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Asked in Christianity, Islam, Jesus Christ
Did Jesus commit blasphemy by claiming Himself as the Son of the God?
Answer 1 Jesus calls himself God's son in Matthew 11:27; John 5:23 and John 5:26. When Peter calls him the son of God in Matthew 16:16, Jesus tells Peter that God revealed that to him. But when Jesus calls himself God's son, he is not identifying himself as divine, he is identifying himself as a descendant of David, just as the scripture uses the term in Ps 29:1. The coronation hymn in Ps 2:7 declares that the king of Judah becomes God's son on the day he is annointed by the High Priest. You see a perfect example of this when God commanded Zechariah (Zechariah 6:11-13) to annoint as king, Jesus, son of Josedech, who was the high priest. God calls him "branch" which is used to mean descendent of Jesse (David's father) in several places in scripture. -- see Isaiah 11:1; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Isaiah 4:2, etc. Of course a Levite and descendent of Aaron is not literally a descendent of Jesse, but by the time of Zechariah, the term "branch" has become synonymous with "king", which is also spoken of as "son of God". Jesus is the second part of the Trinitarian God head. All three "persons" are co-eternal, co-powerful and co-equal. Back in those days, it was considered blasphemy, though, he was not commiting blasphemy. Answer There is one small passage in scripture which testifies that Christ (Jesus) knew exactelly who He was. Remember when his parents missed him when they were journying home. That had to return to where they were last at to try and find him. Eventually they found him with the priests and clergy discussing the gospel with them. His mother perhaps said to him somewhat curtly. "We have been looking for you for ages and we were worried". Do you remember what he said, he said words to this affect " You should not have worried mother, for I was only doing what my Father in Heaven wanted me to do". Jesus, from an early age, knew exactly who his real father was. So basically it was not blasphemy because it was the truth. -- Another Answer: The priests are descendants of Levi, Israel's son and are called Levites. The Gospel is loaded with examples of Jesus knowing who He is. When His parents missed Him in Luke 2 He said, "Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?" He referred to Himself as the Son of Man 35 times. A term the Old Testament often used for God. He referred to His relationship with the Father 33 times. He Prayed to His Father in Heaven 4 times, specifically John 17. He referred to Himself as the Son of God 5 times, and was referred to as the Son of God 41 times, once in Daniel. He addresses God as "My Father" 39 times. He certainly does identify himself as divine. Another View: Certainly not blasphemy though that was the charge the religious leaders placed against HIm. Here is an example from the Gospel of John. The setting is the 7th and last day of the Feast of Tabernacles - a ritual done during this Feast is the 'water pouring ceremony' at the temple altar that now reaches its height. Jesus proclaimed: "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water" (John 7:37-38). Jesus is essentially proclaiming Himself to be the Messiah and Lord God of Israel, the source of living waters of God's Holy Spirit. Surely, the peoply would of been amazed at the words from Jesus but just as surely, others would have been offended and these wanted to kill Him (verse 44). So the very next day - the sacred 8th day of the Feast following the Feast of Tabernacles - Jesus is again teaching in the temple complex. In this holy setting on this Holy Day, the enemies of Jesus cast their 'foolproof' plot to trap and try to discredit Him - worthy of being condemned by the multitude. It's the well known story of the scribes and Pharisees throwing a woman before Him who was caught in adultery - and the crowd gathers to see His response. These religious leaders quote Moses as to her prescribed punishment - death by stoning. If Jesus agrees, the position of the religious leaders would be upheld thus contradicting His reputation for compassion and forgiveness. But if Jesus said no to punishing the woman, the religous leaders would charge Him with breaking or contradicting the Law. What a spot for a mere human to be in. Jesus, to their amazement, bends down and starts to write in the ground with His finger (John 8:6) paying them no mind - or so it seems. Was this something private for the Son of God to ponder before He spoke or could it relate to Jeremiah 17:13: "Those who depart from the Lord, 'the fountain of living waters (which Jesus declared Himself to be the day before),' shall be 'written in the earth.' This means being written in the sand - without