I don’t understand why in the Noah’s Ark story God destroyed every living thing on earth except for eight people and a bunch of animals just because people did not pray and remember Him? Could a Creator have the right to destroy creatures? Similarly, can parents take their child’s life when the child is not listening to them or showing proper respect to the parents?
In John 3 Jesus was baptizing people and John’s followers got into an argument with a Jewish man about purification. Could water baptism have been born out of this Jewish rite of purification? Does it mean that our spirits are now clean like purification meant that their bodies were clean for ceremonies? I was just curious trying to understand how the argument came up during the time of water baptism.
Your explanations on the difference between Union and Fellowship have been very helpful to me in quelling the fears about a salvation that can seem so tenuous when it is not properly understood. I was just about to breath a big sigh of OSAS relief until I re-read the “cutting off the hand that causes you to sin” teaching in Matt. 5:29-30. Jesus seems to be saying that we must excise sin in our lives with drastic measures or there is a danger that we could go to hell. Do we just content ourselves with all the clear passages of OSAS and write this off as an unclear teaching? Do we assume that Jesus is saying something other than that sin will cause us to go to hell if we don’t take measures to quash it?
Do You think Judas was a believer when He was chosen to be one of the 12? And if he wasn’t why did the Lord choose him? I don’t believe in predestination so I don’t believe Judas was predestined to betray the Lord. What do you think?
How does God’s will/plan prevail when we have a freewill to make our own choices? How does God’s will override our free will? Our daughter believes she is in God’s will but, as her parents,and after praying, we believe that she is not in God’s will. How does God use the wrong choices we make to bring about His will in our lives?
I once heard a TV preacher say that John the Baptist is the friend of the Bridegroom (John 3:29), and that Paul has the equivalent position with the bride (2 Corinthians 11:2). And that they both could have future roles at the marriage supper of the Lamb. What are your thoughts on this?
Sometimes I feel like such a spiritual mess. I try hard to not let people bother me. I am doing a lot better than I used to because I try to think “eternal perspective, eternal perspective”. It usually helps, but sometimes I mess up and get so MAD!!! I sometimes think that when the Rapture comes, I will still be standing in the same spot because I was only fooling myself that I was saved. I have read your articles on OSAS, but that thought still creeps in. I plan to read the Bible specifically regarding temper and anger. Is there a certain verse that I could memorize and try to say in my mind, whenever people get to be too much?
My husband just lost his (very good) job and now we worry about our finances. I pray for more faith to believe God knows my needs and will provide and I do believe the rapture is very soon in coming.. If my husband doesn’t find work to provide for us soon is this Satans will or Gods? In other words, who is in control of the earth right now, God or Satan?
We all know that Jesus was born of a virgin so that He would not be born in sin, like the rest of us. My question is this, If Jesus was not capable of sinning, why does the Bible say that, “He was tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin?” It also says, Jesus is our example. But He was not able to sin. And if this is true, why did the devil bother tempting Him?
I have read with interest several questions and answers concerning the resumption of animal sacrifices during the millennium. Your Bible references make perfect sense even though Christ has forever atoned for our sins on the cross. My question is what do Jews do now for the forgiveness of sin? There hasn’t been any animal sacrifice since the temple was destroyed so how do they presume to have their sins covered today?