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Matt 5:17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill." My answer: What does Jesus mean by the word "fulfill?" To understand "fulfill" we must consider "figura." Figura-fullment is what theologians refer to as a "recursion." Recursion means (from the Latin) "running back" or "coming again." The ...


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The resurrection of Jesus Christ follows the plan of redemption which allows for our salvation. Our salvation prepares us for the kingdom of God, and for our work here on earth. 1 Corinthians 15;20-23 20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of ...


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Hope initiating from the resurrection of Jesus Christ presupposes Jesus is the son of God and His sacrifice extends His righteousness to all that believe. Hope is an expectance; Christian-hope is built on the foundation of Jesus Christ’s work of redemption, which culminated in His victory over sin (the resurrection). Romans 5:12-21 Wherefore, as by one ...


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Why is it common for pastors to advocate leadership (including their own) when it is easy to conclude that it is anti-biblical according to what Jesus had said? I am not so sure that pastors advocate "leadership" so much as they advocate following. The hallmark of a good leader is the ability to follow commands, not give them. All pastors, if they ...


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The NASB is very much in the minority when it renders the word here as 'leaders'. Most translations have either 'masters' or 'instructors'. Even the NASB admits that 'teachers' is a possible meaning. So it is really far from clear that there is a prohibition on being called a leader. Elsewhere in the New Testament it is clear that there were 'leaders' among ...


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From an LDS Standpoint I quote Elder Holland's talk: None Were with Him: Now I speak very carefully, even reverently, of what may have been the most difficult moment in all of this solitary journey to Atonement. I speak of those final moments for which Jesus must have been prepared intellectually and physically but which He may not have fully anticipated ...


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Simply, Jesus resurrection means anyone who dies will resurrect to an 'everlasting life'. All those who were made to resurrect before(Eg: Lazarus) died later, while Jesus ascended to the skies from infront of His disciples. This resurrection also means He has achieved victory over death, so that we too have a way to have victory over death by believing in ...


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I'm going to self identify for the purposes of this answer. I have a multitude of mental illnesses. Schizoaffective disorder (hallucinations of all types, delusions of several types, mania and major depression) and OCD as well the lesser subsyndromal OCD (obsessive behaviour and intrusive thoughts). On bad days the Dyslexia (trouble with language) and Autism ...


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The hope we have in Jesus's resurrection is that He died for our sins, and He rose from the grave. We can go to Heaven because of this. Without Jesus, we would remain condemned in our sins. Romans explains in detail: [Rom 6:9-23 NKJV] ... knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For ...


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A solemn and pure hearted Christian friend asked me, "why haven't the Jews embraced Jesus?' The answer is complex, and I limit it to biblical Judaism. Part of the reason is how the Romans interpreted his teachings, essentially continued Roman persecution of the Jews under the new "Constantine" movement, and eliminated old testament practices for all ...


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Yes, Jesus "Allah's Blessings and peace upon him" used to pronounce "Allah" when describing or calling for the Founder of existence, with probably a slight tonal variation for he spoke Armaic not Arabic. "Allah" the word is not a proper noun like Tony or Jacob. Pronouncing "Allah" or Allaha" etc... is the meaning call for the "one and only God'. "Al" is ...


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In my opinion God didn't turn his back but merely his gaze. Like any father asked to watch his son endure torture or pain God had to look away so that he would not stop what was always supposed to happen. It was written that Jesus would be born of a virgin, which He was. It was written that Jesus would be betrayed. Which he was. It was written that Jesus ...


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The simple answer is that Jesus is unlike any other religious philosopher, he isn't about attonement as they say, he is about social justice and non-compliance with psychopaths, that's why he said I believe (don't actually know if he said it): thou drink their blood or their tears? Because as a fact in every society there's an abusive government in power ...


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Tradition says Jesus was betrayed late Thursday night, was crucified and buried before sundown on Friday. Jesus went to the garden of Gethsemane late in the evening, and prayed there for some time. A reasonable guess would be that it was Midnight to 2 AM by the time Judas led the soldiers there to arrest Jesus. Mark 15:25 says it was "the third hour" when ...


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Mark's Gospel makes it clear that the betrayal took place at midnight and the crucifixion was at 9 am, a difference of nine hours. In this, the first New Testament Gospel to be written, the last twenty four hours in the life of Jesus are described in a chiastic structure, in which an opening set of events (A-D) is mirrored by a second set (D'-A'): A The ...


