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These people are likely thinking of verses like these: John 15:18-20 (NIV)     18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember ...


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I've heard a variety of theories on this topic: He "knew" (or hoped) the crowd wouldn't accept them (they were asking for men, after all) Females were considered a sub-class of society, and therefore were his "possession" wherewith to do as he pleased It was the offer of a desperate man trying to save the guests whom he suspected of being more than just ...


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Building on @warren's response: Yes, righteousness does not indicate that he was perfect. Additionally, crimes against humans by humans are particularly abhorrent to both humans and God. So why, then, would Lot be considered righteous? There are also a couple of other factors that may influence our understanding of this: Context. Peter is addressing a ...


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I do not believe that the verses cited mean that it is easy to live a Godly life, and to abstain from sin simply because we're saved. No less than Paul himself, who wrote a good portion of the New Testament struggled against his sin nature. He wrote about it often, but I think that the most raw and honest writing, which dealt directly with his struggle is ...


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OK, you need some context here. The scribes and Pharasees were the Jews that took the most pride in following the law. These were the folks that did everything that the Old Testament told the people of Israel to do. All the prayers, all the ceremonies, all the feasts, all the sacrifices. These guys kept fully kept the letter of the law, and when they ...


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You say "a person would be considered righteous by their deeds and not just their faith". I'm not sure this is a necessary reading of the Biblical passage. You quote 2.24: I think verse 18 is more useful for interpreting James' account of the relationship between faith and works: But someone will say, ‘You have faith and I have works.’ Show me your ...


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I think you are referring to a doctrine called Entire Sanctification, which is taught by some Wesleyan and holiness churches. A Google search on that term will give you more information, but basically, the idea is that it is possible with the Holy Spirit's help to avoid sin completely. Some Scriptural basis for this belief can be found in Romans 6, 1 ...


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Outside of being offered by their father in this incident, there are really only two things we know about Lot's daughters: they were betrothed or in some translations actually married to men of Sodom (Gen. 19:14 - the latter option making Lot's claims to their virginity suspect), and after the destruction of Sodom, they get their father drunk and seduce ...


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That little word in is packed with profundity, significance, and comfort for believers in Jesus Christ. One way of approaching this little word is via one of the many names for the Church Universal: the Body of Christ. A body, of course, is composed of many parts (viz., appendages and external and internal organs), and so it is with Christ's body, the ...


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The answer is NO. The reason we need salvation in the first place is because we can't be righteous; by nature we are law-breakers (Romans 3:10f). The only God way we can be righteous is if God gives it to us. Salvation involves us being 'justified' (i.e. we are declared to be "not guilty") before God thus making us righteous (Romans 1:16, 3:20-26). We ...


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Yes. Righteousness is absolutely a prerequisite for salvation. However, no one is righteous (Romans 3:10). No one, that is, except Jesus. And He offers to give us His righteousness in exchange for our sins: 2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. Click here for more ...


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Theologically speaking, the first two verses of this Psalm give away the whole point: 1 Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; 2 for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. It is so tempting to see "the wicked prosper," and forget that even Jesus said that ...


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Quite the opposite. It is unrighteousness is the only prerequisite for salvation. Jesus answered them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." (Luke 5:31-32) The point that James makes is that "faith without works is dead." A faith that prompts no actions is not ...


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Wax Eagle does a good job answering the last part, but I think I do better answering the first part. The Pharisees did not accept Jesus. It seems the connection here is that accepting Jesus is an act of righteousness. When you accept Jesus you will be credited righteousness. I don't see the "seeming opposition". Righteousness is accepting Jesus. The ...


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Yes , yes it does mean that the righteous will reside on a paradise earth . Notice verse 10 and 11 of the same chapter . There is certainly by no means an abundance of peace upon the earth now . Especially considering the wars and famine that pervade . However the time is soon for Jehovah to restore the earth to the paradise it once was as seen in the garden ...


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No, it is not easy; it is completely impossible: Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. That's the Gospel's standard, according to Jesus. So, what should we do? As David Stratton's answer states, even Paul had this problem. However (following on from the verses David quotes) Romans 8 answers this. First, we're ...


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Yes you could add "made righteous" to "in Christ" but, first of all, the text doesn't say that, and secondly, that would be redundant since the term "in Christ" is the most complete description of salvation, it encompasses the full spectrum of all that God has in store for His saints Colossians 2:9 - 10 "For in him [in Christ] dwelleth all the fulness of ...


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One example is Ramah, a town which Jeremiah prophetically lamented. The area was a source of great dispute between Judah and Israel. The punishment for the unwritten actions which occurred here were fulfilled in Matthew 2:17-18 17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, 18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, ...


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If the persecution of Christians is the sign of the end times, the world would have ended 1600 years ago, during the great persecution of Christians by the Roman Empire. There are, of course, many Christians who believe that there will be the last and sever persecution of Christians. It is believed that the Anti-Christ will be the source of persecution. ...


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What does it mean to be in Messiah? Consider this interaction between Jesus and his disciples in John 14: If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have ...


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I doubt any apostle would have said it is easy. Not even Jesus: Luke 22:43-44 ESV And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. But is it PEACEFUL? Well that depends! John 16:33 ESV I have said these things ...


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Karl Barth answers this question quite well in a piece he wrote called The Call of Discipleship. He says that the gospel is not easy to live by, but that if we will not take upon ourselves the yoke (the teaching of Jesus) we will wear a yoke 10,000 times heavier, the world's.


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A natural harmony between Genesis and Peter is found in the harmony between Peter and Paul. Someone who reads the Bible as a disaparate collection of different people's opinions might object that to import Paul is the wrong way to answer the question. But such an approach does not even require a reconciliation between Peter and Genesis. Copies of the ...



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