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Commentators give a number of explanations for the silence of the Synoptists on the raising of Lazarus: To protect Lazarus from persecution Differing source material Distinct criteria for what to include The Synoptics narrate other miracles, and saw no need to include this one as well The geographical and narrative focus of the Synoptics differs from that ...


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he would have to accept any word of mouth relating any miraculous claim that was supposedly witnessed by anyone ever That's quite the extrapolation there. He was asked to believe what his core group of three years had seen, regarding the most important event in their lives, regarding their leader (that he had seen perform miracles). Not "any miraculous ...


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That death and "sleeping," are often conflated in Scripture is perhaps a useful metaphor here. Notice how, in 1 Corinthians 15, Paul likens those who have died to those who have "fallen asleep in Christ." And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If ...


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We are not required to have a 'leap of faith' : we do have evidence. Thomas was given the opportunity to be one of the first to believe the report of Jesus' resurrection without having personally witnessed his physical presence. Thomas chose, rather than believe the report of the chosen apostles of Jesus Christ that the Christ had arisen from the dead, to ...


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I think the misunderstanding here is that the wicked are resurrected and then killed. I'm not sure there's a Biblical backing for the idea that those who rejected Christ will again be separated from their bodies. Their souls will be in bodies when they are cast into the lake of fire. Therefore, the punishment is eternal, physical, punishment in the ...


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The answer begins where the problem began; in the Book of Beginnings, in the Garden of Eden and in what has corrupted humanity. The temptation was "When you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you shall be like God, knowing Good and Evil." - Genesis 3:5 Adam had proof because he was spoken to directly by God and was in the presence of God daily. ...


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Reincarnation involves living again, but having another life in a new body, as a new person/being. On this one, Wikipedia is as good a source as any. Reincarnation is the religious or philosophical concept that the soul or spirit, after biological death, begins a new life in a new body that may be human, animal or spiritual depending on the moral ...


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The phrase is a direct quotation from Genesis 2.7. There is some difference in the wording in most modern bibles. This is because Paul was quoting from the Greek text of the Old Testament, known as the Septuagint or LXX, whereas our modern bibles are translated from the Hebrew text from which the Greek was originally translated. The LXX text of Genesis 2.7: ...


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Christians from both sides of the continuation of spiritual gifts debate understand Irenaeus's quote here more charitably than Gibbon, and do not see it as evidence that people were being raised from the dead in the late 2nd century. I'll refer to the writings of cessationist B. B. Warfield and charismatic Ronald A. N. Kydd. Warfield addresses Gibbon ...


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Elijah resurrected the son of a widow in Zarephath (1 Kings 17:7-24). Elisha resurrected the son of the Shunammite woman (2 Kings 4:8-35). A dead man came back to life when he touches Elisha's bones (2 Kings 13:21). Jesus resurrected the widow's son at Nain (Luke 7:11-15). Jesus raised the daughter of Jairus, a Synagogue leader from the dead (Matthew 9:18-25,...


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Both "Pulpit Commentary" and "Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible" recognize this quote as taken from Genesis 2:7, not word by word but carrying the same meaning. Then the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man's nostrils, and the man became a living person. (Genesis 2:7, NLT) The "Last Adam"...


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No one knows for sure. The Bible doesn't speak directly to this issue, no Pope has spoken ex cathedra about it, and no ecumenical council has addressed it. The "angelic doctor" Thomas Aquinas wrote in his catechism: All will rise in the condition of perfect age, which is of thirty-two or thirty-three years. This is because all who were not yet arrived ...


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Jehovah's Witnesses draw the belief of living forever on Earth for a few reasons. The first of which was God's original purpose for mankind when he placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. While this original purpose has been postponed by sin and Satan's challenge to God's sovereignty, it is still God's will for mankind. Further, God blessed them, and ...


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It is indeed possible to calculate, within a few hours, the timings of full moons in the first century. Stochastic variations mean we cannot be more accurate. The question asks whether we can apply the knowledge that there was a full moon on Nisan 14 to narrow down the possible years it could have been. Unfortunately this does not help. This is because ...


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You have to realize that Jesus himself had foretold his resurrection (John 2:19, Matthew 12:39-40). In addition to this, there was Scripture prophecy to the same effect (Ps. 16:10 cf. Acts 13:35, Luke 24:15-27). Testing a message against Scripture rather than simply accepting it blindly is something that is commended throughout the Bible (1 John 4:1, Acts 17:...


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The Bible often uses the word sleep to refer to those who are dead, especially those who are going to be resurrected to life. So I think Jesus meant that the girl was not dead forever, without hope. Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death— they are like the new grass of the morning (Psalm 90:5) Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will ...


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Yes, there is no doubt that Irenaeus was speaking of some raising the dead in his own time. The following extract contains the words by Irenaeus that appear to be cited by Eusebius and criticised by Gibbon. Irenaeus is comparing the powerlessness of his opponents to perform miracles with what the Christian brotherhood is capable of performing. After ...


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Although I am not a Catholic, I feel confident that I can answer this, as the answer is shared by all Chalcedonian Christians. This question really gets to the heart of what it means to be a human. And the best way to answer that is to look to the incarnation of Christ. In the incarnation the eternal person of God the Son was united to a finite human ...


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Brigham Young spoke of it as a Priesthood ordinance: It is supposed by this people that we have all the ordinances in our possession for life and salvation, and exaltation, and that we are administering in these ordinances. This is not the case. We are in possession of all the ordinances that can be administered in the flesh; but there are other ...


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The difference between Adventists and other Christians is NOT which day is the seventh or not. It is whether the christian Sabbath should be on the seventh day (the day of the jewish Sabbath, the day that was set as sabbath in the OT) or on the first day (the day Jesus was resurrected), changing the day of the sabbath. Note that the NT says the disciples ...


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The issue with Thomas was that he already had evidence, but he wanted a specific kind of evidence in addition to that. Jesus told them that He was leaving then coming back, even taking them to His Father’s house. Thomas had the evidence of God’s word. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. - ‭‭John‬ ‭10:...


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In addition to David Stratton's great answer, reincarnation has a very different idea of the nature of the soul and spirit. As you can see in the word's form, it is based on incarnation, when a spirit takes on flesh. The Eastern religions which believe in reincarnation believe that the soul or spirit is eternal and just temporarily takes on a body. This is ...


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There are two types of Resurrections in the Bible. 1. Temporary Resurrection Those who are brought back from the dead without a new body given to them. They will still die again when their time comes. This resurrection is mostly for the purpose of God's glory or to simply extend the life of the dead person on Earth as a result of prayer. This, even now is ...


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The answer is because Jesus was without sin. When Adam and Eve first sinned, not only were they thrown out of the Garden of Eden, but they were also rendered mortal; they were now capable of dying. Everyone who sins dies, and everyone sins. Even those before Jesus who died and were returned to life (like Lazarus) still had to die again later. Jesus however ...


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I believe it is simply because when Matthew, Mark and Luke wrote their respective Gospels, Lazarus was still a living testimony to Christ having raised him to life. They had no need to mention the miracle because it was so well known and could easily be confirmed by Lazarus himself. John wrote his gospel much later and by this time Lazarus had once more gone ...


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We won't know until the afterlife; the answer looks to be "no1" The Fourth Lateran Council rules lean toward "no", as explained by Father Paul A Deffner, O.P. THE SAME BODY Not only will our body be brought back to be reunited with the soul, but it will be the same body to which the soul was united before death. As St. Paul declared (I Cor. ...


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A Baptist would point back to the garden of Eden and the nature of the problem. There are sins that a person commits by an act of the will in opposition to what is known to be right and there are sins committed in some degree of ignorance, both of omission and commission. Remedies for these (more accurately atonement of these) were prescribed for God's ...


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Ellen G. White, who many in the Seventh-Day Adventist church consider a modern day prophet (according to Rev. 12:19, and 19:10) had this to say about this event. I believe she wrote this by inspiration of Jehovah our God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in her wonderful book on the Life of Christ called, "The Desire of Ages": Christ arose from ...


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