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The Gospel of Mark is probably the earliest of the four New Testament gospels. It presents a history of the life and saying of Jesus Christ, a figure held by Christians to be the son of God. The actual author is unknown, but it probably contains stories haded down orally by actual followers of Jesus and achieved its current written form in approximately 70 AD. It is written in Greek.
In this chapter, a man with palsy (paralysed) is brought in. Jesus says to him ‘Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.’ And only after being challenged by the bystanders does he say ‘Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.’ The emphasis in the chapter is that the forgiving of sins is far more important and momentous than the curing of a mere physical ill.
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