New Wine In Old Skins

Q.  Re: Matt. 9:16-17.  I understand the literal meaning of these verses but don’t understand the point Jesus was making in the context of the chapter. Could you shed some light on this please?

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Where To Tithe?

Q. Our pastor says we required to pay our entire tithe to the local church and then let the leaders decide how to distribute the money.  His support for this view was based on what Paul did when he took the money given in Corinth to help the church in Jerusalem. It he correct in this?

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The Mark Of The Beast

Q.  A popular prophecy commentator  claims that the letters representing 666 are not Greek but are Arabic and mean “Allah is Lord” which is written on the head gear of Islamic militants.  I know that this man has some questionable theology, but could there be some validity to this and that this head gear could actually be the mark of the beast?

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Resurrection Of John The Baptist?

Q.  I was in Church on Palm Sunday sitting next to my brother. I heard the Pastor make a statement that John the Baptist was resurrected.  My brother and I looked at each other and both of us said, “I didn’t know that.”  Is there any scriptural evidence to back this up?  I left this particular church awhile back because of many doctrinal statements this pastor has made that I was in disagreement with.  I’m wondering if this is yet another one.

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The Last Eight Days. Follow Up

Q.  Our study group has been going through your “The Last 8 Days” articles and have a question regarding the following statement:  “The disciples knew the 483 year mark had been reached a few days earlier and that the Messiah was among them.”  The person with the question said that is not said anywhere in the gospels.  Would you please let me know how the disciples knew that, so I can give them an answer?

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Critical Misunderstandings

Q.  I have been witnessing to a friend who is a lesbian. She feels that since she believes in Jesus she is saved, but I have a problem with that  because Satan and demons believe but we know they aren’t saved. Every time Jesus healed someone we know they believed in Him because they had faith He would heal them, yet Jesus told them to go sin no more. Repentance is a big part of Salvation and yet some people don’t believe you have to repent to go to heaven.  They say John 3:16 says plainly that he that believes in him shall have eternal life. What about repenting?

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The Meaning Of “If”

Q.   I’m confused at times with the meaning of the word “if”. Several places in the Old Testament God promises Israel that He will bless them “if” they follow the commands He gave them (i.e., Deut. 7:12).  However in the New Testament the word “if” sometimes is used to mean “since”.   I think I read in one of your postings that the Greek word for “if” is “eige”. The reason I need this sorted out is some are using the word “if” not in the “since” translation but as being a conditional “if”  to try and prove we can lose our salvation.  Can you help?

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Satan’s Fall And The Creation

Q.  In one of your articles you said you believe Satan’s fall occurred between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2, causing a judgment that ruined Earth, and the six day creation account really begins in Genesis 1:3.  But in Exodus 20:11 God said He made the heavens and the Earth, the sea and all that’s in them in six days.  It looks to me like this contradicts your opinion. Would you care to explain this?

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The Stone The Builders Rejected

Q.  I just read Luke 20: 17-18 and don’t understand what the Lord was saying.  “But Jesus looked at them and said,  What then is this that is written : The stone the builders rejected has become the chief corner stone.  Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces ; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust.”
Can you help me clarify this?

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Explaining John 21:21-22

Q.  Re: John 21:21-22. Your interpretation of these verses would be appreciated. Did Jesus, having stepped down from his all knowing throne to assume the form of man, believe that he would be fulfilling the second coming during the lifetime of John? Or was he simply saying that its none of Peters business if John remains alive until his return? Both of these interpretations are hard for me to grasp. Why did Jesus have to forfeit His all knowing powers  simply because he  took on human form?   Don’t His many supernatural miracles contradict that explanation?

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