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Satan had a good idea of God's plan of salvation for men. The first clue was the prophecy pronounced directly against him after the fall of men. I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel (Genesis 3:15) Then there was the sacrificial system, where lambs ...


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Luke R has the right analysis. I've been bothered for years by the rosy view of these parables. Most of these "kingdom" parables (fishnet, weeds in fields, greedy birds consuming the exposed seeds (God's word) and these two) are warnings, especially in Matthew which refers to a "Kingdom of Heaven", not the "Kingdom of God" and provides evidence for a ...


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While the scriptures don't name the disciples present at the wedding at Cana we do know from scripture that Philip became a disciple of Jesus on the second day after his baptism. John 1:43 reads, "The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.”" As one of his chosen disciples it can only be assumed that when John ...


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As one of the comments stated, in order to understand why Christians believe Jesus to be the 'Son of God', you'll want to grasp the concepts of the Incarnation of the Logos (God's Word, also sometimes referred to as the 'Wisdom of God' assuming flesh). And the trinity, which is the concept that there are three Persons in a single being. This is a difficult ...


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Not all denominations of Christianity give the same answer to this question. But probably all Christians can agree that we believe Jesus to be the Son of God, because he said he was, and the Scriptures repeatedly tell us that's who he is: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, ...


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Just as God created the universe, the angels and physical creatures he created Jesus. In Colossians 1:15 Jesus is called the "firstborn of all creation" and in verse 16 "For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-- all things have been ...


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Well the Biblical basis can be found in that Jesus often referred to himself as the 'Son of Man' which is a direct reference to the coming of the Messiah prophesied by the Prophet Daniel in the Old Testament. There is also the matter of Jesus claiming to be able to forgive sins. This is as direct a claim at Messiahship that a first century Jews could make. ...


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Christianity believes Jesus is God, or more specifically one person in God - the others being the Father and the Holy Spirit. The questions appears to accept that Jesus and God the Father are to be treated as separate persons in the Trinity, but asks for the biblical basis for concluding that Jesus is Yahweh, not the doctrinal basis for any such conclusion. ...


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Like many judicial systems, the Roman legal system had provisions for pardoning of crime. It is likely the appointed time for pardon appeals coincided with the passover because that was the time many of the Jews in the region came to the city. In other words, it was politically expedient for the governing officials to grant a request before the largest ...


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Socinian/Adoptionist churches: Christadelphians Christian Churches of God Christian Science Church of the Blessed Hope Spirit and Truth Fellowship The Way


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Not everyone believes that Jesus went to heaven when he died. In fact, there is a biblical basis and tradition which teaches that Jesus actually spent time in hell receiving the punishment for our sins before is resurrection. In that sense he made a sacrifice, but he was also a sacrifice in the sense that his blood atoned for our sins and he acted as a ...


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This is a pretty straight forward question that deserves a straight forward answer. In the books of the canonized New Testament, I can find no place where Paul ever directly quotes any sayings of Jesus that are recorded from any other source than himself. On several occasions, Paul attributes to Jesus what he claims to have heard in his visions (see the ...


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Jesus is the SOFIA of God according to 1 Corinthians 1:24. 1 Corinthians 1:24 Westcott and Hort / [NA27 variants] αὐτοῖς δὲ τοῖς κλητοῖς, Ἰουδαίοις τε καὶ Ἕλλησιν, Χριστὸν θεοῦ δύναμιν καὶ θεοῦ σοφίαν. There are plethora of inspired texts that identify Jesus as God's Wisdom per se. Jesus is God's Wisdom in the Synoptics: Matthew 12:42 = ...


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This question is phrased a bit aggressively, but let's give you an answer anyway. There's a few things that you have to remember to understand what is going on here. One is that Jesus is in fact God, and so when we talk about God sending his son, he is in a real sense sending himself. So everything that Jesus suffered is suffered in a real sense by God. ...


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The phrase “God of God” means that a person came from a person ( like an offspring from a parent) and that they are of same nature. It is analogous to the phrase “Human of Human,” That is, a human offspring of a human parent. To beget is to produce someone to have one’s nature. Seth is begotten of Adam. Seth and Adam are of same nature. A human person ...


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In 1 Corinthians 15:35 poses the question of how the dead are raised up: 35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? In 1 Corinthians 15:44 Paul answers that there is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body, and that it is sown a natural body and is raised a spiritual body: 15:44: It is sown a ...


