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Is The Covid-19 Vaccine Mandate Of God? Or Is It Evil?

Did you know the Word of God (the Christian Bible) speaks directly against what governments are doing with Covid-19 vaccine mandates? Get the facts here

¿Viene de Dios el mandato de vacuna contra el Covid-19? O ¿acaso es malo?

¿Sabía que la Palabra de Dios (la Biblia cristiana) condena de manera directa lo que los gobiernos están haciendo a través de los mandatos de vacuna contra el Covid-19? Obtenga los hechos aquí.


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Was There A Curse On Helen's Romantic Life?

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Should A Christian Practice Yoga Or Pilates? The Shocking Truth

Perhaps you practice yoga for health reasons, or to reduce stress. But, do you really know the diabolical goal of any form or style of yoga, including pilates? Get your answers here

La verdad espeluznante sobre el yoga revelada por la Biblia cristiana

Quizás practiques yoga por motivos de salud o para reducir el estrés. Pero, ¿realmente conoces el objetivo diabólico de cualquier forma o estilo de yoga, incluido el pilates? Obten tus respuestas aquí.

Communicating With The Dead: Learn The Shocking Truth

The spirit you think is mom, dad, or some other loved one from beyond the grave is NOT your loved one. But, what about the "proof" that the living can indeed talk to the dead? Let God's Word open your eyes to a deception that is pure evil. Read Spirits Of The Deceased

Comunicarse con los muertos: La impactante verdad

El espíritu que parece ser tu madre, padre o algún otro ser querido tuyo desde el más allá NO es tu ser querido. Pero, ¿qué hay de "la prueba" de que los vivos pueden comunicarse con los muertos? Permite que la Palabra de Dios te abra los ojos para que veas el engaño que es de la maldad pura. Te invitamos a leer ¿Están los muertos entre los vivos?

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Capital Punishment Is Sanctioned By The Bible

Christians and believers in the Bible, the Word of God calls for the death penalty for first degree murder, rape, and other acts of violence. The Bible tells us to behold the goodness AND the severity of God whose Word--including in the New Testament--does NOT speak against capital punishment Read the scriptural proof now.

La Biblia sanciona la pena capital

Cristianos y creyentes en la Biblia, la Palabra de Dios pide la pena de muerte para el asesinato en primer grado, la violación y otros actos de violencia. La Biblia nos dice que contemplemos la bondad Y la severidad de Dios, cuya Palabra -incluso en el Nuevo Testamento- NO habla en contra de la pena capital. Lea ahora la prueba bíblica.

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Commentary On Hebrews 5:8-9: Jesus Was Made Perfect And Learned Obedience?!


In St. John 8:29, Jesus says, "...the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please Him".

And we read in 2 Corinthians 5:21 that Christ knew no sin.

Furthermore, the apostle Peter tells us that Jesus is the Lamb of God, "a lamb without blemish and without spot." (1 Peter 1:19).

All of the above translates to nothing less than perfection. Why then does the same Bible say Jesus learned obedience, and that He was made perfect?

We read, "...Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him." (Hebrews 5:8-9).

We err when we think"learned obedience" means that Christ was once disobedient, or that obedience was something he had to acquire through a learning process. Likewise, we err when we think "made perfect" means that Christ was once imperfect. In biblical Scripture, the meaning of the words "learn" and "learned" is NOT restricted to meaning the gaining of knowledge or a skill. Scripture freely uses "learn" and "learned" to refer to a person's deeds. His actions. In other words, we see "learn" used to mean "do", and the past tense "learned" used to mean "did".

Let's see real Old and New Testament examples of this usage of "learn" and "learned". We will then learn the true meaning of "made" as in "made perfect".

Proverbs 22:24-25 says: "Make no friendship with an angry man. And with a furious man thou shalt not go, lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul."

