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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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 on that night 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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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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Moses On The Mountain Of God

Q.  In Exodus 24:9-18 (KJV) Moses, Aaron, Nadab, & Abihu & 70 elders went up (v10) and they saw the God of Israel; (v11) also they saw God, and did eat & drink.  Was God holding back His glory so as not to hurt these leaders?

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Peter, Do You Love Me?

Q. John 21:15-17 records Jesus asking Peter three times if he loves him, Was this Jesus’ way of letting Peter know he was forgiven for denying Him three times?

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Judging Miracles

Q. I’m watching pastors and people I have gone to church with in the past 4 years turn more and more to signs and wonders and human effort  but now I realize that they’ve been lead away from the Blood of the Lamb toward the “man as god” scenario. Please tell me what you think about all this.  How do I explain that I can’t participate with this because I strongly feel that the Holy Spirit is telling me to depart from them?

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A Mother’s Faith

Q. Gods blessings and a heart felt thanks for all you have taught me over the years.  Could you please explain  Matthew 15 verses 22 thru 28  especially 26-27: “But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their master’s table.

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