Vague And Elusive?

Q. You seem very sure about the doctrines you teach yet I am not as sure.  I find the Bible maddeningly vague sometimes, although it is crystal clear about salvation in Christ alone.  You don’t seem to see any vagueness in scripture whatsoever, but I find it to be complex, frequently hard to pin down, and elusive.  Any thoughts?

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Is Israel The Bride?

Q. Today I got hit with an interesting interpretation of the bride. This group of people believes that Israel is the bride, they are pre trib believers and they think that we go to heaven to rule there, but that the Lord comes to marry Israel and rule with them on the earth.  They had several Old Testament passages to support this view.  I brought up the book of Ruth and the typology of Joseph and his gentile bride. Beyond that I am kind of fuzzy on defending the church being the bride.  Can you help me with this?

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What Do We Have to Believe About Jesus?

Q. What do we have to believe about the traits of Jesus Himself (God, sinless, etc.) for our belief and trust in his atonement to be valid. For example, how could His death on the cross pay for our sins if He was not the perfect Son of God?

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Which Religion Came First?

Q. I have a question that a friend of mine is arguing with me about. Which religion came first? I say it’s Judaism, followed by Christianity, and he says it’s Hinduism, followed by Judaism. Can you explain to me which religion came first and subsequently followed, and how they came about? Thank you.

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More On Predestination

Q. Can you please explain what does predestination mean because this word confuses me. At times I think it means to be programmed before time to come to God, but when I come to think that God gave us a choice to choose to believe in the redemption of our sins by Jesus Christ then my concept of predestination does not make sense. When you are explaining it please do that by also touching where Paul speaks about it in the book of Ephesians.

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How Can Jesus And God Be The Same?

Q. Thank you for your Godly wisdom in answering our questions.  Your site is the highlight of my day.  I have become friends with a young lady who attends my church and who has told me she is  not saved.  Her question to me this past Sunday was how can God also be Jesus?  What would be a good answer to a non-believer who hasn’t a clue, but one who is genuinely seeking answers?

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Demonstrating God’s Power

Q. What books of the Bible are best to read if I want to become more in awe of God and His power?  I know that almost every book of the Bible has God demonstrating His power in one way or another, but are there any books in particular you would recommend for me to start with?

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Reformed Theology, Follow Up

Q. I was just reading an answer you gave on Reformed Theology. In part of your answer, you said, “Reformed theology teaches that God’s covenant with man has been transferred from Israel to the Church.” What concerned me about this was that you did not say – And this is not true. My question to you is, what are your thoughts on this issue?

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