Theo ch 7 - exactly important, or the main point. I am just...

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NT THEO 220-02 Ch 7 Mark’s Portrait of Jesus I found it interesting that Jesus did not directly tell anyone that he was the Son of God until he reached the end of his life. I guess he did this because he wanted people to draw their own conclusions based upon his teachings and practices. I am more likely to believe things on my own, but am very resistant to them when they are pushed down my throat. Also, Jesus probably knew that if he revealed his true identity, he would be punished for things like heresy, which eventually ended up being the case. It was wise of him to wait for the right moment because had he done it too soon, he would not have been able to spread his word and work to the extent that he did. I would like to know more about exorcisms. The book mentions that Jesus performs them, but does not describe how. I guess Mark doesn’t include the methods because it’s not
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Unformatted text preview: exactly important, or the main point. I am just personally curious because I find that stuff fascinating. My question concerns the last moments of Jesus life. He cries out, My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? I dont know if forsaken had a different meaning back then, but I have always thought it meant abandoned or deserted. This seems like an odd thing for him to say. Did God really forsake him? Id think that of all people, it would be Jesus who knew God would never forsake him, and that he will live on, just in the spiritual realm. Plus, it doesnt exactly give his followers a hopeful view of things. It makes me think that if God could even abandon Jesus, he would have no problem abandoning me. I would have liked to hear something more uplifting as Jesus last words. Perhaps something like, Now I leave this Earth to sit by my father in Heaven....
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