“According to the Scriptures” (κατὰ τὰς γραφὰς) means both what the Gospels describe and what other Scriptures prophesy (Hebrew and deuterocanonical books) or proclaim (the Epistles).
But the four gospels differ. Reginald Fuller outlined the discrepancies in the narratives:
There are hosts of minor discrepancies and two major ones… The major ones are: first, Mark implies, while Matthew and John 21, state that the appearances [viz., of the Risen Christ] are located in Galilee, but, in Luke and John 20, the appearances take place in Jerusalem. Second, in Matthew and John 21 (and perhaps also by implication in Mark), the…
A rather confusing artilce with a lot of good insights. May I recommend that you read David Graeber, "Debt: the first five thousand years", and Bernard Lonergan, "For a New Political Economy", for starters.
I've spent about 2/3s of my life in the US, 1/3 in France. I have trouble imagining living in the US now. Always worried about my healthcare. Worried whether the guy next to me is armed. Worried that our democracy is faltering. Worried about the next financial crisis... France has a lot of problems, whihc the New York Times loves to pick on, but the ordinary issues of living are not things I worry about.
Same in Norway?
You clearly have no idea what you are writing about. Most of your "facts" are wrong. Is this some attempt to get people to read you while you drone on with your "alternative facts"?
What happens to us when we die?
Scripture gives a variety of answers. The story of Saul, Samuel and the Witch of Endor is one pointer to surviving death with the prophet Samuel appearing to King Saul (I Sam. 28: 5–26).
However, there is also the psalm:
Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help.
When their breath departs, they return to the earth;
on that very day their plans (or thoughts) perish. (146: 3–4)
The New Testament often describes death as having fallen asleep (John 11: 11; I Cor. 15: 18–20; I…
Joan of Arc — Jeanne d’Arc — remains a fascinating and mysterious figure. Born over 600 years ago, she has become a polyvalent symbol in French politics, regularly invoked by all the parties across the spectrum, Communists to Extreme Right. Nicolas Sarkozy went to her birthplace of Domrémy, in Lorraine, officially launching his 2012 presidential campaign… which failed.
There are a lot of details that ordinarily are not included in tales of her exploits. Her name was not Jeanne but Johanne. “d’Arc” was her father’s name, but in her part of Lorraine, children took their mother’s surname. Her mother, Isablet…
Mark’s Gospel has us meet a remarkable Gentile woman, and a Jesus who seems uncaring and insulting. (7:24–30; she’s here in Matthew)
Jesus leaves the land of Israel, apparently needing a rest. You can’t do your work for your boss, never mind for God, if you never rest. So even the Son of God takes a break. Mark tells us he didn’t want anyone to know where he was, just like any celebrity. So he goes and hides in enemy territory, in the city of Tyre, founded by the Phoenicians and which still exists in what is now Lebanon.
Every year on August 6, we read one of the most important stories of the Gospels, the Transfiguration. It is so important we will read it again twice in the next church year (which begins the Sunday nearest November 30, the feast of St. Andrew. In 2021 it falls on the 28th.). It is hugely ironic that on this date in 1945, the first nuclear weapon destroyed the Japanese city of Hiroshima: the revelation of who Jesus is, and who we are…
Jesus finishes reprimanding Peter for misunderstanding who he is (“get thee behind me…”), and “six days later,” Matthew…