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Jesus' main purpose in coming to earth was to die on the cross in order to redeem mankind from their sins. He attests to this in a number of places in the Bible, and other writers of scripture also say this. Therefore to have Michael or any other archangel rescue Jesus would be to go against the wishes of God the Father - which Jesus, in his obedience, did ...


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I am mostly familiar with the evangelical perspective, which I think is shared with mainstream Protestant denominations, since they all rely on Bible evidence alone (instead of relying on the writings of the Church Fathers or St. Thomas Aquinas). The Catholic viewpoint may have been answered already (link provided by Peter Turner). From sermons I heard and ...


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It is desirable in any important matter to have strong testimony to a fact. As a Protestant, my primary source is always the scripture and it is scripture itself which advises that one should have strong testimony in all important matters viz : At the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established. [...


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My answer is based on the fact that I am a Baptist and I hold to a literal, Grammatical, Historical interpretation of the Bible. Although in this case I would think there would be broad agreement among most sects of Christianity. The first thing is Jesus came in fulfillment of the Old Testament office of the Messiah. There were dozens of Old Testament ...


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James Ussher, in his Annals of the World (first published in 1658), writes: “Phlegon stated that in the 19th year of Tiberius (as Eustathius Antiochus noted in Hexaemeron) and the fourth year of the 202nd Olympiad (that is 33 AD), the following events took place... 'There was a large and most famous eclipse that had ever occurred. The day was so ...


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We in the western world have been raised in a culture dominated by a post-Constantinian Christian worldview of time, rather than one that is biblically Hebrew. Our days begin and end at midnight, rather than the biblical breaking point of sunset. Our days are named after celestial bodies and Norse gods revered in pagan worship and our work week begins on ...


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From a Christian perspective, your question contains two erroneous premises: first that every person will be saved (universal salvation) and second that “Jesus descended into the deepest depths of Hell to endure further ineffable tortures.” According to the Bible, only those persons who come to saving faith in Christ Jesus will be saved. God is ...


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How was it loving for God to torture his own son? God didn't torture His own Son. We did. How was it just/fair for Jesus to take the punishment that we deserve? It wasn't fair, but it was God's demonstration of love. Humanity was cursed for our sin which resulted in the consequence of death. Jesus took that curse upon Himself, on our behalf, which ...


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The 7 corporal and 7 spiritual works of mercy add up to the 14 stations of the cross. Each station represents one of these works of mercy. Jesus teaches us to: Feed the hungry; Give drink to the thirsty; Clothe the naked; Shelter the homeless; Comfort the imprisoned; Visit the sick; Bury the dead; Admonish sinners; Instruct the uninformed; Counsel the ...


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It's a teachable moment: even on the cross, Jesus remains the teacher But first, the parallels between Jesus and David. There are many. There is an entire school of study that investigates, through types and typology, how Jesus and David are deeply linked even though the local Jews, hoping for a Messiah like King David, got a different kind of Messiah (...


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The Alexamenos Graffito - "Alexamenos worships his god". Someone decided to mock Alexamenos with some graffiti at the Palatine Hill. Christians, especially in the first and second centuries, were accused of worshipping a donkey, which is called "Onolatry". Tertullian writes about this with reference to Christians. Google "onolatry" and "Tertullian" to ...


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What does modern scholarship conclude about the shape of the cross and the method of crucifixion of Jesus? The Romans had only a few forms of crucifixion methods at the time of Christ. The gibbet on which crucifixion was carried out could be of many shapes. Josephus says that the Roman soldiers who crucified the many prisoners taken during the Siege of ...


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St. Thomas Aquinas's commentary on Matthew 27:46 explains that He calls Him His Father, in that He is God; He calls Him His God, in that He is man: wherefore, when He says, My God, My God, etc., it is clear that He is speaking insofar as He is a man; hence, He groans, to express the greatness of His human suffering.


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There are some things about Jesus divinity which need be understood in consideration of your question. We must first understand that when we subscribe to the concept of the Trinity; we are accepting that Jesus is a third part of God. The other two parts of God being the Father and the Holy Ghost. Angels are not creatures with free will as are Mankind. Angels ...


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Christ could have made superabundant satisfaction for our sin with one drop of His Precious Blood, as St. Bernard said, so His passion was not necessary in the sense of "anything which of its nature cannot be otherwise" (Summa Theologica III q. 46 a. 1 "Whether it was necessary for Christ to suffer for the deliverance of the human race?" co.). Yet, the ...


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Was the special Sabbath mentioned in John 19:31 and Matthew 27:62 the start of the Feast of Unleavened Bread? Yes, John 19:31 reads: The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they ...


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As a crude analogy, God sending his Son to die on the cross is as much child abuse as a father sending his son to war. He didn't kill his son; others did. Though he knew his son would be killed, it was for a righteous cause. How was it loving for God to torture his own son? God didn't torture Jesus. Mankind did, with the acceptance of Christ. But he ...


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I would say absolutely. David being a type of Christ, chosen by God to save Israel, in distress under his own circumstances. And Christ Himself making reference here I think, in His words on the cross in His suffering, being the savior of the spiritual Israel. Many commentaries mention the correlation. You can view some here: Psalm 22:1. "The Spirit of ...


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The quote comes from Luther's commentary on Galatians, specifically on ch 6, vs 17. Luther's Works. Volume 27: Lectures on Galatians 1535, Chapters 5-6, Lectures on Galatians 1519, Chapters 1-6 Saint Louis: Concordia Pub. House, 1964. Page 407: Although “marks”—in Latin this word means signs that are stamped on—may be taken here as referring to the ...


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The Divinity of Jesus It is crucial to first understand traditional Christology, and so the meaning of the doctrine 'Jesus is God.' According to traditional Christianity, that Jesus is God means He is, as to His nature, θεος (the Greek word for 'God'). St. John opens His Gospel thus: John 1:1 (DRB) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word ...


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