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Was Cornelius A Christian Jew

Acts chapter 10 records Cornelius as devout and fearing God. What religon was he practicing?

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Phil, thanks for your answer. I did make a mistake, when we do, we should always acknowledge it. You are to be respected. I do not agree with many of your answers, but I do respect the way you answer. Peace I leave you.
---Mark_V. on 11/30/12


Your uprightness is noted and appreciated. Such a response is to be embraced and coveted by all.

To receive justice when wronged seldom comes. When it is freely offered in the place of offense, it is like streams of clear, cool water.

Thank you Mark_V.
---Phil on 11/28/12

So MarkV, was that an example of your pride or Humility?
---kathr4453 on 11/27/12

Phil, I appoloze for saying what i did thinking it was you. I am very sorry. I never saw Kathr's name on the blog. I assumed it was you since she had said she would not address me again. You always answer good, I should have gone back to check.

Kathr, you said you were not going to address me. I took your word, but you lied again, as always. I should have known that nothing you say is ever true. When I don't see you blogging I know you are around using other names. You cannot help yourself. nothing has change. So here again, I rebuke you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for comparing me to Him.
---Mark_V. on 11/27/12

MarkV, I can't believe you read that wrong two times in a row. Phil said no such thing. I DID.

No one can be compared to Jesus.

But we must remember many conversations Jesus had with the Pharisees were because they rejected who He was, therefore verses must be kept in accordance to that. Just because Jesus called someone a viper, does not give you liberty to do so, to others here who in fact do Believe Jesus is the Son of God, the Promised Messiah who came to take away the sin of the world.

You see, Jesus who is GOD can look into one's heart and know who and what, but you cannot.

Jesus who also is the WORD, which you are not, has that right to rebuke those who rejected Him. No one is rejecting you. You're not Jesus.
---kathr4453 on 11/26/12

Phil, you did say,

"The difference is MarkV, YOU are not Jesus being confronted by the Pharisees who rejected who Jesus WAS."

Indicating I was, so you say I am not. I don't know the mind of Jesus, why He spoke to the pharisees the way He did. But just because He spoke to them that way, does not mean He had pride. He didn't just stay quite, and humbled Himself, He said,
"Serpents, brood of vipers. How can you escape the condemnation of hell?" ( Matt. 23:33).
Oh, I forgot, you don't believe that passage, Jesus was confused and didn't mean condemnation of hell, because you say there is no hell.
---Mark_V. on 11/26/12

Phil, when in all my answers did I say I was Jesus Christ?
That is a very false accusation that you have to repent of. Not to me, but to God.
---Mark_V. on 11/25/12

I would be most willing to do that which would be appropriate. However, I committed no such transgression.

I never made such a remark.

Please scan the posts. In none of them did I compare you to Christ Jesus, our Lord and our God.

I may be outspoken, but I am no calumniator.

I value you and others too much to deliberatly offend them, especially believers.
---Phil on 11/25/12

Phil, when in all my answers did I say I was Jesus Christ? Please, you do not have to resort to that kind of stuff as many here do. Do not pick up habits from them that will turn you to sin. You do well just answering even if you do not give Scripture to back up what you say.

I will never be Jesus. Jesus is God. I am not God, never will be. I am not perfect either and make mistakes so please get off the high horse and stop feeding the others around here with your words that I am saying I am Jesus. That is a very false accusation that you have to repent of. Not to me, but to God.
---Mark_V. on 11/25/12

The difference is MarkV, YOU are not Jesus being confronted by the Pharisees who rejected who Jesus WAS.

I believe there are two groups of those who call themselves Christians,

1. Those who think they are Jesus

2. And those who obey Jesus and pick up their cross and follow Him into death and resurrection life.

Jesus didn't pick up the cross to bash anyone over the head.

Nor are you being crucified with Christ because you think you too are Jesus.

You are crucified with Christ that you die to sin, and are raised up a new Creature.

