1 Corinthians 2:14 says, “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” Could you help me to understand this in greater depth? I gather from this verse that unbelievers (those not born again) who do not have the guidance of the holy spirit reject the word of God or simply don’t understand it. Following this trend of thought, is it only believers who can understand the word of God? How then do unbelievers become believers if they cannot understand the things or word of God?
I know you said that you believe all Children under the age of accountability will go in the Rapture, but is it not possible that God, who knows when we are still in the womb whether or not we will accept or reject his gift of salvation through Jesus, would take the children that he knows would have accepted, and leave the ones he knows were going to grow up to reject Jesus, to take all children it would seem very likely that he would be taking children that were going to grow to reject Christ.
As parents of two young children (ages 10 & 7), we are seeking guidance on the best way to introduce our children to communion. Our family does not attend a brick & mortar church weekly. Instead, we choose to worship together each day, so thankful for the gift of salvation that God gave us through His son, Jesus Christ.
In a recent answer (Maximum Trial, Maximum Grace) you wrote, “That doesn’t mean that we’ll be relieved of the consequences of our actions, but that God will make something good come out of it.”
Does that mean what you said a few times in your teachings, that God turns our lost battles into blessings? Does that mean that no matter how bad and huge my losses are, the Lord in His mercy is willing to make them the “beginning” of something so good what is able to richly negate, compensate them?
Thank you for your articles. I appreciate them very much. There is something I would like your opinion on. The church I attend celibrates communion about every two weeks.What I find disturbing is they use normal leavened bread. Doesn’t this indicate a sinful body of Christ which is terrible? Is not this a continuation or fulfillment of Passover and as set up by Christ shouldn’t we at least be using unleavened bread? Please correct me if I am wrong.
I have to tell you about a problem of mine. Once it wasn’t a problem to me but in recent years I have problems with learning. I feel I have problem with concentration and memorizing things. And I always was very sensitive to my performance! Learning for exams is a painful toil and I constantly feel great guilt because my grave lack of spirit. I’m now before my final exams and I’m very afraid of them. These are the last but many. What do you think about that? (What can I ask from the Lord in this case?)
Is there a difference between tithing and offerings? I am of the opinion that any giving to the Lord, either donations to the church or offerings to children’s orphanages , providing Bibles, or giving to missions that are spreading the word are the essence of tithing.
My wife was reading fictional book and ran across a word, Deism. It was explained in the book as a belief that God is a cosmic clock winder passively watching events unfold on the earth. My question is this: “Is there such a thing as “deism” and is it a form of religious belief?
You quoted in your recent psalm commentary from a friend: “Maximum trial, maximum grace.”
Is this true in the case if the trial or trials is/are caused by our sins? ( If we turn to the Lord for help asking for His forgiveness. If He’s not tired of me always doing something horribly stupid and then asking for His help!)