Yes we all immediately think we know exactly what marriage is, and what the Bible says about it. But could your view be colored by our society? Could the marriage talked about in the Bible, instituted by God, be something totally different than you always thought?
#marriage #biblicalmarriage #sex #sexuality
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What would the early Christians have said about Hollywood in the modern time. Well, what is interesting is that they did have quite a bit to say about the Theater and the Gladiators in their day. How does it relate to modern entertainment?
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We will examine the location and structure of heaven, and cosmology in general, from a Biblical and extra-Biblical perspective. We will use the Bible, and pseudepigraphal and Christian works to build a clear picture of what heaven is like.
A brief study of the origins of it shows me that nobody has been able to track down where it came from. One scholar seems to have spent considerable time in the 19th century trying to find its sources, and never could establish any authenticity to it, even as to its ancient origin.
In reading just a little of it, Section 7, Lection 69... I can see that it teaches very different ideas from the gospels Matt/Mark/Luke/John. It has ties into Zoroastrianism and Gnosticism with the concepts it puts forth.
My current position is that it is not a true gospel. Since nobody knows its origins, I will not speculate further. But I do not think that it is a valuable tool for study as far as Truth goes. I feel that the 4 gospels we have, along with the NT and other early Christian writings, paint a very consistent picture of Christ's teachings, and the Gospel of the Twelve is not congruent with that testimony.
Original Sin: Outline
• Defining Original Sin
• John Calvin
• Martin Luther
• Dangers of Doctrine
• Man's Fall Explained
• Bad Defenses of Original Sin
What does the Bible say about the Kingdom of Heaven? A compilation of all the mentions and descriptions of the kingdom in the New Testament.
Does the doctrine of the Trinity make things clearer? Or does it cause confusion? I found a website that handily does the latter.
How did the early church fathers view the idea of man's free will in relationship to his salvation, or his destruction?
#earlychurchfathers #calvinism #johncalvin #reformers
The Septuagint and the Everlasting Father, does Isaiah 9:6 call Jesus Christ the "everlasting Father?"
#codexvaticanus #codexsinaiticus #septuagint #lxx #everlastingfather
In this video, I do my best to show why the prophecy in Isaiah 9:6 does not really say exactly what you may think it says. Specifically that a Trinitarian viewpoint of this verse in unwarranted and imposed on the text. We will examine the earliest manuscripts in the original languages of the text to find out what it says.
What is Genocide?
Did God Kill the Canaanites?
History of the Giants, the passing of knowledge, Ziggaurats
Where they Came from.
What were they like?
Justifications for the Killing of the Canaanites.
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Let's take another moment to trace these symbols through history. Along the way we will learn more about the Rod of Asklepios and Caduceus... and those will lead us to interesting places...
Let's examine the Nehustan, the serpent on the staff that Moses was told by God to use to heal the Israelites; the Rod of the Greek god Asklepios, and the Staff of Hermes the Caduceus.
You MUST have an understanding that the Spiritual dimension overlaps and interacts with the material THROUGHOUT the Bible and other ancient Jewish and Christian (and pagan) writings. Or you will not understand this information. The history of the world is just as Spiritual as it is material.
"Eye for an eye"
Exodus 21:22-25 “Suppose two men are fighting and hit a pregnant woman, causing the baby to come out. If there is no further injury, the man who caused the accident must pay money—whatever amount the woman’s husband says and the court allows. But if there is further injury, then the punishment that must be paid is life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, and bruise for bruise.”
Leviticus 24:19-22 And whoever causes an injury to a neighbor must receive the same kind of injury in return: Broken bone for broken bone, eye for eye, tooth for tooth.
Leviticus 24:17 Anyone who takes the life of a human being is to be put to death. "Turn the other cheek"
Lamentations 3:30 “He giveth [his] cheek to him that smiteth him: he is filled full with reproach.”
A word about the “slap” that Jesus says we should endure. Jesus here speaks of personal slights of any kind. The slap (or the “smiting,” as the KJV has it) does not have to involve literal, physical violence. Even in our day, a “slap in the face” is a metaphor for an unexpected insult or offense. Did someone insult you? Let him, Jesus says. Are you shocked and offended? Don’t be. And don’t return insult for insult. Turn the other cheek.