---kathr4453 on 11/22/12

Now I would like to clarify " bashing one over the head with the Cross"

We know this form of Christianity began with Constantine's Sword. Where Christianity turned violent, ( my way or death) and remained through out the dark ages, and continued with even many reformers RE: Calvin, becoming the protestant Pope who murdered and legalized Geneva by Calvins laws of right and wrong. My way or the highway mentality, name calling, stake burners etc. Calvin FORCED people to become the elect. Strange. Where it all ended in a blood bath.

The complete and total opposite of what Jesus asked of us. Take my yolk upon you and I will give you rest.
---kathr4453 on 11/22/12

Phil, in my humble opinion to your answer, I believe that Jesus was always humble, even to death. But He did not humble Himself before the Pharisees and Scribes. His hardest words were for them. He didn't just hear them and didn't say anything. Jesus humbled Himself before the Father, before Pilot, before the people, but He never humbled Himself before the Pharisees or Scribes. Now you can call it what you want, and say, not been humble is to be prideful if you want, I am not saying such thing. Jesus was never prideful. The fact is that Jesus Christ is God who makes the laws. Who decides what is good and what is bad.
---Mark_V. on 11/21/12


You are intent upon taking up knowledge. I am honored to have drawn your attention.

Do you believe the Lord was exhibiting prideful flesh when He made those pronouncements? From what I discern of His life, there was not an ounce of pride in Him.

Divine displeasure? Righteous indignation?
Putting fear into their hearts?
Anger at their leading the sheep astray?

This I allow for. It is attributable to the Father as well.

Being humble in heart is the result of an awareness of who one is in the eyes of God. There was no doubt in His mind who and what He was.

Haughtiness and self-exaltation, the springboard of prideful acts, was not in His composition.
---Phil on 11/20/12

GOD bless and keep you (both/all).
---Samuelbb7 on 11/18/12
Affirmation noted and appreciated.
---Phil on 11/20/12

Did Jesus humble Himself before the Pharisees? I don't think so, instead Jesus pronounces the seven "woes" to them, for the word of God says,

"But Woe to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites. For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men. For you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in."

This was the first 'woe' against the Scribes and Pharisees. Jesus did not have to humble Himself before the Scribes and Pharisees. He was exposing their hypocrical views. Jesus could have said nothing. But didn't.
"But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted"
---Mark_V. on 11/19/12

Jack Phil. Thank you. Both of you have presented a very important point that we all need to follow.

GOD bless and keep you.
---Samuelbb7 on 11/18/12

Its not a person's interpretation of scripture that is the problem. Its their approach. Noone reacts well to a condescending tone or another person putting words in their mouth.

For example:

"You believe (this)!"


"Are you saying (this)?"


"John, you are wrong. You should spend more time studying the scriptures."


"I disagree, John. Here is why I believe differently."
---JackB on 11/18/12

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Jesus never humble Himself against false teachings... There is a lack of humility because there is a lack of genuine Chrisians.
---Mark_V. on 11/17/12

Self-exaltation is the contrast. Putting forth one's opinions as truth without scriptural evidence, and insisting on divine revelation is arrogance. It is common among the creedalists and traditionalist.

Jesus never walked in self-exaltation. His was to do the will of Another.

None are without pride. The antidote is immersion and contact with the Living oracles, and the understanding of how crooked and incurable our hearts are.
---Phil on 11/17/12

Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsemane that He might not have to suffer crucifixion, but then "humbled Himself" and became obedient unto death, even death of a cross. He endured and excruciating death on the cross, knowing that God would raise Him from the dead.

Likewise, true believers, have this same mind in them as Jesus had in Himself, " Keeping "THIS MIND" IN YOU THAT WAS ALSO IN CHRIST JESUS".

God rejects those who think their way is best. In truth, they reject Him first rejecting the Cross.

Paul said be followers of me THE WAY I AM OF CHRIST. God forbid that I would Glory except in the CROSS..

