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THE IMPORTANCE TO READ THE GOSPELS

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Some modern Christian churches have developed the custom to design their own study system around the Scriptures, that do not follow the traditional denominational pattern of their organizations, or sometimes just because they are independent; they follow their own topical themes, or do a chronological reading of the Bible, but as an overall, the reading of the words of Jesus in the four gospels are overlooked or rarely read on Sundays.
This custom is so extended, that it seems not to have risen any further comments in the congregations, and happily, they all have settled for this practice. Even though all Scripture is God inspired and ‘useful for instruction, conviction, correction and training in righteousness’, not all Scripture enjoys the same degree of importance in the process of salvation.
Certainly, it is not the same to read the book of Genesis, to read the one of the minor prophets, or the book of Psalms. They all have different degrees of theology involved, and the lessons we …

WHY GOD PRESCRIBED SACRAMENTS

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Humans are not angelic beings. We belong to a special kind of creation made out of matter and spirit. A human cannot be considered such in a disembodied state or as unanimated matter, and that is why we await the resurrection of the dead at the Final Judgement, where reward and penance will be given to humans in the same condition, they lived in.
As a unity of matter and spirit, humans can be affected in different ways through physical and spiritual stimulus. Whatever stimulates the spirit will have material consequences, and vice versa. That is why the people of God have always practiced fasting and ascetism, to submit the flesh and the spirit to the Will of God (Matthew 3:4; Luke 5:35).
Knowing this, as our Creator, Lord Jesus established since the beginning of mankind, different physical acts that reflected spiritual realities and our covenants with God, to the benefit of our beings as a whole.
As soon as Adam and Eve fell, God established animal sacrifice as atonement for sins (Gen…

CAN CHRISTIANS CONSUME ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES?

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This is a very discussed issue in the Christian world; especially when abusive consumption of alcoholic beverages can cause embarrassment and dependency in all those who drink it.
Some have come to think, driven by a desire of pious behaviour, that neither Lord Jesus not the Apostles drank alcoholic beverages, but that every time ‘wine’ is mentioned in the NT in relation to them, it is referring to grape juice before coming to fermentation, which in turn does not cause drunkenness.
But the truth is simple.
JESUS DRANK ALCOHOL
Lord Jesus drank alcoholic beverages that caused insobriety, which served as an excuse for the Pharisees, to call him a ‘drunkard’ (Matthew 11:19; Luke 7:34). 
Even though this remark was a mockery to the Lord, it would not have strength if the beverages that Lord Jesus drank had not the capacity to cause drunkenness.
We also see in the scene of the Canaan wedding (John 2), that this kind of ‘wine’ (οἶνον), the NT speaks about, was in reality wine as we know it toda…

MARY OF NAZARETH IN THE NATIVITY OF JESUS

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Sometimes, driven by the enthusiasm of the nativity of our Lord Jesus, and in the trouble to give him all the attention and worship he deserves, we forget the role of his mother, Mary of Nazareth, the most important instrument by which the miracle of the incarnation took place.
All the reliable information we have from our Lord’s life, it is contained only in the New Testament, and most importantly, in the four Gospels that conform his biography
These four biographies were written by people who were not personal witnesses of the whole life of our Lord (Luke 1:1-4). At its best, they are attributed to two members of his Twelve Apostles, and two of their immediate disciples. All the information they gathered about the life of Jesus up to his adult public life, it must have eventually come from Joseph and Mary’s personal testimony and stories. And from these, some of them, like the annunciation, were only known by Saint Mary alone. (Luke 1:26-38).
As we know from Scripture, all the great me…

THE FEELINGS IN DISCERMENT OF SPIRITUAL THINGS

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We may have heard believers say from time to time, that they had a feeling about a certain situation, and they decided to act upon that sentiment. Some may have prayed about it, and some just acted immediately on the feelings they experienced without any prayer. And some may have had good results, and some not so good.
The fact is that millions of Christian in the world give these kind of feelings and ideas, the value of God given premonitions, and because they come strongly into their souls, most of them act upon them as it they were been guided by the Holy Spirit.And as this kind of behaviour runs into all areas of life, it affects work, family life, marital relationships, friendships and even spiritual life in general.
But how much importance should we give feelings or ideas that appear in us suddenly with or without prayer, to be used as guide for our everyday living?
The Scripture shows us that even from the times when the New Testament was not finished and compiled yet, and God’s r…

WHY DID GOD ALLOW THE CONQUERING OF THE AMERICAN CONTINENT?

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Every Thanksgiving Day, Christians cannot celebrate the arrival of the first English ship to the American Continent, without wondering in their minds why God allowed Europeans to come to this new world, to settle and take over the control of the land from their natural inhabitants, to the point of total transculturation, so much in the Nordic North America, to the Latin Central and South American areas of the continent.
Most leftist and liberals will tell of how unjust this invasion was, and how advanced native Americans were, specially the Aztecs and the Incas in the northern and southern areas of the continent; and how cruel and bloody the annihilation they were subjected to, to almost extinction.
However, historical evidence and biblical study, shows that this is not quite the case.
The Bible tells us that God has decreed the existence of nations and empires, and nothing escapes his mighty control over them (Proverbs 21:1; Ezra 1:1-2; Daniel 2:3-7; 4:17; John 19:10-11; Romans 13:1).
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ARE MIRACLES AVAILABLE THESE DAYS?

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Some Christians think that God’s portents have ceased for the world these days, including all supernatural gifts mentioned mainly in Acts and 1Corinthians.
Their argument is that the reason for these miracles were the establishing of the Church on Earth, and for this, God accompanied his Apostles and all supernaturally gifted people of the time with portents and miracles, which was the way God showed his approval to their teachings about Jesus as Lord and Messiah.
Furthermore, they point to the declaration of St Paul in 1Corinthians 13:10: “But when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away”, assuming that this refers to the final compilation of the Scripture, and that for this reason, no more miracles are needed to prove anything. Now God just demanded ‘faith’ to the Scripture, and that’s it. The age of miracles is gone.
ANALYSING CERTAIN DETAILS
This is a very subjective view on the matter.
When Lord Jesus performed miracles, he said that the believers will make the same and more, …