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The problem of Jesus telling others not to reveal his identity is known as the 'Messianic Secret' and is a motif primarily found in the Gospel of Mark. According to William Wrede (Das Messiasgeheimnis in den Evangelien, 1902) the messianic secret is a prohibition to make known the messianic character of Jesus. The following essay: 'Mark Essay 3: Is there a ...


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I think the simplest explanation is simply that the Evangelists had slightly different recollections of events. The Church Fathers recognized that there were inconsistencies in the Gospel accounts and accepted them. John Chrysostom discussed this the first of his Homilies on the Gospel According to Matthew, written in the late 4th century: And why can ...


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Should Christians defend their faith? 1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Mark 13:11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye ...


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The difference between these verses is the influence of the Holy Ghost. AS a Christian we should always be ready to explain why we believe that Jesus was our redemption from sin. that is the lesson of Peter. Peter was as should all Christians ready to teach the Gospel, and defend our right to live in a way to secure our Eternity. Peter did so right up to his ...


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The Father is the one John meant in this context as may be understood from Jesus' words in John 4:46. Direct seeing is what he means no man has experienced even though seeing the Son could be accounted for seeing God since the Son is the exact replica of the Father.


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Luke doesn't say Jesus prayed "only once", it records him praying without noting the particular detail of the three separate entreaties recorded in Matthew and Mark (although perhaps it is alluded to non-specifically in verse 44 - "he prayed more earnestly" in context suggests he prayed at least twice): 39 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, ...


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God is constant; man is not. The Psalms are reflections of the hearts of the persons who composed them. David in faith defeated Goliath and in folly slept with a friend's wife and had him killed. He worshiped God wholeheartedly and spared the life of his enemy King Saul, and he also was chased for years and despaired of life. One son became a wise leader, ...


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If Psalms 10, 22, 46 and 145 were indeed written by King David or by members of his court, this would be a strange contradiction. The same voice can not say on the one hand that God is ever-present (46:1) and is always ready to help those who fall (145:14), yet that God hides himself in times of trouble (10:1) and that he has forsaken me (22:1). Mark S. ...


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Here the skeptic attempts to pit Jeremiah 3:12 (a promise to Israel that God will not be angry with them forever) and Jeremiah 17:4 (a statement that God’s anger over sin had been kindled and will burn forever) against each other. In Jer. 3 God is calling Israel to repent of their sin and turn back to him and promises that his anger will not burn against ...


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Consider the following passages: Psalm 37:4 "Delight yourself in YHWH, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Deuteronomy 4:29 "But from there [among the world] you will seek YHWH your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your life." Jeremiah 29:11-14 "For I know the plans I have for you,” ...


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I'm not sure that there is a contradiction. Using the NIV translation: They said to him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages [200 denarii]! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?” — Mark 6:37 Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages [200 denarii] to buy enough bread for each one to ...


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Consider the wisdom books (Ecclesiastes, Proverbs, Job) not only as complementary, differing in focus and filling out the ideas by considering difficult cases, but also as a progression. Ecclesiastes begins with a lost person, who despite a measure of wisdom, is confused about the meaning and purpose of life and unable to find the most enjoyable course to ...


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The Marcan-Matthean tradition and the (earlier) Pauline-Lucan tradition vary in how they record the institution of the Eucharist. Compare the reading from Mark and Matthew with Luke and Paul, where Paul records the institution of the Eucharist in 1 Corinthians 11:23-25: 23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on ...



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