The ethical teachings of Jesus vs. the ethical behavior of Zeus

Jesus taught people about the kingdom of God, healed people, and cared for people. Jesus preached in the Jewish synagogues and called the people to repent from their sins. He called them to a higher ethical standard. Jesus, the Bible says, was sinless. Jesus called sinners to repentance from their sins. He called them to … Continue reading The ethical teachings of Jesus vs. the ethical behavior of Zeus

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The Gregorian Reform and Christendom

In the 10th and 11th centuries, the church had been experiencing a practice called lay investiture. Lay investiture was the practice of churchmen being appointed by laymen (people not in the church). Many kings and nobles appointed priests, bishops, and in some cases, even popes to office. Many bishops became vassals of the lord who … Continue reading The Gregorian Reform and Christendom

The relation between adoption and inheritance in Paul’s epistles

In his epistles, Paul talked a lot about how we are adopted into Christ’s family and that we will receive an inheritance because of it. In Paul’s epistle to the Galatians, he instructed them to stop listening to those who told Christians that they had to be subject to the law of Moses. He told … Continue reading The relation between adoption and inheritance in Paul’s epistles

Why were the Sadducees and the Apostles unable to reconcile their views?

The apostles and the early Christians did not reconcile their views with the religious leaders of their day. Although the Pharisees were the main opponents of Jesus, the apostles’ main opponents were the Sadducees. Peter and John had done a miracle of healing a lame man, attracting many people to them. Then they preached about … Continue reading Why were the Sadducees and the Apostles unable to reconcile their views?

9th and 10th century invasions, Feudalism, and Manorialism

In the 800s and 900s, Western Europe was beset by many raids by various outside peoples. This caused a lot of disorder, leading to the rise of Feudalism and Manorialism. The invasions caused a lot of disruption in Europe, and much of the progress gained in the Carolingian renaissance was lost. One of these groups … Continue reading 9th and 10th century invasions, Feudalism, and Manorialism

The main issues dividing Jesus and the religious leaders of Israel

Jesus and the religious leaders in Israel did not get along. They had many disagreements between each other, but the biggest one was Jesus’ calling out of their hypocrisy and the assertion of his authority. Jesus claimed that He had the authority to forgive sins (Mark 2:5). The Pharisees had many strict rules with which … Continue reading The main issues dividing Jesus and the religious leaders of Israel