This is a major point of Romans 6. After arguing that the coming of the law increased the number of trespasses, and that subsequently "grace abounded all the more," Paul warns those who might twist his words:
6:1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
Martin Luther writing to Johann Hass:
take potions which can help you; fumigate house, yard, and
street; shun persons and places wherever your neighbor does
not need your presence or has recovered, and act like a man
who wants to help put out the burning city. What else is the
epidemic but a fire which instead of consuming wood and
Many places Bible tells us contrastingly that Jesus is not just a prophet.
What did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written: ‘Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’ “I tell you the truth, among those born of women, no ...
This question is complicated, of course, by the fact that we must work with translations of the original texts in order to find this wording. However, at least three second-century authors use this phrasing when translated into English: Justin Martyr, Athenagoras of Athens, and Clement of Alexandria.
Justin Martyr (100–165) writes, in Dialogue with Trypho:
Cyprian wrote the following during the plague of 250 AD to remind his diocese that Christians are not to expect special protection from disease:
It disturbs some believers that the power of this Disease attacks our people equally with the unbelievers, as if the Christian believed for this purpose - that he might have the enjoyment of the world and this ...
Might this be your quote?
"The organ in the worship is the insignia of Baal" (Martin Luther, Mcclintock & Strong's Encyclopedia Volume VI, page 762)
This phrase turns up 1,400 results in Google; but it may not be accurate.
One researcher, apparently familiar with Luther and this quote, had this rebuttal:
Strong DOES NOT use the word “insignia,” ...
What does the reference mean?
The Witnesses use a rather odd and somewhat cryptic set of abbreviations for their publications.
g94 11/8 10 is Awake! magazine, 8th of November, 1994, p. 10.
jv 134 is Jehovah’s Witnesses—Proclaimers of God’s Kingdom (pub. 1993), p. 134.
Many books also have another, less cryptic abbreviation. For example, jv is often simply ...
The classic book on this subject is The Humor of Christ by Elton Trueblood. While it is true that the Scripture rarely tells Jesus' emotion, there are considerable places in Scripture where Jesus is most likely making a joke:
When the Syrophoenician woman quips back that even the dogs get the crumbs
When the Pharisees strain out the gnats but swallow a ...
The first part is short for John 3:16 which reads (KJV):
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
The second part is short for Do You Believe, with 3 in the place of E, and is asked in reference to the aforementioned verse.
The second part is referring ...
Yes, there is school of theological nihilism influenced by Nietzsche, known as the "Death of God" movement. Probably the most famous individual associated with it is Paul Tillich. This work explores the idea that the traditional concept of God has "died", and the extent to which faith (or reason, or ethics, etc.) can still exist in such a world. We can argue ...
Old Testament prophecies are sometimes 'thematic', by 'type' or 'metaphor' as in the case of these three days. There are various places in the Old Testament that give special meaning to three days. The gospels however only refer to the prophecy of Jonah. Christ said that Jonah would be the 'sign' that God would give the Jews, as a rebuke for their obstinacy....
1. Schools of the Prophets in the Old Testament
Many well known commentaries explain the "sons of the prophets" referred to on multiple occasions in the Old Testament [1 Kings 20:35; 2 Kings 2:3,5,7,15; 4:1,38; 5:22; 6:1; 9:1] as:
...the schools of the prophets... - Benson, Pulpit, Matthew Henry
...a school of the prophets... - Gill
I believe you are referring to Luke 6:38
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. (KJV)
The fruit of the spirit are listed in Galations 5:22-23:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (NIV)
According to The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell, p125, Josephus, who died after 100AD, wrote of Jesus in his Jewish Antiquities, "...for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and then thousand other wonderful things concerning him." (Antiquities, XVIII, 33).
However, those words are ...
Jude 4 says:
I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches saying that God's marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord Jesus Christ."
New Living Translation.
The third cholera pandemic (1846–60) was the third major outbreak of cholera originating in India in the nineteenth century that reached far beyond its borders, which researchers at UCLA believe may have started as early as 1837 and lasted until 1863. In Russia, more than one million people died of cholera. In 1853–54, the epidemic in London claimed over ...
Luke 10:21 On that same occasion Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will.
Here Jesus is rejoicing in the wisdom, and beauty, and grace of God, and how ...
I don't know for sure who the Pope meant, since he did not give very many clues, but I think he was referring to Antonio Rosmini-Serbati (1797-1855). His writings criticising the church were placed on the Index during his lifetime, but he was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007. The biography fits the way that Pope Francis describes events, with the ...
The problem with references to church fathers is that they get paraphrased from time to time. Sometimes you will just have to look in Augustine for similar terminology and see if you can find the concept alluded to.
That being said this seems the closest citation I've encountered to how you worded it, in Augustine's Marriage and Virginity from the Works of ...
Christianity Has Been Handling Epidemics for 2000 Years
The March 13 2020 Foreign Policy newspaper has this article Christianity Has Been Handling Epidemics for 2000 Years listing several examples from historical records. Some quotes:
... the terrible Antonine Plague of the 2nd century, which might have killed off a quarter of the Roman Empire, led to the ...
The Rev. William Benham's translation (available at Project Gutenberg) references this as Psalm 4:4. That translation renders the sentence thus:
If thou wilt feel compunction within thy heart, enter into thy chamber and shut out the tumults of the world, as it is written, Commune with your own heart in your own chamber and be still.
The ESV translates ...
Genesis 28:18 (NLT)
The next morning Jacob got up very early. He took the stone he had
rested his head against, and he set it upright as a memorial pillar.
Then he poured olive oil over it.
Olive oil was very important in ancient Israel. It was used for not only as food and for cooking, but also for lighting, sacrificial offerings, ointment, and ...
Actually, we are all under many curses.
Death: We are subjected to death, aging, sickness and deformities because Adam and Eve failed to obey God by eating the fruit from the forbidden tree.
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death
through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all
sinned (Romans 5:12, NIV)
There are a few verses in Romans that might be what you're thinking of:
Romans 3:8 ESV And why not do evil that good may come?—as some people slanderously charge us with saying. Their condemnation is just.
Romans 6:1 ESV What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?
Romans 6:15 ESV What then? Are we to sin because we are not ...
Roger Nicole was certainly not the first to say this. The quote can be traced to two 17th-century English authors, Thomas Manton and Nathaniel Culverwell.
Culverwell's version of the quote appears in his 1652 work, published one year after his death, An Elegant and Learned Discourse of the Light of Nature. He writes that Augustine's attack on Pelagianism ...
This quote is often attributed to one of the early church fathers, usually to Bernard of Clairvaux or Saint Augustine, although the earliest reference in print was in 1896. There is no historical evidence that links the quote to Clairvaux or Augustine. It is part of a textbook on human anatomy by Joseph Hyrtl
In Ezekiel 37, the prophet has a vision of a valley of "dry bones." When asked if these bones could yet live, Ezekiel wisely says, "You alone know, O Lord." (v3) After this, the Lord miraculously makes the bones come together and come alive.
It is explicitly stated in that chapter, that this refers to the people of Israel being re-established in the land ...
I have always understood James as referring to the "jealousy" of God as brought forward in many OT passages. For example;
Exodus 34:14 (RSV) 14 (for you shall worship no other god, for the
LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God),
Deuteronomy 4:24 (RSV) 24 For the LORD your God is a devouring fire,
a jealous God.
Deuteronomy 6:15 (...