Is It Wrong To Go Over there And Fight?

Q.  Thank you for very clear scriptural answers to some difficult questions these many years. I would like to know if you feel it is wrong if Christians would take up arms against ISIS, and go there to physically fight against them. They seem to be causing an upheaval unlike anything we’ve seen since the crusades.

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The Same, Yesterday, Today, And Forever

Q.  I’ve read and heard many times… “I am the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.”  Recently though I’ve been digging into Old Testament and came across Nahum and then Habakkuk. It’s hard to understand the quote noted above about “I am the same…” and apply that to some of the Old Testament books as they speak of a God who is unforgiving and full of wrath.  Can you please shed some light there for me? For a younger Christian, it appears we read about 2 completely different versions of God from the Old to the New Testaments. I realize that’s not the case as God doesn’t contradict Himself so I’m just working to understand.

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Is Jesus The Only Way?

Q.  I am taking a study on the book of John.  In our current session a discussion came up on John 14:6.  The leader of the group had a reference from a preacher who stated there are many ways to get to heaven and that accepting Jesus as our savior was just one.  I tried to point out that the passage of John 14:6 was Jesus telling us that the only way to God and heaven is by believing in him and accepting him as our savior.  Surprisingly I found myself in the minority.  Please give me your thoughts on John14:6.

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Judging Nations?

Q.  I fail to see how you can conclude that God does not judge nations whenever it is necessary, as He has throughout all of history. There are consequences for sin and there are blessings when God’s Word is obeyed and/or His principles applied. Nations and individuals are all subject to the law of “you reap what you sow.” This applies to the individual as well as Nations. This is not only true throughout the Bible, it is true in secular history as well. I am a simple man Jack, and this is just simple common sense and simple common Biblical sense.

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Rome And Babylon

Q.  My question centers on Revelation 17:18 where one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls tells John the identity of the harlot who sits on the beast.  He tells John that “The woman whom you saw is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth.”  At the time of John’s revelation, it is my understanding that the ancient city of Babylon was in ruins or certainly insignificant.  The angel is speaking to John in present tense as best as I can determine and the only city that ruled in John’s day was Rome.  Add to this the evidence given to John in the earlier portion of chapter 17 indicating that the harlot is sitting on seven heads that are seven mountains.  Rome is the city on seven hills (mountains).  What is the relationship between Rome and ancient Babylon or am I way off the bench mark?

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OSAS And Romans 11:22

Q.  Romans:11:22 contains the phrase, “Otherwise you also will be cut off.”  So does this  mean that we can we lose our salvation,  If we do not continue in His goodness?

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Forced To Take The Mark?

Q.  You say that according to Rev. 14:9-12 everyone who worships the beast and his image or receives the mark of his name will be lost.  Others have said they can be redeemed. I’m reminded of a book by C. S. Lewis that implies that nonbelievers choose their fate and their hearts are hard and won’t change.  From this I’d think that those who take the mark do so willingly and no one is forced to take the mark. They may be given a choice but no one will take them down and give them the mark. Am I assuming to much?

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Still More On Destroying The Nations

Q.  In Jeremiah 30:11 it says in the end times, God will completely destroy every nation among which His people have been scattered.  We here in South Africa have many Jews, some which are good friends. Why would God completely destroy our nation, where the Jews have found peace and success, and goodwill amongst many of us?  As Christians, we love our Jewish brothers and sisters. Why then, punish so severely – for that matter, any country who became a refuge to the Jews? I know that it probably will be after the rapture, so why worry, but – your opinion please.

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