Unquenching The Spirit

Q.  I have read in one of your previous posts that if we continually ignore the Holy Spirit’s guidance we will lose the ability to hear him.  I believe this is called quenching the Spirit and it bothers me for obvious reasons.  If someone did indeed quench the spirit is that a permanent event or can it be restored by restoring our fellowship with God?

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Our Spirit And God’s. Follow Up

Q.  Re: Our spirit and God’s.  You said we’re born with our spirit attuned to the Spirit of God.  I understand that Jesus commanded us to be born again (in the spirit).  Why we need to be re-born when God had already formed our spirit during conception? Is our original attuned spirit inferior to the required ‘born-again’ spirit?

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Why Does He Do That?

Q.  I am confused by Matthew 10:23 when it says “you will not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.”  It appears that Jesus is speaking of the “end of the age.”  I am confused why he switches from speaking in the present tense to the future tense without informing the reader.  I would appreciate your thoughts on this passage.

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Who Or What is The Restrainer?

Q.  I just read an article which gave a view of 2 Thessalonians 2 that I have never heard before. The author said in 2 Thessalonians 2:4 Paul called the Temple “the Temple of God’, which could not be the case if the Church was still here, for we are the “Temple of God”(1 Cor. 3:16). I never thought of that before. And with the following verses speaking of the restrainer being taken out of the midst it fits the context perfectly.  I believe there are both grammatical and contextual reasons to identify the Holy Spirit as the restrainer.  What are the other views concerning the identity of the restrainer?

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Does Everyone He Calls Come To Him?

Q.  You said in one of your posts that God won’t call those who won’t come, but I know there’s a verse in the bible that says the Holy Spirit will quit coming to you eventually if you don’t respond. So how is that not also calling people who won’t come? Please help me understand this.

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Bothered By My Sins

Q.  If a person cannot live carefree in sin and yet still sins, can this internal battle be looked to as a “proof” of sorts that he or she has the Holy Spirit within and is saved?

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Will The Angels Leave Too?

Q.  You have mentioned that after the rapture, the Holy Spirit will be taken out of the way (2 Thes. 2:7).  Does that mean all of heaven’s good angels will be taken away as well?  Planet earth will be a horrific place if the spiritual realm is 100% evil.

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Questions From An Unbeliever

Q.  My girlfriend is an unbeliever who has quite a bit of trust in science and its theories, and now and again we have discussions that boil down to reasons she doesn’t believe in God.  I asked her to tell me what she doesn’t understand, and that I would put them in an email and send them to you, as my answers ‘are the ones Christians always give.’ These are honest questions from her and are the actual reasons that stop her from looking for God.  In her own words, she just doesn’t understand it all.

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