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Was Leviticus 18:22 only prohibiting homosexuality that involved pagan rituals?

Let us be extremely clear about what Lev 18 is discussing which is explicitly stated in V3 - You must not follow the practices of the land of Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not follow ...
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Is it appropriate to translate Galatians 3:21 as "If a law had been given"?

The OP questions the validity of the article "a" in English versions given the lack of a corresponding word in Greek. I will argue that "a law" is indeed an accurate translation. There is no ...
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Was Leviticus 18:22 only prohibiting homosexuality that involved pagan rituals?

What isn't addressed in other answers is where the claim comes from. Without understanding the claim, they fail to counter it. In particular, they all rely on the common English versions of the verses,...
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Would a man looking at his own wife 'to desire her' be committing adultery according to Jesus at Matthew 5:28?

No, because it is impossible to commit adultery with one’s own wife. Adultery by definition is committed with another man’s wife.1 2 The context of Matt. 5:28 is adultery;3 therefore, the “woman” in ...
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Why will drunkards not inherit the kingdom of God?

This is an excellent question that has plagued the Christian church for millennia with copious arguments on both sides. What are the Biblical facts: There is no explicit Biblical command against ...
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Why will drunkards not inherit the kingdom of God?

I will base this answer on the premise that an activity cannot be a reason to be excluded from the kingdom of God unless there is something sinful about it. This is a premise that it is reasonable to ...
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What were the "tokens of virginity"?

The word used in verses 14, 17, and 18 is bətûlîm, “evidence(s) of virginity.” This is from bətûlâ, “virgin”, which is used in verse 19 to describe a woman thus evidenced. It refers to the custom of ...
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In Matthew 26:26-29 why do the disciples not protest Jesus insisting that they drink blood?

This answer draws on Michael J. Cahill, "Drinking Blood at a Kosher Eucharist? The Sound of Scholarly Silence", Biblical Theology Bulletin 32/4 (2002): 168-181. It should be consulted directly for ...
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In Matthew 26:26-29 why do the disciples not protest Jesus insisting that they drink blood?

The other two answers do a good job of answering the question, but I thought it was worth pointing out the actual ban and its explanation: Leviticus 17:10 Explicitly makes your point for you; those ...
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How did they keep warm on the Sabbath day?

It says "Don't kindle a fire," not "don't allow a fire to be burning." The prohibition is on the act of lighting a fire, not of having a fire be lit. Having a fire burning to ...
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Did David not defile himself by taking back Michal in 2 Samuel 3?

Looking at the texts of Deuteronomy 24 and Jeremiah 3, I'd suggest the key aspect of these verses are divorce: "...her first husband, who divorced her, is not allowed to marry her again after ...
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Why did the Mosaic Law prohibit the ancient Israelites from eating pork?

In the Hebrew Scriptures, death was "dirty." For example, contact with anything dead (whether animal or man) made the Israelite unclean in the ritual sense. Thus any scavenger was not appropriate for ...
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In Ephesians 2:15 exactly what part of the Law has been abolished?

Although Paul does not use the same word for 'abolish' as Jesus in Matthew 5:17, I think it helpful to bear that verse in mind, as Paul did not intend to contradict what Jesus says: 17“Do not think ...
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Is Jesus against or in favor of the law of retaliation ("eye for eye, tooth for tooth")?

"Now these are the judgments which thou shalt set before them." (Ex. 21:1, KJV) The opening statement of the chapter sets the context within court proceedings, ie. judgment. So, the ...
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In Matthew 26:26-29 why do the disciples not protest Jesus insisting that they drink blood?

Jesus had aleady shocked his followers with references to drinking blood in John Chapter 6. "For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink" When leads to.. As a result of this many of ...
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What law are you under if you don't live by the spirit?

The power of the Holy Spirit enables one to live the Christ-like life. For example, Gal 5:22-23 (NASB) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, ...
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Was Leviticus 18:22 only prohibiting homosexuality that involved pagan rituals?

The OP has only given half the context. Verses 3 and 4 spell it out completely: 3You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypt, where you lived, and you shall not do as they do in the land of ...
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In Romans 11:25 what is "the fullness of the Gentiles"?

The Idea in Brief The "Fulness (sic) of the Gentiles" is the time when Gentile dominion on the earth ends, and the visible theocratic kingdom on earth once again begins. When the theocratic kingdom ...
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In John 7:23, which law is not broken—circumcision or the Sabbath?

It is the commandment to circumcise one’s son on the eighth day of their life.1 3 And on the eighth day, you shall circumcise the flesh of his foreskin. The Jews debated whether it was permitted to ...
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What laws, exactly, will God put in Christians' hearts and write in their minds?

At the outset, I would like to flag up two biblical principles that form my starting point for answering this important question. (1) Romans 3:20 - “By the deeds of the law shall no flesh be justified ...
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Is Paul talking about the 10 commandments or the entire Mosaic Law in Romans 13:8-10?

The entire Torah consists of several parts such as - Largely historical sections like most of Genesis and parts of exodus The giving of the Moral law (Ex 19-23) and its expanded meaning (much of ...
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Matthew 5:17-20 - to Fulfill the Law

It is true that Thayer lists "perfect, consummate" a number, is the meaning for Rev 3:2 and Rev 6:11. "Perfect" is only correct if it has the old English meaning of "complete&...
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In Luke 8, why didn't Christ instruct the woman to appear before the priest?

Leprosy was a serious disease which caused the one who had it to be sent out from among the people to live isolated, away from anyone else. This was not the case for having an issue of blood. ...
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Why does the "Fat" belong to the Lord?

Leviticus 3 gives the details of the peace offering as it pertained to God, but not as it pertained to the priests. Leviticus 7 adds: And the priest shall burn the fat upon the altar: but the ...
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John 19:30 - What did Jesus say "was finished"?

The phrase actually translates one word in Greek, tetelestai, from the root tele­ō, which means "to finish, fulfill." Significantly, this specific form of the verb, tetelestai, is only found twice in ...
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Genesis 2 and 3 - Why was nudity suddenly a shame for Adam?

My dad, who is a pastor, has an interesting theory as of why. He says that prior to the Fall, they were clothed in light as a result of walking with God. They were physically naked, but because they ...
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