Q. What does it mean when Christian friends of mine tell me to turn all my troubles over to Jesus, or lay it (them) at the foot of the cross. I’m going through some difficult personal issues and all I hear from my Christian friends is that I need to pray about it and lay my troubles at the foot of the cross or turn it all over to Jesus. When I ask them to explain, they can’t. They just tell me that Jesus will take care of it. Does this mean I say a prayer about my circumstance, tell Jesus that I am turning it all over to him, and then ignore the problem and move on hoping the Lord will take care of the issue?
Q. I recently read a devotional written by a well known evangelical Christian speaker who stated that at His death, Jesus “legally entered the regions of the damned and stripped Satan of everything. He took away all his armor. He took the keys to death and hell. He bound that strong man, looted his kingdom, and Colossians says He spoiled principalities and powers and made a show of them openly triumphing over them.” That Jesus then gave that victory to us. I know that Jesus descended into Hell, but I’ve never been able to find anything in the Bible to support the actions cited above. Could you possibly help me with this. I’m not sure that this speaker is correct?
Q. I once heard through a well known Pastor that we are not to cremate our bodies when we die and I have never found anything in the Bible to confirm that. Could you please share any scriptures to support that or not.
Q. I was recently thinking about how the world would be like if Adam and Eve had not sinned. And then I began to wonder about about this: If Adam and Eve had not sinned against God, would we still worship Jesus like we do today? The reason why I ask is because we worship Jesus because he died for our sins. But if sin had not entered the world, then Jesus would not have had to die for our sins. So would we still worship Jesus?
Q. Thank you for your site. It brings me great comfort. In these time I find I get the most anger not from the unsaved but more from Christians. They say the Pre-Trib Rapture is everything from an 1800’s fairy tale to the devils work and worse. Of course they are of post or no rapture beliefs themselves. I guess the question is why are they so angry at the pre trib rapture?
Q. A the end of the Millennium, who will be resurrected? Will they all be judged at the Great White Throne? Will we witness this? that is, will we see the resurrected before the Throne? Will they all be sent to Hell? Some have said we will be aware of their punishment; that we will be taken to see the damned and witness their condition. In Eternity, will we, can we, be aware of the damned?
Q. The Church I attend is small but well established. There are 60 -70 members with about 40 who regularly attend. We are currently trying to establish a group of elders or overseers but most have been married and divorced in the past including the Pastor. We recognize this as wrong and have asked for forgiveness and have moved on. Some have remarried some have not. The members in our church who have the ability to help make strong spiritual decisions or give advice is limited. How do we set a standard for an elder or overseer?
Q. Isaiah 45:7 speaks of God creating evil. How can this be so? Why would he do so anyway?
Q. What about the person who wants to be saved, who asks to be saved, who prays to be saved, but whose life and circumstances do not allow him to do the totally irrational thing of truly believing. What about that person who, no matter how much he wants salvation, and prays for it, finds himself simply unable to believe?
Q. I love your website and the huge amount of wisdom I’ve received here. My mother and my stepfather are heading for divorce. My stepfather is very actively involved in Church. However, when he is not in church his behavior is pretty much the opposite of a Christian person and doesn’t come nearly close to the standards of how he supposed to treat my mother according to the bible. He claims to love Jesus Christ on Sundays but acts like a complete unbeliever the rest of the week. Is he saved? If our behavior doesn’t match our faith, are we still saved?