permanence - while others strive to be 'written in heaven' (see Luke 10:20) and written in the 'book of life' in Revelation 13:8; 20:12, 15. These religious leaders surely would have gotten the meaning of the scriptural message being sent - even if they didn't see the writing itself. Blasphemy is what they thought but only the divine Son of God could be consistently perfect, judging these and all mankind at the end of the reign of man. Additional Comment: Nobody can say for sure that Jesus ever said he was the son of God because the scriptures where written at least 70 years after his death and by authors no one can identify. No one has ever identified who Mathew, Mark, Luke and John where. There is no historical evidence of their existence other than the scriptures that where part of hundreds of others the Church decided to include in what is now known as the Bible. Answer 2 Jesus (may God bless him) never claimed that he is son of God and what is written in some God holy books is not real God words but written by some human. Quran; Muslims God holy book; says (meaning English translation): " O People of the Scripture, do not commit excess in your religion or say about Allah (God and same God worshiped in Christianity and Judaism) except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, was but a messenger of Allah and His word which He directed to Mary and a soul [created at a command] from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers. And do not say, "Three"; desist - it is better for you. Indeed, Allah is but one God. Exalted is He above having a son. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And sufficient is Allah as Disposer of affairs" (4:171). Answer-3 Al-Qur'an: Sura: Al-Maidah: Verses: 116, 117, 118 Translation: "And when Almighty Allah will say, "O Jesus son of Maryam! Did you say to people that take me and my mother as your Lord besides Allah, he will say, 'You are free (from any kind of Partner), it does not suit me to say such (things to people) for which I have no right (to say). If I had said it, it would have been in Your Knowledge, You know even what is (hidden) in my heart, and I don't know what you know. You are the True Knower of the Hidden. 116. I didn't say to them (the people) except what You Commanded me to say that worship Allah Who is the Rabb (Lord-Provider) of you and me. And as long as I was among them I was aware of them, thus when you ascended me (to heavens) You remained aware of them. And You are witness to all things. 117. If You chastise them, they are Your slaves. And if You forgive them, no doubt You are the Supreme, the Wisest." 118 Allah Almighty is the Sole Creator, Sustainer, Provider and Ruler of the Universe. He has No Son, No Parents, No off-spring. He is Omnipotent, Omni-Present, All-Knowing, All-Seeing, All-Listening. HE and He alone deserves worship. All powers lie in His Hands. He alone is the Master of the Day of Judgment. He has No Partner, No Associate whatsoever. No one can understand Him completely. There is Nothing like Him. He is Most Merciful, Most Gracious, Most Forgiving..
Asked in Jesus Christ, Bar Mitzvah
Did Jesus Christ have a Bar Mitzvah?
Answer 1 Jesus was Jewish past thirteen years of age, which must have meant he had one, but no-one can know for sure. Answer 2 In Judaism, every Jewish boy is a bar mitzvah ("son of the commandment") at age 13. The modern bar mitzvah ceremony with a party, etc didn't come about until the mid-1900's. Historically, the Jewish boy would simply attend services and read from the Torah on their birthday. Based on the Christian Bible, Jesus had a Jewish mother and therefore would've been a bar mitzvah. I suppose Jesus' Lessons with the priests in the Temple at Jerusalem, would have been the closest thing to a Bar Mitzvah ceremony. Answer 3 Bar Mitzvah has two meanings: the coming into adulthood for every Jewish man and the celebration of that event through reading Torah and Haftarah before a Jewish congregation. Since Jesus was brought up in a Jewish household and considered himself Jewish, he certainly came into adulthood as a Jew. However, the celebration of the Bar Mitzvah is a product of the 13th century and therefore Jesus would not have done anything close to what people consider a Bar Mitzvah celebration today.
Asked in The Bible, New Testament, Jesus Christ
Who helped Jesus carry his cross?
Simon from Cyrene (Matt. 27:32; Mark 15:21). Little is known of Simon. Many Bible scholars believe that he was likely a Jew who was celebrating the Passover in Jerusalem. He had two sons, Alexander and Rufus. Cyrene was an important city in North Africa, where Libya is located today. Cyrene had a large Jewish population.
How old was Joseph husband of Mary mother of Jesus?
Asked in School Subjects, The Bible, Jesus Christ
Why is Jesus important today?