It's obvious Scripture is not using "learn" to mean acquire the knowledge of the evil ways of the angry and furious man. We already know the type of things people do in anger and fury. Things that displease God. And, when has God ever punished anyone in Scripture for simply learning what awful things the wicked do? Saints and sinners alike can't help but to learn the things the angry, the furious, and the wicked do. They're often their victims. So, "learn" is clearly NOT being used to mean acquiring the knowledge of what the angry and furious man does, but rather refers to DOING the things such an individual does. "Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul" clearly means, lest you DO as he does, and ensnare yourself.

Another example of "learn" being used to mean "do" is found in Jeremiah 10:2, which says, "Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen." By this point in Scripture, God's people have already learned what sins and abominable things heathen do. They've lived for centuries in Egypt where the occult was heavily practiced. They've encountered heathen in the promised land. They've encountered heathen in various wars. Obviously, "learn" does not mean acquire the knowledge of heathen ways. "Learn not" means do not DO what heathen do.

Now let's take a look at a couple of New Testament passages in which "learn" is synonymous with "do". We read, "But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home..." (1 Timothy 5:4).

The children do not need to intellectually learn how to do what is right towards their parents. They need to DO it. So, "learn" is again being used to mean "do".

The above Scripture reminds that it is good in the sight of God for children to repay their parents by helping them in their time of need. That is not something we have to learn as in learning what that means. We know what it means. When Scriptures says, "let them first learn to show piety at home", obviously that means let them first DO what is right towards their own parents.

This usage of "learn" is not unique to the Bible. We often hear things like, "Until you learn to act right, you are expelled." It's not that the person has to intellectually learn to do what is right. He already knows what is right. He simply must DO it.

So, when we read, "Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience", we should know that is saying that though He (Christ) was a Son, He WAS obedience. He DID what was obedience. The Hebrews passage emphasizes that He learned (did) obedience "by the things which he suffered." Remember, Christ was NOT forced to suffer for us. Nevertheless, He learned obedience (was obedient) even in suffering...a suffering He was not obligated to endure.

He reminds us of this truth in St. John 10:17-18, where He says, "I lay down my life... No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again."

And when they went to arrest Jesus, they could not have taken Him had He not been willing to go. Christ said, "Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?" (Matthew 26:53).

Now then, we also read, "...And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation..." (Hebrews 5:9)

The question was how could Jesus be "made" perfect if he was already perfect? Again, we would not ask this question if we knew that the Bible makes use of the word "made" to mean "considered". Yes, we see in Scripture that it is actually synonymous with "considered". Let's see real examples.

We read, "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being MADE a curse for us..." (Galatians 3:13).

A basic understanding of the Bible includes knowing that Christ is the blemish-free Lamb of God who blesses all who receive Him as Lord with salvation. How can a curse bless anyone? When Scripture says He was "made" a curse for us, reference is being made to the fact that He was CONSIDERED a curse in his work of redemption for our sake. "Being made a curse" does not mean He was once blessed, and then became cursed. No. It means He was "thought of" as a curse for our sake. He was CONSIDERED a curse for our sake. Likewise, when Hebrews 5:9 says He was made perfect, that is the exact same thing as saying He was considered perfect. He was considered perfect by the Father. And whatever God considers in His mind is what is truth. Jesus was perfect, because He was made (considered) perfect. The perfect Jesus was also made (considered) a curse, because that is what the Father required to free us from the curse. And only a perfect being could do that. Jesus was not literally a curse, but He had to be CONSIDERED (made) a curse to free us.

This is not our conclusion. This is revealed in Scripture, which also says Jesus was MADE sin for our sake. He was NOT literal sin. However, He had to be CONSIDERED sin to bear our sins. This is why we read, "For he hath MADE him to be sin for us who knew NO sin..." (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Scripture plainly tells us Christ "knew no sin". Translation: He never sinned. He was NOT literal sin. The same Scripture tells us He was "made" sin. Conclusion: He was CONSIDERED sin by the Father for our sake.

Many misunderstandings and erroneous interpretations of the Bible can be avoided by maintaining a right attitude toward God, and by getting understanding of every word as we have done in this case with "learn/ed" and "made".

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