Interpreting Matt. 5

Q. What do Matthew 5:21-22 mean about insulting and calling one’s neighbor a fool? Does this relate to judging others? Also, what do Matt. 5:33-37 mean? I’ve interpreted them as meaning that we shouldn’t promise things because we can’t insure that they’ll happen, but I’m not sure – I might be missing something here.

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Understanding Galatians 5:16-21

Q. In Galatians 5:16-21 Paul deals with the issue of continuing in sin. I realize that God not only saved me but also keeps me; However in Galatians 5:21 he says that “I have for warned you, that those who practice such things (as listed in vs.19-20) shall not inherit the kingdom of God. How do you answer this?

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The Seven “I AM” Statements In John

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Summarizing John's Gospel

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Recently I completely re-vamped a study I had originally written in 2003, entitled “The Seven Miracles In John” .  In it I showed how John selected these seven miracles specifically for their ability to help us believe that Jesus is who He claimed to be, and that by believing we might have eternal life.

In addition to these seven miracles John’s gospel contains seven “I am” statements.  Their focus is on what happens after we become believers.  You can call them part 2 of John’s underlying message to the Church.   In this study, we’ll  look at these seven “I am” statements to see what they’ll tell us.  Here’s the first one.

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Vegetarianism

Q. Is vegetarianism in the Bible? I read that Daniel went vegetarian to avoid eating sinful foods offered by the king.  Jesus was a Nazarene. Weren’t they vegetarians? Jesus fed the people fish but it did not say that he actually ate it.  The ten commandments say not to kill. Doesn’t that include animals?

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Get Behind Me Satan

Q. Peter didn’t like Jesus’ idea that He should come to Jerusalem to die.  The Lord quickly identified who is really speaking there and said :”Get behind me, Satan”.  Why did Satan want to stop the Lord from dying there, if he tried to kill Jesus from time when he was a baby?

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The Way It Was Meant To Be. Follow Up

Q.  Re: The Way It Was Meant To Be.  Why is it necessary to “lump” into a general category, “prosperity teachers” and then accuse that “group” of being greedy and spending all their money on themselves? I find this distasteful and not very gracious.  My husband follows you and thinks that when I listen to some whom he lumps in with your description, they are “false”.  Yet I read your article, and it agrees completely with the lessons that my “prosperity” teachers have taught me!!

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