, which takes a very contrary view of ...


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Logically, there are two possibilities: either Jesus himself said such things or they were added to the tradition at a later date. Neither view offers a clear-cut explanation, so a wide variety of ideas for the "secretive" passages have been offered by Christian commentators and Bible scholars over the years. Jesus did not tell anyone to remain quiet ...


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Reading the different translations and a few different commentaries I believe it is impotant to note that Paul has preached this before. That men are turned over to their own desires and reprobate minds. Alexander is portrayed as a blasphemer in other texts. He speaks falsely regarding the gospel. He is probably a member of the church ( Ephesus or Rome) and ...


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Mary's blessedness is not from her being but from her belief (cf. Luke 1:45; Luke 1:48). 45And blessed is she who believed that there would beg a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” 46And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48for he has looked on the humble estate of his ...


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I think the problem is that many people either look to the law completely or use not being subject to the law as an excuse to living however they want. These are two extremes. Paul referred to the law as a "schoolmaster" to bring us to Christ. Based on contextual readings of other writings of Paul it is clear that Paul is not dismissing the law. The law is ...


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One approach to this passage is to look at it generally literally, as Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown do. Regarding verse 28, they emphasize the fruitfulness of Canaan: To an Oriental mind, this phraseology implied the highest flow of prosperity. The copious fall of dew is indispensable to the fruitfulness of lands, which would be otherwise arid and ...


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It's important to keep in mind that the stories about the patriarchs are both stories about individuals and "national origin" stories giving an identity to the whole nation of Israel. So in the case of Jacob (also known as Israel), the promises get borne out (a) in his great success as a herdsman for his uncle Laban, accumulating a huge amount of personal ...


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The most important figure in the history of the Church for this passage is St Maximus the Confessor, who considered it in the context of the Monothelite heresy. (Monothelitism is the belief that there is only one "will" in Jesus Christ; Maximus and the orthodox tradition have held that there are two wills in Christ as there are two natures: the human will ...


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The short answer is: Mat 26:41 All of you must stay awake and pray that you won't be tested. The spirit [PNEUMA="breath"] is indeed willing, but the body is weak." Which I would translate loosely as: "Talk is cheap but pain will turn your head around." I would add a few things: Jesus was not a volunteer It was not Jesus' will that he die Jesus ...


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This topic is so good. Love your comments. God cursed Cain specially for the murder of his brother Abel. God cursed the ground when Adam and Eve sinned, so that curse already existed. Noah was the first to sacrifice for sin. Then the law was put in place as a covering for sin which noone could keep because if you break one you have broken them all. When ...


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Ontological Equality It is true that fathers and sons aren't equal but this is only in terms of function and role. Thus, functional subordination.The offspring submits to parental authority. On the other hand, fathers and sons can be equal in other sense.For instance, it their actions (activities) or aptitude (natural ability) that stems from their ...


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TLDR; In this passage, Jesus uses language claiming God as a personal father; a begetting father, rather than in an abstract, "God is the Father of Humanity" sort of way. From here, the Jews performed simple deductive logic; the son of God is a god, therefore Jesus is claiming to be a god. More specifically, Jesus was claiming to be as divine as God, and ...


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If Jesus was crucified on Nissan 14, which is a date many (though not all) Bible scholars believe to have been the date of his death. The question then becomes what year it took place, as what day of the week have a lot to do with this. In A.D. 30, Nissan 14 fell on a Wednesday, with Nissan 15 being a Thursday. John states that Jesus was crucified on the ...


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Summary: Evangelical commentators don't take the "making himself equal with God" phrase as a referring only to Jesus's claim that God is his Father, but to his claim that he acts like his Father. Understanding the context here is important. Here's the full passage (John 5:16–18): 16 And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing ...


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Peace Comes After the Storm Simply put, Jesus did not experience fear and a lack of power and self-control; rather, as you pointed out, he experienced anguish (or stress, trouble, or agony). The infinite load of sin he was to bear in a few short hours was the reason for his anguish in the garden. Sin, as we know, is the very antithesis of peace. Peace, ...


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Does the Bible tell us what the phrase “times of the Gentiles” or "fullness of Gentiles" means? Often the Bible says something that offers a glimpse of something that raises many more questions than it answers. Luke 21:20-24 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which ...


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We often think of Jesus as Deity and ascribe those type of emotions and etc. to him. We need to remember that Jesus was also a human being and as such he knew all of those feelings which we encounter. He knew hunger: Matthew 21:17 through 19 KJV And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there. 18 Now in the morning as he ...


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More of the biblical basis side of things than an overview, but we've just been looking at an answer to this question tonight, as found in Hebrews 4:14-5:10 - Jesus the Great High Priest 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not ...



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