• Christians, what was Abraham's consequence for lying about Sara to Pharaoh? it seems he left with more than he came with.?

    Sarai was his half sister so it was not a total lie. Genesis 12:11 beautiful woman. At 65, Sarai was still young and exceptionally attractive, being only half the age she was to be when she died (127). The patriarchs lived long; Abram was 175 when he died. 12:12, 13 Abram’s fear of Sarai’s being taken to Pharaoh’s harem and his being killed led... show more
    Sarai was his half sister so it was not a total lie. Genesis 12:11 beautiful woman. At 65, Sarai was still young and exceptionally attractive, being only half the age she was to be when she died (127). The patriarchs lived long; Abram was 175 when he died. 12:12, 13 Abram’s fear of Sarai’s being taken to Pharaoh’s harem and his being killed led him to disguise his true relationship to her (cf. 20:13). Abram sought on his own initiative to take care of his future, thinking to assist God in fulfilling His promises. 12:13 sister. This was a lying half-truth, since Sarai was Abram’s half-sister (20:12). 12:15 taken into Pharaoh’s house. Egyptian officials did take notice of Sarai and informed their monarch of her beauty. The result was not unexpected; she ended up in Pharaoh’s harem! 12:17 the LORD struck Pharaoh … with great plagues. The separation of Abram and Sarai was critical enough to evoke the Lord’s personal and dramatic intervention. Abram engineered the ruse to protect himself (v. 13, “that I may live”) apparently without too much thought being given to Sarai; but God’s reaction focused upon the protection of Sarai (“because of Sarai”). 12:18, 19 What is this you have done to me? … take her and go. Somehow, and it remains unexplained, the plagues uncovered the deceit of Abram for Pharaoh. The monarch of Egypt humiliated Abram with his questions, showing more character than Abram gave him credit for and sending Abram out of his country. 12:20 escorted him away. Abram’s lie brought him and his extended family to an ignominious exit from Egypt—one which the servants must have talked about among themselves, with some loss to Abram’s integrity and reputation in their eyes. See 13:9. 13:1–4 Significantly, after the disastrous situation in Egypt, Abram journeyed back to where he had erected an altar and there he again worshiped MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ge 12:11–13:4). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
    7 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 years ago
  • Fellow christians...what is the sin "gluttony" about?

    Gluttony is much more then overeating. In the old Roman Empire they ate, throw up the food, and ate again. Common sense tells us that it is better for us to live with a certain amount of restrain.
    Gluttony is much more then overeating. In the old Roman Empire they ate, throw up the food, and ate again. Common sense tells us that it is better for us to live with a certain amount of restrain.
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  • Heir was a man who help Jesus up when he stummble carring the cross?

    Mark 15:21 They *pressed into service a passer-by coming from the country, Simon of Cyrene (the father of Alexander and Rufus), to bear His cross. 15:21 Condemned prisoners were required to carry the heavy crossbeam of their cross to the execution site. Exhausted from a sleepless night and severely wounded and weakened by His scourging, Jesus was... show more
    Mark 15:21 They *pressed into service a passer-by coming from the country, Simon of Cyrene (the father of Alexander and Rufus), to bear His cross. 15:21 Condemned prisoners were required to carry the heavy crossbeam of their cross to the execution site. Exhausted from a sleepless night and severely wounded and weakened by His scourging, Jesus was unable to continue. The Roman guards conscripted, Simon, apparently at random, to carry Jesus’ crossbeam the rest of the way. Simon, from the North African city of Cyrene, was on his way into Jerusalem. The identification of him as “the father of Alexander and Rufus” (cf. Ro 16:13) is evidence of Mark’s connection with the church at Rome MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Mk 15:21). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
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  • Do souls instantly go to heaven/hell when people die or do they have to wait until the second coming of Jesus?

