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All throughout the years 2012-2016, it seemed like I was constantly surrounded by death. During that time, I sat with too many people I loved as they were dying. It’s much different than seeing the death of a bad person, … Continue reading Temporal
I’ve been rereading the New Testament and, as always happens depending on life stage and circumstances, something stood out to me that previously had not: two similar statements made by Jesus when confronted by religious leaders. So, I decided to … Continue reading Mercy > Sacrifice
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“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
–John 4:24-24 [emphasis added]
What does it mean to worship in ‘truth?’
What does it mean to worship in ‘spirit?’
Assertion: “Jesus was not a literal person, just a myth. The fact that there is no extra-biblical testimony is proof.”
This one is pretty easy to disprove.
There are many people who lived in Rome and not all of them are verifiable 2,000 years later. It would be extremely significant to find references to people who lived in the days of Jesus.
Since Jesus was a literal person, we are able to find extra-biblical, non-sympathetic references to his life and impact on society.