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Up until this point, the disciples had operated under the aegis of both Roman and Jewish law. They were seen as just another group of disciples of some charismatic Rabbi. If he had some strange ideas he was teaching, well, so did plenty of others. But now, all that was about to change. He was going to be taken by the Jews, tried and convicted and put to ...


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This passage is often used to bolster the claim that Jesus is not God. The usual misinterpretation is that Jesus is saying that He isn't good, because He isn't God. The opposite is true. In this passage, Jesus is establishing His deity. The Answering Islam site offers a fairly good explanation. Excerpt: In the central passage of chapter 10, Jesus ...


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From Mathew Henry's Concise Commentary: Whatever we have, the property of it is God's; we have only the use of it, according to the direction of our great Lord, and for his honour. This steward wasted his lord's goods. And we are all liable to the same charge; we have not made due improvement of what God has trusted us with. The steward cannot deny it; ...


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This potential discrepancy is addressed at http://www.apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=6&article=768 Possible resolutions to the discrepancies between the accounts: Possibility #1: Initially, both thieves reviled Christ, but then one of them repented. After hearing Jesus’ words on the cross, and seeing His forgiving attitude, the ...


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Jesus is talking here about the resurrection of the dead. Because of what Christ did all will live again. So yes you could die for the gospel but you would gain eternal life in Christ. Just adding some scripture to back this up: (KJV) 1 Corinthians 15:42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: ...


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But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33 This is what Mary was doing. Although what Martha was doing was not wrong, her focus was on those things and not on Jesus. Many people can get so caught up in church and completely forget about Jesus. Fixing things, making sure ...


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Historically, Mark is seen as one of Peter's disciples. The historian Papias in the 2nd Century refers to him as such. Likewise, the evidence in the narrative, for example, indicates that Peter was a significant source for most of the material, and most theologians accept Mark as "Peter's" Gospel. Also, its seeming indication that the Temple is still ...


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That very part was to fulfill the scriptures written by Isaiah which he cited. Isaiah 53:12 (KJV) 12  [...] because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. Link it also to the fact that he was on the cross in the middle of 2 ...


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It is almost certain that this person is Matthew. In the parallel account of this narrative in the Gospel of Matthew, we see that Levi appears to be "renamed" Matthew. Matthew 9:9 (NIV) 9As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. It is ...


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The only way that I have ever had this explained to me which has made any sense was by my Biblical Hebrew professor. Basically, "Unjust manager" can mean, in Aramaic, "manager of the unjust." Basically: He wasn't unjust, he governed the unjust. He got caught up in one of his subordinate's scandals He cut out his commission (the top 20%) of the debt from ...


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The similarity between Elijah and John the Baptists is understood the same way by most Protestant Commentaries including John Wesley’s. This is understood to mean: With the same integrity, courage, austerity, and fervour, and the same power attending his word (John Wesley's Notes, Luke 1:17) However to understand this brief comment by Wesley one ...


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Following Christ in many countries carries a significant price to pay in many places of the world. In fact, the decision to become a Christian often results in being ostracized from one's family and even worse. Even within some Christian traditions, the decision to leave the tradition of one's family to join another tradition is met with exclusion from the ...


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Side note: The issue isn't really about the doctrine of sola scriptura, but rather about literalism. "Sola scriptura" is a term used by Protestants to mean that we believe scripture is the only ultimate authority, as opposed to Catholic doctrines that the teachings of the Church fathers have equivalent or comparable authority to scripture. But nothing in ...


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In Luke's gospel, this parable is preceded by the parable of The Lost Son, and in both stories Jesus presents us with a character who has "squandered" money (Squandered - Gk: diaskorpizo appears in both parables). It is worth noting that both characters find mercy, despite their initial actions. Whereas in The Lost Son parable, it is the warm forgiveness of ...


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I'm not a scholar but I suspect that Jesus responded as a rabbi might. The custom was for potential disciples to approach a rabbi whom they wanted to follow. If the rabbi was interested he'd ask them questions to determine if they were suitable cantidates. If not be would send them away and they would go home and take the trade of their father. If he ...


