In Faith Vs. In Fact

Q.  Romans 6:6 says that we died with Christ, and he who has died has been freed from sin.  I take that to mean that Christians can’t sin, after all we are dead and dead men can’t sin.  The body of sin is done away with since we were crucified with Him.  But 1 John 2:1 says, “…these things I write to you that you may not sin.”  Is John saying that those that sin are not Christians?

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The Father’s Love Vs. The Repentance Of Sins

Q. I have believed on Jesus the Christ for many, many years. Through out my years of faith, I’ve sat under teaching of our position in Christ and the favor of the Father as He delights in those who believe, and I’ve sat under teaching that the Father does not look favorably upon our personal sins (not Sin) – like spiritual pride, fear of man, independence, etc. That the Father does not wink at my sins. I’ve also read that the closer a Believer draws to the Father, the clearer that Believer sees the sins in their life.

I lean toward living under repentance of sins (probably from all the hell-fire-and-brimstone preaching from my youth), but I also am pulled towards realizing just how much the Father loves and adores me as His child. How should a Believer hold these two practices (living within our victorious position in Christ vs. living in repentance of sins) in tension?

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Where Are The Real 10 Commandments?

Q. I was talking with an atheist about morality and about God’s holy nature, and the Ten Commandments came up, and she asked me “What is the tenth commandment?” I responded “Do not covet”. She immediately said that I was wrong and said the actual Ten Commandments are in Exodus 34: 1-28. I looked it over and indeed in verse 28 it calls these orders, the Ten Commandments. I was not able to really continue the conversation because first I wanted to read over what she had referred to.  Which ones are the actual Ten Commandments?

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A Full Number Of Jews?

Q.  When the condition for the rapture to begin is met- the full number of Gentiles have come in. What about the Jews that are saved  in this Church age? Why are they not mentioned, too? Isn’t there a full number of them, too?

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Resurrection Or Resuscitation?

Q.  You said, “As far as we know all resurrection bodies are alike.”  Wasn’t Lazarus resurrected to a natural body?  And what about the saints that were resurrected and seen in the Holy City when Jesus was resurrected, were they resurrected to a glorified body as the Church will be, and if so, where are they now, or where will they be in the millennium?

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The Timing Of The Lord’s Birth

Q.   A few months ago, a Muslim writer  said the Bible should not be taken literally and that it is filled with errors.  Here is his direct quote.  “I’ll put it in the simplest way possible: the gospels are absolutely replete with historical errors and with contradictions. The gospel of Matthew says that Jesus was born in 4 B.C. The gospel of Luke says Jesus was born in 6 A.D. That’s ten years difference! Which one was right?”  Of course, I do not believe this so called scholar. Rather, I believe the Bible is inerrant.  But can you help reconcile the dates of Jesus birth and the nativity stories between Matthew and Luke’s gospel?

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Are We In The Tribulation?

Q. I think we may have already entered the 7 year peace tribulation. I have been reading articles on a website that demonstrate some astounding evidence that Israel may have already signed the 7 year peace treaty, and therefore we are already in the 7 yr tribulation. There are also some great videos on You Tube that make the same point.  Sounds far-fetched but there is some huge evidence there. I would really appreciate your views. If it is true its really important that Christians are made aware as we don’t have much time. Would you please review this evidence and tell me why it couldn’t possibly be true?

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Distinguishing The Holy From The Common

Q. I would like to get your comment on 1 Samuel 6:19-20, why did the Lord smite all those people for looking into the Ark? And what lesson can we garner from these verses, like is there a type of grace or the forthcoming of grace (I hope I am making sense)?

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Where Will The Tribulation Martyrs Live?

Q.  If during the millennium the Church dwells in the heavenly Jerusalem, and tribulation survivors live in natural bodies on the restored earth,  where do the martyred tribulation saints belong?  Will their resurrected bodies be like those of the Church?  Do they belong with Israel, or with the Church or some other group?  In other words. how will they fit into the millennium, what is their purpose in God’s plan?

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