In the OT, I think, there was a passage where God was actually persuaded to change His mind when someone petitioned Him. These verses have troubled me since our Bible class studied it. How could God be petitioned to change His mind? I can hardly fathom that thought from an all-knowing, perfect God.
Thanks so much in advance, for helping me sort these issues out, as they are very troubling for me. You are greatly appreciated.
I love your site! It has been such a huge blessing for me. Thank you for your faithfulness!! I have a few questions for you:
If God is all-knowing and omniscient and knew before Satan and man were created what would happen with the rebellion and the fall, why did He create them?
And, in the Garden of Eden, could God have just made them incorruptible THEN (or prior to their creation) instead of letting them become corruptible since He knew from before they were created that they would be corrupted?
And, lastly, why did He create the tree of the knowledge of good and evil when he KNEW they were going to eat it. I’ve always found this concept difficult to understand. Why do something to tempt humans like that by putting a tree there and then saying “don’t eat it” when you could have just NOT made the tree, since you KNEW that they were going to eat it before they did it.
I have a question regarding how old the earth is. Some scientists say that it is a billion years old but I have heard in the ‘Christian circles’ that it is only 6,000 years old. Who is right? What about the dinosaur bones that date millions of years and all the ‘old fossils’? I am quite ignorant when it comes to this topic and would like some info. I think it is important for us Christians to know this in order to refute evolution theories and be able to witness to those who believe in evolution through science. Thanks!
In 1 Sam 21, we read that God was displeased because Saul had not honored a covenant agreement with the Gibeonites, even though the oath was gained dishonestly; thus whatever the reason for the covenant having been made – it should be honored. Why then, was it permitted in the book of Ezra to ‘put away’ the non-Jewish wives whom they had taken in disobedience.
Can a believer commit suicide? I think a born again believer wouldn’t take their own life because of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
But what about Samson, who selfishly brought down the temple on the Philistines and also killing himself?
I do not understand how in your explanation of the Millennium, you can say that a temple, with blood sacrifices, will be operational in Israel. I cannot imagine the “final sacrifice” standing by while they kill animals for sacrifice even if you say it is as a “memorial”. This is the main thing that I cannot accept about the dispensationalist view. It seems to me it would be an abomination to a God who sent His only Son to be a “once and for all” sacrifice. My question is how can you believe this?
RE: Judge Not That Ye Be Not Judged. There is a difference between “judging” others ourselves and believing what God has already said. When I tell my teenager that it is a sin that one of her friends is having sex before marriage, I am not “judging” that girl. I am agreeing with what God has already said. I’m tired of the worn out reprimand that I am judging when I recognize sin as God calls it. It is important to discern this especially in raising children, is it not?