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How does calling someone an "idiot" make one bound for Gehenna?

It's not so much something lost in translation, though there may be some cultural factors coming into play. Jews considered the Words of the ten commandments to be minimum requirements, and beginning ...
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What does "give that which is holy to dogs" mean?

In context, Jesus just taught his disciples not to judge in Matthew 7:1-5. The kind of judgment Jesus meant is the judgment of a critical and censorious spirit. That kind of judgment seeks to impute ...
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Who is Mammon whom Jesus warned of in Sermon of the Mount?

From Wikipedia Scholars do not agree about its etymology, but it is theorized that Mammon derives from Late Latin mammon, from Greek "μαμμωνάς", Syriac mámóna ("riches"), Aramaic mamon ("riches, ...
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What is the Catholic Church's interpretation of 'hunger and thirst for righteousness'?

The Catholic Haydock Commentary says this about Mt. 5:6: Ver. 6. Hunger and thirst; i.e. spiritually, with an earnest desire of being just and holy. But others again understand such as endure with ...
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In Calvinism, is there any correlation with the elect and the "blessed" in the Beatitudes of Matthew 5?

I'll handle these questions in two parts: first, the connection between the words blessed and elect (including, as you request, a definition of blessed), and second, if the qualities listed are ...
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Is the sermon on the mount intended for unbelievers?

If you set up that kind of a false dichotomy -- that the disciples left Jesus at the end, and thus they were not believers here -- then none of the teachings of Jesus were given to believers. In the ...
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Who is Mammon whom Jesus warned of in Sermon of the Mount?

Before I give my suggested answer I would like to draw your attention to: 1.Mammon is a wrong spelling. The correct spelling is mamon. If you are familiar with Aramaic, it's probably a Greek scribal ...
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How to reconcile God telling Jeremiah to preach to people that won't listen while also saying not to cast your pearls before swine

TL;DR -- Context lets them coexist without contradiction. The longer version: God's word to Jeremiah in the first passage represented specific instructions for a specific mission. At the base level ...
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According to Catholicism, is marrying a divorced woman a sin of continual adultery?

Yes it is a sin, provided the divorced person was truly married. What is meant by “truly married”, you say? In short it is when two people get married AND the outward appearances of marriage do ...
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What does "Throwing Pearls to Swine" (Matt 7:6) mean?

In Proverbs 9.8, 26:1-11 (and many more), the Bible talks about the fool. A fool is characterized as unteachable, therefore unwise in this passage. The passage tells us that there is no sense to ...
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Sermon on the mount by Jesus Christ

At that stage in Jesus' ministry there were crowds following him around just about everywhere he went and there would have been teaching times interspersed in most of his days. While similar crowds ...
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Are there other explanations of ”right hand” than masturbation (Matthew 5:30)?

Let's look at the narrow context: Adultery 27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already ...
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Are there other explanations of ”right hand” than masturbation (Matthew 5:30)?

Among the commandment of the Law is against adultery. Jesus says that you heard that it was said: you must not commit adultery, for he was quoting from the law. He continues, but I say to you that ...
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How to reconcile God telling Jeremiah to preach to people that won't listen while also saying not to cast your pearls before swine

Jeremiah was about 17 years of age when the Lord commissioned him to be a prophet: “I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5). This commission was to last for 40 years. The purpose ...
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What does "give that which is holy to dogs" mean?

The expression dogs in the gospels refers to those who are not Jews. So the disciples of Christ are not to give things which are holy or sacred to those who have no understanding of what a sacred ...
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How does calling someone an "idiot" make one bound for Gehenna?

The root of this teaching is to show us more about murder. Specifically murder that spawns from arguments and the ruthlessness of the people. There is a reason that Gehenna was translated as Hell. But ...
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Why did Jesus refer to humans as salt?

I do not see the preservative characteristic of salt fitting very well. Do we preserve the "purity" and "good of this world" or is this world without purity and good? Are we able ...
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