    Instant heaven. 2 Corinthians 5:8 we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. 5:8 absent from the body … at home with the Lord. Because heaven is a better place than earth, Paul would rather have been there, with God. This sentiment simply states Paul’s feelings and longings of v. 6... show more
    Instant heaven. 2 Corinthians 5:8 we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. 5:8 absent from the body … at home with the Lord. Because heaven is a better place than earth, Paul would rather have been there, with God. This sentiment simply states Paul’s feelings and longings of v. 6 from a reverse perspective Philippians 1:23 But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; 1:23 hard-pressed. The Gr. word pictures a traveler on a narrow path, a rock wall on either side allowing him to go only straight ahead. depart and be with Christ. Paul knew if he died he would have complete, conscious, intimate, unhindered fellowship with his Lord (see 2Co 5:1, 8; 2Ti 4:6–8). very much better. The highest superlative. MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Php 1:23). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
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  • This is a question about Christianity? Can you answer that question?

    1 John 2 Do Not Love the World 15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and also its... show more
    1 John 2 Do Not Love the World 15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
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  • Why Jesus prayed to His Father and divulge his divinity: Jhn 17:1-5 Ver. 3. This is life everlasting; the way to life everlasting, that?

    Best answer: 17:5 glorify Me together with Yourself. Having completed His work (v. 4), Jesus looked past the cross and asked to be returned to the glory that He shared with the Father before the world began (see 1:1; 8:58; 12:41). The actual completion of bearing judgment wrath for sinners was declared by Christ in the cry, “It is finished”... show more
    Best answer: 17:5 glorify Me together with Yourself. Having completed His work (v. 4), Jesus looked past the cross and asked to be returned to the glory that He shared with the Father before the world began (see 1:1; 8:58; 12:41). The actual completion of bearing judgment wrath for sinners was declared by Christ in the cry, “It is finished” (19:30). MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Jn 17:5). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers. He surly affirmed His Divinity.
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  • Does the Bible say how many nails were used to fix Jesus to a cross or a stake ?

    Bible does not say other then Jesus showed the disciples His hands with marks in after His resurrection. One for each hand and one or two for the feet. So 3 or 4.
    Bible does not say other then Jesus showed the disciples His hands with marks in after His resurrection. One for each hand and one or two for the feet. So 3 or 4.
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  • If one is "alienated from the life of God" where is that one?

    4:17–19 In these verses, Paul gives 4 characteristics of the ungodly lifestyles which believers are to forsake. 4:20, 21 learn … heard … taught. Three figurative descriptions of salvation, the new birth. MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Eph 4:20). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers. show more
    4:17–19 In these verses, Paul gives 4 characteristics of the ungodly lifestyles which believers are to forsake. 4:20, 21 learn … heard … taught. Three figurative descriptions of salvation, the new birth. MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Eph 4:20). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
    3 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 3 years ago
  • What does it mean that God gives them over to their reprobate mind? Romans 1:28?

    Romans 1:28 God gave them over. See notes on v. 24. depraved. This translates a Gr. word that means “not passing the test.” It was often used to describe useless, worthless metals, discarded because they contained too much impurity. God has tested man’s minds and found them worthless and useless (cf. Jer 6:30). 1:24 God gave them over. This is a... show more
    Romans 1:28 God gave them over. See notes on v. 24. depraved. This translates a Gr. word that means “not passing the test.” It was often used to describe useless, worthless metals, discarded because they contained too much impurity. God has tested man’s minds and found them worthless and useless (cf. Jer 6:30). 1:24 God gave them over. This is a judicial term in Gr., used for handing over a prisoner to his sentence. When men consistently abandon God, He will abandon them (cf. Jdg 10:13; 2Ch 15:2; 24:20; Ps 81:11, 12; Hos 4:17; Mt 15:14; Ac 7:38–42; 14:16). He accomplishes this 1) indirectly and immediately, by removing His restraint and allowing their sin to run its inevitable course, and 2) directly and eventually, by specific acts of divine judgment and punishment. MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ro 1:24). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
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  • Is it forbidden to have long hair in Bible?