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My answer is a question: What is death? God created the universe, life, our spiritual existence, matter, time, and everything but himself. As others said, God revealed to the prophets and then through Jesus that he would die, must die, and did die. He required such a death as payment for sin, therefore it was incumbent upon him to arrange things so that the ...


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you asked: Is it Biblical to think that Jesus died for me specifically? I know that He died for the whole world, but is it Biblical to think of Jesus as coming to die specifically for me? Yes it is! Because even if YOU were the only person on earth to have ever been born,Jesus STILL would have died for you.You are made in God's image and YOU are that ...


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Until at least 400 AD, Christians were reluctant to make any image of Christ, due to idolatry. Occasionally Christ was pictured as a lamb, as He is several times represented in the Bible. An image at Edessa began to be regarded as a likeness of Christ, and was said to have been made by Christ himself. Church leaders contended that it was therefore ...


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Pilate may have known that Jesus was welcomed into town when he rode in on the donkey. What he may have wanted to know here is whether Jesus still had a solid support among the people. If so, crucifying him may have cause a widespread outcry, even tho' that was what the San Hedrim wanted. Such an outcry was something Pilate could do without, so he tested ...


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Ego is a terrible thing and I am afraid that many who feel their beliefs are being offended will feel the need to defend them. Having stated that, Jesus didn't go around saying: "hey everyone, you must believe the bible is God's word" to be saved. Actually the bible we have wasn't created until many years after Jesus left the earth and the things written in ...


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Jesus Christ is resurrected in flesh, both spirit and flesh for he conquered death and rose from the dead physically. God bless doubtful Thomas who questioned His existence in the flesh, for unless he had seen for himself would he believe providing enough proof for unbelievers or those lacking in faith. I believe in the resurrected power of Jesus Christ that ...


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As Caleb pointed out, most of these verses you have quoted aren’t actually using the word “soul” to refer to the same theological concept you’re trying to get at. As an addendum to that, I note that one reason for that discrepancy in usage is that you’ve selected a bunch of New Testament verses that are quoting the Septuagint. Matthew 12 is quoting Isaiah ...


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In my view Jesus was highly literate in Tanakh, (he quotes at least four prophets and the psalms), and convinced that he was the Messiah. But, he preached, as did John, that God's Kingdom was 'at hand', and believed that when it arrived his status would be revealed unambiguously to all. So there was no point in trying to convince audiences from the ...


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John Shelby Spong says in Jesus for the NonReligious, page 168, that in his research, he has been able to find no evidence that there was a custom of releasing a prisoner at the time of the Passover. He says the original crucifixion story could have been related to Yom Kippur because in this tradition, one lamb or goat was killed for our sins and one had ...


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St. Thomas Aquinas, the greatest Doctor of the Church, said in his Summa Theologica I q. 32 a. 1 c.: It is impossible to attain to the knowledge of the Trinity by natural reason. Thus, faith is necessary to understand "what belongs to the distinction of the persons," St. Thomas continues, and "by natural reason we can [only] know what belongs to the ...


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These other answers are so long they are hard to read. (no offence) I give this place credit, but I will break it down for you. “I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30) Jesus didn't say he was like the Father, he said that he was one with the Father. “…He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9) This is possibly my favorite verse regarding this ...


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Christians celebrate Easter because it marks the anniversary of Jesus' Resurrection, the sole reason Christianity even exists and the source of the joy of salvation for the Christian. It is the most important event in Christianity and, according to Christians, all of human history. Passover is the oldest Jewish celebration. It celebrates the Exodus in ...


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A plausible argument that resolves the Nissan 14/15 dispute would be one that claims: The date of the Passover in the synoptics is earlier than what is indicated in John's gospel -- which is because Jesus and His disciples were using a slightly different calendar from the Jewish authorities at the time, and it is to that slightly earlier date that Jesus ...


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Writing in The Mystery Of The Last Supper, Professor Sir Colin Humphreys, a scientist at the University of Cambridge, proposes a new solution, based on a combination of Biblical, historical and astronomical research. He urgues that Jesus used a different calendar and crucifixion took place in the 14th of Nisan (April 3, 33 CE) of the official post-exilic ...


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Orthodox explanations of this apparant paradox centre on drawing a subtle distinction between the attributes manifested by the incarnated Christ versus the inherant attributes of the glorified eternal Son of God. According to the creeds, they are one and the same person - there is no distinction in their essential nature - however, the scriptures tell us: ...


