Coming Down Vs. Going Up

Q. Ref: Your teaching on the Rapture. I come from the pre-trib view of Scripture but do have some problems with certain Bible verses, like 2 Thes. 2:1-3. Verse 1 clearly refers to “our gathering together to meet Him” but in verse 3 says it will not happen until “the man of sin is revealed.” If the Rapture can happen at any time – how is this explained?

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My Cross To Bear?

Q. My question is regarding crosses we have to bear. I recently had a conversation with a friend regarding her struggle with anxiety. She has prayed for god to remove the cause of her anxiety and constantly seeks prayer for this. When she still struggles with the anxiety she feels that it is a cross she has to bear and believes that we all have a cross to bear.  I don’t agree with her, I don’t believe that God gives us crosses to bear, he came to free us from fear and anxiety and to make our burdens light. She said God gave Paul a thorn in the flesh and didn’t take it away.  Could you shed some light on this matter and is it scriptural?

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The Anti-Christ, Person Or Spirit?

Q. I know that today the name Anti-Christ is associated with the “son of perdition” mentioned in the book of Revelation, but no where do I find that “title” referred to by John the Revelator. The Apostle Paul spoke of “Anti Christ” as more or less a “spirit” and NOT an actual being. Please clarify our use of this title directed towards an “individual” when associated with the end times and the book of Revelation.

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How Big Was Samson?

Q. I have a question about Samson. I recently heard a Pastor remark that Samson was a relatively small man and his strength was of God. I know the strength came from God and it would make it even more remarkable to those people at that time if he were small, but I don’t know if that is actually stated in the Bible. I believe the pastor was assuming he was of normal size and not muscle bound as most pictures portray him.

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Interpreting Matt. 5

Q. What do Matthew 5:21-22 mean about insulting and calling one’s neighbor a fool? Does this relate to judging others? Also, what do Matt. 5:33-37 mean? I’ve interpreted them as meaning that we shouldn’t promise things because we can’t insure that they’ll happen, but I’m not sure – I might be missing something here.

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Free Choice Vs. God’s Plan

Q.  I know there is free choice given to us by God. I also know the hairs on our head are known to him and our days are known and he has a plan for all of us.  In the shooting and stabbing rampages we see happening around us, it is free choice for the people who do those things, or is it in God’s plan for all the random people to be killed?

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Help Me Convince My Son It’s Not God’s Fault

Q.  Please help me explain something to my son. He says God is partly to blame for our sin because He created us.  I told him that God didn’t create people to sin but that Adam chose to sin. I know that God was not surprised and had a plan already in place. What can I tell him so that he does not blame God for his sin. He says he does not feel guilty because it is not his fault that he sins, he was born that way.

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The Infancy Gospels

Q.  My question is about the so-called “Infancy Scriptures.” I recently  saw a special on them and was surprised at how the Lord was depicted, supposedly as an angry and unruly child. The special said that Jesus had to learn how to master His emotions as any child would and that later He became a great leader. Do you buy any of this? What exactly are these “Infancy Scriptures”? They seem disrespectful to me!

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