    The norm was short hair on men and long hair on women. Why Jesus is always pictured with long hair I have no idea. Jews had short hair and usually a beard at Jesus time. 1 Corinthians 11:14, 15 nature. The term can convey the idea of basic human awareness, i.e., the innate sense of what is normal and right. The male hormone, testosterone, speeds... show more
    The norm was short hair on men and long hair on women. Why Jesus is always pictured with long hair I have no idea. Jews had short hair and usually a beard at Jesus time. 1 Corinthians 11:14, 15 nature. The term can convey the idea of basic human awareness, i.e., the innate sense of what is normal and right. The male hormone, testosterone, speeds up the loss of hair in men. Estrogen causes women’s hair to grow longer and for a longer time. Women are rarely bald, no matter how old. This physiology is reflected in most cultures in the custom of longer hair on women. God has given her hair as a covering to show tenderness, softness, and beauty. MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (1 Co 11:14). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
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  • Agree or Disagree. The New Testament books are *NOT* in chronological order in the Bible. And, this is a cause of major divisions.?

    Adding: Some seems to be confused who wrote the Bible. Doctrinal statement. We teach that God spoke in His written Word by a process of dual authorship. The Holy Spirit so superintended the human authors that, through their individual personalities and different styles of writing, they composed and recorded God's Word to man (2 Peter 1:20 21)... show more
    Adding: Some seems to be confused who wrote the Bible. Doctrinal statement. We teach that God spoke in His written Word by a process of dual authorship. The Holy Spirit so superintended the human authors that, through their individual personalities and different styles of writing, they composed and recorded God's Word to man (2 Peter 1:20 21) without error in the whole or in the part (Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16). They are purposely not in chronological order. What divisions that may have caused I am not aware of. The only Gospel written so late as you state was John. 1 Corinthians was the first of the epistles. Matthew between 50-70 Mark about the same Luke 60-61 John 80-90 Acts 60-62 1 Cor. around 55...and so on...according to my study Bible. An example on how the dates are obtained for i.e. Romans Paul wrote Romans from Corinth, as the references to Phoebe (Ro 16:1, Cenchrea was Corinth’s port), Gaius (Ro 16:23), and Erastus (Ro 16:23)—all of whom were associated with Corinth—indicate. The apostle wrote the letter toward the close of his third missionary journey (most likely in A.D. 56), as he prepared to leave for Palestine with an offering for the poor believers in the Jerusalem church (Ro 15:25). Phoebe was given the great responsibility of delivering this letter to the Roman believers (16:1, 2). MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
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  • How old was mary when she gave birth to jesus with bible?

    The average longevity was 40-45 so they started early. There is no mention of any age in the Bible about either Joseph or Mary. Girls were married away when reaching puberty, so the guess is from 12-15 years old. That was normal also in western countries in the "old days." Roman law, at Jesus time, allowed marriage of girls all the way... show more
    The average longevity was 40-45 so they started early. There is no mention of any age in the Bible about either Joseph or Mary. Girls were married away when reaching puberty, so the guess is from 12-15 years old. That was normal also in western countries in the "old days." Roman law, at Jesus time, allowed marriage of girls all the way down to the age of 9. In India 18% are married by 15 years of age today.
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  • If the Catholic Church now agrees that evolution is a scientific fact - why do they still believe in original sin if the creation account...?

    The Catholic Church left totally Biblical teaching in 1215 during the Fourth Lateran Council . Since that time they always have been confusing. The description of God creating heaven and earth is understood to be: 1) recent, i.e., thousands not millions of years ago; 2) ex nihilo, i.e., out of nothing; and 3) special, i.e., in 6 consecutive 24... show more
    The Catholic Church left totally Biblical teaching in 1215 during the Fourth Lateran Council . Since that time they always have been confusing. The description of God creating heaven and earth is understood to be: 1) recent, i.e., thousands not millions of years ago; 2) ex nihilo, i.e., out of nothing; and 3) special, i.e., in 6 consecutive 24 hour periods called “days” and further distinguished as such by this phrase, “the evening and the morning.” Scripture does not support a creation date earlier than about 10,000 years ago.
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  • In a Biblical sense, what does the "pride of life" mean?

    pride of life. The phrase has the idea of arrogance over one’s circumstances, which produced haughtiness or exaggeration, parading what one possessed to impress other people (Jas 4:16). In context 1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is... show more
    pride of life. The phrase has the idea of arrogance over one’s circumstances, which produced haughtiness or exaggeration, parading what one possessed to impress other people (Jas 4:16). In context 1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 2:16 all that is in the world. Cf. Jas 4:4. While the world’s philosophies and ideologies and much that it offers may appear attractive and appealing, that is deception. Its true and pervasive nature is evil, harmful, ruinous, and satanic. Its deadly theories are raised up against the knowledge of God and hold the souls of men captive (2Co 10:3–5). lust. John uses the term negatively here for a strong desire for evil things. flesh. The term refers to the sin nature of man; the rebellious self dominated by sin and in opposition to God (Ro 7:15–25; 8:2–8; Gal 5:19–21). Satan uses the evil world system to incite the flesh. eyes. Satan uses the eyes as a strategic avenue to incite wrong desires (Jos 7:20, 21; 2Sa 11:2; Mt 5:27–29). Satan’s temptation of Eve involved being attracted to something beautiful in appearance, but the result was spiritual death (Ge 3:6 “a delight to the eyes”). pride of life. The phrase has the idea of arrogance over one’s circumstances, which produced haughtiness or exaggeration, parading what one possessed to impress other people (Jas 4:16). not from the Father. The world is the enemy of the Christian because it is in rebellion and opposition against God and controlled by Satan (5:19; Eph 2:2; 2Co 4:4; 10:3–5). The 3 openings presented, if allowing access to sin, result in tragedy. Not only must the Christian reject the world for what it is but also for what it does. MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (1 Jn 2:16). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
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  • Isn't it funny how god only heals what modern medicine can heal?

    The real miracle is the forgiveness of sins and reconciling with God. Physical miracles are rare as we know of. God heals and leads by His Providence today. Faith never comes by "miracles", but by hearing a word about Christ.
    The real miracle is the forgiveness of sins and reconciling with God. Physical miracles are rare as we know of. God heals and leads by His Providence today. Faith never comes by "miracles", but by hearing a word about Christ.
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  • How can Christianity have a revival?

    Revival can never be produced by any human means or effort. You faithfully preach a word about Christ and He sends revival in His time for His purpose alone. The normal is one by one, revival is rare. In the end of the second great awakening, at about 1870, they started to seek numbers instead of real converts. New England became a hard state... show more
    Revival can never be produced by any human means or effort. You faithfully preach a word about Christ and He sends revival in His time for His purpose alone. The normal is one by one, revival is rare. In the end of the second great awakening, at about 1870, they started to seek numbers instead of real converts. New England became a hard state after this, and by my knowledge still is.
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  • Do you have respect for the Devil?

    Satan is God`s "slave" (Martin Luther). He can do nothing that he is not allowed to do. There can be no respect for a such one. God is sovereign Lord and ruler.
    Satan is God`s "slave" (Martin Luther). He can do nothing that he is not allowed to do. There can be no respect for a such one. God is sovereign Lord and ruler.
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  • If one of the principle functions of baptism is to cleanses away sins - why would Jesus need to be baptized if he was 1. God and 2. sinless?

