Was Paul The Best Apostle?

Q.  I’ve noticed that some Bible teachers say negative things about the original apostles.  They say Peter had foot-in-mouth disease, or that he was a coward.  Some teachers even claim if they were in the garden of Gethsemane they wouldn’t have abandoned Jesus!   They also criticize Thomas for doubting when he saw Jesus come back in the flesh. They say the apostles were lazy and selfish because they fell asleep when Jesus was praying just before His crucifixion.  Yet these same teachers have nothing bad to say about Paul. They act like he was perfect. My question is, was he the best apostle of them all?

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Are We Really Forgiven?

Q. I was surfing the net, when I came upon a site where someone wrote with concerns about our sins not really being forgiven.  The respondent quoted II Cor. 5:10, saying we’ll have to give an accounting of what we’ve done on earth, whether good or bad.  I thought God has forgiven all our sins.   What gives?

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Staying Close To God

Q.  If Christ has forgiven our sins for eternity (Heb 10:14), and we now repent (change/renew our minds) and no longer ask forgiveness of sins, why does Christ teach us to ask “forgive our debts (sins) as we forgive our debtors”?

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Eyewitnesses To The 2nd Coming. Follow Up

Q.  Re: Eyewitnesses To The 2nd Coming.  I was taught that all of the Disciples had died, except John who lived to be in his 90′s.  On the Isle of Patmos he was given by Jesus Himself, the full Revelation of His Kingdom !  “some of you will not taste death until ….”   The disciples didn’t understand what He was saying but He knew that He would appear personally to John and give  in detail, that which would occur in the end times.

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Who Is The Assyrian? Follow Up

Q.  Re: Who is the Assyrian?  When you mentioned the angel of the Lord sweeping through and killing all of those soldiers, a question came to mind. Whenever angels carry out killing commands, do they physically harm the person (i.e. stab, slit throat, etc.) or they just fly over them and kill them by touching them, looking at them, etc.?

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Can A Believing Spouse Save An Unbelieving One?

Q. I have a friend who is a devout Christian, but worries that her husband may not be saved because he believes that there are other ways to salvation besides Jesus, like being a good person, etc. Is there any place in scripture that because a married couple are “one” the one saved automatically brings salvation to the other?

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Did Paul Have A Choice?

Q.  In my small group’s Bible study of Acts chapter 9, the question was raised as to whether Saul had a choice in becoming an apostle. I pointed to verse 6 in my NKJ Bible which records Saul’s response to Jesus.  “So, he trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?”  To my amazement, none of the Bible translations my class members were using included Saul’s question.  Do you know why?

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Understanding 2 Thes. 2:7

Q.  I used to hold to the pre-trib position simply because I was taught it and given a few “fine threads” of “evidence?”  After wiping the slate clean and letting Scripture speak, I have come to the conclusion that there are too many problems and passages I can’t explain if I hold to that view.  For example, I was taught that 2 Thessalonians 2:7 which is often used to “prove” the rapture since “the one restraining is taken away” must be the rapture of the church.  The problem with that is the verb translated “taken away” doesn’t mean that at all, it’s the verb ginomai  which is never translated “taken away”.  It always refers to birth, or coming into existence.  What do you say in response to this?

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Is Alcohol A Sin? Follow Up

Q.  Re: Is Alcohol a Sin?  I go to a Church where it is preached that it is sinful.  Proverbs 23:31 is often used.  From my search and study I believe that it is sinful in excess, just as overeating is sinful,  but moderate drinking is not.  I’ve looked through commentaries and I still believe it’s only condemning drinking to excess.  Does Prov. 23:31 say to not drink at all?

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