Calvinists use verses like Matt 1:21, Luke 1:68, John 10:11 and John 17:1-2, 9 to say Jesus only died to save His people from their sin. But 1 Timothy 2:3-6 says Christ gave himself as a ransom for ALL men, not just His people. Can you help me reconcile this apparent contradiction?
I am a college student taking Psychology this semester. This week, I have an assignment due on Dream Interpretations. My instructor sent me to a website that interprets dreams and gives their symbolic meaning. Being a Christian, I don’t feel like this is a Christ-pleasing thing to do. I don’t believe it’s up to us to interpret our dreams and try to put symbolic meaning to them. I was wondering what the Biblical perspective is to interpreting dreams. Any help or Scripture references you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you and God bless!
I understand the obligation to forgive and am striving to do so, but how do I deal with being offended by a minster who refuses to repent, will not say sorry, has no intention of correcting the wrong and sees no reason to make any effort to deal with the matter. The minister concerned knows that they have done wrong but is of the view that ministers should never lower themselves to apologize to the laity.
I recently heard the following comment. “Additionally, for believers who have committed and not repented of sin, the judgment seat of Christ will not be the ‘pie in the sky, by and by.’ We are accountable for every sin we commit.” Is this accurate? While I try to avoid sin in my life, I thought that every sin we have committed or ever will commit is covered by the blood of Jesus Christ. Is there an accountability for unconfessed sin I am not aware of?
I heard someone teach that it is the duty of the Bride of Christ to finance the return of the house of Israel to the homeland. He goes so far as to say that “the blood of Israel is on our hands.” In other words, if we as Christians do not help finance the return of Israel to the homeland, somehow we will be found with blood on our hands.
He is using the story of Ruth and Boaz to support his teaching. He likens Ruth gleaning the four corners of the field and bringing the grain to lay in Naomi’s lap as the Bride of Christ financing the return of the dispersed Israelites from the four corners of the earth to the homeland.
From your studies, what exactly does scripture have to say on this issue? Is the Body of Christ responsible for the return of the Jews to the homeland?
In another Q&A you said, “Freedom means all the sins of our life have been covered, that we don’t ever have to worry about measuring up. If we slip, as we all do, we’re guaranteed forgiveness each time we ask.” What if the person slips up and does not ask for forgiveness or does not desire forgiveness and keeps on sinning?
I know that Jesus’ death on the cross paid the price for all of my past, present, and future sins. And I know that nothing I have done or ever can do could help me earn my salvation. It’s already been done by Jesus. My question though is this: Does God get angry or upset with us believers for things we do or times of doubt? I know all I need is to repent/ask forgiveness but I still wonder if we do things that make him mad and want to discipline us the way a loving dad would their own son?
The church has become so liberal that it is becoming self-righteous by changing God into what they are as opposed to us changing into what God wants us to be. And, in my opinion, is responsible for misleading the sheep to slaughter. Faith is an act of belief. I think Jesus made it plain when He said, “If you love Me, keep my commandments.” Believing in Christ does not make it legal to sin and that is the misleading part. I could go on, but I won’t. I just believe that a person who is safe in Christ is so because they are walking with Him. I whole heartedly believe a person cannot lose (their salvation) but can forfeit their hope of eternal life by choosing to go back to their old ways. If one cannot, then they were more free before coming to know Christ since they are in a bondage where they cannot choose. Free indeed means freedom to come, and to go, if one desires.
Hebrews 11:3 KJV says, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” The plural “worlds” confuses me. Does it mean Heaven as a world as well as Earth?