You could adopt practically anything. You could take a child, that is not yours by birth, and make them part of your family, by what we call today ‘Adoption’. You could adopt a child into your family, you could adopt new thoughts, actions, habits, new role models, etc. How does this relate to Paul’s thought? Well he is telling us that we could change our hearts, from worshiping one idle to another. Let’s say that someone’s father dies and then mother dies not too long afterwards. The orphan cold either live on the street, or live in an orphanage, or live with one of their parent’s siblings, or live with an older sib that is an adult or and married. If the orphan is accepted, then that orphan is not an orphan anymore. The child is then adopted, because she/he is adopted into an family and the child adopts to their new guardians as new protectors, careers, and providers, and maybe even as their new parents.
Inheritance is a gift from the deceased to the living. A person does not need to die to had what is theirs to someone else. When a king dies either, the kingdom goes to the new king that is the voted choice of the people, or to one or all of his descendants, or by a chosen person of the king. Something could happen and that person still live, but hand over their whatever to someone long before they died. When you are born, you inherit something from each parent and maybe something from each grand-parent. How does this relate to Paul’s thought? Well when we get resurrected, we are going to inherit many things from God our Father, like maybe a/one or a few mansion(s) (not man-made here on earth), yet God the Father still does exist, and will exist forever and ever. And yet we might/most-likely-will inherit many things from God the Father.
Why were the Sadducees and the Apostles unable to find a way to reconcile their rival opinions? Sadducees studied the law, and the law of Moses. The Apostles spread what Jesus Christ taught them. The Sadducees, tried to on wit the Apostles and even threatened them. But that of course they failed. Then some people decided to lie to them, that ended up bad for the liars because they fell down dead right at the apostle’s feet without the apostle doing or even planning any harm to the liars. The Apostles were arrested and then told or threatened not to preach, of course that failed because the Angles of the Lord God in Heaven released the Apostles for prison, and then the Apostles went and continued teaching/preaching the gospel. Many persecuted the saints, one in particular persecuted the most was a man called Saul. Saul one day decided to take a stroll to Damascus, and then something happened to him. After that experience, he continued to Damascus blind. Saul was sent to someone to heal him, and that person did so. And after that, Saul preached instead of persecuted.
Jesus taught some things completely different from what the leaders of Israel taught. He did things which they thought were against the law. And more than ½ of those laws were useless (like the correct way to tie your shoe for example), and minor. The leaders of Islam were jealous that Jesus could cast devils out of people, health the deaf, lame, blind, sick, and dead and do many more miraculous things which they could not do. The leaders (some of them anyways) of Islam did not understand what Jesus taught, nor did they want to. They hardened their hearts, and refused to listen, that is why they did not understand.
Jesus did many things which broke their laws, and always had a witty-fact response (that made them rethink their teachings/what-they-taught). People all over marveled at the teachings that Jesus taught, and the things that Jesus did and said. Many followed Jesus, because they got a few days off work and free food. The people were hungering for the wrong reasons, Jesus wanted them to hunger for the things that he taught them, but they were too hardheaded and stiffnecked. The leaders of Islam accused Jesus for many things that were false, which they and many others did. When they tried to find fault in Jesus, they could not agree on the things that they accused him of. Pilate found no fault in Jesus, yet the people wanted him dead and a person, who was guilty of the things that Jesus was accused of, to be set free. Yet Jesus still took our sins upon him, and died for us.
Now you readers tell me, Did he show us great love? Did he set an great example of what we should be like (being ourselves yet trying to become like Jesus)? Did Jesus show us the correct path that we should follow? Did he show us how guilty we actually are when it comes to sin?
The book or Mark’s account of Christ’s early ministry is pretty important, because it tells us who Jesus appointed to continue his work here on earth. The miracles that were recorded, are also important. Because the people who were healed, were healed because they believed in Jesus Christ and the healing’s also could teach us some really important lessons. One of those lessons is that all things are possible if we believe in God and Jesus Christ (and the Holy Ghost). Another lesson that Christ taught was that he came here on earth to redeem the ones who needed to repent and not those who were already righteous. If we are looking for a role model of who we would like to become like, then Jesus Christ is a great example. Jesus was kind but firm, a master but served, pure (sinless) but took our sins upon him, saved many (us) who do/did not deserve to be saved, innocent but accused of breaking every (or almost) single law, and many other things. He came here on earth to show us the way to have eternal life.
Jesus Christ taught in parables, and all which both applied back then and applies in now a days. He did his teachings in a way that we could understand them, by applying the Kingdom of Heaven to everyday things (food, containers, ways of a sower, etc…). Jesus Christ did some impossible things that we cannot do without help of some kind (Ex: walking on water, dividing 5 loaves and 2 fished among 5000 men with lots to spare, etc…).
How important were the miracles in the book’s account of Jesus’ early ministry? To summarize it up: the miracles in the book’s account of Jesus’ early ministry were important because it showed us that with God, NOTHING is impossible, and Jesus also showed us the way how we should treat people, and many things like that. And many other things.
Ovid’s view of the gods’ ethical performances, is more or less the same as all Greeks and Romans. In all the stories of the gods/goddess, either a god/goddess or a human/some form of creature, gets transformed into something else.
The goddess of weaving, had a weaving contest with one of her pupils. The goddess wins, the pupil tries to kill the teacher then the teacher tries to commit suicide after her pupil unsuccessfully tries to kill her, and then the pupil saves the teacher’s life and then turns the goddess into a spider (the teacher is the goddess of weaving). A god had a musical contest with a mythical creature. Obviously the god wins, and the god decides to torture the poor creature by tearing the creature’s sin off, when the creature was still conscious. Then the god turns the weeping for the dead creature, that he tortured to death, into a river of tears.
So, what Ovid is trying to tell us is that we should not try to out do someone who is obviously better that yourself. And that we should try to get in the gods and goddesses (teacher’s) good books.
SO, you readers please do not try to out match your teacher in a contest in the ways that the teacher taught you. Because you WOULD (correction: might) LOOSE, and that the teacher might not be merciful to you, if they lose or win.
Lviy used myths to establish trust in Rome, but still had it put that there is a powerful god. Ovid established Rome on fear, and proclaimed chaos as a foundational. And he also stated that there is an unknown and organized but extremely powerful god somewhere in the universe.
It is not really that important. The Orations are practically nothing but opinions, of the people arguing, fighting verbally, and the accusing & blaming Cicero’s sins (which is practically just the murder of his mother) for the bad things that are coming their way (I think that I got it all summarized up correctly). Their speech involve a lot of the Roman gods.