Paul did not Glory in election, but in the CROSS that leads to REDEMPTION.
---kathr4453 on 11/17/12

True Humilty is total dependence UPON the living God. The more humble you are here, the more rewarded in heaven you will be. Please don't stamd- up somewhere, like on a stage, and mention the fact that you are humble.... It is so sad that Unbelievers don't even know the meaning of the word. I am too busy depending on the living God, to think about humility. He's all I've got.
---pat on 11/17/12

Jesus never humble Himself against false teachings. The fact is He exposed them with the truth. We should never humble ourselves to false teachings, Jesus told His diciples if people were not worthy to hear the Truth of the gospel, to take their peace with them. And I know of many here that are not worthy of the Truth, There is a lack of humility because there is a lack of genuine Chrisians. Just too many false teachers.
---Mark_V. on 11/17/12

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"Humility seems to be in short supply in these blogs."James 4:10-11 Humble YOURSELVES in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
---J_Marc on 11/16/12

Agreed Phil.

Humility seems to be in short supply in these blogs. I can think of at least 2 people who could use a good dose of it. It might just open their eyes.
---JackB on 11/16/12

"but [retreating?} to the Word of God to reaffirm the truth is what causes me to marvel."Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.Psalms 119:104-105 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. i don't type well so i copy & paste what the Holy Spirit needs for me to say!
---J_Marc on 11/16/12

(I apologize for reversing Jew/Gentile here)
---kathr4453 on 11/14/12

I want to thank you for your apology. It is a sign of humility.

It was not necessary, but retreating to the Word of God to reaffirm the truth is what causes me to marvel. This is very commendable. I am blessed.
---Phil on 11/16/12

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Kathr, you can preach Christ crucified everyday. That's not a problem for any believer. The problem is the words you say to most of us who oppose your heretical views only. You have called me every name you could think of, spoke against my family, accused me of been someone who I am not. And when I answer, you twist it to say something else. As long as you answer with heretical views of Jesus, there will always be an answer. If what you wanted was to show the love of Christ, everyone would love you the same. But that's not possible with you. A few years ago, I gave you peace but you were not worthy to receive my peace, as Jesus said in (Matt. 10:5-15)
"But if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you" (v.13) And I did.
---Mark_V. on 11/16/12

MarkV, my Father of 90 just passed away Monday night. He was an awesome man.

When I look back at these conversations with you these past few weeks I see how petty they are, and so many more important things in life to be Joyful for. I so Love the Lord with ALL my heart,soul,mind and body.

I'm going to be a Nana again in a few weeks with another Grandson who will be named after my Father.

I want to share the Love of God with those who also want to share the Love of God with others. You just don't fit into that part of my life.

I'll be posting later. But not with you ever. Please stay away from my posts. I preach Christ Crucified, and always will, and have been for over 30 years. Even you can't stop that!
---kathr4453 on 11/15/12

Kathr, I never said Nation. So again you bring false accusations. Like always, like everyday. Nothing new under the sun. You are the same person.
---Mark_V. on 11/15/12

---kathr4453 on 11/14/12 "Your both wrong, "NATIONS" is not even stated here."

The KJV uses translates ethnos as "gentiles". It also translates it heathen, nation, and people.

Ethnos and its derivatives are correctly rendered nations or of the nations. It stands in contradistinction to Jew or Israel in the Scriptures.

Ethnon is used in Gal 2:14,15. It should be rendered "as the nations" and "of the nations", to be accurate and consistent.

My Young's Literal Translation renders it "nations". He is also the author of the second most used Concordance of the Greek vocabulary in the KJV.
---Phil on 11/15/12

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Read Acts Chapter 10
Cornelius was a religious man who desired God but he was not saved. God sent Peter to preach the gospel to him and he accepted Christ. Religion and good works will not save, we must accept in the work of Jesus alone (John 6:28-29, Romans 10:4).
---Patricia on 11/14/12

Gal 2:
14 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?

15 We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles,

(I apologize for reversing Jew/Gentile here)

Your both wrong, "NATIONS" is not even stated here.

So MarkV ARE YOU A LIAR, FALSE TEACHER NOW because you said "Nation"?

Careful with the liar/false teacher can always fly back in your face....three fingers remember.
Stop over-reaching and accusing EVERY TIME MarkV!
---kathr4453 on 11/14/12

"We will dwell in equality with them on the new earth,"?Isaiah 65:17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind."Hence the need to keep us hidden"? [Col 3:3-4] Colossians 3:3-6 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth, fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:

---J_Marc on 11/13/12

---kathr4453 on 11/12/12 "Covenent of Grace"

You are correct. No such covenant exists. Grace is an operation of God, not a covenant.

