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The teachings, parables, and other specific quotes attributed to Jesus in the New Testament

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Why did Jesus use the expression, “very truly I tell you”?

I used to think nothing of it until someone said, "it makes you wonder what he was saying the rest of the time". Now I don't believe for one moment Jesus was a liar, but why did He use that strange ...
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Why does transubstantiation refer only to communion?

Why does the doctrine of transubstantiation consider Jesus’ words regarding the bread and wine of communion to be literal while considering these other similes used by Jesus to be metaphorical? ...
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What did Jesus mean when He said “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me”

Please note, I am not asking about the meaning of “I will draw all men to myself”. This has been answered in another question here: What is the Catholic interpretation of John 12:32? The New ...
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What kind of food is Jesus referring to at Luke 22:16?

We read at Lk 22:14-16 (NRSVCE): "When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer;...
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Does Paul ever actually quote Jesus anywhere as a primary source?

"Does Paul ever actually quote Jesus anywhere as a primary source" However, I came to that post because of my puzzlement regarding Hebrews 10:5-9. I believe Paul is generally considered the author ...
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Why did Jesus address Yahweh as God at the Cross?

Throughout the Gospels, we see Jesus addressing Yahweh as 'Father'. But we see at Matt 27:46 Jesus addressing the Father as `God': "And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli,...
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How to harmonize teachings of Jesus and Paul about work?

Jesus: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear ... Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about ...
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According to Catholicism, why did Jesus not name the rich man in the story of Lazarus and the rich man?

In the story of the rich man and the poor man (Luke 16:19–31), Jesus did not name the rich man. The name Lazarus that Jesus gave to the poor man is said to have originated from a Greek word meaning '...
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easy yoke and heavy cross

I am having difficulty reconciling a tension that I see in the teachings of Jesus. In Matthew 11:28--30 Jesus tells us 28 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I ...
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Did Jesus or 'an expert in the law' first share the greatest commandments?

In Luke 10.25-29 you have a teacher of the law asking Jesus how to inherit eternal life and then that same teacher of the law answering the question with the two greatest commandments But then in ...
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In Matthew 23:35, who was “Zacharias son of Barachias”?

In Matt. 23:35, it is written, 35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew ...
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Why did Jesus use a Greek proverb when He spoke Aramaic to Saul in Acts 26:14?

Saul spoke Greek, Aramaic, Hebrew, and Latin (there are many references). Jesus spoke Aramaic, Greek, and Hebrew (again there are many references). In Acts 26:14, Paul (who at this time was using his ...
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What does Jesus mean that those that can be trusted on small matters can be trusted in large matter?

Imagine Madoff coming to your living room and saying, "I got an investment that I want you to invest all your money in." You test him. You left some changes on the table and pretend to do something ...
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Psalms 22, The correlation between King David and Jesus?

Was the words spoken by David in his time of trouble similar to Jesus words on the cross "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?" Is it a correlation between the Old Testament and the New ...
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Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise

What does this mean? “Truly I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise”
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In “take up your cross daily” what does “cross” refer to?

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. (Luke 9:23) What does Jesus mean here? What kind of cross is he referring ...
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What does Jesus mean regarding “Raca,” and “you fool?” - is he contrasting them?

Matthew 5:22, KJV says But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in ...
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Why call men on earth 'father' when Christ forbids it?

Jesus forbids his disciples from calling anyone on earth 'father' as they have a Father in heaven. Why do some organisations encourage their congregations to call their congregational leaders 'father'...
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Dialog between Jesus and Peter in John 21: what's going on?

In John 21: 15-17 there's a post-Resurrection dialog between Peter and Jesus. Here's the KJV translation of this dialog. So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, ...
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Does Jesus ever claim to be God, or the son of God?

While I understand there are many potential passages in the Bible of Jesus claiming to be a messiah (which I understand to mean "anointed"), a king, or one through whom it is necessary to know God, I'...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses interpret Jesus' words in Matthew 24:1–34, about the generation that would not pass away before great tribulation?

Jehovah's Witnesses teach that the last days started in 1914 because that was the year that the world changed from the start of WW1. The drastic changes from 1914 onward are the sign of the Lord's ...
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“As it is written in their Law”—A Prophecy?

There is a well-known 'Bible-difficulty' in John 15:25: John 15:23-25 (DRB) He that hateth me, hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works that no other man hath done, they ...
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Why were the Pharisees trying to trap Jesus? What were they trying to achieve?

I would like to know why were the Pharisees trying to trap Jesus (in his words) and what were they trying to achieve by it?
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Jesus speaks about actors/acting?

What book in the bible does Jesus say something about the souls of entertainers being dark as a moonless night or something similar to that.
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According to pre-tribulation pre-millenialists, when would and will Christians be persecuted for their faith as a sign to the world?

