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The second part of your question - relating to Ezekiel 18 - is a very good question. I struggled with this when I was a new believer. This chapter talks about personal responsibility - which I needed to hear - but then the New Testament talks about Jesus taking our punishment. I found it confusing. Here is how that chapter ends (Ezekiel 18:30-32): ...


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There are numerous tantalising fragments in the Old Testament referring to traditions of human sacrifice by the early Hebrews. Mark S. Smith examines the biblical record in The Early History of God and says that child sacrifice was Judean practice as late as the seventh century BCE. He says that the denials in Jereremiah 7:31; 19:5 and 32:35 that human ...


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A few things: God's omnipresence has little if anything to do with Jesus' death on the cross. To be sure, Jesus' death was a burden to him, since on the night he was betrayed, he sweat, as it were, great drops of blood when thinking about the bitter cup he was about to drain to the dregs. More significant, however, was the burden of sin Jesus bore on the ...


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When Adam and Eve sinned, animals were killed by God to provide clothing for them. Genesis 3:21 And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them. Cain and Abel brought sacrifices to the Lord. Cain's was unacceptable because he brought fruit, while Abel's was acceptable because it was the “firstborn of his flock”. ...



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