“Compare the ethical behavior of Zeus with the ethical teaching of Jesus.”

When you think of Greek mythology, what do you think of? The gods, right? And who was the most famous and powerful god? Zeus. Today I'm going to compare Zeus’s ethical behavior to Jesus’s ethical teaching. Zeus, although a god was not perfect! In fact, one of the ways the humans related to the “gods” … Continue reading “Compare the ethical behavior of Zeus with the ethical teaching of Jesus.”

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 “How were adoption and inheritance related in Paul’s thought?”

We are all sinners, thus separated from God. And he has adopted us by having Jesus die on the cross for our sins.  And when we accept that gift of forgiveness he adopts us into his family.  And that is through his grace… Ephesians 1: 5-7 5 he[b] predestined us for adoption to sonship[c] through Jesus … Continue reading  “How were adoption and inheritance related in Paul’s thought?”

“Why were the Sadducees and the apostles unable to find a way to reconcile their rival opinions?”

The entire book of Acts focuses on stories. So in order to answer this question, I will follow the author of Acts’ example and show you a story.     Acts 5: 17- 20   “17 Then the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the party of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy. … Continue reading “Why were the Sadducees and the apostles unable to find a way to reconcile their rival opinions?”

“According to Mark’s gospel, what was main issue dividing Jesus from the leaders of Israel?”

The Pharisees and Jesus didn’t get along great. In fact, they disagreed over many things. Which led to Jesus’s crucifixion. Today I am going to discuss what the main issue was between them. First, let's define Pharisee: “a member of an ancient Jewish sect, distinguished by strict observance of the traditional and written law, and … Continue reading “According to Mark’s gospel, what was main issue dividing Jesus from the leaders of Israel?”

“How important were the miracles in the book’s account of Jesus’ early ministry?”

Even if you aren't a Christian most of us have heard of the classic miracles that Jesus performed: Walking on water, Feeding a crowd of 5,000 with 5 loaves and 2 fishes. And I’m going to discuss: How important miracles were to Jesus’s early ministry. And why they were important. As I mentioned earlier Jesus … Continue reading “How important were the miracles in the book’s account of Jesus’ early ministry?”

“What was Horace’s concept of personal ethical cause and effect?”

Horace wasn’t a very optimistic man. We see this in his writings, he talks about death quite often. And he keeps coming to the conclusion “that there isn’t a reason for living.” He decides that life is useless, pointless and there really isn't any hope. He believes that we all will die one day and … Continue reading “What was Horace’s concept of personal ethical cause and effect?”

“What was Ovid’s view of the gods’ ethical performance?”

In Ovid’s book Metamorphoses, he tells us many stories about the gods and their interaction with humans and the creation of certain objects. Lots of times in Metamorphoses there are stories where it is implied that humans are at heart part divine. And the way the god's act shows this belief; as they quarrel among … Continue reading “What was Ovid’s view of the gods’ ethical performance?”

“Was there any basis for an optimistic view of Rome in Livy and Ovid?”

Livy and Ovid in case you don’t know are Poets and historians. And they both wrote books pertaining to the foundation of Rome, they are both different. Livy’s book is less detailed as Ovid’s book is not. And Ovid’s book contains religion, gods, or some higher power, where Livy’s book doesn't have a “god” or … Continue reading “Was there any basis for an optimistic view of Rome in Livy and Ovid?”