Archive for October, 2018

Is Jesus Quoting The Pharisees Or The Old Law In Matt 5:38?

October 24, 2018

It is strange that some gospel preachers teach Jesus is quoting the false teaching of the Pharisees in Matthew 5:21-48, when in all six cases, we can find precisely what Jesus referred to in the Old Testament law. Another good example is verse 38 where Jesus says “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.” This is an exact quote of Exod 21:24 and Lev 24:20. How could an exact quote of an Old Testament verse be a false interpretation of Old Testament teaching? If you just quote Mark 16:16 without comment, could a denominational person correctly accuse you of falsely interpreting Jesus’ teaching on baptism?

The truth about 38ff is – as in all six cases in Matt 5:21-48 – Jesus quotes an Old Testament verse, and then proceeds to give His stricter New Testament teaching – “resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

Many brethren get around the force of this passage by saying it refers only to “personal” vengeance:

· But the passage doesn’t mention personal vengeance, so limiting it to that is just subtracting from God’s word. It means to never retaliate against physical violence – personal, impersonal, national (war) … any violence.

· And by including personal vengeance, it stands in direct contrast to the “revenger of blood” instructions in Num 35:19.

Rom 12:17 reads “Recompense to no man evil for evil.” That is another absolute that teaches the same thing.

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Is Jesus Quoting The Pharisees Or The Old Law In Matt 5:27?

October 18, 2018

I am puzzled that some gospel preachers teach Jesus is quoting the false teaching of the Pharisees in Matthew 5:21-48, when in all six cases therein, we can find precisely what Jesus said in the Old Testament law. Another good example is verse 27 where Jesus says “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery,” an exact quote from the ten commandments in the Old Testament. How could an exact quote of Exod 20:14 be a false interpretation of Old Testament teaching? If you just quote Matt 19:9 with no comment, could an unscripturally married person correctly accuse you of falsely interpreting Jesus’ teaching on MDR?

The truth about 27ff is – as in all six cases in Matt 5:21-48 – Jesus quotes an Old Testament verse, and then proceeds to give His stricter New Testament teaching – “whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”

Is Jesus Quoting The Pharisees Or The Old Law In Matt 5:21?

October 10, 2018

I am amazed that some gospel preachers say Jesus is quoting the false teaching of the Pharisees in Matthew 5:21-48, when in all six cases, we can find exactly what Jesus said in the Old Testament law. A good example is verse 21 where Jesus says “Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill.” Isn’t “thou shalt not kill” an accurate quote of the ten commandments in Exod 20:13? Or is “thou shalt not kill” just a false teaching of the rabbinical fathers? Why is something this simple and clear even under dispute?

Jesus goes on to say “whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment.” Isn’t that a fair representation of Num 35:12 and the judgment done at the cities of refuge?

The truth about 21ff is – as in all six cases in Matt 5:21-48 – Jesus quotes an Old Testament verse, and then proceeds to give His stricter New Testament teaching:

· don’t be angry with your brother without a cause

· don’t call your brother Raca or fool

Why Do Some People Believe In Evolution?

October 4, 2018

Psalms 19:1 reads “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” Rom 1:20 says “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” Those two verses state what seems to be obvious, that the creation is evidence of a creator.  So why do some people still believe in evolution? …

Sir Arthur Keith (famous British evolutionist) said “Evolution is unproved and unprovable. We believe it because the only alternative is special creation which is unthinkable.”

Sir Julian Huxley (one of the world’s leading evolutionists) – “I suppose the reason we leaped at The Origin of Species was because the idea of God interfered with our sexual mores.”

The late Dr. Wald, an ardent evolutionist, was no scientific “light weight.” He was a professor of neurobiology at Harvard and received the Nobel Prize in Physiology for work in the neurophysiology of vision. Here’s what he said: “There are only two possible explanations as to how life arose: Spontaneous generation arising to evolution or a supernatural creative act of God…There is no other possibility. Spontaneous generation was scientifically disproved 120 years ago by Louis Pasteur and others, but that just leaves us with only one other possibility…that life came as a supernatural act of creation by God, but I can’t accept that philosophy because I do not want to believe in God. Therefore, I choose to believe in that which I know is scientifically impossible, spontaneous generation leading to evolution.” (“Origin, Life and Evolution” in Scientific American, 1978)