What did Paul mean when he told these Ancient Greeks to not cheat a brother by Pornea?
When Paul said to “put to death your members”, what did he mean? Did he believe the Kingdom of Heaven teachings of Jesus?
This powerful Letter from Paul teaches us to have confidence in the Love of God.
Parallels. There are parallels everywhere. What can we learn from parallels in teachings?
Is life a constant struggle of good and against evil, even within ourselves?
In this ancient Letter, a murderer promotes a way of living based on Love instead of Law. It should either be really good, or simply insane.
The wisdom of this world demands recompense – retribution. The Gospel changes the subject. To the person carrying the Kingdom of Heaven concepts, the focus of life is not behavior: to focus on behavior is to focus on death. The focus of life is Love.
The 1st Century Church style of living has influence on our understanding of Paul’s Letters. Did Paul command them to expel hated sinners while Jesus was proud of associating with hated sinners?
This quest, this desire to know the truth, drives on the desperate pilgrims – us. Beliefs that lead to a misunderstanding of Paul’s statements lead the pilgrim, inescapably, to a universe without hope. The pilgrim strives to find hope, fervently desiring to believe in the Hope offered by Jesus, yet comes to teachings of Paul that indicate that for some classes of sin there is no forgiveness, no love, no family, and no hope. For the pilgrim that ponders the depths of meaning, this becomes the ultimate nightmare – an unavoidable eternal collision with terrible and empty fate.
In the middle of the book of Luke, there are some teachings from Jesus that foster very widely divergent concepts. Among these is a parable that has been given many names: “unjust steward”, “shrewd manager”, “dishonest manager”, etc. Many acknowledge the difficulty of understanding this parable. And the reason for the divergent views is plain: …