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I am not sure about it. A men earring is wrong or not is a question mark because in the bible which I agreed 100% that the men shouldn't wear a long hair. What about earring for men ? I dont know. In their time, who worshiped true God might have wear earrings. In the bible, it didnt say anything about it. I do not know for sure.
02.09.2014 23:38
sorry but :What does the Bible say about men who beat their wives? ?? doesnt say anything ? yes man should respect and love his wife , but what if he beat her /? what does bible says about that , i know bible allow beating slaves and children , but wives i dont know , but women was commanded to obey and submit to there husband
01.09.2014 16:31
O, the answer is very super... May God bless u...
03.08.2014 17:49
La Moldavia e' piena di belle donne,ma non mi pare che,al di fuori di un ristretto numero c he praticano la prostituzione,si possa parlare di un paese di puttane. Certo,io che sono italiano,devo riscontrare un diverso approccio co n i problemi del sesso.Non bisogna pero' dimenticare che,da quando esiste il mondo,esiste questa forma di commercio,che attraverso i secoli era mascherata da necessita' reali.
24.07.2014 13:52
Mark 10:5-6 It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote this law, Jesus replied. But at the beginning of creation God made them male and female. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? DO NOT BE DECEIVED; Neither the sexual immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. Matthew 4:17 From that time began to preach, "Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near." 1 Corinthians 6:11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
22.06.2014 03:10
Thank you Vasile for explaining God's word. God bless you. From Savio in India
01.06.2014 09:10
The bible wasn't written by a pagan king, but was written by Pagans.
20.04.2014 18:34
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Rabbi, father and leader - why did Jesus say to not call anyone this way?

7 noi 2011 | ora 16.15 Doctrine | Priest Vasile Filat

Question:

How do you understand the text of Matthew 23:8-10, where Christ commands us to not call anyone Rabbi, father and leader?

To understand better, it is important to look at

The text in its context

which says:

Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples, saying:“The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses; therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them. They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger. But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men; for they broaden their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their garments. They love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues, and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called Rabbi by men. But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ.But the greatest among you shall be your servant.Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted. (Matthew 23:1-12)(NASB)

Rabbi, Father and teacher were called Pharisees and scribes

In this passage Jesus condemns the attitudes and behavior of Pharisees and scribes because:

  • They have seated themselves in the chair of Moses and were saying true things from God’s law, but they did not observe them. They were saying, but were not doing what they were saying and this was HYPOCRISY.
  • They tied up heavy burdens and laid them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves were unwilling to move them with so much as a finger, that means they asked people to observe the laws of God and the many that they had added to the law of God, but they themselves made no effort to observe what they imposed on others.
  • They did all deeds to be noticed by men because they liked human glory. One of these deeds was that they liked respectful greetings in the market places, and being called Rabbi by men, which in translation means “Teacher!”
  • They did not serve people, but exalted themselves before them, and attributed to themselves these titles and required people to use them when addressing them.

Lord Jesus told this parable to warn His disciples and to protect them against such an attitude. In this category are not included just such titles as “Rabbi, father and leader”, but any kind of titles one can use to exalt himself rather than to serve people. Jesus said that we must look at each other primarily as brothers who have the same rights before Christ and not to exalt one over another, using for this different titles or other human merit. He called us to serve, to serve one another and to not encourage such an attitude of pride.

It happened to me to hear someone who had a doctorate in theology and who used to repeat this thing always and whenever he wanted to emphasize this thing, he was saying it again, so that others began to make jokes on his account. I think Lord Jesus Christ referred to such attitudes to warn us to avoid them and not to encourage others to have them.

Do not be radical and narrow-minded in understanding things

Some have come to believe that it is not allowed and should not address either with the word “Rabbi” or “Father” anyone on this earth, not even the biological father. No, the Lord Jesus did not refer to that. In fact, the Apostle Paul called himself “teacher” when he said:

For which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle and a teacher. (2 Timothy 1:11)(NASB)

Then he said he was like a father …

Just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children. (1 Thessalonians 2:11)(NASB)

About Rufus’ mother he said that she behaved like his mother.

Greet Rufus, a choice man in the Lord, also his mother and mine. (Romans 16:13)(NASB)

This again is a proof that Jesus was referring to attitudes of pride and exaltation over others, attitudes which He wanted us neither to have them nor to encourage or support others who have them. So help us God.

Translated by Felicia Rotaru

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I pastor the ”Good News” Church in Chisinau, Moldova, I teach God's Word at the Inductive Bible Study Institute of Eurasia, and I also lead the "Precept Ministries in Moldova” Association. With God's help I founded the Taekwon-Do club " Stolas Leukas ""English for a New Life" School, the Computer School "ScripTehInfo", the International Sports Coaching School and the International Media School. I am married to Anastasia, and we have three children. Since April 2007 we have provided answers from the Bible on this website to 1178 questions submitted by readers. To learn more about me, please read here.
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