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The parables of the mustard seed and of yeast are short but enigmatic. It seems that parables so mysterious must have a deep underlying meaning, and so they have been the subject of much speculation over the centuries. The earliest New Testament reference to the parable of the mustard seed is found in Mark, at verses 4:30-32, as one of a series of parables ...


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From a Baptist point of view this display is wrong on two levels. Firstly there is the fact that the people who do these acts are self harming which we are told not to do. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 "19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a ...


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But I suspect these are only later interpretations. Has Jesus himself ever said his dead is a sacrifice? Jesus's death is placed in the context of a Passover (Seder) meal, and since the meal is literally a liturgy, it must be completed or the participants defy the commandment of God. Anyway, Four cups must be drunk to complete the ceremony, and the ...


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For Jesus to have gone voluntarily, even willingly, to his death, he must have been aware of an overwhelming benefit, which later theology tells us is the forgiveness of sins. In this regard, Rhoads, Dewey and Michie, in Mark as Story, page 113, caution the modern reader not to read into Mark [the first New Testament gospel to be written] theological ...


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Much of the following information has been previously stated in my personal blog: The question is whether Jesus has ever claimed to be God or His Son. As far as we know for sure, Jesus has never claimed anything, for we have no first-person accounts that He has written, Himself, only the statements of various of His disciples, prophets, and other witnesses, ...


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The most obvious answer is Jesus' words to his disciples at the Last Supper, in Matthew's version: this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins. (Matthew 26:28, New American Bible Revised Edition)


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The procession of the Way of the Cross is an important Catholic tradition, so any criticism of a transgender person taking part in such a procession can only be based on the person's gender identity. However, it is possible for Christians to object to participation in an actual mock crucifixion, and the evidence for this is mixed. Crucifixion in the ...


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I hope I can help here as I am a Christadelphian. It is correct we don't believe in the doctrine of the Trinity and our view is consistent with Biblical Unitarianism. This is an important point of distinction as other non Trinitarian denominations may hold a view of 'oneness' or binitarianism as their theology. In direct answer to your question, no, we do ...


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Most historians choose to accept the existence of a person in ancient times if there is evidence that the person's contemporaries referred to him as existing. Thus, historians accept the historicity of Jesus because of the four gospel accounts of his life. Perhaps this consensus would now be weaker because of the accumulating evidence that Mark's Gospel was ...


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Modern scholarship tends to see the genealogies of Jesus as theological constructs rather than factual history. Thus the two New Testament genealogies should be understood in terms of what they were meant to achieve, rather than as a collection of facts. Matthew and Luke provide detailed genealogies for Jesus, back through the great Zorobabel to the line of ...


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This question spawns from a misunderstanding of why the genealogy is there in the first place. The genealogy is not a benign collection of facts, much like our own western approach to the topic would have it listed. Instead, Matthew provides Jesus' genealogy to legitimize him for any Jewish readers. First, consider that everyone is from Adam. It means ...


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Moses was both a great Law giver and also a great prophet. Just before he died he said to the Israelites: "God will raise up for you a prophet LIKE ME from among your own people (Israelites) you MUST LISTEN TO HIM anyone who doesnt listen to him will be completely cut off from among his own people" This great prophet had not appeared by the time of John ...


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I think the question lies in who is Jesus' Father? He was talking about God the Father of course. One cannot server two masters. If one honours God and is filled with the Holy Spirit, they have been purchased by God and are free from the kingdom of darkness. This person cannot be demon possessed (owned) because God owns them. As for earthly fathers, it is ...


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Context is very important here. This is a verse lifted from a larger dialogue between Jesus and the Pharisees. Some translations punctuate the verse in such a way as to remove the link you see. RSV, for example, has the verse as two separate independent clauses, with a semicolon after "demon". One manifestation of demonic possession might indeed be ...


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Good question. God chose to reflect the true consequence of sin to guard against sin from appearing a second time after the total eradication of sin. Take adultery for example, the consequence of adultery is separation. But if the husband knew that this particular wife was going to repent and he was going to forgive her completely, why set this rule? ...


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My favorite is Exodus 19 when God tells Moses be ready for the third day. FOUR TIMES in one chapter. Moses name means "to be drawn out of the water" representing all born again believers. At the end of the chapter it says (paraphrasing) "When the Lord came down, Moses went up" A picture of Christ coming down on the third 1000 year day. 2015 two days past, ...


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The question touches on a problem: the analogy between human justice and divine justice has its limits. Under human justice, each crime is associated with a proportional punishment. When the punishment (jail time, fine paid, restitution made, privileges in society revoked) is complete, then the crime has been paid for. We assume that people are capable of ...


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It is a copy or replica of a painting by Roberto Ferruzzi called "Madonnina" (commonly known as the "Madonna of the Streets"). The original has slightly different colours, different facial features, and it is in more of an impressionistic style, with thick visible brush strokes. I think the painting in the question is probably this following one, because ...


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Background: God’s Mercy v/s Justice David’s Sin – A case study When David got Uriah killed, his sin could not be atoned or forgiven through sacrifices. The law did not prescribe a sacrifice for Murder, but rather the death penalty for such sins. Examples: Before the law: "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made ...



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