Pitiable Christians. It shows how death is finally conquered and becomes, not an end, but a beginning. How does belief in an afterlife affect you? Some people doubt the resurrection today. Also — the Romans wanted to keep the Jews and the new Christians under control. An admitted resurrection would have caused chaos for the Roman government.
Having said that — if proof positive existed, it would have come out, but apparently it did not — since the only thing anyone could say was eye witness accounts. Given those who would claim no such resurrection happened — it becomes a war of words, and who does one believe. Given that, obviously, no eye witnesses for either side walk the face of the earth anymore — it remains a war of words — with a seemingly increasing number of people who refuse to believe in the resurrection.
However, we do have accounts that confirm the point that Paul makes later in this same passage —. If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them? Indeed — why would Paul and the former disciples who thought all was lost after Jesus died on the cross go through what they did unless the resurrection really happened?
The Conclusion of the Matter. Ecc Not only was the Teacher wise, but also he imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs. Ecc The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one Shepherd. Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body. Ecc Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. Ecc For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.
One thing we see throughout all these examples is that we, as Christians, believe what the Bible says. There are parts of all three books that are identical. There are also parts of all three books that are quite different — and in conflict with each other. Clearly, all three cannot be true, even though believers in all three religions accept them as true. I have to think there are better ways. For instance, what if we were to take an approach similar to the one Paul writes about below with food that some considered to be wrong to eat.
The Weak and the Strong. Ro Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. To his own master he stands or falls.
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And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. Ro One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.
He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Ro For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living. Or why do you look down on your brother? Ro Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean. Do not by your eating destroy your brother for whom Christ died. Ro Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.
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All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. Ro So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves. Ro We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.
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Ro May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, 6 so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ro Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. Ro May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Question — what if you took all the references to eating, and instead look at this passage as being about the difference between believing and knowing.
Paul wrote about all the times he faced death to preach the Gospel. Most of us never face anything like that. There will be difficulties — but in this country, at this time, the risk of death is nothing like it is in other parts of the world. Until recently, I never faced death — for any reason. As Christians, some say they would definitely hang on to their faith in a life or death situation.
Not yet. But I believe more than anything that they will. Earlier, we look at Abraham as an example of someone who lived by faith. For a further look at faith, I invite you to read about other Old Testament people, whose faith was verified, listed by the author of Hebrews in a section the titles By Faith. Heb Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Heb By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead.
Heb By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. Heb By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. Heb By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.
Heb By faith Abraham, even though he was past age—and Sarah herself was barren—was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise. Heb All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance.
And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. Heb By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. Heb By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.
Heb By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions about his bones. Heb By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned. Heb By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the people had marched around them for seven days. Heb By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.
Heb And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.
Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground. Heb These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. We need to keep in mind here that the promise the author was talking about is the promised resurrection. We see evidence of this meaning from the very next verse —. Heb Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
The OT heroes would not be great witnesses if God had deserted them. Far from that, the author uses them as examples of why we should be strong in our beliefs. Faith stones. Post Views: Please leave a comment or ask a question - it's nice to hear from you. Cancel reply. McAlister, P. Lyon, R. Elwell, W. When push comes to shove, two Kentucky girls find strength in each other.
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