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There is not as much disagreement over Jesus' appearance as your question indicates. In fact there is near unanimity amongst Christians on the matter of his appearance - specifically virtually all Christians agree that we do not know what he looked like. The scriptures record nothing of his physical appearance, and there are no other authoritative ...


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To get this out of the way first, yes Joseph Smith indeed claims to have seen God the Father, and Jesus Christ, in what is called the First Vision: Joseph Smith—History 1:17 17 [...] When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name ...


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Various creeds and confessions can be utilized in answering a question like this one. A general view has been that Jesus is denouncing or correcting actions that were abusing oaths and the inherent trust meant to be attached to them. We should also take note of James's teaching in James 5:12 (ESV): But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by ...


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And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, so that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, that he would be called a Nazarene. (Matthew 2:23) [ESV] In his book, Barney Kasdan states Matthew is using a midrash, which is "an interpretive act, seeking the answers to religious questions (both practical and theological) by plumbing the meaning ...


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”And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. - Acts 13:3” The passage does not tell exactly what is the laying of hands. Is it a blessing prayer for their journey or a sacramental ceremony? Let’s take a look on what is says in this commentary below. Fasting and prayer, imposing their hands upon them. By which ...


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From Contradicting Bible Contradictions we find an intriguing answer. Zedekiah was a lot younger than his “position” in the line of sons of Josiah because he was actually a grandson via an affair between Jehoikim and Hamutal one of Josiah wives. So his position was immediately after his biological father Jehoikim’s position. Zedekiah is called: son of ...


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As @curiousdanni pointed out in comments, the text here does not put forth the eternality of the Law and Prophets but rather highlights two conditions in which they may or will pass away: If the current created order passes away or if everything in them is fulfilled. It is possible that these two are to be understood as concurrent but that is not necessary....


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Could Jesus’ appearing before Pilate, Herod, and scourging happen in 3 hours? Historically speaking, it could be possible, but it is doubted by many. The crucifixion of Jesus occurred in 1st-century Judea, most likely April 7, 30 AD or April 3, 33 AD. Jesus' crucifixion is described in the four canonical gospels, referred to in the New Testament epistles, ...


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I have a list of alleged Biblical contradictions that contains this question. We must first attempt to establish a reference point in time for these verses. 1 Samuel 22:20-23 occurred before David ascended to the throne. King Saul was then in pursuit of David, and had recently ordered the deaths of 85 priests, after accusing them of treason [1 Samuel 22:...


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Father - Matthew uses strong number 3962 in greek for father while Paul uses strong number 1080. I'm not sure how this distinction was understood 2,000 years ago however it appears that there is one. Without knowing the historical distinction we can conclude from the context of both passages that A. Matthew is using the term 'father' in the context of ...


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Jehovah’s Witnesses DON’T believe that Jesus created all other things. Jehovah alone was the creator. We DO believe that. Colossians 1:15-16 (NWT) ............ All other things have been created through him and for him. Notice through him not by him. Take a look at Insight Vol 2 If the estimates of modern-day scientists as to the age of the physical ...


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This is going to be very brief. For those who really want to get to the bottom of this I give two free online articles at the end. The argument of Andrew Steinmann, John Rhoads and others is that Josephus got himself into a bit of a mess, and misunderstood his sources. It isn't just that Josephus disagrees with Luke's data in Scripture, it is that ...


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There is much of value in many of the answers posted above. I would only like to add one thing. In Jesus conversation with Nicodemus it is important to remember that he was a member of the ruling council in Israel. John the Baptist had a confrontation with the Pharisees and Sadducees in which he confronted the belief that they had good standing with God ...


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