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Quick answers about Bible

Postby 1over137 » Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:44 pm

This thread is for asking quick questions on the Bible. If you do not want to start a new thread post your question here. If it shows later there is more to discuss then start a new thread.
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Re: Quick answers

Postby SeekingSanctuary » Sat Jun 28, 2014 1:31 pm

A question on Mathew 22, Parable of the Wedding Banquet/Feast

Okay, so the guests were supposed to be wearing appropriate attire, wedding feast clothes or something. Anyway, I looked up a little on this and found some people claiming on forum discussions about it claiming it was part of the culture for Kings to give them the clothing.

So, here's my question. Is there any sources talking about this that aren't just forum discussions or answer sites? Do we know this stuff for sure or are we just guessing about the culture?

I get that its talking about salvation, and my question doesn't really involve the teaching. I'm trying to understand the custom, not the parable. For example, lets say the invitees were other nobles, would the King still be expected to provide the clothing?

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Re: Quick answers

Postby Mazzy » Sat Jun 28, 2014 2:47 pm

SeekingSanctuary wrote:A question on Mathew 22, Parable of the Wedding Banquet/Feast

Okay, so the guests were supposed to be wearing appropriate attire, wedding feast clothes or something. Anyway, I looked up a little on this and found some people claiming on forum discussions about it claiming it was part of the culture for Kings to give them the clothing.

So, here's my question. Is there any sources talking about this that aren't just forum discussions or answer sites? Do we know this stuff for sure or are we just guessing about the culture?

I get that its talking about salvation, and my question doesn't really involve the teaching. I'm trying to understand the custom, not the parable. For example, lets say the invitees were other nobles, would the King still be expected to provide the clothing?


I am not a historian. I had a look for you on the net and found this below. I couln't find anything that said KIngs bought wedding clothes. It seems it was not common for Kings to give clothing out for wedding feasts to anyone simply as some cultural norm. I have never heard of such a claim. However, like any family, if one is rich one may think it probable that the rich, be they king or simply a family head may buy the wedding clothes. It may also be a family thing. For example my grandmother bought the material for my wedding dress and paid for the dress making.

"Fancy clothes were a status symbol. Laws were passed that forbade peasants from wearing fancy clothes, which they couldn’t afford anyway."

http://westernreservepublicmedia.org/mi ... nobles.htm

I also found this for you....Look at page 313 where it says each person was expected to buy their own wedding garments. The king doing so is not supported by evidence.

http://books.google.com.au/books?id=ttT ... &q&f=false

I think the suggestion the king bought the clothes is purely parabolic and reflective of God, the King, being the only one that can give out the wedding clothes, ie salvation, a righteous standing and the invitation to be a part of the bride class.

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Re: Quick answers about Bible

Postby B. W. » Sun Jun 29, 2014 5:47 pm

Romans 12:2, And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect NASB

What do you think renewing the mind involves?
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Re: Quick answers about Bible

Postby Mazzy » Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:58 am

B. W. wrote:Romans 12:2, And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect NASB

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I think renewing your mind may refer to deeper biblical reasoning and changing or deepening ones initial perspective. Christianity, indeed theism, is not something that happens in an instant really, it is more like a journey or process.

An example may be one might suggest going to war or being a soldier is a sin because one must kill. Then on examining scripture further and examining ones conscience you may see that protecting a nation from invasion by Islamists or fighting to save people from oppression in a country is reasonable and a gesture of loving ones neighbour. Another example may be one may be inculcated into a sect and was taught that those that do not keep the Saturday Sabbath are not pleasing to God. Then you may read and look further and see that indeed we are released from the law and are now in a Sabbath rest in Jesus. Hence we can mature and the scriptures become alive with deeper meaning.

So with maturity a Christian renews their thinking. In a way, your thinking process evolves. One understands others behaviour and reasoning in another light. This is turn leads to a 'good' and well trained Christian conscience where one matures from being a 'babe'.

That's what I think. It would be interesting to hear what others think. :)

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Re: Quick answers about Bible

Postby Furstentum Liechtenstein » Tue Jul 01, 2014 4:58 pm

Mazzy wrote:So with maturity a Christian renews their thinking. In a way, your thinking process evolves. One understands others behaviour and reasoning in another light. This is turn leads to a 'good' and well trained Christian conscience where one matures from being a 'babe'.