ANSWER: Jesus Christ is important today for the same reason He was important on the day He was resurrected. Jesus has given man a way to be reconciled back to God. It is very important to know that mankind is on the road to hell. Hell as in the Lake of Fire that we are told about in Revelation 20:14-15. Jesus has told us in Matthew 7:13-14, "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." It is more evident every passing day that there will be few indeed who will enter heaven and eternal life. Mankind is indeed by nature wicked. The only way to God is through Jesus Christ, but false teachers have perverted God's message so badly that everyone thinks they are going to heaven. Beware! Jesus Christ is the only Savior of mankind. You who think you know the Bible and show your spiritually and do not present the Word of God in truth you will pay the price. Jesus Christ and the Bible are called "old', but they are not antiquated!! Jesus Christ is alive and as true today as He was 2000 years ago. He will return to judge mankind Soon! Are you ready?
Pictures of how the 12 Apostles of Jesus died?
Peter died crucified upside-down; John live to a good old age; Matthew was martyred in Ethiopia; James, the brother of Jon was beheaded by Herod Aggripa; Mark was grotesquely dragged through the streets and torn by the people of Alexandria; Bartholomew was crucified in India; Thomas was thrust through by a spear; Phillip was thrown into prison and later crucified; James the son of Alphaeus was stoned and beaten to death by a mob; and Luke was hanged in Greece.
Asked in Religion & Spirituality, Jesus Christ
Is Hayley Westenra a born again Christian and when?
What does the Bible say about comparing ourselves to Jesus?
It says that it's a good idea... (1 Peter 2:21) ". . To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps". (TNIV) (Matthew 16:24)" Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me."(KJV) In order to do this, we'd have to be constantly checking to be sure we WERE doing what Christ did. (John 13:15) "For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you."(KJV)
Asked in New Testament, Jesus Christ
Did Judas feel sorry for betraying Jesus?
Matthew 27:5 says that Judas threw down the silver in the Temple and went and hanged himself. The priests took the blood money and bought the potter's field, which they called the field of blood, because it was blood money. In this story, the fact that he returned the money and committed suicide means that Judas felt sorry for what he had done. Matthew 27:3-5: 'Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, "I have sinned by betraying innocent blood." And they said, "What is that to us? You see to it!" Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself.' Acts 1:18 says that Judas bought a field with the reward of iniquity, and fell headlong, bursting asunder and all his bowels gushed out. Because of this, the field was called the field of blood. In this story, the fact that he kept the money and bought land means that he must have felt very happy with what he had done, even though he subsequently had a fatal fall, depriving him of the rewards of his infamy. Another Answer It would appear from the King James translation that Judas repented:- Matthew 27:3 [KING JAMES] Matt 27 (v.3) Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, However, Judas did not actually repent:- Commentator David Guzik says on Matthew 26:74-75:- <http://wiki.friendus.com/%200;%20margin:%200;%20margin-bottom:%2010px;%20background-image:%20url(http://en.site1.answcdn.com/templates/icons/qr.gif);%20background-position:%20bottom%20right;%20background-repeat:%20no-repeat;%20height:%2022px">d. We see a significant contrast between Judas (showing apostasy) and Peter (showing backsliding). i. Apostasy is giving up the truth, as Judas did. Judas was sorry about his sin, but it was not a sorrow leading to repentance. ii. Backsliding is a decline from a spiritual experience once enjoyed. Peter slipped, but he will not fall; his bitter weeping will lead to repentance and [his later] restoration. Other translations make it clear that Judas did not actually repent :- Other versions render "Repent" here in Matthew 27:3 in the KJ as instead: -"changed his mind" (ESV) -"regretted what had happened" (GW) -"regretted what he had done"(NET) -"felt remorse"(NASB) -"was remorseful"(NKJV) Basically, Judas felt sorry/regretful/remorseful etc but not repentant. Answer I do not think that the word sorry is strong enough for how Judas felt. Remorse, anguish or betrayal might be better suited. Few people commit suicide because they felt sorry. Being overcome with grief at having betrayed Christ who he knew to be the son of God was more than he could bare. He had to forfeit his own life to atone for his sin.
Asked in Christianity, New Testament, Jesus Christ
What city did Jesus choose for His headquarters for His Galilean ministry?
How has Christ as the Good Shepherd changed in Galla Placidia's mausoleum?
