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Signs in tradition and scripture, can have two basic senses. In the first sense, they are often miraculous indicators of the speaker's trustworthiness, which encourage the listener to believe. In the second sense, they embody or represent a larger or more transcendent truth. The general formula for signs in my first sense is that the speaker first delivers a ...


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It refers to the entire book, but especially the Book of Signs, John 1:19 - 12:50. (As with your note about arbitrary chapter beaks, notice that this doesn't align with the beginning of a chapter.) There are seven miracles or signs that John uses to establish Christ as the Son of God Wedding at Cana Healing the official's son Healing the paralytic Feeding ...


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The Magi used their Magian astrology to recognize what was happening now. But astrologers use astrology to find out what is going to happen in the future. Note that Magi's saw Jesus in a house (Mat 2:11) not in the birth place of Christ. //It appears that the stars have a knowledge.// Stars do not have knowledge on their own. But God uses nature to ...


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From the Point of View of Roman Catholic Church teaching, divination is not an appropriate response to natural phenomena. You would thus not get an official interpretation of such an event. To answer your subordinate question: per the RCC, no, it is not a divine sign. From the Catechism Divination and magic 2116 All forms of divination are to be ...


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Abstract The spiritual gift of tongues serves one purpose: communication where ordinary language skills do not serve. Paul saw prophecy as useful to non-believers even though its primary purpose is for the edification of believers. But speaking in a language the unbeliever does not understand fails to accomplish any purpose at all. A little context is in ...


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Just a Christmas treat for those who enjoy this sort of thing. Of course finding the infant, as lead by the star shining over the animal house, wrapped up and placed in a feeding-trough (φάτνη) is a striking thing to see. The contrast of this earthly, helpless child to the heralding angelic glory announcing his birth is breathtaking to say the least. But ...


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There is a definite difference between trying to foretell an unknown future and seeing things unfold and knowing what's going on. I don't have to be a meteorologist to know that when dark clouds start gathering overhead there's a chance it might rain. A good representation of this is in Revelation: "I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great ...


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1Cor 14:21 In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord. 1Cor 14:22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe. Isa 28:...


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To the question as to why casting out demons was not enough to prove to some that he was the Christ, some believed that such power was not from God: 33 And when the demon had been cast out, the mute man spoke. And the crowds marveled, saying, "Never was anything like this seen in Israel." 34 But the Pharisees said, "He casts out demons by the prince of ...


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The short answer is human nature. The people of Jesus' time knew they needed help: Roman oppression, poverty, misery, religious confusion, division. Many false prophets and revolutionaries had arisen and failed to deliver. From their standpoint, any Jewish person would want proof that this new person promising help can deliver on his promise and not ...


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Probably the most well known light sign in the sky was the announcement of the birth of Jesus: All Scripture is quoted from the King James version unless otherwise stated. Matthew 2:1 and 2 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born ...


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These verses, read in isolation, do seem contradictory. However, sense can be made of them by reading chapter 14 as a whole. Paul is aware of a strong belief in speaking in tongues, and is tactfully opposing the practice, suggesting prophecy as a better alternative. In 1 Corinthians 14:4, Paul says "Whoever speaks in a tongue builds himself up, but whoever ...


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Paul was replying to the matters they had written to him about - 1 Cor. 7:1 "Now for the matters you wrote about". In Chapter 14 he quotes what they have written (that tongues are a sign for non believers) then he exaplains to them that non believers will think they are mad if they hear them talking in tongues without an interpretter - This section is what ...


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Regarding the passages in 1 Corinthians 14, it does seem contradictory that under some conditions it’s improper to use tongues with an unbeliever even though they’re for them. And even more, that at times it’s better to use prophecy than tongues with an unbeliever, even though prophecy is not for them, while tongues is. And just to top it off, it actually ...


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