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Are good works supposed to be seen or not?

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches his disciples, saying, "In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:...
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Let The Dead Bury The Dead

In the NIV translation of the Bible, under the heading "The Cost of Following Jesus," a disciple who wants to follow Jesus says, ... “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus told ...
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Did Jesus teach people to literally pluck their eye out and cut their hand off?

The passage from the Sermon on the Mount (and see also Matthew 18:8-9) is a familiar one: "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.' But I tell you that anyone who looks at ...
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Why is the doctrine of fasting omitted by the modern revisions of the Bible?

Jesus fasted 40 days in the wilderness (see Matthew 4:2), just as Moses had done and Elijah had done (see Exodus 24:18, 1 Kings 19:8). And Jesus taught the disciples to fast, such as before ...
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What does "picking up serpents" really imply in Mark 16:17-18?

I was studying the words of Christ this morning where he charged His disciples in Mark 16:17-18. Jesus said, And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; ...
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Based on Hebrews 6:20-7:1, does Jesus like Melchizedek bless the κοπῆς (slaughter) of enemies?

In Hebrews 6:20, we learn Jesus [the Nazarene] is believed to be a priest of אֵ֣ל עֶלְי֔וֹן El Elyon in the order of מַלְכִּי־צֶ֨דֶק֙ Malkitzedeq | “Melchizedek” : “Jesus has entered as a forerunner ...
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Is the Sermon on the Mount intended to be literal instructions?

Possibly Related Question: Did Jesus teach people to literally pluck their eye out and cut their hand off? The above PRQ is an oft-cited example of proposed hyperbole, and is used completely out of ...
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How do I interpret Matthew 5:28?

Matthew 5:28 is notorious on setting standards for committing adultery in our hearts: Mat 5:27 "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.' Mat 5:28 But I say to you ...
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What caused the switch in the preaching parameters? Luke 22:35-36

Initially Jesus commands his twelve disciples to preach the kingdom of God, but with very particular instructions (which later He reverses). “Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave ...
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Was Jesus’ commandment to "love enemies" (Matthew 5:43) meant literally?

Was Jesus’ commandment to his disciples to love their enemies in Matthew 5:43 intended to be understood literally? 43“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your ...
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What does "I desire Mercy, not Sacrifice" Mean? [duplicate]

Jesus said to go figure out what "I desire mercy, not sacrifice" means, and didn't explain it himself. So, what does this mean? Matthew 9:13, NASB - But go and learn what this means: ‘I ...
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Does Matthew 5:44 apply only to "you" (ὑμᾶς) or also to Jesus?

Does the commandment in Matthew 5:44 apply only to "you" (ὑμᾶς) [or] also to Jesus? Matthew 5:44 [NKJV] "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those ...
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How do you forgive criminals while still punishing them? [closed]

You are meant to forgive others if you wish God to forgive you (Matthew 6:14-16), "77 times" (Matthew 18:21-22) if necessary, though the actual implication is you endlessly must forgive. But ...
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Does Jesus want an extended Family and/or Traditional Families in the World?

I have wondererd what Jesus wanted to mean with the following (John 13:34): A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. (...
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Matthew 19:29 leaving everything behind

I really don't understand this verse, would Jesus really want me to leave everything (spouse)? Because then all the other verses about becoming one flesh don't make sense to me. I understand that ...
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In Matthew 8:18-23 does discipleship involve being an itinerant? Is discipleship as in the gospels obsolete?

Christians today often claim to be disciples of Jesus. However, discipleship seems to involve being an itinerant. KJV Mat 8:18  Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment ...
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Why does the New Testament slander the Pharisees? [closed]

A very frequent assertion of Christian apologetics is that Christian morality would be "the best and most perfect" of all morals. This argument is often used by apologists to prove the ...
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What does it mean to "Patiently Endure"?

1. Question: What does it mean to "Patiently Endure"? In English, this seems a little redundant, (or perhaps emphatic?). Is this verse really saying that a believer should have a particular ...
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Is John 5:41 a command?

In the fifth chapter of John's gospel, Jesus is recorded as telling the Pharisees: "I do not accept glory from human beings". He elaborates on this a few verses later to say "How can ...
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Did Jesus challenge the Principles and Teachings of King Solomon and those of the Prophets before him? [closed]

During Jesus's epoch,the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem followed mainly the Principles of the Book of Torah(Laws of Moses) and other Prophets that came after him.During that period,Caiaphas,a High Priest ...
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Why Jesus says, I give "a new commandment" in John 13:34, instead of restating Mt 22 : 39? Is He saying something to the "Church?

John 13:34 -"I give you a new commandment--to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another." (NET) Mat. 22:39- "The second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself."...
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Is divorce acceptable in the case of adultery?

Matthew 5:32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced ...