Everyone loves Jesus – until they read what he really taught. 4:11. I am referring to whenever someone wants to down or degrade the Bible and Christianity, they go to specific points in Leviticus like the text where a woman is supposed to marry her rapist, and to be stoned when she is not “chaste”. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. How does this happen? We don’t often stop to consider the magnitude of what the Bible represents. I now thank GOD that people are now understanding new covenant mentality ,Jesus said it is finished.thanks KATHY. Join Kathy's mailing list to receive a free mini Bible study on the book of Titus. The catechism teaches that in the Eucharist the Church unites herself to the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross. Why did these non-CHristian nations do that, you could ask them? Every weekday, get RELEVANT's top five articles delivered to your inbox! His books are include: “Teaching Children The Gospel/How to Raise Godly Children,“ “Do Babies Go To Heaven?/Why Does God Allow Suffering?,“ "The Great Omission; Reaching the Lost for Christ," and “Blind Chance or Intelligent Design?, Empirical Methodologies & the Bible.". Our sin must be dealt with first. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” (John 6:48-52). Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets. Is so, this is a vivid reminder of just how awesome the consequences of sin are. Jesus tells him to obey the Ten Commandments, which the rich man says he has done. I agree. I recently gave an expository sermon from this most holy book and it speaks with how we deal with sin. A native of Topsfield, Massachusetts, he graduated from Brown University in 2004 with a degree in classics and history. Not only are the statements unbiblical; some of them teach the opposite of what the Bible teaches. “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. David Platt’s Radical is a shock of a bestseller: a book that challenges people to follow the Jesus of the gospels—the one who called people to leave their homes, abandon their jobs, risk their lives, and even give up their families for him. God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle. Consider this prayer from St. Gemma Galgani: Do grant, oh my God, that when my lips approach Yours to kiss You, I may taste the gall that was given to You; when my shoulders lean against Yours, make me feel Your scourging; when my flesh is united with Yours, in the Holy Eucharist, make me feel Your passion; when my head comes near Yours, make me feel Your thorns; when my heart is close to Yours, make me feel Your spear. (luke 14:26) and when he appears to go along with the old testament saying of children who curse their parents should be put to death (lev 20:9) Jesus’ comment Matthew 15:4 – that lines me up for stoning – when I was younger – gladly reformed. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. An article called Who is Jesus? Today’s reading really spoke to me! Even calling someone a name, like “fool!” is hating someone with a hate equal to murdering them in the spirit. This seems like a hard saying because the Jews knew it was wrong to drink blood but Jesus was giving an image of His ultimate sacrifice as the Lamb of God. Hello Chevelle, Thanks for your question. I am not aware of any controversy about the book of Leviticus. Still, many of us probably think the story doesn’t apply to those of us who don’t own yachts and summer in the Hamptons. Is it from all of the animal sacrifices? What are meant by the hard sayings of Jesus are those that are exaggeration or hyperbole. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col 1:26-27). It is literally God revealing Himself and communicating Himself to mankind in written word. If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Something in Leviticus is interesting because it said, “For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement” (Lev 17:11). John Chrysostom explains: “This saying does not condemn natural affection to our parents, but shows that nothing ought to be more binding on us than the business of heaven; that to this we ought to apply ourselves with all our endeavors, and not to be slack, however necessary or urgent are the things that draw us aside. Whatever the particular challenge for us, Scripture teaches that Christian virtue does consistently require extravagant giving to those in need. Do we despair of forgiveness? The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. The Sixth Commandment “you shall not murder” is an external application to God’s Law but Jesus took it a step further in essentially saying that murder starts in the heart and is internally motivated. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. According to St. Jerome, the ‘sword’ was the division between believers and unbelievers: “For in the matter of belief in Christ, the whole world was divided against itself; each house had its believers and its unbelievers; and therefore was this holy war sent, that an unholy peace might be broken through.” Likewise, for St. Hilary, the sword symbolizes the authority of the gospel truth: “Mystically, a sword is the sharpest of all weapons, and thence it is the emblem of the right of authority, the impartiality of justice, the correction of offenders. Good to hear from you. This very well known passage is actually a quote from Jesus. Jesus responds: Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead. Its really a challenging for each and every words you have mentioned,frankly speaking it really touch my heart…. Just like the Israelites, we are to be different from the world. eval(ez_write_tag([[468,60],'whatchristianswanttoknow_com-medrectangle-3','ezslot_10',115,'0','0']));Jesus had just finished the so-called Sermon on the Mount which included the Beatitudes. No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. Thank you again for your patience and kindness. Jesus said many things that people could not understand. Required fields are marked *. I guess the devil wants to snare us this way so we get down hearted. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. In the next verse, Jesus says to do the same with your ‘right hand.’ Church Fathers have understood both the eye and the hand to be metaphors. Thank you for your soul lifting and highly explanatory articles. Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep. Often, we’ll hear someone quote a statement that sounds nice to us, and we’ll begin repeating it as though it’s biblical truth without ever researching it in Scripture. I realise that these were hard times in the desert and almost 3 thousand years ago for the original command but if Jesus is God, and he agrees with the old testament then surely he is saying this still stands? What Bible verses do you find the most challenging and why? Instead of swallowing popular statements hook-line-and-sinker, may we be like the Bereans in the Book of Acts. Thanks for stopping by! The sacrificial offerings had to be perfect (i.e. No one comes to the Father except through me. These have tested the faith and understanding of Christians over the centuries. I experience more peace and gratitude now during the big difficult moments because I know God is not allowing it for no reason. { 13 comments… read them below or add one }. See their reasonings? Thanks for coming by Jane! But people place the social justice issues into the Bible when the Bible already speaks of justice. LOL, Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. We are to devote every area of our lives to God. There are hidden symbols and images of Jesus Christ throughout the Old Testament, but the New Covenant made clear the meaning of the Old Testament sacrificial offerings, rituals, and laws. Quotes, 5. His way is abundant and satisfying and joyful. Here’s Some of Our Best Content Ever, Vandals Smash Catholic Church Windows During Portland Riots on Wednesday, Exorcist: Our Lady of Sorrows Will Reveal Secrets, Convert Hardened Hearts if You Ask Her. Your email address will not be published. Let go, let God. Oh, there are others too – and I may have a slightly different top 5 tomorrow – but these will definitely stay in at least the top 10 for the indefinite future. The people around you may appreciate you staying clean, but this is not Scripture. Please feel free to disagree with my list. For example, Bob is a good guy, because he is not as bad as Sam. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. Gary, like you said, reminding myself of who God really is helps me let go and trust Him. While this interpretation may come as a relief to us, it certainly doesn’t leave us off the hook. ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭KJV‬‬, Because we are called to use this verse as a filter on everything that we let in our lives. A very clear explanation. His way is life. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. In Matthew 15:4 Jesus was speaking to us, Christians? If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: ‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive; For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Humans are humans, and angels are angels. But then in Matthew 10:14 we read: Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. This teaching should shock us: it means that we mystically share in the sufferings of Christ on the Cross. When I am grateful for the trials I can see the blessings more easily later. When reading Jesus’ words in John chapter six and elsewhere, it is good to remember that when something seems exaggerated to the extreme, Jesus is trying to show that there is a deeper, symbolic meaning to His words. This impenitence is blasphemy against the third person of the Trinity because it is through the Holy Spirit that Christ forgives, according to St. Augustine. shows the difference between Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, and the rest and that of all the religions of the world, only Jesus alone is still alive today.

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