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The Bible in no place says that you can possibly pray too much. In fact, it says just the opposite. Not only in the passage in Luke, but also in 1 Thessalonialns 5:17, which says we should be praying continually. Like most "contradictions' this one is simple to resolve by showing that the problem arises from taking verses out of context. (See Rules ...


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This scripture in Malachi 4:5-6 refers to John the Baptist, not Jesus. Luke 1:17 "And he [John the Baptist] will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous–to make ready a people prepared for the Lord." Matthew 11:14 "And if you are ...


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NEVER STOP PRAYING. (1 Thessalonians 5:17, NLT) Christians should dedicate their whole life in prayer and in holiness. There is nothing such as "Praying too much". But ... There is a difference between praying from the heart and vain repetitions. When we say prayer, many Christians misunderstand it as asking something from God. Asking is not the ...


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The answer to your question is really quite simple. God said that what He created was very good indeed (or really good, or better than good) prior to the fall of man and woman. With the fall of our first parents, both they and the world they inhabited were spoiled permanently. Paul wrote that ". . . the creation was subjected to futility, not ...


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Paul is not saying that he signs all of his letters. He is saying that he writes each greeting with his own hand. And all of Paul's letters begin with a greeting. As to proof. Simply saying "this is my letter" proves nothing unless the receiver is somewhat familiar with the sender's handwriting. Which one would hope these recipients are. So it isn't that ...


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The answer might be as simple as this: It is Paul's final salutation, not the caveat we find in 2 Thessalonians 2:17, which Paul wrote in all his letters. If he did not add the 2 Thessalonians caveat, then we can assume he wrote the entire letter, including the final salutation. In other words, the final salutation in all his letters was in his own ...


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Consider the Amplified version of Luke 14:33: So then, any of you who does not forsake (renounce, surrender claim to, give up, say good-bye to) all that he has cannot be My disciple. In other words, selling everything is not required of those who want to follow Christ (with one noteable exception) but rather a willingness to accept that everything ...


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The simplest explanation is that God did not literally rest, but simply that he "rested from creating." From a Christian perspective, God did not rest, in the sense that he stopped doing anything, on the seventh day. In fact, he was then very active in his relationship with Adam and Eve, and all the rest of humanity.


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In chapter 19 you will find the cities of the Tribe of Simeon. Nine of those cities are double listed here (Chapter 15) in the section about Judah. Had the count included all the cities, one would get the wrong number when he added all of them up at the end (if he wanted to). According to Rashi, these cities were taken over by the Simeon from Judah. 19:19 ...


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Some quick, important notes about your references before answering your question directly: Moses is not clearly justified in killing the Egyptian. He fled as a guilty man because he committed murder. There are many instance of men taking justice into their own hands, but this does not mean it was good for them to do so. God continues to bring judgment and ...


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Since you didn't specify which perspective you're looking for (other than the view of skeptics, which is off-topic considering this site is meant to cover what Christian groups teach), I'm going to provide an answer from a Fundamentalist view - one that holds Scripture to be inspired, inerrant, and infallible. Before doing so, I need to point out, however, ...


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I don't see Matthew as referring exclusively to the next life. Why do you think that is what it is saying? In fact, Matthew doesn't give a time frame, therefore, it is less exact, but not contradicting Mark. They are both saying the same thing. Even in other translations, I see it as reading into the text of Matthew to say that it is referring exclusively ...


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Of course, in philosophy, all of these terms are contested. That is what philosophers do. Philosophically, there is a problem about what exactly is meant by "physical" or "material". If the intention is to exclude the soul, God, etc., then it is certainly incompatible with Christianity, however the definition is made. Still, it's a tricky business to ...


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There were several Herod's. The first Herod was Herod the Great. Herod Archelaus, (3 BC – 7 AD) ruled 10 yrs before being disposed by Herod Antipas. Antipas was king during the life of Jesus and killed John the Baptist. Herod Agrippa I, grandson of Herod the Great, is the King whose acceptance of worship caused his death. (Acts 12). He killed James, the ...


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1 Chronicles 20:5 records the same event. However, it states that it was the brother of Goliath. Other translations, such as the NIV, show the reference in 2 Samuel 21:19 as being the brother of Goliath as well. It most likely is just dependent on the translator of the time.


