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No, for a whole lot of reasons. Old Testament Law says that a man who has sex with an unmarried woman has to marry her. That would be unnecessary if having sex made them married. If that were the case, some teacher somewhere would be reminding people that they had to treat the people they had sex with as if they were wives. Tamar has sex with Judah because ...


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Short and sweet answer: No, otherwise fornication would be impossible.


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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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The very next chapter indicates that Ahimelek had a son named Abiathar. Priestly duties were typically within a given family at one time (eg Aaron and his sons). The title of "high priest", while alone at any given time, does not preclude there being other priests (otherwise Aaron and his sons would have all been "high priests" - whereas "high priest" ...


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Let's go back and re-read the incident that prompted Jesus' teaching: And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit ...


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Short answer, no. Not at all. It would count as plausible deniability to the straw-man definition of "the inspired and infallible word of God", but only to the false straw-man understanding. The problem is that, almost no denomination believes that inspiration and infallibility are attributed to modern versions/translations of Scripture. Inspiration ...


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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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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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Jesus does not seem to consider merely being with a man to make him your husband. John 4:16-19 (DRA) 16 Jesus saith to her: Go, call thy husband, and come hither. 17 The woman answered, and said: I have no husband. Jesus said to her: Thou hast said well, I have no husband:     18 For thou hast had five husbands: and he whom thou now ...


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Hmm, how do you get from "it is hard for the rich to enter Heaven" to "a Christian shouldn't buy any luxuries"? I think you need to present some logical argument why that follows. In practical terms, what do you define as "luxury"? You could survive with some basic food and shelter from the elements. Everything beyond that could be considered "luxuries". ...


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If you're describing something that for example, the American president did before he was president you would still refer to him as President Obama would you not? Mark does not say that he was literally the high priest at the time. It was however, in his days - when he was alive.


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Perhaps your mind will be eased by considering the origin of the phrase, the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. In Matthew 12:22, Jesus performed several miracles. The people were amazed. But the jealous Pharisees said, "This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils." This is the remark that prompted Jesus to talk about the ...


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I believe so. Popular thought on the subject agree that Bartholomew and Nathanael are the same person. While there is no passage in the Bible that directly says "Bartholomew is Nathanael," circumstantial evidence points in that direction. Arguments can be made either way; church tradition points toward them being one and the same. Arguments for: First, ...


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I don't know any place in the Bible that actually defines marriage, but there are some clues, like: Gen 34:1-4 Shechem has sexual relations with Dinah, and then AFTER doing this, says he wants to marry her. As Cwallenpoole points out, if sex equaled marriage, then there could be no such thing as adultery or premarital sex by definition. I don't know any ...


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The danger with this is that there may be teachings in there that don't correspond with other parts of the New Testament. If there are new doctrines introduced in text that is not found in all versions of the original manuscripts, then we have to be careful about completely basing our faith off of these doctrines. In regard to this specific passage, ...


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Mark 4:10-20 explains in a little more detail what 4:1-8 recorded. Jesus is explaining to the disciples the purpose of parables as a whole, and we see that he uses the Parable of the Sower again to describe the people that the disciples will encounter. 18And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, 19but the cares of the ...


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It's more likely Matthew and Levi were different disciples than the same. A number of the disciples had other names like we do today, however, the Gospels refer to James the son of Alphaeus (Mark 3:18) as a different disciple from Matthew (Mark 3:18). The Bible also mentions a disciple : "Levi the son of Alphaeus" (Mark 2:14). It's more likely this James and ...


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The words of Jesus answer this: The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true. John 4:18 Clearly Jesus did not associate the Samaritans woman's relationship with marriage.


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We are commanded to be generous--not impoverished. The Question Your assumption seems tenuous. "Since it's hard for the rich to enter the kingdom of God, but it's not impossible since nothing is impossible with God, how can any Christian ever buy anything that benefits only themselves? Jesus never said "Don't buy anything unless it benefits someone ...


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I think the problem is the initial understanding of what the soil and seeds are. The Gospel Mark 4:14 (NIV) The farmer sows the word This verse implies that the seeds are the gospel. However, if we look at the next sentence, there appears to be a contradiction: Mark 4:15a (NIV) Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. ...


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This is a good quesiton. However, the point here is that it is important to notice that Mark says he went to the house of God "in the days of Abiathar the high priest." Ahimelek was the priest who was present at the House of God. As Warren has answered, there are multiple priests at the time. When Saul learned that Ahimelech helped David, he commanded to ...


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It is strange to me that we talk about the 'sacrament of marriage'. I suppose that works for a Roman Catholic... however I don't find any description in Scripture that tells me exactly what constitutes marriage. There is no specific ceremony given. We see however in Genesis 4:1 (Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I ...


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At the risk of sounding sexist, a young person would probably have been quite happy to have multiple mothers (they dote on you, they feed you), but to replace your father would be to replace your own identity. Having a new father means you are totally different person, and to include the father would be to confuse the point that Jesus is trying to make - ...


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As you rightly say, the sisters are not named in the Bible which means we have to look to other sources for this information. I think it's fair to say that overall we don't know for certain, but different churches have developed different teachings and traditions on this subject. The Roman Catholic Church teach that the word "sisters" is used purely ...


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You get the sense of literal fulfillment by reading the verses before and after. Jesus is not switching back and forth between the two in the chapter when He talks about what will happen in the last days. When Jesus told His disciples that the temple will be torn down (13:1-2), the disciples wanted to know when that would happen, and what the sign will be ...


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I don't see Matthew as referring exclusively to the next life. Why do you think that is what it is saying? In fact, Matthew doesn't give a time frame, therefore, it is less exact, but not contradicting Mark. They are both saying the same thing. Even in other translations, I see it as reading into the text of Matthew to say that it is referring exclusively ...


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There was an instance in acts where the apostle Paul got bit by a serpent and didn't die - Acts 28:3 -5 3 Now Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and he was laying them on the fire when a viper crawled out because of the heat and fastened itself on his hand. 4 When the natives saw the little animal hanging from his hand, they said to one ...


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wouldn't God rather have us take that money and buy a pallet of food for the local food pantry? Not neccessarily. I think it helps to be mindful of the Chinese proverb: Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime. And in this respect, many Christians are employed as social workers and at food panties and ...


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Considering both biblical and secular traditions of marriage, what seems to be required for a valid marriage is public acknowledgement and acceptance of the relationship with sex being something that traditionally follows the public recognition. The New Testament demonstrates strong parallels between marriage and baptism. As a Baptist, if you're a believer ...



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