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Why do people pray to Jesus? He is not God. There is only one God. Inancient times the term "Lord" referred to a teacher or master, not God. Howdid this interpretation evolve? While we are on the subject, why do people pray to saints? According to many Bible stories no one is going to answer your prayers except God. --Michelle

Christians have been praying to Jesus since the very earliest days of the Christian movement. Even the Aramaic-speaking Christians in Jerusalem did so, precisely because they believed Jesus was part of who God was. For example, notice the prayer at the end of 1 Corinthians 16 where Paul says 'marana tha' which translates as 'come, Lord'. The term "Lord" here--as many times in the Old Testament--means a divine being, not merely a master teacher. Early Jews and Jewish Christians would not be praying to a departed rabbi to come. Rather they were praying to the risen Lord who they believed could hear and answer them. You are quite right that no one but God answers prayers, which means that it is probably inappropriate to pray to the saints. The book of Hebrews makes clear at length that Christ is our intercessor in heaven and that we do not need another one.According to the three synoptic Gospels, Jesus was arrested and tried by the Sanhedrin in the night of thePassover meal, and crucified and buried on Friday, the first day of Passover.

It is well known that the Sanhedrin never convened on days of Sabbath or Holidays (the first day of Passoveris almost as restrictive as Sabbath). Moreover, it never convened in the night.

It is also hard to imagine the trial of Jesus before Pilate occurring on a High Holiday. The image of members of the Sanhedrin pleading to execute a Jew on the first day of Passover, or the scene of the Jewish multitudechoosing Barrabas over Jesus on such a day, are simply inconceivable.

It is also hard to believe that the Romans would crucify Jesus on a holiday. Josephus reports on incidents where Jews had preferred to die, or revolt, rather than break the Sabbath under the rule of the same Pilate.Since the execution was supposedly a common project with the Sanhedrin, it is difficult to believe that Pilate would have chosen to provoke the Jews on this specific occasion.

Jewish law doesn't allow burying the dead on Sabbath or holidays, so the burial of Jesus by a Jew (Joseph from Arimathea) on the first day of Passover is also inconceivable.

What is the Christian explanation for these contradictions?--NRYou have asked a series of good questions, but they seem to be based on several false assumptions. In the first place, the only gospel that really stresses when Jesus was killed in relationship to the time of the Passover is the gospel of John. It says Jesus was killed on the day of preparation for the feast of Passover, not on one of the days of the festival itself (see John 19). In other words, Jesus was killed on the day on which the lambs were slaughtered. In the second place, you should compare the account of Jesus' trial to that of his brother James as told by Josephus. You will see that there were various irregularities in that trial as well (see Antiquities 20.197-203). There is considerable debate among scholars as to whether the last supper was a Passover meal or not. But even if it was, it could have been celebrated following the Galilean calendar rather than the Judean one, and so could have happened in advance of the first day of the festival in Jerusalem. The reason for the special night session of trial of Jesus was of course so that it and the execution would transpire quickly, before the onset of both the Sabbath and the Passover in A.D. 30.

Finally, I would just caution that the later rulings found in the Mishnah and the Talmud about Passover and such festivals were not all being followed during the lifetime of Jesus, as is clear from what we find in some of the Qumran literature. It is important to be cautious about reading those later rulings back into the pre-70 A.D. period of Judaism.Where in the Bible does it mention that its wrong to eat in the church or its kitchen?

No verses suggest such a thing. In fact, 1 Cor. 11 makes clear that Christians ate together and worshipped together in the same setting. There were no church buildings in the first century A.D., so worship, fellowship, meals, and the Lord's supper all took place in Christian homes.I am hoping you can refer me to the scripture about it being easier for a camel to go thru the eye ofthe needle than for a rich man to go to heaven. I have been told that the eye of the needle was anactual well-known passageway into the inner city in the time of Jesus. -- Andrea W.You are thinking of the passage in Mark 10.17-31. It is untrue that there was a needle gate in Jerusalem; we have no archeological evidence supporting such a thing. Jesus was making the point that what is impossible for humans is nonetheless possible for God. He was not referring to an actual gate in Jerusalem.At what age is one required to be "born again"?
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