When you study what the Bible really tells us about angels you will see that angels have been engaged in the affairs of man from the beginning. At the appropriate times and moments, they have moved in and out of the lives of men to accomplish the will of God. The Bible even tells us that you may have encountered an angel without knowing it.
The Bible never directly tells us to avoid this list of explicit words. Rather it tells us that words matter and that the lives of Christians should modeled in likeness of God. Therefore we should pay attention to what are words are doing to those around us.
Human sexuality is a complex and often difficult topic to discuss in our world today. The practice of homosexuality has become much more celebrated in western society and it has caused tremendous conversation to be kindled around the shifting morality of our times. Many Christians today begin to wonder what the Bible really says about homosexuality.
Mark retells the story of Jesus. He starts by taking a number of elements ofearlier oral tradition. Mark seems to have a knowledge of at least one andmaybe two or three different collections of miracle stories as a source. Heweaves these together with other stories about Jesus, about teachings, abouttravels, about other things and makes those a part of his understanding of howJesus' life worked and what it was intended to do. But, in the final analysis,Mark's gospel is really about the death of Jesus. It's a passion narrativewith an extended introduction, some people would say. Mark tells the story bythinking about the death and letting all the events that lead up to that deathmove toward it and through it. So, it's the death of Jesus that's the guidingprinciple to Mark's gospel, not the life....
Mark tells the story this way in order to make sense out of the death of Jesusand in the light of the events of the first revolt. Those are the two guidingprinciples really of the story line of Mark....
For Mark, Jesus is a somewhat enigmatic figure and that's very important tohis way of telling the story. Jesus is mysterious. Jesus intentionally keepspeople from understanding who he really is, at times. At times, Jesus actuallysilences the demons who would announce his true identity. When he performs amiracle, he tells people, don't say anything to anyone about what I have done.He even takes the disciples away, off into a corner, and teaches them privatelyso that others won't hear and understand the message. He seems to be a verysecretive kind of figure in Mark's gospel.
What's significant is the woman is the one who recognizes Jesus, and reachesout and touches him and at that very moment is immediately healed. He doesn'tdo a thing. He feels the power rush from him and only then turns to encounterher and comment on her faith. In the process, while delaying to deal with her,the little girl dies and now when he proceeds on to the next stage of thestory, he has to not only heal her but raise her from the dead....The dramaticconclusion to the story is when Jairus greets Jesus at the door and says nevermind, she's already dead. Jairus, the synagogue official, doesn't understandwho Jesus really is, what he can really do. He doesn't know what the woman didand yet, she's the last kind of person you would have expected to have thatkind of religious knowledge in the first century. She's a marginal characterand yet she brings a great deal of insight to Jesus' true identity.
Then Jesus proceeds to raise the little girl from the dead, thereby provingwhat his powers are really all about, after all, and in some ways, it's a kindof a symbolic moment because it's all foreshadowing his own resurrection fromthe dead....
What gives us the insight into the situation of the writing of Mark's gospelare some internal pieces of evidence about the way he tells the story, aboutthe audience that he's trying to address. One of the best of these comes inMark 13, what is sometimes called the Little Apocalypse, because in it, Jesushas just come out of the Temple and his disciples turn and point to themagnificent structure and say, "isn't it all beautiful? What do you think,Jesus?" Jesus proceeds then to tell them about the destruction of the Temple.So, here is a story of Jesus, some 40 years before the Temple is destroyed,already predicting the destruction. But, as this story unfolds, it becomesclear that the audience for whom it is written has seen the destruction of theTemple, that whatever Jesus' predictions are supposed to suggest, that theythemselves know it first hand.
Mark's gospel is also the first one that really tells us the passionnarrative in as much detail. And the way Mark tells the tells the story of thedeath of Jesus... is to see him as a lonely figure who goes to his deathabandoned by all of his followers and supporters and even abandoned by his God.Jesus from the cross says ..., "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me"? TheJesus of Mark's gospel is a lonely figure, at times, waiting for thevindication of God.
The Gospel of Mark has for many years been discussed under the question of"the messianic secret." And there are a host of scholarly opinions, over a 100years now of scholarship, about "what is the messianic secret?" It seems to methat the messianic secret is, indeed, that the true messiahship of Jesus cannotbe recognized in his miracles. The disciples as they witness the miraclesdon't understand. They don't know what is going on. They are taught tounderstand from the prediction of the passion onwards who Jesus is. And thatthe messianic secret of Jesus is that he is the son of man who has come tosuffer and not the Messiah who is going to do great miracles. And that willbecome clear only at the very end of the story of Jesus. And it is only thestory of the suffering and the death of Jesus reveals that the secret ofJesus, and reveals who Jesus really is.
most of what is in the bible God could not care one way or the other about, if people would put as much work into helping others that are in need then the world would be a much better place to live for everyone.
The whole point is, "wouldn't it be great if we all lived under GOD'S ACTUAL laws." Not the words laid down in the bible, that may or may not be God's laws... in your argument, you betray ignorance of what Alan was saying.
Not sure about being funny. Religion = man's interpretation of the bible and pushing it on others. Maybe we should just listen to what God says and just believe him. Sure wouldn't disagree with him and not gonna listen to someone else twisting his words around.
Defenders of women's reproductive rights should know what the bible actually says about abortion and, by extension, related issues, including contraception, the morning-after pill, in vitro fertilization and fetal tissue research.
Dogmatists condemn what they call the "holocaust" of 56 million abortions since Roe v. Wade became the law of the land. At the same time, they spend tens of billions of dollars annually building and operating their grandiose megachurches, Christian academies and other programs to promote fundamentalist doctrines. If they really want to prevent the murder of unborn children, why don't they just use some of their vast wealth to pay women not to have abortions? 2b1af7f3a8