Paul’s Ethics Teachings to the Greco-Roman Churches

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 Sexual Ethics of Ancient Greece and Rome

Part 2 of the series:The Measure of Acceptability In this section, I will review the pertinent findings of my extensive research into the subject of the ethics of the society into which the Letters of Paul were sent. This is of vital significance to the quest for understanding those Letters. Paul knew the language and …

The Measure of Acceptability

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.

Spending Spiritual Resources

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: …

The Difficult Case of David, Bathsheba, Uriah, Nathan, and the Baby Boy

In 2 Samuel 11 and 12, we find the story of David and Bathsheba and Uriah, a story of sex, conspiracy, betrayal and murder. Bathsheba gets pregnant, Uriah carries his own death sentence from one friend to another, then gets murdered by his friends, and the baby dies. If the story itself is not enough …

Madly in Love with People

A man goes to a city to tell them about Love. A prophetess follows him around. He gets beat up and imprisoned. An earthquake sets him free, but he doesn’t leave. But he later writes a letter to the people of that city. And he makes it quite clear that he loves them. And he …

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