And There Was Evening And There Was Morning

Commentary by Jack Kelley

The other day I received an interesting response to my answer stating that the Bible supports an approximate 6000 year history for the human race. This person didn’t dispute the Bible, only our interpretation of it, in disagreeing with my answer.

The essence of his response was that since science has found what it considers to be persuasive evidence that contradicts the literal view of the creation account, then our traditional interpretation of the language in Genesis 1 has to be flawed.

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Are Women Saved Through Childbirth?

Q. My question has to do with 1 Timothy 2:8-15 and in particular verse 15. As I was reading this morning, I read my wife this passage and she looked a me in amazement and with a resounding “what do you mean saved through childbearing?”.  Now I know we are all saved by first believing in Jesus by grace through faith and nothing else.  So does this verse have another meaning to being saved?

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Was Noah Given Contradictory Instructions?

Q. I was flying back from Chicago a few days ago, and I had the pleasure of sitting next to a geologist/palentologist.  I was curious about all the articles he was reading and we got into a very civilized conversation, and I asked some very pointed questions regarding his scientific methods.  It turned out that he was very much a worshiper of science and an atheist.  I kept the conversation light, curious, and respectful he did the same.  Every time I mentioned the Word of God, or what God has done, and will do, he spouted that God contradicts Himself through out a document written by man with no scientific proof.

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Comparing Amos 5 and Acts 7

Q. Can you tell me what star is referred to in Amos 5:26 (“…the star of your gods which you made for yourselves.”)  and the star in Acts 7:43 (“You also took along the tabernacle of Moloch and the star of the god Rompha, the images which you made to worship.”)?  Are these the same?  Thank you for your wonderful ministry.

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Clayifying Hebrews 9

Q. What a wonderful blessing your site it. It provides such great resources…we use your input weekly in Sunday School.

The author refers to the first covenant in Hebrews 9:1. I assume this covenant refers to the law and how to worship that was passed down to Moses from God. This confuses me as there existed covenants prior to this one, for instance the covenant between God and Abram, where God along with Christ walked through the blood path.  Why do you think the author stated “first covenant” in this chapter?

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What’s The Bema Seat Judgment?

Q. Since all Raptured Christians shall appear before the Bema Judgment Seat of Christ to give an account of things done during their lifetimes here, good or bad, I was wondering if you would expound more fully on a Scriptural passage found in 1st Corinthians, Chapter 3, Verse 15 (KJV).

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Guarding The Throne Of God?

Q. Your article on evil was terrific.  It’s such a joy to learn from someone who thinks Biblically and is conversant with Scripture.  But one thing you said got me curious.  You talk about Lucifer’s original purpose being to guard the throne of God.  What did it need guarding from?  Couldn’t God guard it Himself?

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Both Holy And Righteous?

Q. When I read Rev. 22:11 I understand what the Lord means when He speaks of the unrighteous,  but what is the difference between the righteous and the holy?   The Lord imparted His righteousness to me when  I  believed  and received his holy sacrifice for my sins.  Since I am then robed in  the righteousness of my Lord Jesus Christ, am I  not also Holy?  I desire to be both. ( I want to love what Jesus loves and hate what Jesus hates. ) I am trusting the Holy Spirit to form the character of Jesus in me. Thank you for sharing your godly knowledge and wisdom.

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Understanding John 20:22-23

Q. What does  John 20:22-23 mean? “If you forgive men’s sins they are forgiven them and if you hold them bound they are held bound?” The Catholic Church takes this to validate the confessional and forgiveness of sins by the priest. Your insight is appreciated.

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Making Covenants

Q. Wondering what your thoughts are on the subject of Christians making covenants? An increasing number of bible studies and christian groups are asking participants to sign covenants agreeing to whatever is required by the course, or to certain obligations within the group. I feel uncomfortable being asked to do so. Wondering if you have addressed this subject in your writings? Thanks!

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