Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Mark 6:3 commentary: is not this the carpenter?

3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.

See here, how the Roman Catholic Church is wrong, and Jesus Christ has half-brothers and half-sisters, and that Mary had many other children than Jesus. She had at least six children other than Jesus. This and other verses show that the Vatican doctrine is incorrect. Things like the Assumption of Mary, she was a perpetual virgin, and the like have no Biblical basis.

Matthew 1:25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

Saying that they were cousins or Joseph’s children from a first marriage has no basis in the Scripture. We can’t get together with the Catholics if they reject God’s word. It is impossible to pursue righteousness when you are zealously clinging to error.

On a side note wouldn’t you like to see some of the furniture or farm implements Jesus made during his work as a carpenter? I’m surprised that the Roman Catholics or Greek Orthodox haven’t claimed to own a chair or a table that Jesus made or perhaps a plow. Now, that would be quite a relic, wouldn’t it?

Back to the verse; the people who just marveled at His wisdom and mighty works are now offended by the fact that they think they know Him as simply a humble carpenter. They can’t reconcile who they think He is with what He has done, much like the modernist or adherent of another religion who regard Him as a great teacher and nothing else, like Thomas Jefferson or the Dalai Lama, have to discount and deny His miracles because they can’t reconcile His teachings with His claim of deity and being the only way to be saved.

There are even foolish so-called Christians, such as many of our nation’s founders, who believe that to be a Christian one might hold to some of the moral values of the Bible without confirming the deity of Christ and the supernatural events such as the resurrection of the body and the translation of the church. This is simply a waste of time. If Jesus isn’t God you might as well be home watching the news on Sunday morning and living like a maniac, burning out your body with sin and depravity and going into a silent eternity with a worn out body and a giant drunken blur for a memory. Because, you’re going to spend a long time not existing if you were correct in your assumptions.

But, we don’t believe that a person is merely an event in space-time that is here, then gone forever. We believe by faith in eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord, or eternal anguish as a worm in a lake of unquenchable fire. You choose. The price has already been paid. The free gift is there. You have to accept it, to receive it, for it to be of any value to you.

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