Ask a Bible Teacher

Explaining John 21:21-22

Published: July 20, 2017
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Re: John 21:21-22. Your interpretation of these verses would be appreciated. Did Jesus, having stepped down from his all knowing throne to assume the form of man, believe that he would be fulfilling the second coming during the lifetime of John? Or was he simply saying that its none of Peters business if John remains alive until his return? Both of these interpretations are hard for me to grasp. Why did Jesus have to forfeit His all knowing powers simply because he took on human form? Don’t His many supernatural miracles contradict that explanation?


What Can I Say?

Published: July 20, 2017
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I have a friend who is a total skeptic but was recently in a very serious accident. The doctors marvel that he is even alive. I have attributed his survival to God’s plans for his future, but he’s not convinced. What can I say to someone who still shows no interest in the Lord even after something like this?


Should I Support This Church?

Published: July 19, 2017
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Should I go to and support a church that has anything to do with Jewish persecution in any way or form? Are there any Bible verses that would support this view of not going to a church that believes in Jewish persecution? I was very close to joining this church when I discovered this about the church as a whole.


Will I See My Brother Again?

Published: July 19, 2017
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When I was 4 years old, my mom had a miscarriage and my baby brother died. I know he is in heaven with Jesus, but are he and my mentally disabled sister (who belongs to Jesus too, I know) the members of the church? Or are they a different category as old testament and tribulation saint are different? My hope is that I can live with my siblings in the New Jerusalem. I want to “get back” my ‘lost” brother, as I know the New Jerusalem is “church members only” (please correct me if it isn’t), that’s why it’s important to me.


Stop Telling Lies

Published: July 19, 2017
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In previous posts you keep telling your readers that if you tithe regularly and support Israel you will be showered with blessings. If this is the case, why did my friend at work stab me in the back and steal my job? And why is my father now threatening to throw me out on the street because I haven’t found another one yet, even though I’ve only been laid off two weeks and I’m actively looking for work? There are a lot of things I stopped doing years now, such as witchcraft and watching porn. I’ve always supported Israel, financially as well as emotionally. Yet it seems I can’t do anything to please anyone, least of all God. I wish you would stop telling your readers lies.


Can We Have A Personal Relationship With God?

Published: July 18, 2017
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At a group discussion on goals of a church I mentioned helping others to develop a relationship with God. Our pastor stated that the Bible never mentions individuals establishing a relationship with God. He continued by saying relationships with God are established at a corporate (church) level. I told him the Spirit of God lives within me. He is my counselor and guide. I communicate with Him and He responds. That’s personal to me. What verses could I use to defend my position?


Remedy for Emptiness

Published: July 18, 2017
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First of all, I just want to say that I enjoy your web site like no other…it rocks and you all rock also! My question is: why is it that some days I feel that I am just loaded with the presence of the Lord and am happy and then suddenly I can feel as empty as my wallet?


Love Your Enemies

Published: July 18, 2017
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Please explain exactly what Jesus meant when he told us to love our enemies. Thank you so much and God Bless you richly


Using Holy Things For A Common Purpose

Published: July 17, 2017
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I always have a problem when it comes to explain holiness. I want to think it means not drinking, not smoking, etc. But deep down inside me there is something that tells me that the meaning of this word goes deeper than that. When I read 1 Peter 1:13-16 I thought I was going to get a detailed breakdown of what holiness means but didn’t. Can you please explain what Pater was saying?


The Way Of Return

Published: July 17, 2017
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When a person who has been leading a dissolute drug filled life absolutely can’t remember their young life when they attended church and had a possible salvation and baptism experience; what type of commitment would you advise them to follow to be certain of their salvation?