In general, I agree with you. I would add that renewing of the mind can only come through prayer and meditation on the Word: these are evidence of a relationship with God. As I am transformed by any close relationship, I will be transformed by my intimate relationship with Christ.

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Re: Quick answers about Bible

Postby B. W. » Wed Jul 02, 2014 8:03 am

Thank you, there are great answers!
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Postby SeekingSanctuary » Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:36 pm

I was reading John recently and I came to a question: Were any of the Apostles known to be illiterate? There was a scene where Jesus reading was seen as miraculous which got me to thinking, not all were from an educated social class and not everyone was literate at the time. What percentage do you think were literate from the beginning?

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Postby neo-x » Wed Jul 16, 2014 9:04 pm

All Jews were taught the basic Torah as children. so they were not completely illiterate, also Paul, John, Peter, Matthew and Judas seemed to know how to count, read and write.
People treat facts as relevant more when the facts tend to support their opinions. When the facts are against their opinions, they don't necessarily deny the facts, but they say the facts are less relevant or insignificant. This is ofcourse because believing things that make you feel comfortable, takes a priority. And I think that should not be the case if one is after truth.

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Re: Quick answers about Bible

Postby Hortator » Thu Oct 01, 2015 9:08 pm

Where exactly in the new testament did the laws of sanitation and diet become abrogated? I'm frustrated at atheists constantly prodding us with this, but I feel I should have known it anyway

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Re: Quick answers about Bible

Postby Kurieuo » Fri Oct 02, 2015 4:06 am

1) They were given to Israel. Paul had a falling out with Peter over them, and Peter conceded in embarrassment Paul was right. Paul talks of them no longer binding for those in Christ. Rather "circumcision is of the heart".
2) One can choose to try be saved by Law, or saved by grace through faith in Christ.
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Re: Quick answers about Bible

Postby neo-x » Fri Oct 02, 2015 4:07 am

And only the latter saves.
People treat facts as relevant more when the facts tend to support their opinions. When the facts are against their opinions, they don't necessarily deny the facts, but they say the facts are less relevant or insignificant. This is ofcourse because believing things that make you feel comfortable, takes a priority. And I think that should not be the case if one is after truth.

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Re: Quick answers about Bible

Postby PaulSacramento » Fri Oct 02, 2015 6:17 am

Hortator wrote:Where exactly in the new testament did the laws of sanitation and diet become abrogated? I'm frustrated at atheists constantly prodding us with this, but I feel I should have known it anyway

Some point to this passage in Luke:
Mark 7:19

Although some point out that the bracketed words don't appear in all manuscripts and others suggest that what it means is that foods are clean regardless of hand-washing.

As usual with bible verses, there is more than one way to interpret what was written.

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Re: Quick answers about Bible

Postby crochet1949 » Wed Jun 01, 2016 7:21 pm

Mazzy wrote:
B. W. wrote:Romans 12:2, And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect NASB

What do you think renewing the mind involves?
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I think renewing your mind may refer to deeper biblical reasoning and changing or deepening ones initial perspective. Christianity, indeed theism, is not something that happens in an instant really, it is more like a journey or process.

An example may be one might suggest going to war or being a soldier is a sin because one must kill. Then on examining scripture further and examining ones conscience you may see that protecting a nation from invasion by Islamists or fighting to save people from oppression in a country is reasonable and a gesture of loving ones neighbour. Another example may be one may be inculcated into a sect and was taught that those that do not keep the Saturday Sabbath are not pleasing to God. Then you may read and look further and see that indeed we are released from the law and are now in a Sabbath rest in Jesus. Hence we can mature and the scriptures become alive with deeper meaning.

So with maturity a Christian renews their thinking. In a way, your thinking process evolves. One understands others behaviour and reasoning in another light. This is turn leads to a 'good' and well trained Christian conscience where one matures from being a 'babe'.

That's what I think. It would be interesting to hear what others think. :)



Philippians 4:8 "Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, if there is any virtue -- and if there is anything praiseworthy -- meditate on these things."

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Re: Quick answers about Bible

Postby crochet1949 » Sat Sep 10, 2016 6:33 am

A persons' mind is 'renewed' through reading God's Word / Christian literature / It Does make a difference in our attitudes - what we put into our minds -- through reading material , TV shows, movies we watch, the music we listen to.


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