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Did God Hear Jesus’ Prayer?

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Jesus was led to a place called Calvary, with two others who were condemned to be crucified (Luke 23:32-33). The word Calvary actually comes to us from the Vulgate translation of the Greek, kranion (G2898), at Luke 23:33. The verse should read “the Scull” or “the Head” as Young’s Literal Version and our modern translations do. Calvary is the English translation of the Latin calvariae, which means head or skull. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Does Jesus Say Punishment Is Eternal?

Hell - 1Jesus tells us in Luke 12:5 the God has to power to cast folks into hell, and implies that he will do exactly that when some folks are judged. The question is, however, does Jesus mean what so many modern Christians understand him to mean? The Greek word Jesus used for hell is gehenna (G1067). The word is derived from Hinnom, the name of a valley just off the southwest wall of Jerusalem. It was a place where some of the kings of Judah sacrificed their children to the Phoenician god, Molech. King Josiah destroyed its altars and filled it with dead bodies in order to make it unclean for any kind of worship. Later the Jews turned it into a garbage dump where they burned the city’s refuse. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Does Scripture See the Poor as Property?

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At this time I intend to begin addressing those Scriptures that challenge the point of view that the poor and the servant had value in Israel.[1] The new atheists, often ignoring the positive treatment of the poor / servant under the Mosaic Law, try to show that God (through the Law of Moses) had a dim view of those who were sold into slavery (servitude). The critics try to tell us that servants were treated as property under the Mosaic Law with human rights ignored in favor of exalting the rights of their masters or creditors. What can we say of such things? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2015 in apologetics

 

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Jesus Must Be Lifted Up

I need to revisit Nicodemus’ conversation with Christ once more. Nicodemus couldn’t understand what Jesus was saying mainly because he and all the other teachers of Israel had only investigated a portion of what God had said concerning the coming Messiah through his servants, the Prophets. When Jesus spoke of his death in John 2:19 the rulers of the Jews didn’t understand (John 2:20) and therefore couldn’t believe. When Jesus spoke of man’s need to be reborn spiritually (John 3:3), even Nicodemus, who had come to seek answers, couldn’t understand and therefore couldn’t believe, because the teachers had not considered their need (Ezekiel 11:19: Jeremiah 4:4; 17:9; 31:30-34). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2011 in Gospel, Religion, salvation

 

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What Is The Wrath of God

If you could imagine the wrath of God occurring at this moment, what do you believe it would it look like? Would it be earthquakes and fire engulfing and destroying the earth as we know it? If you were to imagine God executing his wrath upon unbelievers, what would you see? When does God’s wrath occur and upon whom is it coming? Does it come upon unbelievers only or does it also come upon God’s people, too? Is it possible to know for certain what it is? I believe we could not only have a general idea, but many of us have experienced it, and it is occurring all around us today! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2009 in Religion, Wrath of God

 

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