History Literature / TheFourGospels

20th Feb '18 4:43:23 AM VicGeorge2011
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* AttentionWhore: Jesus deals with this problem among the religious people in His Sermon on the Mount in the gospel of Matthew by pointing out three things: (1) don't announce your doing good deeds before men with trumpets or "let your left hand know what your right hand does" because the only reward you'll get is from men, not from God; (2) don't pray in public in order to garner public attention unto yourself, for the same reason; and (3) don't draw attention unto yourself to the fact that you are fasting, also for the same reason.
20th Feb '18 4:36:00 AM VicGeorge2011
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** Martha the sister of Mary also has a bit of a pride issue. When she invites Jesus into her home in the gospel of Luke, her sister Mary spends her time sitting at Jesus' feet listening to Him while Martha is distracted with getting things ready for a supper she was putting on for Him. Annoyed at her sister not doing anything to help while she was doing all the busywork, Martha bids the Lord to tell Mary to help her. The Lord tells her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed. And Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken from her.”
19th Feb '18 7:08:48 AM VicGeorge2011
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%%* JesusSaves: TropeNamer.



** Jesus Himself was presented with a few Morton's Fork situations Himself. In the Gospel of John, the teachers of the Law present him with a woman caught in adultery and says that the Law of Moses demanded that such women should be stoned. They expected him to answer either a yes or a no so they could find a way to accuse Him. Instead, Jesus answered, "Let he who without sin be the first to cast a stone at her." In three of the Gospels, some Herodians ask whether it is lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not for similar reasons, but after Jesus asks for a denarius and they say it has Caesar's face and inscription on it, Jesus answers, "Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God what belongs to God."

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** Jesus Himself was presented with a few Morton's Fork situations Himself. In the Gospel of John, the teachers of the Law present him with a woman caught in adultery and says that the Law of Moses demanded that such women should be stoned. They expected him to answer either a yes or a no so they could find a way to accuse Him. Instead, Jesus answered, "Let he who is without sin be the first to cast a stone at her." In three of the Gospels, some Herodians ask whether it is lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not for similar reasons, but after Jesus asks for a denarius and they say it has Caesar's face and inscription on it, Jesus answers, "Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God what belongs to God."
17th Feb '18 4:14:25 PM VicGeorge2011
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* TakeAThirdOption: (Matthew 22) Are we answerable to God or to earthly powers such as the Romans? [[note]]Many Jews were pretty much sick of the Romans by this point and had no desire to pay taxes to support Roman idolatry and hedonistic living. The last thing they would have wanted to hear was a command to pay their taxes. If Christ had said that this was unnecessary, though, well...[[/note]] (John 7-8) Will Jesus say that a woman caught in the act of adultery should be stoned or not? [[note]]If Christ had said that she shouldn't be stoned, the Pharisees would have accused Him of violating the laws of Moses. If He had said that she should, He would likely have been turned over to the Romans, who didn't allow the Jews to perform their own executions.[[/note]] Both times, the Pharisees were attempting a MortonsFork, but Jesus succeeded in CuttingTheKnot.

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(Matthew 22) Are we answerable to God or to earthly powers such as the Romans? [[note]]Many Jews were pretty much sick of the Romans by this point and had no desire to pay taxes to support Roman idolatry and hedonistic living. The last thing they would have wanted to hear was a command to pay their taxes. If Christ had said that this was unnecessary, though, well...[[/note]] (John 7-8) Will Jesus say that a woman caught in the act of adultery should be stoned or not? [[note]]If Christ had said that she shouldn't be stoned, the Pharisees would have accused Him of violating the laws of Moses. If He had said that she should, He would likely have been turned over to the Romans, who didn't allow the Jews to perform their own executions.[[/note]] Both times, the Pharisees were attempting a MortonsFork, but Jesus succeeded in CuttingTheKnot.CuttingTheKnot.
** The Jewish leaders tried this tactic when Jesus presented them with a MortonsFork question of His own -- "The baptism of John [the Baptist] -- was it from heaven, or was it from men?" -- by simply answering that they don't know, but it doesn't work out for them, as Jesus refused to answer the question they posed on Him before that.
17th Feb '18 4:11:20 PM VicGeorge2011
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Jesus' stepfather Joseph, who appears in the first few chapters of Matthew and Luke, but is hardly heard from beyond that other than just other characters mentioning his name.


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Jesus' stepfather Joseph, who appears in the first few chapters of Matthew and Luke, but is hardly heard from beyond that other than just other characters mentioning his name.
17th Feb '18 4:09:20 PM VicGeorge2011
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%%* TurnTheOtherCheek: TropeNamer.

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%%* * TurnTheOtherCheek: TropeNamer.TropeNamer. From the Sermon on the Mount in the gospel of Matthew, Jesus says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, do not resist an evil person. But whoever strikes you on your right cheek, turn to him the other as well. And if anyone sues you in a court of law and takes away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. And whoever compels you to go a mile, go with him two." (Matthew 5:38-41) Jesus advocates responding to personal aggression and violence with non-violence instead of returning evil for evil.


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Jesus' stepfather Joseph, who appears in the first few chapters of Matthew and Luke, but is hardly heard from beyond that other than just other characters mentioning his name.
17th Feb '18 10:49:02 AM VicGeorge2011
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* ShamefulStrip: Jesus is stripped of all His clothes before He is put on the cross (though in most depictions He is given a waistcloth to cover His male parts), which are then gambled off by the guards in fulfillment of Psalm 22:18: "They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots."
16th Feb '18 11:43:38 AM Jeduthun
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* EnemiesEqualsGreatness: Some verses such as Matthew 5:11-12 and John 15:18-20 deal with this as far as following Jesus is concerned. The former assures that being hated and persecuted for the sake of following God's righteousness leads to great rewards, whereas the latter assures that it's better to have human enemies than to be God's enemy.

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* EnemiesEqualsGreatness: Some verses such as Matthew 5:11-12 and John 15:18-20 deal with this as far as following Jesus is concerned. The former assures that being hated and persecuted for the sake of following God's righteousness leads to great rewards, whereas the latter assures that it's better to have human enemies than to be God's enemy. On the other hand, Jesus also explains that the reason people who follow Him have enemies is mainly that EvilCannotComprehendGood, so He commands us to [[LoveRedeems love and pray for our enemies]] [[TurnTheOtherCheek rather than retaliating]].
16th Feb '18 7:50:17 AM VicGeorge2011
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* SupernormalBindings: Jesus' comment to Peter in the gospel of Matthew that "whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven" is often intepreted in Pentecostal circles as Jesus giving authority to believers to "bind" and "loose" spirits in this fashion. Also Jesus' comment, which is used to support this interpretation: “No one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house.” (Mark 3:27)
8th Feb '18 5:54:01 AM VicGeorge2011
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* IHaveNoSon: The dutiful son in the parable of the prodigal son in the gospel of Luke, when he complains about their father giving the prodigal son a welcome home party with the fattened calf slaughtered, refuses to even acknowledge that son as his brother in his complaint to the father, simply referring to him as "this son of yours who devoured your property with prostitutes."
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