Is it possible that the more we grow in the Lord the more meaningless and less value our life has here on earth to us? I have been given all the material blessings I ever wanted and seriously been given all the desires of my heart. We are told by many leaders in the Church that God wants us to enjoy our life here also as well as in Heaven. I have gotten to the point where I am not impressed with the creation here on earth but just want to be with the Creator. People say I am wrong for feeling this way.
As a Jewish believer, how am I part of God’s plan? I know the full number of Gentiles has not come yet but I was only recently saved. I was just wondering what you thought about this as my heart grieves at times when I think of how my fellow Jewish people turn their backs to the Lord.
I have a question concerning the events at the end of the millennium. As I understand it, at the end of the millennium Satan is released from the pit and deceives many and they are destroyed by the Lord. What about the ones that do not rebel and are saved?
I have read one opinion that they are preserved (like Noah) while the Earth and Heavens are renovated by fire. Then they (still having their fleshly bodies) receive a new heart and then repopulate the Earth and Heavens in eternity?
I consider myself saved and a firm believer in the sacrifice of Christ, yet I’m still continually nagged by feelings of doubt. I can’t really describe what it is that’s bothering me, but I realize it has something to do with me not fully grasping the centrality of Jesus in God’s plan for salvation.
I pray that I would “get it”, but I wonder if I’m over analyzing things, relying too heavily on myself and dwelling on my doubts. I feel nudged by the Holy Spirit, but I’m not really sure what it is I should be praying for. I desire a stronger faith but I seem to be at a major roadblock.
I am a believer in Christ and that He was raised from the dead for my sins. However, I still sin, even blaspheme God’s name sometimes when I get frustrated from a long day of work, responsibility,etc. I know that I can’t lose my salvation, but how could a believer do things such as this and how can I stop? I get so mad at myself when I do this, but I still do it.
I have learned a great deal from your website over the last few months. Thank you for the job you are doing! My question pertains to the Lord’s Supper. At the church I currently attend, non-members of the local church are denied participation. Is there any scriptural reason for this? I have prayed for guidance and searched the Word and have found no concrete reasoning behind this concept. There are a small group of us in our local body who believe that the Church includes all believers and that it is the Lord’s job to judge those who are partaking, and the Holy Spirit’s job to convict someone of not partaking based on the condition of their heart, not a fallible man/denomination who base their reasoning on whether that person has his/her name on the roll sheet of the local church body. Can you help prove either position based on scripture?
You have written that ‘Like Jesus, Adam is called the son of God (Luke 3:38)’. I know you are not saying that Adam is God but why can Adam even be called the son of God? Adam was a created being and John 3:16 says that God gave his one and only son. Jesus is not a created being but God himself. If Adam can be called the son of God and Jesus IS the son of God then what exactly does the title son of God mean when given to Adam and what does it mean when given to Jesus?
In your response entitled OSAS and Galatians 5:16-21 you state that “people who live like this are giving evidence that they are not saved and therefore won’t inherit the Kingdom.” I received Christ as my Savior trusting his death and resurrection to pay the penalty for my sins before I went to college. But once I went to college I began drinking excessively and partying. I would try to compartmentalize my behavior and live a” Christian” life except for my drinking, but that as you know that is impossible. My question is then, since my life was “characterized” by this behavior and this was occurring nearly every weekend where do I stand as far as Galatians and your comment about it? I have confessed my sin since I left college. It took awhile to break free from excessive drinking but I have recommitted myself to Christ since then, however sometimes I still have doubts about my forgiveness and my standing before the Lord.
There is a TV preacher who teaches that believers who practice the acts of the sinful nature will not inherit the Kingdom based on Galatians 5:16-21. Does that mean any believer who does those things will have his or her salvation revoked? Doesn’t that conflict with OSAS?