The difference between the classes of the elect of God are revealed in several passages.

Speaking to His elect of Israel, the Lord says [Mt 25:34] .. FROM the foundation of the world.

Concerning us, the elect body, He says, [Eph 1:4] he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world.

Our election came ahead of Israel's saint. It was before and in Him. The first is last and the last first.

We will dwell in equality with them on the new earth, not before. Hence the need to keep us hidden [Col 3:3-4]
---Phil on 11/13/12

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--Mark_V. on 11/13/12

You are correct. It does state, "and not sinners out of the nations"

Paul was given the latest truths of redemption, by the risen Christ out of heaven.

It was based upon a celestial destiny of equality between Jew and Gentile Ga 3:28

Peter embraced this message, yet could not do so
openly, because believing Jews refused it [Ac 11:1-3
Ac 21:20] , and James outright acted against it.

Ac 11:19 shows their refusal to take the gospel to the Gentiles.

They chose the Law and the promises. They are elect for the earth, and under a curse, to fulfill the Law in His presence.

We destined for the celestial realm. 1C 15:49-51 2C 5:6 Eph 2:6
---Phil on 11/13/12

Not Judasm! Acts 10:11-17 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth,--- And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter, kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord, for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven. Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate,
---J_Marc on 11/13/12

Kathr, you are in another world. you say,

"Paul clearly states in Galatians that Gentiles are NOT sinners of the Jews! and rebuked Peter for even acting as if they were!"

Paul clearly stated, you say, that Gentiles are not sinners of the Jews, what kind of false teaching is that? Where in Scripture did Paul, as you say, "clearly stated" that? If it was clearly stated, why didn't you get it? and then you gave a reason why Paul rebuked Peter.
Gal. 2:15) states,
"We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles"
---Mark_V. on 11/13/12

Phil, What came to my mind here is this other false doctrine here called the "Covenent of Grace" (no such covenant exists) that was in existance from the beginning that only the Elect belonged to. That God waved His majic wand and elected this one and that one to salvation YET created a division among His own elect in making one group of Elect SUPERIOR to the rest up until Jesus Christ death and resurrection.

If Gentiles were THE ELECT in the OT, why were they in submission to Jews? Not so in the Body of Christ...OR is that where they get the idea that even today they become Jews when saved.

Paul clearly states in Galatians that Gentiles are NOT sinners of the Jews! and rebuked Peter for even acting as if they were!
---kathr4453 on 11/12/12

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---kathr4453 on 11/11/12

Your understanding of Judaism and its customs are always accurate. I wish others would take the time you necessarily have done to attain this knowledge. It goes a long way in understanding the dispensations of God to men.

Being uncircumcised, Cornelius was not allowed in the Holy City to worship according to the faith of all Jews. He was "outside the gate", and a proselyte. Because of this failure, uncircumcsion in his flesh, he was considered unclean, and tradition made entry to his house prohibited.

This prohibition was not according to the Law of Moses however, it was a precept of men.
---Phil on 11/11/12

Well, first of all, if Cornelius was a practicing Jew or Proselyte joining the Jew's religion, Peter would have had no issues going to his home.

Ruth was a Proselyte.
---kathr4453 on 11/11/12

[1] He was a Christian. [2] well respected by the Jews. [3] A Roman officer. [4] Contemporaries: Peter, Philip, the apostles. Key verse: "He was a devout, God fearing man, as was everyone in his household. He gave generously to the poor and prayed regularly to God" [Acts 10:2].
---pat on 11/1/12

all christians are jews, but not all jews are christians
---francis on 11/1/12

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James 1:27 "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."

Isaiah 1:13 "Bring no more vain oblations, incense is an abomination unto me, ..."

Isaiah 1:16_17 "Wash you, make you clean, put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes, cease to do evil,
Learn to do well, seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow."

What religion is that of whom does as such?

