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Rachel’s death

Jacob had two wives, Rachel and Leah.  In addition he had children by Bilhah and Zilpah, the servants of his wives.  All four of these women could be considered his wives.  The Bible records the death of only one  of these women, Rachel.

Then they journeyed from Bethel. When they were still some distance from Ephrath, Rachel went into labor, and she had hard labor. And when her labor was at its hardest, the midwife said to her, “Do not fear, for you have another son.”

And as her soul was departing (for she was dying), she called his name Ben-oni; but his father called him Benjamin.

So Rachel died, and she was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem), and Jacob set up a pillar over her tomb. It is the pillar of Rachel’s tomb, which is there to this day.
Genesis 35:16-20

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Cause and effect

But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
Mark 13:13

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:1-2

For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.
Hebrews 3:14

There is a lot of disagreement and discussion among Christians about whether it is possible for a believer to lose his salvation. The verses above and others like them have been cited to show that keeping our salvation is dependent on our remaining faithful and continuing to believe in him. But is that really what they are saying? Read the rest of this entry

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