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With parables you have to remember that they are directed at a specific audience, and make a specific point. Trying to extrapolate to draw conclusions outside the purpose of the parable would lead to a wrong conclusion. Parables are also used to illustrate general principles, not to lay down hard and fast rules. In the Parable of the Talents, the point is ...


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By their fruits ye shall know them Your question is very valid. Satan is the great deceiver, he's been leading people down the wrong path for thousands of years, and he knows that the most elaborate deceptions are 90% truth. Satan discovered long ago that the most effective way to cause people to commit sin, was to make them believe that their actions are ...


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This is what Jesus said: 36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. 37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah ...


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I am six months late answering this, but this same question, particularly, the "elaborate ruse", have been nagging me a long time; and this was the reason for me googling the topic, again, and this time stumbling to this site. For if I imagined myself in Joseph's shoes, it seems only natural and human to declare who you are to your brothers the moment you ...


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Oooor it could have just been the fact that this old prophet plainly lied about seeing an angel just to manipulate the man of God from Judah to disobey God and eat with him. Hospitality was a big thing in Middle Eastern times back then. But, most importantly, it seems this was a test for the young prophet, not the old prophet, as the former was the focal ...


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Truth is in the 'eye of the beholder'. What the other people thought about Abba Moses may not necessarily have portrayed him correctly. An alternative explanation is that Abba Moses had low thoughts about himself, according to the old saying: Mat 23:12 (NIV) "For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted"....


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Adam and Eve spiritually died that day - the moment they sinned and forfeited their holy status before God. Rejecting God's fellowship is just as equivalent and awful as death. That's the whole point of Christianity. To be born again and make dead men alive through the grace of Jesus Christ. John 3:1-21 3 Now there was a man of the Pharisees ...


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"Now the devil tells Eve that she will not die and that she will gain the knowledge of good and evil. Which happens from what the Bible describes." So Eve is still alive today? She is not, she died thousands of years ago, despite the devil claiming she and Adam would not die. They both did, so the devil lied. I find it hilarious how certain people go to ...


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