Introduction There seems to be much controversy over the literal or figurative nature of the Gospels. One position views the Bible very literally; still other positions believe the Bible to be metaphorical or symbolic with hidden contexts only understood by the original readers. Once the controversy in the text is pealed away you are left with the truth of the Scripture. This truth is that Jesus was the Great Shepherd who had all authority over demons and proclaimed deliverance to the captive. In this paper, we will look at Mark’s account of this powerful story to see his purpose, style, and context.
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Although God loves all of his children, He could still use his power for bad but He chooses not to do so. God’s children, who can be defined as those in his kingdom by the blood of Jesus Christ, are the chosen ones for doing His will. He makes it clear that Christians are to fear him. “Yes, we should fear God because He is the Almighty Creator who can discipline us should we rebel against Him. He is so holy and so awesome that being in His everlasting presence brings an inspiring fear.” (CARM) As this CARM states, God is so amazing and so powerful.
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Capital punishment is never used legitimately in the New Testament. Jesus' constant preaching of love and forgiveness shows his contempt for the harming of others. One example of love is found in John 15:17 “This is my command: Love each other.” An example of forgiveness is Matthew 6:14 “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” Jesus practiced what he preached by not condemning guilty persons. In John 8:1-11, Jesus did not let the people stone a wom... ... middle of paper ... ... Falls, M. Margaret, The Christian Century, “Against the Death Penalty: A Christian Stance in a Secular World, The Christian Century Foundation, Cicero, IL, 1986. Finlay, Terence J., The Ten Commandments, Charles Scribner's Sons, NY, NY, 1961.
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