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This may be difficult to ascertain with any great degree of certainty, but we may be able to get close. The Time of Betrayal If, by the "moment of betrayal", you are referring to the Judas' kiss, then there are a few things we know. We know the disciples were having a hard time staying awake even during the first time Jesus went away to pray, and Jesus ...


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Quite a few of the things Jesus and his disciples had to address they had diagnosed as "demons". Today we call things of similar symptoms "disorders". In order to answer your question, we have to clarify a couple of things. The Bible clearly distinguished between Possession by Devils, (Demons in some translations), and diseases, and sickness. Possession ...


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Its quite probable that many Christians today don't even take the demons in the gospel accounts literally, but view them as mere plot devices. "Jesus needs to be confessed as Christ, but the masses must be portrayed as ignorant: insert demon here, have it confess him." The casting out of demons does seem to serve the purpose of a cryptic confession of his ...


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You appear to be misreading this Scripture. As with most Scriptures, it is not possible to understand by taking a verse by itself. All surrounding factors must be taken into account for instance; we must understand, first of all who Jesus is talking to. In addition to that we must take into account who he is talking about. And lastly we must take into ...


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Is there any methodology according to Bible to drive out demons from possessed people? Yes. The question is why this practice of driving out of demon is not very common nowadays in Christianity? It actually occurs pretty often actually. And Is there any methodology according to Bible to drive out demons from possessed people? With study you will find what ...


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No matter how you attempt to reduce your "Anxiety" whether it be by vitamins, prescription medicines, over the counter drugs, illegal drugs, alcohol, partying, legal or illegal sex, orgies, strip clubs, homosexuality, adultery, legal or illegal pornography, bestiality, necrophilia, power struggles, rivalry, hostile fits of rage, dissension from authority, ...


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V.Rollins is right. Read the verse in it's entirety it is talking about corruption vs. incorruption: " 50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption." Symbolism changes throughout the bible from one verse to another. In one instance "blood" is referring to mortality, ...


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Big, big difference. The Christ is an abstract idealization of the perfect person. Jesus was not the Christ, but only an imperfect representation of it, just as you or I are.


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To say that Jesus is the Christ or the anointed one is the same as saying that Barak Obama is the President. When we say the President we know that is his TITLE, his calling, his purpose, but we also know who we are talking about. Don't complicate it. Keep it simple. Satan was defeated by Jesus. That name & that name alone is the name Satan hates. That ...


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When Jesus turned water into wine, He performed His first miracle at the wedding feast. It was also at the request of His mother. He didn't want to demonstrate His power yet, but still obeyed His mother. It shows how Christians must respect Mary as Christ did. This first miracle also foreshadowed His death on the cross as being the sacrificial lamb. To ...


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Uta Ranke-Heinemann, among others, points out the parallels to pagan tradition in the account of Jesus turning water into wine. She says, in Putting Away Childish Things that the transformation of water into wine is a typical motif of the Dionysus legend, in which this miracle serves to highlight the god's epiphany. On his feast day, Dionysus made empty jars ...


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In Exodus 12, the Hebrews celebrated the Passover on the 14th day of the first month of the year, it is called Abib in Hebrew (like January in our calendar today). After coming back from the Babylonian exile, they call Abib by a Babylonian name which is Nisan. So Abib 14 or Nisan 14 every year is the day of the Passover. Fast forward to the time of Jesus, ...


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Jesus was supposed to be a man of the people- that is, someone focussed on helping people get from day to day. Why do you think so? Jesus came to redeem people by his suferring and death. Not to make their life comfortable. Jesus lived in the middle-east, where there's not much water Water was not scarce in Jesus's place and during his time. I don't know ...


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E. G. Richards describes in Mapping Time how shadow clocks were used to divide the hours of daylight up into exactly 12 hours of variable length according to the season. It was not until the invention of mechanical clocks that we changed over to a variable number of hours of daylight, each of fixed length throughout the year. Using the universal shadow ...


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I found an interesting hypothesis that could actually explain the reason of this apparent discordance among the gospels. I go a bit into the Greek language, so I apologize for that, since this post would be more appropriate for hermeneutics (in fact I would suggest to move there). In John 19:14 the KJV says that it was the preparation of the passover, ...


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Salt provides essence and taste to food; no one prefers having bland food, hence the saying "take it with a pinch of salt". In this sense Jesus says that people are the essence of the earth, the planet, it is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. The planet's survival is based on the mere existence of humans. Humans ...


