Q. Again, thank you for a great web site. You help all of us better understand The Word of God. In my spiritual travels I’ve often read that Job may well be one of the oldest books in the Bible and could have been written before the Great Flood. In reading Job 37 this morning I can plainly see that it could not have been written before the Flood, because Elihu talks about rain. I thought it never rained before the flood. What are your thoughts?
Q. I prayed for the salvation of someone who is very dear to me. I couldn’t stop crying, I begged the Lord with all my heart. In my head, like simple thoughts, the following appeared: “He belongs to me, he is mine.” The Holy Spirit spoke to me in a still voice before just like that, but sometimes I’m not sure if it is truly Him or just my own thoughts. How could I know for sure that it was indeed the Holy Spirit assuring me? Should I ask the Lord for further proof?
Q. I am truly grateful for your faithful study of Scripture and your willingness to devote countless hours to share what you learn with us. My Bible is full of penciled in clarifying margin notes with the initials JK by it. We know from Acts 1:3 that Jesus ascended back to his Father 40 days after his resurrection. The disciples were told to go to Jerusalem to wait for the promised Holy Spirit ( Acts 1:4-5) which we know from Acts 2:1 came on Pentecost, 50 days after the resurrection. Since God is so into numbers there must be a reason for the 10 day wait in leaving his disciples without the promised Holy Spirit. Is it connected with Shavuot in some way?
Q. If God is the Creator of all things, the Omniscient, Omnipresent, Omnipotent One of all there is, was and ever will be, did He, in all of his Wisdom and Knowing, also create Evil? And if so, why? And, if He did not, why doesn’t God, who is all-powerful, destroy Evil?
Q. I have been reading your article From Adam to Abraham and pondering about the idol worship going on in Ur and ancient Mesopotamia at the time of Terah and Abraham. I came across an article giving more information than the Bible gives about Abraham and his father. It’s info from the Torah, Talmud, and the Midrash. I find it very informative; however, I don’t know how to trust this info since it goes into a lot of detail that I can’t find in our scriptures. I certainly would appreciate your take on this and I do appreciate your Q & A’s with your gifted knowledge of scripture.
Q. Since the process of making wine involves the introduction of yeast, should “the fruit of the vine” used for the Lord’s Supper be unfermented seeing yeast represents sin in Scripture? It would seem that this would picture the sinlessness of Jesus even as the unleavened bread does.
Q. I have heard that once the 2nd coming and all judgments are completed, the New Jerusalem here on Earth will be the only habitat for the Jewish nation, which will be led by Christ. I was also told the Gentiles will be given supernatural bodies and we will have the ability to travel the universe at will, including making visits to the New Jerusalem, but not actually taking up residence there. What say you to this?
Q. I have always wondered about the anti-Semitic epithet of “Christ Killers.” I think awareness of God’s purpose is that the Jews were fulfilling His will by “crucifying the Lord of Glory” whose primary purpose in coming to earth was to die in their place for the sins of mankind, but in effect, for the sins of believers. While it does not mitigate their guilt, the “Christ Killers,” were doing the will of God by fulfilling prophecy. That understanding requires a degree of abstraction many are unable to achieve.
Q. There are a lot of pastors who dip their finger in some holy oil and then lay hands on people. This oil is sold and advertised on TV. The Bible says we have to pray and heal the sick in the name of Jesus only. When the use of oil is questioned, these pastors answer by saying in the book of James 5:14 we are instructed to lay hands on the sick and anoint them with oil. Is this verse being applied correctly? Does the usage of oil in this verse have supernatural effect or medicinal effect?
Q. Wouldn’t it be more accurate to state that the Bible was written under either the “guidance” or “authority” of the Holy Spirit rather than the “inspiration”? I realize that at first blush this might seem like hair splitting; however, I think that using a word slightly stronger than “inspiration” would better convey the authority of the Gospels. People might question less and read more.