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Apocalyptic Language

Apocalyptic languageProbably some of the greatest errors in Biblical understanding occur because folks take literally what should be understood spiritually. Jesus told those to whom he preached that they erred because they didn’t take into consideration that the words he spoke were spiritual (John 6:61-63), and they kept trying to make sense of them literally (John 6:60). We can avoid this type of misunderstanding, if we use the word of God to interpret itself for us, by comparing one part of Scripture with another part (1Corinthians 2:13). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Does Luke Contradict Matthew?

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Luke claims Joseph and Mary returned to Nazareth in Galilee, when all things according to the Law were fulfilled (Luke 2:39). What does this mean and is there a contradiction between his account and that of Matthew who claims Joseph and Mary went down into Egypt from Bethlehem before returning to Nazareth? Weren’t “all things according to the Law” (Luke 2:39) performed with Mary’s purification and Jesus’ presentation in the Temple? Actually, there were a few more things yet to be done to satisfy the Law after Mary’s purification was completed. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Living in the World

The people of God are not called to leave the world but to keep from being conformed to this world’s image of how one should be like (cp. Romans 12:2 & 1Corinthians 5:9-10). In other words, we are called to be sojourners in this world, in the sense that we don’t embrace it as our home. Rather we look to the promise of God for a world yet to be, whose builder is God, himself (Hebrews 11:8-10). So, what does all this mean? If we are not to consider this world our home, how then should we live? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2013 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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The Call of the World

Sometime after Abram worshiped God at Bethel, he went down into Egypt, because there was famine in the land of Canaan. Every commentary I consulted criticizes Abram for doing so, yet we have no proof that Abram did not consult God before going, nor do we have any proof that, even if he hadn’t, that he sinned or made a mistake in doing so. What would sin be like without the law of God? According to Romans 5:13, God wouldn’t have faulted Abram, even if he had sinned. So, why should we find fault? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2013 in Abraham, famine

 

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