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There is already a question on this site that addresses (1) whether the Word (i.e., the Son) is truly God, like the Father; and (2) whether Jesus Christ is fully God, and goes over the most important Scriptural passages to justify both claims. Have a look at What are the biblical arguments against Arianism? As that question makes clear, the questions you are ...


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All these murderers have to do is ask for forgiveness and they will go to heaven is something I can't accept. Someone like Hitler is often raised as an iconic representative of evil. However, what is often not recognized is that Satan is the guy running the world (for now and insofar as he is allowed by God). If someone had killed Hitler, there were ...


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Mark's Gospel was the first New Testament gospel to be written, and John Dominic Crossan says, in The Birth of Christianity, page 110-111, there is a massive consensus among scholars that this gospel was the major source used by the authors of Matthew and Luke. If it was also the indirect source for John's Gospel as well, as some scholars believe, then Mark ...


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While I do not think your question as to whether there are others that doubt the Trinity is relevant (this is not a discussion board), the verses you mention and the questions you raise have been controversial topics since at least the 4th century. What your questions are leading to is known in Christology as "monophysitism," which was the position taken by ...


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There is evidence in Luke/Acts that Jesus ascended to heaven at least twice: on the evening of his resurrection, then forty days later. There is no biblical record of Jesus returning to earth, although one could assume this happened after the first ascension. First of all, Luke 24:13 tells us that what follows occurred on the same day as the resurrection: ...


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There is evidence that Jesus ascended to heaven twice, but this evidence does not come out of John's Gospel but out of Luke/Acts. First of all, Luke 24:13 tells us that what follows occurred on the same day as the resurrection: And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. ...


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What does it mean to say “Jesus died for our sins”? Since Jesus was born perfect (did not inherit original sin from his earthly father) and lived a perfect life, he would never have died. Jesus allowed himself to be put to death so that the Father would place oh him the sins of the whole world. We are not able to fully grasp the significance of that. 1 ...


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As an earlier respondent noted, Stephen prayed to the Lord Jesus at the moment of his death. Other examples of prayers directed to Jesus include Peter, while attempting to walk on water, and the disciples on the boat when Jesus calmed the storm. 28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 29 And he said, ...


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Wheat ripens in May, suggesting it was May when the disciples were plucking ears of grain soon after the beginning of Jesus' public mission (Mark 2:23). On this evidence, Jesus began his public mission around the time of the Passover, and of course his crucifixion took place at the time of the Passover. We can know the period of Jesus' public ministry if we ...


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When Christians say "Jesus died for our sins", what do they mean? This is a reference to 1 Corinthians 15:3: For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures. Different Christians understand "Christ died for our sins" in different ways; there have been ...


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Jesus' death has universal significance. That means it has effect for all people at all times. However, there are those who have never heard of him (all who lived before him, all outside the area where his name was known at the time, and all who, since then, have never heard his name and what he did for humanity). The only honest answer is that we don't ...


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The words used in this question, for example, “Errorless”, or by using open statements solely without proper parameters like “infallibility” without setting up boundaries makes the question easy to answer. No, Jesus never stated or certified that the apostles where errorless (In all Things) or infallible (In all things), ever. I may be wrong but I feel ...


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Nowhere in the New Testament does it say that Jesus gave any kind of "certificate". He consecrated the Twelve as apostles, which vested in them certain powers. For example, Peter was given the power to "bind" (seal) on earth and to have that binding valid in heaven; likewise to "loose". He did not tell them they were infallible. These apostles knew they had ...


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Perhaps Matthew has a theme of Jesus as King of the Jews, but certainly no more so than, for example, John's Gospel. While there are only about 5 actual references to Jesus as King of the Jews in Matthew, I also count 5 in Mark and 3 in Luke, with at least 11 such references in John, including the dramatic account of Pontius Pilate insisting on this being ...


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Although Mark only contains about 7 direct and indirect specific references to Jesus as the Son of God, this short gospel possibly places greater emphasis on Jesus as the Son of God than any other New Testament gospel, with its opening words containing this description of Jesus (*): Mark 1:1: The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; ...


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I'm LDS so I can tell you that there is no set doctrine on this but there always is discussions of it amongst the members. None of the answers above actually answer the second part of the question, about there being biblical proof. True there is no reference to Christ being married in the bible directly. But what people use as proof, that it could be ...


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In Mark's Gospel, Jesus draws a clear distinction between God and himself. In Mark 10:18, Jesus calls God "good": And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. In Mark 13:32, Jesus says that only the Father knows just when the end will come: But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the ...



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