Q. I have had some news items come to my attention from Christian sources that say world food shortages are beginning to happen and that we as Christians should be getting prepared. It has been my belief up to now that the severity in food shortage and other products would most likely happen after the Rapture. I can now see where things may get pretty tight as this is happening right now. My question is- Do you believe there are going to be very serious food shortages and other kinds of extreme hardships here in the U.S. before the Rapture happens? And if so, other than tightening our finances what else can we be doing?
Q. Re: Becoming Who We Are. The more I read what Paul has written the more it seems to contrast with Jesus. Paul frequently seems legalistic and adds on to the Gospel and to Jesus’ statement to love God and others. Arguing and complaining are not sins. Both can lead to setting things straight or improving situations as long as they are done with respect. Paul argued with Peter. Jesus was a man’s man. He turned over tables, he argued with religious leaders, etc. God gets angry and He made us in His image. Jacob “wrestled” all night with God. God didn’t say Jacob should not have done this. Sometimes, Paul reminds me of Job’s friends. Making judgments that God doesn’t. Quite frankly the Holy Spirit has a lot to teach me and arguing and complaining are not at the top of the list.
Q. While reading Philippians 2:14-16, this verse says we are to do everything without complaining. Other versions use arguing, disputing, and grumbling. My question about this verse is: Is Paul saying that we must do everything without complaining or arguing so that we can be blameless and children of light while living in a warped and crooked generation? How do you interpret this verse?
Q. My question is on faith. I know someone who is terminally ill and dying. She has great faith in the Lord. In a recent conversation she said, “Can you imagine meeting Jesus? How wonderful it will be”. There was such excitement in her spirit. I have great respect and admiration for her faith and the relationship she has with Him. She has said that her faith is a simple one. She trusts her life to God. In many of our conversations over the years she has shared her faith and the faithfulness of the Lord in her life. How do you reach that kind of faith?
Q. I often see people say that Jesus (and the Bible) promote Socialism. While I know most Christians are against Socialism, I can see passages where it does sound like the early Church was practicing what we now call Socialism. Just one passage for example: 2 Corinthians 8: 13-16 and there are others. Any light you can shed on this would be appreciated.
Q. Why does the bible say that Jesus came to save the world and not condemn it but also Jesus says He didn’t come to bring peace but a sword turning son against father, etc?
Q. Why would Jesus give the command, “Go and sin no more,” in John 8:11, if future sin is pardoned and freely embraced? And is future sin not effectively sin until it becomes established and is thus past? Is one’s own future sin to be lamented when free will is still available? Does grace truly received let us go forward though it’s misunderstood by the world? Or does grace abolish sin, even the future kind?
Q. James 2: 1-13 appears to be an admonition primarily against showing partiality to the rich in any given church. Is there also an underlying principle implied not to show partiality or favoritism in any way, shape or form towards anyone in the Body for any reason (not just the wealthy)?
Q. I heard a pastor preaching on Galatians 6:2 (bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ). He strongly recommended sharing our most hurtful experiences with some one else (within the church or outside the church). And if some one wanted to share their hurtful experience with me, I should just listen and not judge or try solving their problem. I don’t think “manufacturing” the condition of bearing one another’s burden proves that we fulfill the law of Christ. This pastor preaches about grace and the freedom we have in Christ, but then lays yokes like this upon his congregation. This sounds like a good topic to preach about, but I don’t think taking on more burdens to fulfill the law is what was intended in this verse. I would like to know your thoughts.