In Matthew 10:16-25 BSB, it says "16 Behold, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves; therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. 17 But beware of men; for they will hand you ...
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What was Jesus referring to when He said “it is finished”? What is “it” in this case? [closed]

At the end of Jesus' ministry, what did Jesus mean when He said "it is finished" (John 19:30)? Is this to be considered the end of Satan's Reign over humanity?
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How is Jesus not lying in John 7?

In John 7, Jesus tells his brothers that he is not going up to the festival. Then he goes up in secret. This sounds to me like a lie. John 7:6-10 (NIV) 6 Therefore Jesus told them, “My time is ...
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According to orthodox Trinitarians, why did Jesus respond that only God is good?

18"Why do you call Me good?” Jesus replied. “No one is good except God alone." (Mark 10:18 BSB, Luke 18:19 BSB) How can Jesus be God Himself (and part of the Trinity) when he says "no one is good ...
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Assuming the Gospels are eye-witness accounts, how were certain events recorded where Jesus was alone?

For instance, the temptation in the desert. It was only Jesus and Satan there. Who could have recorded that? Or the prayers of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane? Jesus went up alone while the ...
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Why do literalist Protestants reject transubstantiation?

In both Orthodox Christianity and Catholicism, the words of Jesus, "This is My body" and "This is My blood" referring to communion bread and wine, respectively, are taken literally, and ...
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What is the Roman Catholic view on Matthew 23:9?

In Matthew 23:9, Jesus says: Matthew 23:9 (NIV) And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. What is the Roman Catholic view on this? In the Roman ...
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According to Jesus in the New Testament, where by name are the three places one ought to worship God?

Someone in The New Testament mentions two places where one ought to worship God. Jesus says that in the Messianic Era neither place will be where one ought to worship God. Which are these two places ...
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On the topic of marriage in heaven, how does the LDS church reconcile Matthew 22:23-33?

Curious Based on this document which appears to outline celestial marriage, and LDS temple rites pertaining to the eternal sealing of husbands and wives; children as well, born after the sealing of a ...
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How does Catholicism contradict Brene Brown? (Lev 19:18) Practical implications?

My background: 4 years undergraduate in Catholic university including 3 unit Theology course on sex, love and marriage with M Scott Peck readings. Recently been following Brene Brown who says 'We can ...
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Can we better love others by loving God? Catholicism

Background Jn 13:34 has higher standard of love than Lev 19:18, but that's fine because Jesus quoted Lev 19:18 along with Dt 6:5. Indeed, when asked for the greatest commandment, Jesus gave two ...
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Unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees

My question is based on Matthew 5: 17-20 This question addresses the first part of the passage. The second part is the phrase Unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and ...
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Today shalt thou be with me in paradise [closed]

I keep seeing this brought up as proof we go straight to heaven but if you look the word " today" in that scripture in the concordance you won't find it. King James Version says " to Day" its two ...
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Did Jesus ever directly say he would die as a voluntary sacrifice? If so, was it double sense? [closed]

I know evangelical literature like John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. says Jesus died to ...
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Did Jesus actually ever say “if you don't believe in me you will go to hell”? [closed]

I just finished a five-part series on the History Channel: "The Bible". They did a fantastic job with it. However, I noticed that Jesus did not appear to condemn those who did not believe in Him, and ...
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What does “give that which is holy to dogs” mean? [closed]

What does this mean? You must not give that which is holy to dogs. Do not cast your pearls before swine, or the swine may trample them under foot, and then turn on you and tear you to pieces. ...
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What is the yoke in Matthew 11? [closed]

In Matthew 11:29–30 (NIV), Jesus said: Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is ...
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Why was Jesus amazed by the Syrophoenician women's faith?

“First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” “Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the ...
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According to Catholicism, why did Jesus address inanimate objects?

In Mark 4:35–39 (RSVCE), we read: On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them, just as he was, in the ...
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Is Jesus saying “God willing” the same as “Insallah”, said by Muslims before doing anything? [closed]

Is Jesus saying "God willing" the same as "Insallah" said by Muslims before doing anything?
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Why did Jesus say, “Do not touch me”? [closed]

John 20:17: Jesus said, "Do not touch me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, 'I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'"...
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Why did Jesus never address God by the name “Jehovah”?

What explanations have been offered for why Jesus never addressed God in His prayers by the name "Jehovah" or "Yahweh"?
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What is the significance of Jesus saying “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending”?

All Scriptures are quoted from the King James translation. Four times in the Revelation Jesus uses that phrase(they are all in red letters): Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning ...
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What does “therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves” mean?

In Matthew 10:16 we read: I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. (NIV) What does "be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves"...
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Why did the soldiers go backward and fall down when Jesus said “I am he” in John 18:6? [closed]

I really don't get it. Why did the soldiers trying to arrest Jesus go backward and fall to the ground in John 18:6? Was it because they realized that he was the I AM? If so, then why did they arrest ...
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Can someone explain the argument that Jesus believed in Adam and Eve?

It has been said that Matthew 19:4-6 indicates Jesus believed in an original Adam and Eve. I don't reach this conclusion at all. Can somebody help explain why people read it this way? Matthew 19:4-6 ...