Bible

The conversion of Paul

There was a man with a mission. His name was Saul. He was a zealous scribe. He breathed out murderous threats against anyone who did not follow Jewish law. He had them dragged to prison and executed. Saul destroyed the community of the followers of Jesus. Jesus, this so-called Son of God! Saul had no intention of stopping the persecution of Jesus’ followers. He wanted to go to Damascus to have the believers there imprisoned and brought to Jerusalem.

Zacchaeus

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Feeding the multitude

A huge crowd followed Jesus to listen to his words. 5000 man, the women en children were not part of that number, so it’s a huge group of people. How are you going to feed them, without shops nearby? There’s not food for all these people so, the disciples are trying to solve the problem. With a small kid as star of the story. Beautiful. [embedded content]

Jesus blesses the children

How can you become part of the Kingdom of God? Jesus shows us when he invites mothers to bring their children to him. Jesus blesses the children and he says that we should be open to the Kingdom of God in the same way as children. For God’s Kingdom is a gift, it is not a reward for important people, or for people who did important things for God. [embedded content]

Are the Gospels reliable?

THE MOST IMPORTANT EXISTING OPINIONS ON THE MATTER There will be no end to the debate on whether or not the gospels in the Bible are reliable. These books were written centuries ago and there simply isn’t any hard evidence for historians to use. Here’s a summary of the existing opinions: MOSTLY UNRELIABLE 1. MIRACLES DON’T EXIST ‘There are the descriptions of miracles, and miracles don’t exist, so those sections need to be deleted anyway. But then what does that tell you about the author? How believable can he be? You’ll have to take the rest of his report with a grain of salt as well.’ 2. INSPIRED BY OTHER STORIES ‘There are many myths that refer to gods visiting in human form, who, for example, conceive a child. The story of Jesus is inspired by these.’ 3. NO HISTORICAL RECORDS ‘The book...

Wedding in Cana

Jesus must have been around 30 years old, when he got known among the bigger audience. He was baptized by his cousin John the Precursor (John the Baptist) in the Jordan river. During Jesus’ baptism, the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit descended like a dove from heaven and Jesus rested (read John 1:19-34). It all had been very special and a small group of people began to follow Jesus. The first place where this group of friends could be found was at a wedding. [embedded content] How symbolic it is, that a wedding was the place to be for Jesus. He was present at a feast, where the love of two people is being bound. Besides Jesus, also His mother, family and friends can be found at the party. It is not clear whether the couple had a limited budget, but one moment during the wedding, the co...