Q. Re: Romans 7:18-20. You said, “Paul sinned because he was a sinner. It was his nature to sin, and it’s ours too.” You have also said, “God knows that no matter how hard we try, we’ll fail to meet His righteous standard because we’re flawed. Our sin nature will always betray us.” Does this mean that Jesus also had a sin nature, and that He overcame it? Or did He just not have a sin nature?
Q. In Galatians 5:16-21 Paul deals with the issue of continuing in sin. I realize that God not only saved me but also keeps me; However in Galatians 5:21 he says that “I have for warned you, that those who practice such things (as listed in vs.19-20) shall not inherit the kingdom of God. How do you answer this?
Q. I understand from your studies that there is an age of accountability yet, there are many scriptures that seem to say otherwise. For instance, Paul recognizes that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23).
The problem I have with age of accountability is, we are born in a sinful condition due to Adam and Eve (Gen 3:6-7; Rom 5:12) David described it this way; “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me” (Psalm 51:5). This implies that even in the womb we are guilty. How do we reconcile this with Paul inferring an age of accountability?
Q. What do you think Yeshua looked like? I know it really doesn’t matter. However, as a practicing and obedient (to the Law of Moses) Jew, would He have had long hair or, perhaps short hair with the long curls on each side? What would he have worn as clothing? In many Protestant churches, there are portraits depicting Him with long straight brown hair, beard and very frail looking. I personally believe there should be no likeness of our Lord displayed since we don’t really know what He looked like and it may be a violation of the 2nd Commandment.
Q. When you say it’s impossible for us to not sin because of our sin nature, I’m assuming you are referring to bad motives, thoughts, anger etc., and the list goes on. Do besetting sins fall into the category of not being able to stop? Is there no victory for those who struggle with things like addictions? Are we doomed to continue to fail till Jesus comes? I just heard the testimony of a famous sportscaster who got saved and stopped drinking. He was bound to the point of being told his liver was failing. The man got saved and never touched alcohol again.
Q. My sister was listening to a Pastor who said that at one time God was so disgusted with people, He wished He had never made mankind. I remember that but the Pastor went on to say that it was because of the culture and the low intellect of the people. This doesn’t make sense to me. What do you think?
Q. You made a comment on one of the questions about the Parable of the Sower relating to the third kind of seed sown where thorns choked out the seed making it unfruitful. You summed it up by saying we’re saved because of what we believe not because of how we behave. Though I understand in principle, saved by grace not by works, doesn’t what we believe produce how we behave? I have always understood that a true believer will always bear some fruit. Isn’t it possible that the group you referred to as “Most born again Christians in the US today fall into this category”, profess to be Christians but in actuality are not true believers?
Q. God is clear in Romans 1 and of course elsewhere, that sodomy (what the world refers to as homosexuality today) is a sin. But it’s a sin like any other — fornication, adultery, murder, etc. However, what the media and the gay rights organizations do is to negate the fact that God calls it sin. Can you scripturally bridge the dichotomy between God’s obvious mandate on this sin and yet gay people insisting they were born with this predisposition, with children as young as four or five already exhibiting homosexual tendencies, and therefore it’s not sin?
Q. Thank your for the continued blessing your web site provides me. In reference to your answer to the question titled “The Power of Choice”, I’ve always wondered if Satan had not been in the Garden of Eden and had not tempted Eve, would Adam and Eve have disobeyed God anyway since they did not have a sin nature–only the “power of choice”? I realize you can only give an opinion on this, but I respect your thoughts.
Q. In John 9:41″ Jesus said, “If you were blind you would not be guilty of sin, but now that you claim to see your sin remains.”
The part about being blind makes you not guilty of sin–to whom would that apply? Does that mean that if someone is blind to their sin they’re not accountable for it in some way? Or does it mean that if they didn’t know it was a sin, but they acted in good conscience, they’re o.k.?