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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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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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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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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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This is the matter of some debate, and there are at least three theories about it that I'm familiar with. I actually found a study online that explains all of them here. Some relevant sections (copied and pasted since the author explains it better than I would): The one that is popular in my denomination: One explanation that is popular among ...


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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 theological term here is kenosis From Phillipians 2:6-7 though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself ... In short, Jesus gave up the perks of being God in order to identify with humanity.


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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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There are two theories in regards to this: Jesus is not part of God. See also: Is there Biblical basis for unitarianism? Jesus and God are joined in the Trinity, but separate in thought and will. See also: Biblical basis for the doctrine of the Trinity Would it have been possible for Jesus to sin? Take your pick.


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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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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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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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I hate to answer your question with a question, but since this is a mystery, I don't think you can logically consign yourself to one of Richards options. Not that those ideas aren't logical, they just don't quite fit, or satisfy me as a Catholic. The commentary in the NABRE is not very useful, it just says not to doubt the veracity of the verse. But ...


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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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It's Syriac. Matthew Henry's commentary in the sidebar at this link says Christ’s prayer was bantered by them that stood by (Mark 15:35, 36); because he cried, Eli, Eli, or (as Mark has it, according to the Syriac dialect) Eloi, Eloi, they said, He calls for Elias, though they knew very well what he said, and what it signified, My God, My God. Thus did ...


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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 New Testament was written in Greek, but the Greek text records Jesus' words in Aramaic (in Mark, Hebrew in Matthew). The Gospel writers transliterated the Aramaic (Mk 15) and Hebrew (Mt 27) into the Greek script. It is important here to distinguish between script and language. For instance, I can write in Spanish, Latin, German, English, etc. all with ...


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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 assume you're refering to Mark 12:25 where it says: When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. (NIV) First a couple of notes on context. This was the answer to a trick question from a group of Sadducees. The Sadducees were an elitist liberal group similar to the Pharisees, who were an ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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