The following question was emailed to our “Ask a Bible Teacher” column this week. Since it’s such an important question, I’m responding in our feature article format so as to provide greater detail. This will also allow more people to see it, because it’s a question we’ve all asked.
I have a friend who has grown up Catholic but has gone to other churches to study the bible. She believes that on All Souls Day, we should pray for our loved ones who have passed on. Is there any biblical evidence for this? When we pass on, don’t our souls go either to heaven or hell? Thank you for your help.
It certainly makes sense what you said about Isaiah 53:4-5 (in God our Healer). I have never seen anyone get healed although I do believe that all healing is Spiritual and is from God. Why does He just heal certain people? I know He does not have favorites. I wish I knew the answer.
Q. Hi, I have a friend who watches a lot of TV “preachers”. He told me that when we pray, if we say, “let Your will be done” after we have made a request of God, that will ultimately cancel our prayer. He learned this from one of those televangelists. Where does this teaching come from?? Aren’t we supposed to pray in God’s will? If it isn’t within God’s will for us, why would we want it anyway?
I just want to clear something up! In the article “will smokers miss the rapture” your saying that smokers will be part of the rapture? Aren’t we supposed to be led by the spirit of God and have the Spirit of God within us in order to be raptured?
I was raised catholic and raised my children catholic. I got saved about six years ago and began going to a Christian church. One of my two grown daughters has been going with me also but I could never get my other grown daughter to. Last weekend she indicated out of the blue that she would attend church with us.
We have the most godly daughter any one has ever met. Pastors, youth group leaders, other parents all use her as the example of Christian womanhood. She has finally identified the person she wishes to spend the rest of her life with. All along we have all had a check in our spirit. Are we wrong not to go along even though we feel it would be handing our daughter over to a person we do not trust?
I am trying to witness to my 86 year old die hard Catholic father (he hasn’t gone to church in years but did meet the Pope during the war). He feels this church has changed since he was an alter boy and he has lost faith in the Church.
Q. I am very grateful for your ministry. I believe you have been gifted with insight and an ability to effectively communicate that glorifies our Lord Jesus Christ. I am fearful for family and friends who have a lukewarm knowledge that Jesus is the Son of God but do not see the urgency of needing to accept the Lord’s grace soon. What advice can you give me on making the issue more urgent to them?
I was reading the question having to do with Church and the Church. My thought process went to church authority held by the elders and pastor of the local church. The Scripture does speak to submission, but how far does that go in the local church? And, how does the discernment of the individual Believer come into play when that discernment is contrary to church leadership?