The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. Just as love is a decision not a feeling although feelings usually follow, so is gratefulness. No saying of Jesus in the gospels is ‘easy.’ Our Savior’s commands to love our enemies, turn the other cheek, and forgive those who wrong us seventy seven times are challenging, to say the least. Sign up to get Kathy's blog posts by email and get a free Bible study on the book of Titus. Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets. Although God has created everyone, not everyone relationally belongs to Him. This appears to be in direct conflict with the passages cited from Matthew’s account. Its what we are use to taking in, it’s what we’ve been fed all this time. Jesus says: Therefore, I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body” (1 Cor 6:18). Deuteronomy 22:13 [much like what is found in Leviticus]. The most popular way to make that judgment is by comparison. Jesus says: In Matthew 8:21, an unnamed disciple says he wants to follow Jesus but first asks leave to go bury his father. Note: Direct quotations from Scripture are taken from either the Douay-Rheims Bible or the New American Bible, Revised Edition. Their stunned reaction shows that the Pharisees and Herodians recognize the implications of Jesus’ challenging statement. The fact that many Christians believe these unbiblical statements shows our unfortunate overall biblical illiteracy. Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. But is it hard for us today? It is literally God revealing Himself and communicating Himself to mankind in written word. Jesus’s life and teachings are just as radical today as they were 2000 years ago. To me, these laws have a message to them. Good choice of verses to hold onto. Thank you for the link. I wasn’t sure where in the scriptures they were getting it from. For this reason Leviticus opens with instructions for offerings and sacrifices. But there are some statements of our Lord that are particularly difficult, seemingly defying our ability to fathom them, much less follow them. Today’s reading really spoke to me! Enter by the narrow gate. The first anti-pope, St. Hippolytus, was later reconciled to Rome. Consider this prayer from St. Gemma Galgani: Do grant, oh my God, that when my lips approach Yours to kiss You, I may taste the gall that was given to You; when my shoulders lean against Yours, make me feel Your scourging; when my flesh is united with Yours, in the Holy Eucharist, make me feel Your passion; when my head comes near Yours, make me feel Your thorns; when my heart is close to Yours, make me feel Your spear. There is some dispute as to timing, but it seems that the cleansing of the temple by Jesus happened during the week before his death; now referred to as "Holy Week" by Christians. It’s a common belief that God exists to be our “personal genie” waiting to give us our every wish. A native of Topsfield, Massachusetts, he graduated from Brown University in 2004 with a degree in classics and history. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/StephenBeale1, How Sister Lúcia Helped an Artist Monk Craft His Famous Statue at Fatima, Paper Boats Filled With Violets: A Story of Mother Cabrini. Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders” (1 Cor 6:9). 5. His books are include: “Teaching Children The Gospel/How to Raise Godly Children,“ “Do Babies Go To Heaven?/Why Does God Allow Suffering?,“ "The Great Omission; Reaching the Lost for Christ," and “Blind Chance or Intelligent Design?, Empirical Methodologies & the Bible.". Read them in the archive below. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. His way is abundant and satisfying and joyful. Cathechism, Why did Jesus use such language that was hard to accept? Unless you or they can give me Scriptures, they can not make their point. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. Jesus’ way may seem challenging. The challenge: To consciously choose every minute of every day to give my life to Jesus. If I’m not careful, and there’s a mist from the pulpit you can be sure there’ll be a fog in the pews. Isn’t that kind of difficult?”. The hard sayings of Jesus are not hard once a person has been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and they come to saving faith in Jesus Christ. When they heard Paul preach, they wanted to research the Scriptures themselves to authenticate what he was saying: “They received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so” (Acts 17:10-11). Is it from all of the animal sacrifices? In reality, Jesus saves those who die to themselves: “Then Jesus told His disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me’” (Matthew 16:24). Parents may use this to motivate their kids to clean their rooms. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. If you like what you're reading, you can get free daily updates through the RSS feed here. Jesus always made them realize that if they wanted to keep these old laws, like in the Old Covenant, now done away with, (except for the 10 Commandments which were written in stone and not part of the Mosaic Law) then they should go all the way…and by the way, they were breaking the 5th Commandment anyway. I suggested that he either gets rid of the Internet or have a friend put a password protected filter on it. Tagged as: This seems unduly harsh—to be sure, we must forsake all worldly attachments in following Christ, but did Jesus really want this would-be disciple to leave his father unburied? And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. Its really a challenging for each and every words you have mentioned,frankly speaking it really touch my heart…. Instead of swallowing popular statements hook-line-and-sinker, may we be like the Bereans in the Book of Acts. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you. Several of these unbiblical statements have gained enough traction that many people believe they’re actually Bible verses. “The mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. For example, Bob is a good guy, because he is not as bad as Sam. That’s what faith is all about. All of Christ’s teachings are important, but here are some of the most challenging: 1) Love your enemies – Matthews 5.43-47. Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. When reading Jesus’ words in John chapter six and elsewhere, it is good to remember that when something seems exaggerated to the extreme, Jesus is trying to show that there is a deeper, symbolic meaning to His words. Bible Verses, Quotes, Christian Answers, Songs and More. We don’t often stop to consider the magnitude of what the Bible represents. In John 14:27 Jesus says, Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Here’s How to Follow Us, “Burn the Demons”: Priest Reveals 3 Powerful Prayers for Spiritual Battle, 8 Black Saints & Holy People of God Every Catholic Should Know, With Prayers for Intercession, Already Failed at Your Lenten Penance?

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