Does Eheyeh mean 'I am' or 'ani' in Hebrew?
No. Ani (אֲנִי) is the Hebrew first person singular nominative (I) pronoun. While Hebrew has a verb to be, lihiyot (להיות) it's not used in the present tense. To say, "I am at home." in Hebrew, you say, "I in house." No present tense verb is used... and that's good Hebrew. Eheyeh (אהיה) means "I will be" ani eheyeh (אני אהיה) also means "I will be"
Should Christians not worship any other gods but Jesus because He is the only God?
Answer 1 Well Jesus is not god, he was the son of god , and the bible says "do not worship any graven image for it is a sin". But the way you meant it was that Jesus is god though he is just his only begotton son. shall have everlasting life. Some believe that Jesus must not be worshiped, and was like Moses and Elijah. Another View: Jesus Christ is 100% GOD. The Bible says it clearly. To reject this truth is to reject the testimony of the Bible and exault ones own preference. The Bible says that, Scripture cannot be broken, so, everything that the Bible says is true, even if the Bible says it only once. There are so many Biblical texts proving that Jesus is God, but i will just mention a few: "And God said, 'Let Us make man in our image, after our likeness..." Genesis 1:26 (Proof that God consists of more than one person) "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made." John 1:1-3 "For unto us a Child is born, to us, a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called, Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6 "A virgin shall be with Child, and will give birth to a Son, and they will call Him Immanuel, which means, God with us." Matthew 1:23 "In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins: who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all Creation. For by Him, all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones or powers or rulers or authorities. All things were created by Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and by Him, all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the Church." Colossians 1:14-18 "But unto the Son, He (God the Father) saith, 'thy throne oh God, is forever and ever. A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy Kingdom." Hebrews 1:8 Answer 2 "Theirs is the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised. Amen." Romans 9:5 "Then He said to Thomas, 'Put your finger here, see My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Stop doubting and believe.' Thomas said to Him, 'My Lord and my God'." John 20:27-28 A Broader View: Some Christians believe that There is indeed one God, and that he alone must be given faith. They believe that is is immoral to worship any other likeness of divinity. However there are many religious and spiritual faiths across the world, who do not share this philosophy, instead giving reverence to personal Gods, Goddesses, or other aspects of divinity. There are also many who do not give faith to any form of higher or divine power. Answer 3 There is only one God; the Creator. He is one and only one God with no partner, no companion, no son, no father, no associate, and no equivalence. All God religions call for worshiping God as the one and only one God. Quran; Muslims holy book; says (meaning English translation) says: "O People of the Scripture, do not commit excess in your religion or say about Allah except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, was but a messenger of Allah and His word which He directed to Mary and a soul [created at a command] from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers. And do not say, "Three"; desist - it is better for you. Indeed, Allah is but one God. Exalted is He above having a son. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And sufficient is Allah as Disposer of affairs." (4:171) ANSWER 4 The Old Testament says everything was created by God the Father:- Exodus 20:1-5 KJV (v.1) And God spake all these words, saying, (v.2) I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. (v.3) Thou shalt have no other gods before me. (v.4) Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: (v.5) Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them:for I the LORD thy God ama jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generationof them that hate me; (v.6) And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. However, the New Testament says this Creator is Christ, that He created everything:- John 1:1-3, 14-17 KJV (v.1) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (v.2) The same was in the beginning with God. (v.3) All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. (v.14) And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (v.15) John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. (v.16) And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. (v.17) For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. Ephesians 3:9 KJV (v.9) And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: Hebrews 1:1-2 KJV (v.1) God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, (v.2) Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Colossians 1:13-18 KJV (v.13) Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: (v.14) In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: (v.15) Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: (v.16) For by him were ALL things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they bethrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: (v.17) And he is before all things, and by him all things consist [or 'hold together']. (v.18) And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. Logically, you can only have 1 Creator and not 2 Creators, so if 2 are mentioned they must be the same. This means Christ is also the God of the Old Testament !! So, the short answer to your Question is 'YES', but it applies to everyone regardless of whether they are Christian or not, no matter what their belief systems is. Having no belief-system is itself a belief, and other belief systems either commence with a creation already there, or don't accept Jesus Christ. For example, Bhuddism believes in an already-existing cyclical creation from eternity past, Judaism believes in the Creator God in the 'Torah' [these are the first 5 books of the Old Testament] but reject Jesus Christ totally because they don't believe that their Messiah has come yet, and Muslims believe in the Creator God in the 'Torah' and believe Jesus Christ has come but was just another prophet and certainly not God. ANSWER 5 Has anyone noticed that not one of the friendus given thus far actually quote what Jesus HIMSELF said on this subject? For purposes of this answer, I'm going to assume that it is agreed by everyone that there is only one God. I am excluding the writings of Paul since he only claimed to have visions of Christ and never met Jesus prior to Jesus ascension into heaven. I am also ignoring the letters of Peter, James, Jude, the letters of John as their information about what Jesus said should be recording in the teachings of Jesus related in the gospels and at best are hearsay. In addition I'm ignoring Revelations which is a book that professes to be revealed to John, the Divine who was not the disciple that actually met Jesus during his ministry and was itself a vision John received long after Jesus' ascension and therefore, like Paul's visions, would not be admissible in a court of law. I will also rebut the comment made earlier that "us" and "our" in "let us make man in our image" proves that there is more than one person. In Semitic languages such as Hebrew, there is a plural of number and a plural of respect. This is a plural of respect and no Israelite believed that God consisted of multiple persons or was anything but a singular unity because such statements would contradict the Bible's teachings of Deut. 6:4-5; Numbers 23:19: Isaiah 45: 5, 6, 18 & 21. Jesus said in the Gospel of John 20:17 "Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father; but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God." Obviously if Jesus had a God that he was about to ascend to, then Jesus cannot himself BE God, at least if there is only one God. Jesus further says in the Gospel of John 17:3 "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." If Jesus Christ was sent BY God, then Jesus Christ cannot BE God, if there is only one God. It is true that Jesus said "I and the Father are one." (John 10:30) and "...that ye may know, and believe that the Father is in me, and I in him." (John 10:38) but if this is evidence that the Father and Jesus are one and the same God, then how should we interpret what Jesus said in John 17:21-23 "That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me."? Are we to accept that this equally proves that Jesus' disciples are also God in the same way that Jesus is God and that they are all one God in a polytheistic-monotheism akin to Hindu beliefs? Or should be believe that these references simply mean that Jesus' disciples and Jesus himself are in agreement with and united in purpose with what God has commanded...that they are 'on the same page' to use a metaphor? Which makes more sense? Further Jesus rejects being equated with God in Mark 10:17-19 "And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, God Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour they father and mother." If Jesus was God, why did he rebuke the man before answering his question by stating "why do you call me good? There is none good but God" Who DID Jesus say he was? Jesus refers to himself as "Son of Man" 32 times in Matthew, 15 times in Mark, 26 times in Luke, and 10 times in the Gospel of John. By contrast, Jesus only refers to himself as "Son of God" 4 times, all in the Gospel of John. Jesus never once refers to himself as God anywhere in the four gospels. The God of the Old Testament related to his Prophet Balaam in Numbers 23:19 "God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent." Yet are we to believe that the God of the Old Testament who told his prophet that "god is not a man, neither the son of man" then called himself "son of man" at most 32 times in one gospel record? Is God a liar?...oh wait, God said "God is not a man that he should lie". My bad. I guess Jesus is not God, at least if Jesus is the same God as the one in the Old Testament. What about "Son of God"? In the Bible, the term "son" (vios in Greek) is used three different ways: 1) direct offspring of two parents e.g. Isaac is the son of Abraham and Sarah. 