Posts tagged Mark
Did David Sin When He Ate The Tabernacle Showbread?

The Gospels record the account of the Pharisees castigating Jesus' disciples for eating from the grain fields on the Sabbath day (Matthew 12:1-8; Mark 2:23-28; Luke 6:1-5). In response to the Pharisees' unjust accusation, Jesus sites the historical account of David eating the showbread - an act only lawful for the priests in 1 Samuel 21:1-6. Some people have misconstrued this passage to teach that Jesus was upholding "Situation Ethics" and that David actually did not sin on this occasion. Such, however, is not the case.

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Why Are Other Gospels Not Included In The New Testament Canon?

Through the years there have been claims that other "gospels" were reportedly found (such as the Gospel of Thomas, Phillip, Mary, etc.). You can find a list of these books on www.earlychristianwritings.com. Why are these not included in our New Testaments along with Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John?

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Did The Disciples Become The Apostles Before or After The Ascension of Jesus?

Skeptics like to comb through the Bible and think they have found contradictions. Skeptics think they may have found a chronological contradiction this time. The contradiction they have said to find is that gospel writers and Paul cannot agree upon when the disciples became apostles. Did they become the apostles before the ascension of Jesus (Acts 1:9-11), which seems to be the case or was it after the ascension of Jesus? These passages Matthew 10:2, Mark 6:30, Luke 6:13, 9:10, 11:49, 17:5, 22:14, 24:10, Acts 1:2, and 1:26 call the disciples the apostles before the ascension of Jesus (except for Acts 1:26). Paul indicates in his letter to the Ephesians that the gift of apostleship was not given until after the ascension of Jesus (Ephesians 4:7-16).

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Was John The Immerser Elijah or Not?

Skeptics of the Bible continue to search for supposed "contradictions" that will show that a Divine Mind did not supernaturally superintend over its contents.

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Does Jesus Command Self-Mutilation? (Mark 9:43-47)

In the remote context of Mark 9, Jesus is speaking on the theme of true discipleship among His followers. His followers had many wrong ideas about the Messianic kingdom and one of them was that they wanted to know who would gain the highest status in the kingdom. We see an example of this prideful behavior when the mother of James and John made a request for her sons to sit on Jesus' left and right hand when He started to reign on the throne (Matthew 20:20-23; Mark 10:32-40).

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Joey FerrellMark, Hermeneutics
Mark 16:16 States That He Who Who Does Not Believe Will Be Condemned. It Does Not Say Does Not Believe And Is Baptized Will Be Condemned. Therefore, Water Baptism Is Not Essential For Salvation.

There is a reason why John Mark worded Mark 16:16 the way he did.

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Was The Ability of One To Work Miracles Dependent On The Faith Of The Recipient?

There are many denominations who will make the claim that if a person is not healed miraculously from some terminal illness, he/she is at fault because he/she did not have enough faith. This is fallacious reasoning.

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Did Jesus Give Many Signs Or Only One Sign?

Does Jesus’ statement to the scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 12:39, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah” contradict John’s statement in John 20:30, “And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book”?

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