    Christ was during His baptizm identifying Himself with sinners. He will ultimately bear their sins; His perfect righteousness will be imputed to them (2Co 5:21). This act of baptism was a necessary part of the righteousness He secured for sinners. This first public event of His ministry is also rich in meaning: 1) it pictured His death and... show more
    Christ was during His baptizm identifying Himself with sinners. He will ultimately bear their sins; His perfect righteousness will be imputed to them (2Co 5:21). This act of baptism was a necessary part of the righteousness He secured for sinners. This first public event of His ministry is also rich in meaning: 1) it pictured His death and resurrection (cf. Lk 12:50); 2) it therefore prefigured the significance of Christian baptism (see note on v. 6); 3) it marked His first public identification with those whose sins He would bear (Is 53:11; 1Pe 3:18); and 4) it was a public affirmation of His messiahship by testimony directly from heaven MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Mt 3:15). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers. Those who teach baptismal regeneration (the false doctrine that baptism is necessary for salvation) support their view from Galatians 3:27. Galatians 3:27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 3:27 baptized into Christ. This is not water baptism, which cannot save (see Ac 2:38; 22:16). Paul used the word “baptized” in a metaphorical manner to speak of being “immersed,” or “placed into” Christ (cf. 2:20) by the spiritual miracle of union with Him in His death and resurrection. See Ro 6:3, 4; cf. 1Co 6:17.
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  • • Why is this known as Pentecost – what took place?

    Pentecost in OT times. Pentecost (Ancient Greek: Πεντηκοστή [ἡμέρα], Pentēkostē [hēmera], "the fiftieth [day]") is the Greek name for the Feast of Weeks, a prominent feast in the calendar of ancient Israel celebrating the giving of the Law on Sinai. This feast is still celebrated in Judaism as Shavuot. Pentecost today We teach that a... show more
    Pentecost in OT times. Pentecost (Ancient Greek: Πεντηκοστή [ἡμέρα], Pentēkostē [hēmera], "the fiftieth [day]") is the Greek name for the Feast of Weeks, a prominent feast in the calendar of ancient Israel celebrating the giving of the Law on Sinai. This feast is still celebrated in Judaism as Shavuot. Pentecost today We teach that a unique work of the Holy Spirit in this age began at Pentecost when He came from the Father as promised by Christ (Jn 14:16, 17; 15:26) to initiate and complete the building of the body of Christ. His activity includes convicting the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ and transforming believers into the image of Christ (Jn 16:7–9; Ac 1:5; 2:4; Ro 8:29; 2Co 3:18; Eph 2:22). MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
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  • Since Adam was created by God, why can't the last Adam be?

    The last "Adam" is God. Colossians 1 the firstborn of all creation. Cf. v. 18. The Gr. word for “firstborn” can refer to one who was born first chronologically, but most often refers to preeminence in position, or rank (see Heb 1:6; cf. Ro 8:29). In both Greek and Jewish culture, the firstborn was the ranking son who had received the... show more
    The last "Adam" is God. Colossians 1 the firstborn of all creation. Cf. v. 18. The Gr. word for “firstborn” can refer to one who was born first chronologically, but most often refers to preeminence in position, or rank (see Heb 1:6; cf. Ro 8:29). In both Greek and Jewish culture, the firstborn was the ranking son who had received the right of inheritance from his father, whether he was born first or not. It is used of Israel who, not being the first nation, was however the preeminent nation (cf. Ex 4:22; Jer 31:9). Firstborn in this context clearly means highest in rank, not first created (cf. Ps 89:27; Rev 1:5) for several reasons:  1) Christ cannot be both “first begotten” and “only begotten” (cf. Jn 1:14, 18; 3:16, 18; 1Jn 4:9);  2) when the “firstborn” is one of a class, the class is in the plural form (cf. v. 18; Ro 8:29), but “creation,” the class here, is in a singular form;  3) if Paul was teaching that Christ was a created being, he was agreeing with the heresy he was writing to refute; and  4) it is impossible for Christ to be both created, and the Creator of everything (v. 16).  Thus Jesus is the firstborn in the sense that He has the preeminence (v. 18) and possesses the right of inheritance over “all creation” (cf. Heb 1:2; Rev 5:1–7, 13). He existed before the creation and is exalted in rank above it. See Ps 2:7; Ro 8:29. 
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