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John operates on a different chronology than Mark. Matthew 26:17, Mark 14:12, Luke 22:7-9 all have the disciples asking Jesus where to prepare the Passover supper on first day of the feast of unleavened bread, with the crucifixion the next day. But John 19:14 has the crucifixion itself taking place on "the preparation of the passover" which is the first ...


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following is what John H. Yoder had to say about "What is our cross?" i have edited, but see no reason to rewrite it. it comes from "The way of peace in a world of war" and "Living the disarmed life". in a sense of the word, think of the cross as a formidable spiritual weapon. Following the example of Jesus himself, the first Christians and the writers ...


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Jesus was crucified at noon He was led unto the hall of judgment in the morning, the gospels are quite clear here: Matthew 27:1 (KJV) 1 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: Mark 15:1 (KJV) 1 And straightway in the morning the chief priests held a ...


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No. It means we should carry ours. John 3;3 Jesus answered and said unto them, verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Once we accept this requirement, thhe process of conversion begins; submission and change. Submission is denying self. Jesus denied ...


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A sacrifice could mean to get something bad you could avoid, but you choose to get for a good reason. Now, Jesus sacrifice is well described in Philippians 2:5-8 5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the ...


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The basic story of the gospel is this: we, being sons and daughters of Adam, are sinners and because of our sin we deserve punishment from God because he is a just God. At the same time, Good loves us enough that he sent his own Son to both live the perfect life we could never live and to bare the punishment of our son, becoming the ultimate sacrifice. When ...


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It is a lot simpler than one may think. The cross is in reference to the burdens and sacrifices you suffer to follow His steps. His steps being the lifestyle expected by a true follower. However I believe that just by following the Bible, you will have already sacrificed a lot (and therefore picked up yoir cross) to classify yourself as a good example, or a ...


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He paid our sins by showing us that everything He has told us is, in fact, true and corect. That He can give up His life on the cross just to tell us that everything He taught us is right. If it is difficult for someone to surrender his life for something he claims as true, what more if not. He, on the day of His crucifixion, could have taken back His ...


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The sacrifice of Jesus was many things. It was a personal atonement for our sins, bringing salvation. But it is much, much more than only that. It was a propitiation. God's wrath was/is hot upon the human race, his sacrifice was a shedding of innocent blood to put away that wrath. It was for us, but it was directed toward God. God required innocent blood, ...


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To take up your cross and follow Jesus was a command to do exactly that. Had he been obeyed, there would have been twelve (or at least eleven (minus Judas)) more crosses on the hill that day. Ultimately, they did not obey...they abandoned him rather than be crucified with him. To take it out of its context and apply it to modern America, absent of ...


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Being crucified is so painful that the romans even offered pain killer before the cross. romans are not kind; if you don't think you know quite how painful this was, look it up. 2.you said: "To me, sacrifice would mean to act in the best interest of others when you know doing so could hurt you." This hurt Jesus and it reconciled us back to God(made us ...


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What Jesus means is to crucify our "old man" ie. our flesh. Paul talks about this. That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; Eph 4:22 (KJV) We are to crucify (put off) the old man.


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God sacrificed his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to satisfy the debt we owe: Romans 6;23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life. If you choose not to accept his sacrifice, then you will pay the debt you owe with your life. However, your death will not be a sacrifice, it ...


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In Jesus' prayer at Gethsemane (Mt 26:39), we see that Jesus was not happy with his cross: Mt 26:39 (NIV) Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” The fact that He was "sorrowful and troubled" (Mt 26:37) and said that his ...


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I find no indication in Matthew Chapter 5 that Jesus is referring to the Law of Moses. Jesus' reference to the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, after talking about the commandments (5;19), leave little doubt about the doctrines of the Scribes and Pharisees. The ten commandments are immutable, as mentioned ...


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Jesus was resurrected as a human to prove that he was resurrected. When he said "see my hands and feet" he was still in his human body that was nailed to the torture stake, but was now brought back to life. He didn't ascend to heaven (Gods Kingdom) until later, when he returned to his spirit form.


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Man in his present state is mortal, and corruptable and cannot enter the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 15;53 For this corruptable must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. Philippians 3;21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according ...


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Of course it was possible for Jesus to sin, and in fact he did on multiple occasions. This is why Jesus was not the Christ, but only an imperfect approximate manifestation of it.


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1 Corinthians 6;10-11 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you; but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our GOD.



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