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In Matthew 16:24 Jesus tells His disciples to pick up their crosses and follow Him. How would they have understood what He was saying?

Let's start here: The Greek word is "stauros" or "stauron" which means an upright stake. Are you sure about that? In Matthew 27:32, the same word appears; "they compelled [...
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In Matthew 16:24 Jesus tells His disciples to pick up their crosses and follow Him. How would they have understood what He was saying?

The Romans crucified many criminals and rebels both before and after they crucified our Lord. The disciples would have been able to realize that following Jesus meant a self-sacrificial life.
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In Matthew 16:24 Jesus tells His disciples to pick up their crosses and follow Him. How would they have understood what He was saying?

The word is never in the plural ; it is always 'take up his cross'. Which paves the way for doctrine . . . . 'I am crucified with Christ' : union with Christ in his sufferings and in his death. Jesus ...
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Was Jesus a married man?

Was Jesus a married man? The steadfast teachings and tradition of the Catholic Church is that Jesus was never married and remained celebrate his entire life. Pope Benedict XVI, emphasized this as one ...
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Why, in the Gospel of Mark, is Jesus referred to as the son of Mary but, in the Gospel of Luke, he is referred to as the son of Joseph?

Textual Corruption: The Son of Mary The critical editions of the Greek NT have ignored the fact that there was a big reason for scribal interpolation to remove the father of Jesus, thus resulting in ...
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When did Jesus first introduce himself as Son of God?

As a prelude to the public reading of Isaiah, to a narrow audience Jesus introduced Himself as Son of God at the age of 12. And when he was twelve years old, they [Joseph, Mary, Jesus] went up to ...
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When did Jesus first introduce himself as Son of God?

In John 1:34, the context indicates that John the Baptist is testifying about Jesus after Jesus' baptism in the Jordan River. Before this verse, John the Baptist mentions that he saw the Spirit ...
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What is the significance of Matthew starting with the names of the ancestors of Jesus?

A Jewish individual reading the phrase "son of David, the son of Abraham" would automatically recall the powerful biblical narratives related to Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac on Mount Moriah ...
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How long was Jesus's ministry?

In the Book of John, there are three specified times of the Passover; John 2:13, John 6:4 and John Ch. 12-19 (the time of the crucifixion). However, I believe there is a fourth Passover that John ...
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Why should communion be "closed"?

One scriptural injunction that does not seem to have been invoked so far is 1 Corinthians 11:27-32. If this biblical point was taken seriously by all who would partake at communion, some individuals ...
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Why would Jesus turn water into wine - psychoactive, cancerogenous substance

The assumption is that science has proven, beyond a reasonable doubt, that there is a causal connection between consumption of wine and occurrence of cancer or other health related problems. I've read ...
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