2) As a descendant, e.g. David is the son of Abraham, who is the son of Noah and Adam. and 3) to describe a person who has the characteristics of someone or something else, e.g. "blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God" (Matthew 5:9) or "...you make him twice as much a son (vios) of hell as yourselves" (Matthew 23:15). In light of this third definition, the Bible relates in Deut. 18:15 "the Lord thy god will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken." So here we have a prophet like God foretold. Then in Malachi 3:1 it states: "Behold I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts." Here we see that a "Lord" will come to his Temple but see also see that this "Lord" is NOT the Lord God of Israel who is called the "Lord of hosts" in this verse, thus it is the prophet like God of Deut. 18:15 that is being mentioned. Further we know that the Lord who comes to the temple cannot be God because the Temple's builder (Solomon) stated in I Kings 8:27 "But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Even heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, much less this house that I have built!" Is there any evidence that Jesus was a prophet rather than God? Jesus' enemies believe it: Matthew 21:46 "They (i.e., chief priests and Pharisees) wanted to arrest him (i.e., Jesus), but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him (i.e., Jesus) as a prophet." The common people believe it: Matthew 21:10-11 states "When he (Jesus) entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, "Who is this?" The crowds were saying, "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee." In Luke 7: 15-16 we read "The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God, saying, 'A great prophet has risen among us!' and 'God has looked favorably upon his people!'" In the Gospel of John, the Samaritan woman says to Jesus "Sir, I see that you are a prophet." in John 4:19. Jesus, himself, believes it: Mark 6:1-6 "He (i.e., Jesus) left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. On the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, 'Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?' And they took offense at him. Then Jesus said to them 'Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.' And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief." (In this passage Jesus clearly refers to himself and the rejection he faces by his own people of his hometown. It is clear that Jesus, himself, considered himself to be a prophet of God in his response to his people's hostility towards him. This same story is also found in Matthew, Luke and John.) In Luke 13:31-35, some Pharisees came to Jesus and told him to leave Jerusalem because Herod wanted to kill him. Jesus replied "Go and tell that fox, 'Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem." Jesus' own disciples believe it: In the Book of Acts, Peter gives a speech in which he begins "You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know-". In Matthew 16:13-20 Jesus asks his disciples "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" and they said, "Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. … Then he sternly ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah." Again this story is related in Mark as "Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Phillippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, 'Who do people say that I am?' And they answered him, "John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.' He asked them, 'But who do you say that I am?' Peter answered him, 'You are the Messiah.' And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him." (Mark 8:27-30) The story is told again in Luke 9:18-21: "And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, "Whom do the people say I am?" They answered saying: "John the Baptist, but some say Elias, and others say, that one of the old prophets has risen again." He said unto them: "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answering said "The Messiah of God". And he straightly charged them, and commanded them to tell no one that thing. Those last three are the same event but in three different gospel accounts. I quoted all three to show that the words "the son of the living God" found in Matthew was an addition to the story and were not original to the account since they are not found in the other two gospels. However, even if they are original and dropped from the other two gospels (unlikely since Matthew was the last of the three to be written) the phrase merely indicates that Jesus was a prophet like God as foretold in Deut. 18:15 and Malachi 3:1. In addition the title "son of God" is not unique to Jesus having been applied to Adam in Luke 3:38. So what does Jesus say about God? Mark 12:29-30 "The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God, the Lord is one: and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength; this is the first commandment." What does Jesus say about those who call upon Him? "Not everyone that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works? And then I will profess to them, I never knew you, depart from me, you that work lawlessness." (Matthew 7:21-23) (Keep in mind Jesus said to "keep the commandments".) For those that feel that Jesus is God because he raised the dead, fed the multitude with a small supply of bread, fish and wine, ect. I must insist you apply that same reasoning to Prophet Elisha and compare the following passages: II Kings 4:42-44 & II Kings 4:1-7 with Mark 6:30-44 & Mark 8:1-10. II Kings 4:8-37 with John 11:38-44 & Mark 5:21-43 II Kings 5:1-19 with Mark 1:40-45 II Kings 6:1-7 with Mark 6:45-52 (Note that in the former an iron axe head that should have sunk in water floated and in the latter both Jesus AND Peter walked on water. In all cases the axe head, Peter and Jesus all three should have immediately sunk and neither should have stayed afloat even for a second.) If Prophet Elisha is not God because of those miracles, then Jesus is not God and is a prophet as well because he performed the same miracles. Remember Peter said "Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know." (Acts 2:22) ...just as God did many deeds of power, wonders and signs through Moses and Elisha before him. The Bible bears witness that God is one, alone, and Jesus was his prophet and messiah. Those that disagree follow the teachings of people who never met Jesus during his earthly ministry