Luke 13 – Jesus’ Call to Repentance & Fifteen Quotes by Famous Atheists

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Like I said, Jamie Frater is attacking You.  He obviously has no sense…I bet he voted for Obama.

Tomorrow we’ll look at…


Luke 13
Jesus’ Call to Repentance

1 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

“The Galileans” – the incident is otherwise unknown, but having people killed while offering sacrifices in the temple fits the reputation of Pilate.  These Galileans may have broken an important Roman regulation, which led to their bloody punishment.

2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galileans were sinners above all the Galileans, because they suffered such things?

2 Roman law
Roman law is the legal system of ancient Rome, and the legal developments which occurred before the 7th century AD – when the RomanÐByzantine state adopted Greek as the language of government.

The development of Roman law comprises more than a thousand years of jurisprudence – from the Twelve Tables (c. 439 BC) to the Corpus Juris Civilis (AD 529) ordered by Emperor Justinian I. This Roman law, the Justinian Code, was effective in the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire (331-1453), and also served as a basis for legal practice in continental Europe, as well as in Ethiopia, and most former colonies of European nations, including Latin America.

Historically, “Roman law” also denotes the legal system applied in most of Western Europe, until the end of the 18th century.

In Germany, Roman law practice remained longer, having been the Holy Roman Empire (963-1806); thus the great influence upon the civil law systems in Europe. Moreover, the English and North American Common law also were influenced by Roman law, notably in the Latinate legal glossary – stare decisis, culpa in contrahendo, pacta sunt servanda. In contrast, Eastern Europe, though influenced by the Byzantine Empire, was not much influenced by the jurisprudence of the Corpus Juris Civilis; however, they did accept the Roman influence of the Farmer’s Law.

13:2, 4 – “Sinners above…suffered such things” = in ancient times it was often assumed that a calamity would befall only those who were extremely sinful.  But Jesus pointed out that all are sinners who must repent or face a fearful end.

3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?

“The tower in Siloam” – built inside the southeast section of Jerusalem’s wall.

5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

6 He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.

“Fig tree” – probably refers to the Jewish nation, but it may also apply to the individual soul.

7 Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?

8 And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:

9 And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.

10 And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.

11 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.

12 And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.

13 And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.

14 And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the Sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.

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15 The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?

“Loose his ox” – they had more regard for the needs of an animal than for the far greater need of a person.  Jesus called His critics “hypocrites” because they pretended zeal for the law, but their motives was to attack Him and His healing.

16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?

17 And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.

18 Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it?

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In 1,600-year-old synagogue has been found outside of Galilee in Israel at Horvat Kur.
To the east of the monumental wall, the researchers found a totally different situation, indicating that this space was inside the building:

Here a low bench made of hewn stones and covered with grey plaster runs alongside the wall, interrupted only by an entrance roughly in the center of its excavated part. The floor was made of grey hard plaster.

It will need to be checked in the future if there are additional floor layers below.

19 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it.

20 And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God?

21 It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

“Leaven’ – its permeating quality is emphasized here as it works from the inside to affect all the dough.  This parable could speak of the powerful influence of God’s kingdom to change things, or it could represent how evil can pervade and grow even in God’s institutions, only because He gives us freewill.

22 And he went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem.

23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,

“Are there few that be saved?” – perhaps the questioner had observed that in spite of the very large crowds that came to hear Jesus’ preaching and be healed, there were only a few followers who were loyal. 

Jesus didn’t answer directly, but warned that many would try to enter after it was too late.

24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:

26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.

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27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.

28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.

29 And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.

30 And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.

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Mosaic floor found at site of newly discovered Galilee synagogue shows workman with woodworking tool.

31 The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee.

“Herod will kill thee” – Jesus was probably in Perea, which was under Herod’s jurisdiction.  The Pharisees wanted to frighten Jesus into leaving this area and going to Judea.

32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.

33 Nevertheless I must walk to day, and tomorrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.

“Out of Jerusalem” – Jesus’ hour had not yet come.  He would die in Jerusalem as had numerous prophets before Him.

34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!

35 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

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Fifteen Quotes by Famous Atheists

The following information comes from Jamie Frater, verbatim. 

Jamie is the founder of Listverse. He spends his time working on the site, doing research for new lists, and cooking. He is fascinated with all things morbid and bizarre.

I think he should be locked for his site, or at least this part of it because it is an attack against You.  I don’ say this because he’s probably an atheist himself, but I have researched all of the people below.8

With some of them it’s debatable, with others they obviously are and with some, they definitely are not.

By posting these quotes and calling these people atheists Frater is attacking You personally, and denying your son. 

People that are new to understanding the ways of Jesus and read this site may be persuaded that He is not real.  Paul talked about people like Frater:

“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them (Rom 16:17).

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that it in Christ.

For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive e another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with” (2 Cor 11:3-4).

That is exactly what Frater is doing, whether he’s doing it intentionally or not doesn’t matter, it’s being done.  Frater is doing the exact same thing that Judas Iscariot did.

Also, most of the following quotes don’t even mention God, but that doesn’t matter because these people are titled as atheists, the type of trick the evil himself would pull when he has nothing else.