Turning the other cheek does not mean we place ourselves or others in danger. Jesus’ command is simply to forgo retaliation for personal offenses. He was not setting government foreign policy, and He was not throwing out the judicial system. Crimes can still be prosecuted, and wars can still be waged, but the follower of Christ need not defend his personal “rights” or avenge his honor.
Jewish website: "The evil person whom we are not to resist is not a foreign power, an evil dictator, or an armed home intruder. It is a person in our community who has offended or humiliated us."
Also, there were problems in the time when Christ was speaking with the abuse of the law. The Pharisees had added hundreds of laws to the Mosaic Law, small little nitpicky things Jews would litigate against each other for the smallest things.
"Love your enemies"
Matt 5:44 Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
12:17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Proverbs 20:22 Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you. 1
Thessalonians 5:15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
1 Peter 3:8-11 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult.
John 18:36 Jesus answered (pilate), My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
Jesus Heals the Centurion's Servant
Centurion's servant healed, Jesus did not chastise him for being a soldier/in the army.
5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, 6And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. 7And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. 8The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. 9For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this [man], Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth [it]. 10When Jesus heard [it], he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. 11And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. 12But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 13And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, [so] be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.
John the Baptist and the Soldiers
John the Baptist doesn't tell soldiers to leave the army Luke 3:14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, physically intimidate no man, neither accuse [any] falsely; and be content with your wages.
Peter Cuts off the Ear in the Garden
Peter cuts off Malchus ear in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus doesn't chastise him for violence.
Luke 22:49 When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword?
John 18:10 Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus.
John 18:11 Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?
Luke 22:51 And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.
Old Testament Law Did not forbid killing in self defense, or in battle
Exodus 2:14, Moses slays the egyptian for beating another Hebrew, in defense The Mosaic law would have protected him in this.
Ex 23:7 and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked.
Defense of others is REQUIRED by the law
Lev. 19:16 “You shall not stand idly by the blood of your fellow”
The Gemara (Sanhedrin 73a) teaches:
From where do we know that if you see someone drowning, being mauled by beasts or attacked by thieves that you must save him? It says, “You shall not stand idly by the blood of your fellow” (Lev. 19:16).
Protecting Your Family
The family is a picture of God...
Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife [see] that she reverence [her] husband.
God is our father
The father of a family must protect his own
God protected Israel from the Egyptians by
We should mimic God in protecting those who cannot protect themselves
https://www.dckreider.com/blog-theological-musings/arguments-for-christian-pacifism-3-biblical-examples https://www.dckreider.com/blog-theological-musings/arguments-for-christian-pacifism-9-counter-rebuttals https://www.torahmusings.com/2014/11/turning-the-other-cheek-in-jewish-law/ https://ffoz.org/discover/cheshbon-nefesh/turn-the-other-cheek.html
A catalog of the existing Dead Sea Scrolls.
Tithing is overwhelmingly misunderstood in modern western evangelical and protestant churches. The Bible teaches Tithing only as a Israelite/Jewish command, and under scrutiny of Bible passages, does NOT resemble the “tithe” in the modern church. Tithing was God's command to the Jews and has nothing to do with Christian/N.T. believers.
Apostolic writers talked about “giving as the believe sees fit”, and “sharing all your possessions with the poor”. The idea of a tithe being required from Christians by God was brought into the post-apostolic church in the 2nd and 3rd centuries, when bishops started making full-time jobs out of their church positions. Bishops began to consolidate power in the churches, and a distinction materialized at this time between “clergy” and “laity”. Prior to that, ministers/bishops retained their full-time jobs and also worked as bishop; and tithing was not a part of church life (except for Jewish Christians who still attended to temple traditions).
A study of the New Testament and Early Church Fathers' views on Tithing, in the time of the Apostolic Church.
A study on the arguments and Scriptures that most protestant churches use for convincing their congregations to tithe 10%. Going verse by verse and showing that Jesus never commanded us to Tithe.
Continuing with our series on Tithing, going over the Scriptures that establish Tithing, and what God really commanded tithing to be, and for whom!
I have studied the Bible for over 40 years. I focus on the Scripture itself, and study the surrounding writings with the same veracity. Bringing literary and historical context to Bible study.