Q. I have a question about the first part of Hebrews 12:2 “Let us fix our eyes upon Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.” What are the definitions of the Greek words for author and finisher and how do they relate to our faith?
Q. Re: The Church Is The People. I am of the view that the people are the church but it is argued that God is giving us these mammoth constructions. People point to the temple that Solomon built as credence for the church to have these mega structures. I am not saying we shouldn’t have a place where we meet but the idea that God is blessing a people to have a 50 year mortgage where the people are already oppressed by debt to meet one person’s personal ambition doesn’t sound like God’s design for me.
Q. Thank you so much for your web site. You answer many difficult questions, always with the grace of God in focus. May He continue to bless you.
I fear I’m sinning to question Gods plan for His creation, yet these 2 questions regarding Hell linger.
The Bible tells us Hell was created for Satan and his angels. God foreknew the fall of Satan, the temptation and fall of man and all the future suffering of creation to come as a result of our fall.
My 1st question is, knowing all of this why did He create Satan?
And after the time of judgment is over, and all of our tears are washed away, I assume our all knowing Lord will be conscious of the lost souls in the lake of fire, suffering for all eternity.
My 2nd question is. How can God be conscious of this and it not haunt him with sadness? I’ve tried to push these thoughts away and say “trust our fair and loving Lord. He has a different perspective, our salvation was thru suffering, proving His great love for us and I can’t fully comprehend it all now.” Yet these questions arise within myself and similar ones are asked by my young children.
Q. I have a question about the word church. In Matthew 16:18 Jesus said “I will build my church”. I know the Greek word is ekklesia and it basically means an assembly or congregation. I have seen the definition of the word church in a dictionary as meaning “The Lord’s House”, or a place of worship. Can you help with why they would translate ekklesia as a building or place (church) and not an assembly of people?
Q. A friend that has way more Bible knowledge than me tells me that there is a difference between the temple and the tabernacle. Is there a difference and what is it? If so is there a study about the tabernacle?
Q. There is something that troubles me a little. I am alarmed now at the number of watchmen who are saying GOD is calling them to leave the country to move outside the US
Q. I was asked this question and don’t know how to respond. Since Jesus died for our sins that should have brought eternal separation from God. How is it that He is sitting at the right hand of the Father and not still serving “time” for us now?
Q. I would like to know what the Bible says about getting acupuncture. Not any of the chakra, chi, yoga things, which I understand what all that opens you up to…just the acupuncture for medical issues which I have been recently reading that that it would help with.
Q. I have a very intimate relationship with the Lord. I frequently ask the Lord to search my heart and see if there is any wicked way in me. Desiring for him to reveal attitudes or behaviors that need to be changed.
Lately it seems like thoughts pop into my head of an evil nature, like making a childish excuse or telling a lie over some small matter such as why I am late. I immediately recognize this as an evil thought and renounce it. It has been years since I felt I needed to make excuses when I am at fault. Dealing with such a situation honestly and asking for forgiveness has proved to be a blessing. I am disturbed and wondering why this is suddenly an issue with me.
Q. I too have mixed feelings but for a different reason. I want be taken up in the rapture as soon as possible, but I have a calling to lead more to Christ before it comes. I want as many as possible to be saved and don’t want to leave until He is done using me for that purpose. I trust that His timing will be perfect.