and have only the teachings of visions who claim to have been Jesus, even though those teachings conflict with Jesus' own teachings which he gave to his disciples and Jesus told his followers that "I go to my Father and you see me no more" John 16:10. James even refutes Paul's position on works vs faith in his letter Compare Galatians 3 with James 2 (BTW James was the leader of the Jerusalem Church in the Temple at Jerusalem and learned directly from Jesus during his earthly ministry, ...who did Paul learn from again?). Jesus also told warned his disciples of an evil one who would sow bad seed right after he left who would teach lawlessness and said that those teachings were from the devil. (Matthew 13:24-30 and Matthew 13:36-43) Paul incidentally shows up very soon after Jesus' ascension and states in Galatians 1:11-12 "For I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin; for I did not receive it from a human source, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ." In other words, Paul is telling you that he did not learn his 'Gospel of the Gentiles' from any of Jesus' disciples but it was revealed to him by his vision/apparition who claimed to be Jesus. Did not Jesus warn his disciples of many "false prophets" and warn about those who work "lawlessness"? Paul in Galatians claimed prohethood by receiving divine revelation from Jesus Christ, just as John, the Divine claimed prophethood by claiming to receive divine revelation in the opening verses of the Book of Revelations. However, it is from Paul's 'Gospel of the Gentiles' that the doctrine that Christians are free from the law comes, even though Jesus, himself, said "Do not think that I have come to abolish the law (Torah) or the prophets (Nevi'im); I have come not to abolish but to restore. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is that is to happen has happened....For unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:17-20) So, who are you going to follow...Jesus and the prophets of the Old Testament and the leader of the Jerusalem Church (James) or Paul and John, the Divine and their revelations from someone or something that claimed to be Jesus Christ?
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How many authors wrote the New Testament of the Bible?
Probably about nine. The writers of the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke (who is also said to have written Acts) and John (who is also said to have written three letters and Revelation). 13 letters are ascribed to Paul, two to Peter, one each to James and Jude, and one anonymous. All of these are conjectural.
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Who immediately recognized Jesus as the Messiah in the temple?
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What is the role of Israel in history of salvation?
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What three ways did the devil tempts Jesus?
1. Matthew 4:3 The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread." 2. Matthew 4:6 "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down. For it is written: " 'He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone." 3. Matthew 4:9 "All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me." The temptations of Christ were not restricted to the temptation in the wilderness as outlined in Matt. 4, Luke 4. The Bible declares that He was tempted "...in all points..." as we are, indicating that He underwent every temptation that is common unto man -- of which were temptations from people as well as the demonic emissaries of Satan.
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What religion did Jesus Christ practice?
As Jesus came from the Jewish family , he practiced that religion, going to the temple. Additional Answer: Yahushua was a Hebrew, and kept all of the commandments of YHWH as Moses wrote them down. Yahushua kept the sabbath, the festivals of YHWH, wore 4 tassels on the corners of his clothing, ate clean foods, and did everything else found in the books of the law, also known as the "Torah." Yahushua did NOT keep the traditions of the elders, also known as the Mishna or the Talmud. Things like wearing a Yarmikule, certain washings before eating, and not pronouncing the name of the father (YaHuWaH) are part of these traditions, but are not found in the Torah. Yahushua did not keep these traditions, and often railed against those who taught them on par with the teachings of YHWH. Another Comment: Jesus Christ instituted true Christianity, a way of life based on love. In it, all thoughts and actions are to harmonize with God's will, for the purpose of bringing honor and glory to his name. Another Answer: Quite literally, Judaism. Christ was born a Jew,ethnically and religiously.
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Meaning of 4th last word of Jesus?
"Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46). In Hebrew, therefore a direct quotation of Psalm 22 v1. Perhaps Jesus is telling us, "Read Psalm 22. It prophesies (in vv 7, 8, 16, 18) everything that is happening today. But it also affirms "The kingdom is the Lord's; and He is the governor among the nations" (v 28) So God is still in control. Just trust Him, and wait for the Resurrection."
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How many years between Passover and Jesus' death?
Moses instituted Passover just before the 10th Plague in Egypt on Abib(Nisan) 14, 1513 BCE(Exodus 12:17-20, 24-27). The death of Jesus Christ took place on the Passover Day, Nisan 14, 33 C.E. according to the Jewish calendar(Matthew 26:2; John 13:1-3; Exodus 12:1-6; 13:4), which would have been over 1500 years later.