Of what religion was the good samaritan? The centurion's whose faith was praised?
---Nana on 9/12/12

Cornelius was not a Jew, but was friendly to the Jews. Acts 10:2 states that Cornelius was a devout man, and gave much to the people, and prayed to God.
Since he was not a Jewis, Peter was accompanied by other Jews as witnesses. The Jews according to Jewish law were not to have anything to do with Gentiles. I believe Cornelius loved God, but probably didn't know alot about Christ.
vs 34 Peter begins to preach Jesus to them and at the same time they are filled with the Holy Ghost and begin to speak in tongues and then are baptized!!! AMEN!!!
That is grace!!!
---trey on 9/12/12

Cluny my comments are only observations regarding what you write, and your inability/unwillingness to answer questions linked to your pronouncements. To suggest I curse you is an offensive attempt at avoiding admitting your beliefs are antiBiblical.

Glory to Christ indeed however your constant antiBiblical attitudes bring no glory upon Him at all.
---Warwick on 9/11/12

// What religon was he practicing?//

Judaism, same as peter
Acts 3:3 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
Acts 10:28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation, but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
---michael_e on 9/11/12

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Your curses and reproaches merely bless me, Warwick. Keep them up. You only enrich my heavenly treasure.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 9/11/12

Cluny, your faith is not in God's word but in man's opinions. Read Hebrews ch. 11 and show me where belief is founded upon archaeology or any other human endeavour.

If you are a product of orthodoxy I want none of it.

If you believe Abraham is an historical person because of what Scripture says, what about his father Terah, was he also an historic person?

The above question and that on birds predates your question on rabbits. When you have answered these questions I will happily answer yours. Your questions are old, coming from atheistic sites and have been answered decades ago. You claim to be Christian but use antiGod nonsense against the word of God. And then condemn yourself by saying Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Warwick on 9/11/12

BTW, how is your question about Abraham, bats, birds, and insects relevant to the subject of Cornelius?

You never explained that one.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 9/11/12

\\Cluny you still haven't answered my relevant question. Was Abraham an historic person or not? Yes or no?\\

I believe he is. However, there is, as far as I know, no archeological evidence proving his existence. Do you know of any?

\\And while you are at it are bats, birds, and insects flying creatures? Yes or no?\\

First, answer my question: Why does the Bible say that rabbits chew cud when they clearly do not?

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 9/10/12

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Cluny you still haven't answered my relevant question. Was Abraham an historic person or not? Yes or no?

And while you are at it are bats, birds, and insects flying creatures? Yes or no?

That you refuse to answer demonstrates that you cannot answer which proves the paucity, and irrelevance of your antiBiblical views.
---Warwick on 9/8/12

If God accepted his prayer and alms, this would be because of not what he did, but how God knew he was in his heart. And being God's way in our heart is not a religious system of beliefs and practices, but is deeper.

But he had "a good reputation among all the nation of the Jews," (Acts 10:22) even though he was a Roman and therefore part of the military occupation force keeping Jews under Gentile control. So, he was well known. His religious practice, then, could have been well known to Jews and he had a "good reputation".
---willie_c: on 9/8/12

Acts chapter 10 records Cornelius as devout and fearing God. What religon was he practicing?
---Phil on 9/7/12

Acts 10:2 [A] devout [man], and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.

1: and one that feared God: Which God did he respect: The God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob. What ever he knew of God he obeyed, that is what feared / respect means

2: prayed to God alway. which God did he pray to: The God which he knew, the same God which all the jews prayered to

Any religious practive he had in fearing God would thus be jewish
---francis on 9/8/12

That's a good question. I was thinking about him earlier today.

He was a Roman centurion of the Italian regiment, so it's very doubtful he was Jewish, but most likely a Gentile from a pagan Roman background.

He might have been a "theofovoumenos", that is a Gentile who frequented Synagogues, but had not formally converted to Judaism.

Nevertheless, he was doing his best to obey God according to the light given him. Not every Gentile received a visitation from an angel saying his prayers and alms were approved by God.

Glory to Jesus Christ.
---Cluny on 9/7/12

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He was not only a gentile God-Fearer but must have had some connection to, The Way, as Christianity was originally known as.
---chip on 9/7/12

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