Following our list of quotes from St Thomas Aquinas, this is the second in our series of famous quotes from great atheists and great religious minds. Here are 15 quotes from some of the greatest atheist minds in history.

Before we analyze the following let us make sure we understand the meaning of atheist:

A person who disbelieves or lacks b9 3elief in the existence of God or gods.

1. Creationists make it sound like a ‘theory’ is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night — Isaac Asimov

Maybe an atheist.

The above quote says nothing about God, but he may be an atheist, and actually he says he is, but he also says:

Emotionally, I am an atheist. I don’t have the evidence to prove that God doesn’t exist, but I so strongly suspect he doesn’t that I don’t want to waste my time.

10 Andrew Carnegie2. I don’t believe in God. My god is patriotism. Teach a man to be a good citizen and you have solved the problem of life. — Andrew Carnegie







11 Ernest Hemingway3. All thinking men are atheists. — Ernest Hemingway

Atheist, along with Thomas Edison, Mark Twain, Robert Frost, and  Susan B. Anthony.



12 Benjamin Franklin4. Lighthouses are more helpful then churches. — Benjamin Franklin

Not an atheist.

I believe there is one Supreme most in the happiness of those He has created; and since without virtue man can have no happiness in this world, I firmly believe He delights to see me virtuous – Benjamin Franklin




13 Friedrich Nietzsche5. Faith means not wanting to know what is true. — Friedrich Nietzsche

Maybe atheistic.

Nietzsche’s most famous quote is that “God is dead,” but his meaning was that God was dead in man’s heart.  Yet, that doesn’t mean he isn’t an atheist, it’s debatable and from al that I’ve read I would say he is more than not.






14 George Bernard Shaw6. The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. — George Bernard Shaw

Not an atheist.

I’m an atheist and I thank God for it. — George Bernard Shaw

The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there. — George Bernard Shaw

The above two quotes would say that Shaw isn’t an atheist since an atheist doesn’t believe God exist, especially when it was Shaw that said it.

15 Kurt Vonnegut7. Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile. — Kurt Vonnegut

Not an atheist?

Nobody but you could have done it, God! I certainly couldn’t have. – Kurt Vonnegut.







16 Frank Lloyd Wright8. I believe in God, only I spell it Nature. — Frank Lloyd Wright

Not an atheist.

God is the great mysterious motivator of what we call nature and it has been said often by philosophers, that nature is the will of God. And, I prefer to say that nature is the only body of God that we shall ever see. If we wish to know the truth concerning anything, we’ll find it in the nature of that thing. – Frank Lloyd Wright

He may not believe in Jesus, but he’s not an atheist.



17 Denis Diderot9. Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest. — Denis Diderot

This is a hard one to know, but I would say that more than likely he is an atheist.  See the three quotes below.

It is very important not to mistake hemlock for parsley, but to believe or not believe in God is not important at all. – Denis Diderot

The God of the Christians is a father who makes much of his apples, and very little of his children. – Denis Diderot

There is no good father who would want to resemble our Heavenly Father. – Denis Diderot


18 Samuel Clemens Mark Twain10. A man is accepted into a church for what he believes and he is turned out for what he knows. — Samuel Clemens


‘In God We Trust.’ I don’t believe it would sound any better if it were true. — Samuel Clemens

There is no other life; life itself is only a vision and a dream for nothing exists but space and you. If there was an all-powerful God, he would have made all good, and no bad. “Religion consists in a set of things which the average man thinks he believes and wishes he was certain of. – Samuel Clemens




19 Sigmund Freud11. The whole thing is so patently infantile, so foreign to reality, that to anyone with a friendly attitude to humanity it is painful to think that the great majority of mortals will never be able to rise above this view of life. — Sigmund Freud


Sigmund Freud (1856–1939) deals with the origins and nature of religious belief in several of his books and essays. Freud regards God as an illusion, based on the infantile need for a powerful father figure; religion, necessary to help us restrain violent impulses earlier in the development of civilization, can now be set aside in favor of reason and science.




20 Edward Gibbon12. Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful. — Edward Gibbon

I’m unable to find any information where Gibbon actually says anything for or against God.  All the writings of his that I’ve read speak mainly of the history, primarily the Romans.








21 Ferdinand Magellan13. The church says the earth is flat, but I know that it is round, for I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more faith in a shadow than in the church. — Ferdinand Magellan

Not an atheist.

Magellan tried to form relationships with the local tribal leaders.  Because he was a deeply religious man, he also tried to teach them his Christian beliefs. Some of the tribal leaders agreed to pledge their allegiance to the Christian God.

In return, Magellan offered to help them fight against other non-Christian tribes. Magellan also believed he could find a western passage … allegiance to the Christian God.

22 Woody Allen14. Not only is there no god, but try getting a plumber on weekends. — Woody Allen

Unsure if Allen is an atheist or not, but I would say he probably is, he likes to ridicule God, not like the way Shaw is sarcastic about God. 

How can I believe in God when just last week I got my tongue caught in the roller of an electric typewriter? – Woody Allen







23 Gloria Steinem15. It’s an incredible con job when you think about it, to believe something now in exchange for something after death. Even corporations with their reward systems don’t try to make it posthumous. — Gloria Steinem


Her words there are self-explanatory that there is no need to research her.

…quotes about Jesus.

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