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Biblical significance of the gifts given to Jesus

Biblical References to Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh: Gold is a highly valued commodity – not just for its beauty and use in jewellery and decorations, but also for its status. The Bible describes the ...
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On the topic of marriage in heaven, how does the LDS church reconcile Matthew 22:23-33?

It's important to understand who 'they' refer to. From verse 23 we know the Lord is talking directly to the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection. They were asking a question to bait/trap ...
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What made Jesus question at Mt 21:25 a good example for Christians or was it a bad question because the Jews could not answer?

The question was effective, because it highlighted the hypocrisy of the religious Jews in question. According to the Bible, John was sent from God, and they knew it. Their concern was how answering ...
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According to adherents of 'soul sleep', how did Moses and Elijah appear to Jesus, Peter, James, and John?

Let the Bible interpret itself. A few verses later: And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead. —...
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How do Protestants interpret "Give us this day our daily bread"?

The Lord's Prayer is taught in the Protestant catechisms, e.g.: Luther's Small Catechism Give us this day our daily bread. What does this mean? God certainly gives daily bread to everyone without our ...
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Was Jesus good at singing?

There is no information on the quality of Jesus' singing The Catena Aurea includes commentaries on this verse from Origen, Bede, Rabanus, Chrysostom, Hilary, and Jerome and not one of them talk about ...
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Under the laws of which regime was Jesus sentenced to death on the cross?

Under the laws of which regime was Jesus sentenced to death on the cross? The Jews tried to condemn Jesus to death for breaking their own religious laws. But Pilate initially rebuffed them saying: “...
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If Jesus' ministry was to the Jews, why did He go to Syria?

By "Syria" in this passage, the evangelist did not intend specifically the area now taken up into the Arab Republic of Syria (which was not a country until after the First World War). Rather, what was ...
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Is anyone with accumulated wealth saved?

To answer the OP, yes. Keep reading! In the next paragraph Jesus explains. The point of the parable is to show it is impossible for people to be right with God, regardless of their status, wealth, ...
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Why do Mormons believe that Joseph Smith is necessary to teach us?

Mormons believe Joseph Smith to be a prophet in the sense that Abraham, Moses, Noah, and others all were. Jesus Himself appointed teachers He called apostles like Peter, James, and John. Joseph Smith ...
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How did theologians conclude that blasphemy of the Holy Spirit meant a refusal for repentance?

The task of a theologian is to bring together the many parts of scripture into a consistent whole. Passages may appear to be contradictory, at least on the surface, and so the theologian seeks an ...
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What did Christ mean in Matthew 10:34?

The sword is an important symbol in Christian imagery, and does not always symbolize war and violence. In fact, the sword is a definitive symbol of the word of God. In the context of the passage you ...
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What was the significance of thirty pieces of silver Judas was offered for betraying Jesus?

In Hebrew culture, thirty pieces of silver was the price paid to the master of a slave if his slave was gored by an ox: “If the ox gores a slave, male or female, the owner shall give to their master ...
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Is anyone with accumulated wealth saved?

"The young man proves unable to do so." skips over an important detail. His personal sticking point was Jesus's suggestion to "go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor". ...
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From an LDS perspective, what is a key?

Yes, "keys" refers to priesthood keys Every day, you probably have the experience of opening doors by using a key. Holding keys can be symbolic of a person having authority and access. ...
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Who said "he would be called a Nazarene"?

Matthew's Aggadah In his commentary on Matthew Rabbi Barney Kasdan explains Matthew is using a midrash: And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, so that what was spoken by the prophets might ...
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How do Protestants interpret "Give us this day our daily bread"?

My guess is something like what R.C. Sproul, a Presbyterian, articulates here is common among Protestants. As he says, "[B]read was a powerful symbol of God's provision for His people in the Old ...
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Why don’t the gospel authors specifically identify themselves?

The Gospels are formally anonymous in the same way nearly every book on your bookshelf is: the author is not identified in the body of the text. So my copies of the Harry Potter books are anonymous in ...
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Great commission applies to all believers, but the laity does not baptize. Why?

The Great Commission is a commission given to the Church as a group. It's not a commission given to individuals separately. This is true whether you think of the Church as a single organization or as ...
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What did Christ mean in Matthew 10:34?

Why did Christ say he came as a sword? Matthew 10:32-35 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny ...
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Were the 12 disciples Jewish?

Tradition holds that all 12 were Jewish, but the Bible affirms the Jewish heritage of many of them. Their names are: Thomas, Simon the Zealot, Philip, Simon Peter, Matthias, Matthew (aka Levi), Jude, ...
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Why did God allow for the original Biblical manuscripts to be lost to history? And how to reconcile that with Matthew 24:35

"the modern Bibles are bounded (sic) to have contradictions because of copyist errors and translation errors." The premise of the question is insubstantial. I am assuming the question ...
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How do Protestants interpret "Give us this day our daily bread"?

As far back as the start of the 18th century, Reformed Protestants understood the petition in Matthew 6:11 as a request to God (from whom all good gifts come) to provide them with their daily physical ...
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Is anyone with accumulated wealth saved?

Both Ray and SLM make good points. Let's look at this a bit more closely, however. Starting with (all emphases added): Matthew 19:16, 21a a man came up to [Jesus], saying, "Teacher, what good ...
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How do the proponents of the doctrine that salvation can't be lost usually explain Matthew 7:21-23?

There are several perceived difficulties with this passage. Equating entering the kingdom with salvation. Equating saying "Lord, Lord" with salvation. Equating casting out devils as proof of ...
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How do "once saved, always saved" advocates explain the Parable about wise virgins?

While it is impossible to account for all OSAS interpretations of of the passage, the most obvious answer is that the unwise virgins were not saved. Remember that certain (purported) proponents of ...
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How do proponents of the Prosperity Gospel interpret Matthew 19:24?

Some won't say Unsurprisingly, the prominent leaders of prosperity gospel theology rarely if ever address this verse, unlike their opponents. I searched for quite a while and could not find anything ...
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Is there any evidence to support Matthew's gospel account of the curtain in the Jerusalem Temple being torn in two?

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 ...
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How is Moses' and Jesus' contradictory teaching regarding oaths reconciled?

Various creeds and confessions can be utilized in answering a question like this one. A general view has been that Jesus is denouncing or correcting actions that were abusing oaths and the inherent ...
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