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In order to answer your question it is necessary that we understand some things not so evident in Malachi itself. The Old testament is basically a synopsis of God's will in opposition to man's fragility and Satan's deviousness. The New Testament is on the other hand God's solution to the enigma. In the Old Testament man consistently demonstrates his ...


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On the seventh day, he ceased The Hebrew word used in Ex 31:17 (as well as Ge 2:2-3, 8:22; Ex 5:5, 12:15, 16:30, 23:12, 31:17, 34:21; Lev 2:13, 23:32, 25:2, 26:6, 26:34-35; De 32:26, ...) is שָׁבַת (shabath, 7673, to cease, desist) not the word used for sleep or rest. I don't think you could claim that the writer of the Pentateuch was contradicting himself ...


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I think I can add some useful informations in the subject of Judas death. Except of what is recorded in the New Testament, there are also other accoutns which may clear up potential consufion, remove contradictions and even propose entirely new view on the whole case of Judas death. In my opinion, they contain answer to question posted by OP: Are these two ...


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The information presented above is Not correct ! if you study the writings of Josephus, you will discover that Herod was made king in the time of the consulship of Calvinus and Pollio. they were made Consuls in Oct.2, 40 B.C and their 'consulship' continued in 39 B.C., when Herod was made King. Josephu, in making his reckonings of the high priests, does ...


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All these answers are fascinating and on-topic, but have all seemed to miss a salient point: 'Jacob' did die that day - the man who walked away from that place was named Israel. (cf. Genesis 32:28 ESV) Another answer has referenced: No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known. - John 1:18 ESV (cf. also 1 ...


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Well, that's a very good question. Bible contains several verses to understand how often should we pray, how long should our prayers be, etc... Let's consider on a first hand Matthew 26:41 : Keep on the watch and pray continually, so that you may not enter into temptation. On first reading, one might think we might always pray, that's it : ...


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If you read a little beyond vs2 in Ecl 5 you'll find this: 4 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. 5 Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay This is the reason for vs 2. Don't hastily make a promise to God. You may find ...


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Do these comments using the Ignatius Study Bible New Testament, 2nd Catholic Edition RSV (they are not done producing the OT yet - CCC = Catechism of the Catholic Church), help?: Acts 10:34 And Peter opened his mouth and said, "Truly I perceive that God shows no partiality..." Note: God shows no favoritism to one nation over another in the New ...


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Numbers 20:25–29 says (NABRE) Take Aaron and Eleazar his son and bring them up on Mount Hor. Then strip Aaron of his garments and put them on Eleazar, his son; but there Aaron shall be gathered up in death. Moses did as the LORD commanded. When they had climbed Mount Hor in view of the whole community, Moses stripped Aaron of his garments and put ...


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Is there any explanation for this in any doctrinal belief in any denomination which addresses this? Jesus was explaining the limitation of the law. God's standard is holiness and perfection. Paul tells us that the law was supposed to bring us to an understanding that we needed a Savior. Instead many contemporaries of Jesus felt they had been ...


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If we are “Saved” by grace, then why are we getting "Judged? There are two judgments. The judgment of works is for the unsaved and determines punishment; Revelation 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. For those who ...


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The reason for judgement is that mankind has free will (though Calvinists might disagree.) As it says in Ephesians, salvation is a "gift" and a gift can be either accepted or rejected. It cannot be forced upon us otherwise it is neither a gift nor do we have free will any longer. As such, it must be adjudged as to whether we accepted or rejected this gift ...


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Catholic and Scriptural Perspective Answer The Old is the type of the New, prefiguring it, with the New revealing and fulfilling the Old. cf. The unity of the Old and New Testaments - Catechism of the Catholic Church 128 The Church, as early as apostolic times,1 and then constantly in her Tradition, has illuminated the unity of the divine plan in ...


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The list is 29 cities plus their villages. Apparently, the number of the cities was important, but some villages are important enough to name but not include in the number. An indication of this is some of the obvious repeats, like Hazor [8] and Hezron [16]. This looks like nearby settlements of certain cities are named because they are perceived as ...


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The question is based on a misreading of Romans 12:17. Paul is not exhorting one to do what is right and to do that in sight of everyone. Paul is saying that one should do what everyone deems right: "What is right in the eyes of everyone, be careful to do that." Consequently, it's perfectly possible to do what is right and do it in secret. There is no ...



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