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Most adherents of sola scriptura are memorialist in their understanding of the Eucharist. This means they believe Jesus was using a metaphor (albeit one God had intentionally set up beforehand). In the same way that the Scapegoat prefigured Christ, or the Rock that Moses beat instead of struck prefigured Christ, so too the bread in the Passover prefigured ...


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As Jesus Himself said Luke 8:46: I know that power has gone out from me. So presumably He noticed the touch because at the same moment power had gone from Him. So to answer the rest of your question, why only this person? Here it helps to notice that this story is also told in Matthew 9:18-26 and Mark 5:21-43, because they draw out different details. ...


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Jesus is here asking the Pharisees a rhetorical question, that is - what would be easier for him to say if he was not God. The answer is simple - it is easier for a mere man to say "Your sins are forgiven", because there is no outward immediate manifestation. It is much more difficult to say "Stand up and walk", because it would be readily apparent that ...


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Christians do not believe that the Bible was dictated by God in the same sense that Muslims believe the Quran was dictated to Muhammed. They believe that God inspired the writers, through their own knowledge and personalities, to write the things that God wanted his people to know and remember. Because of this it is possible for an author to write inspired ...


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Jesus' answer emphasizes what is more important. It is more important that a person hear the word of God and obey it than to be chosen by God for some special task. Not everyone will be chosen for a special position, but anyone can choose to obey God. Jesus puts things regarding (his own) family into perspective: they are not as important as seeking the ...


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For most Protestants this is a matter of semantics. Protestants know full well that Catholics call Mary, the "Blessed Mother." They also know that if you ask a Catholic "Is Mary blessed?" They would surely answer "Yes, indeed she is." But the Catholic should understand that the Protestant, in general, would also answer the same. Mary is blessed. Mary ...


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In the King James Version, verse 8 doesn't say "your audacity," but "his importunity" (literally: inconvenience from a persistent request.) The basic idea is that he'll get up and do it just to get you to go away and quit keeping him awake with your banging on the door.


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The next verse, Luke 8:26, places the event: They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. Galilee is on the west side of the Sea of Galilee, which means that the Gerasenes were likely on the east side.


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The normal way to find out what a Bible passage means is to look at a Bible Commentary. These are detailed books, explaining each passage of the Bible. Any Christian bookstore will have many to choose from. There are also a number online, though they tend to be old ones that have gone out of copyright. I'm going to direct you to Matthew Henry's Commentary, ...


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It's easier to understand this when you compare it to the widow and the judge parable. The judge ignores the women, but she keeps pressing to get her way and finally the judge breaks down and gives the widow what she wants. In the same way, if you go to your friends house late at night asking for something, he will not give it to you just because you are ...


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There's an interesting theory expressed in Appendix Note 4 of J. B. Phillip's translation The Gospels in Modern English (1957). I'll quote some short extracts and summarise the rest. First, he says that the passage is "well-known for its difficulty of interpretation", then he offers the standard interpretation that the Christian should be "as shrewd about ...


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The word "vocation," the word that many people use to describe their line of work, means "calling." To say that vocations outside of the ministry are not part of God's work is deny what many protestants believe about work. Just to cite one prominent example, Martin Luther writes: God is milking the cows through the vocation of the milkmaid and ...


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These two different accounts in Luke 23:39 on one side and Mark 15:32 and Mathew 27:44 on other side can be reconciled. by supposing that, at first, both of them reviled the Saviour, and that it is of this fact that Matthew and Mark speaks. Afterwards one of them relented, and became penitent-- perhaps from witnessing the patient sufferings of Christ. It is ...


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Man was created for a loving relationship with God, therefore the first and greatest commandment: Mark 12:30 …thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. Why do we love God? 1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us. We know ...


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There's a lot of baggage that comes with belief, but it's simple to explain: God exists and he is pure spirit God made Angels which are pure spirit Some Angels are good Some Angels are bad God made the world God made people with a body and a spirit Humanity's ability to comprehend this ends at "people with a body". Philosophers can come up with the ...



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