Q. I have come upon the programs of some TV evangelists as they expound on preparing for the hard times ahead. One even has food buckets he sells and other tools to survive the difficult times ahead. I feel like I am all alone as I don’t have solid ground to stand on. I guess its my doubt that God will provide. Even otherwise trustworthy Bible scholars have areas of disagreement on this subject.
Q. What do think is the best way to approach a family member who is an unbeliever and is so angry about losing a loved one that she has cursed God. She has also been utterly indoctrinated in a liberal college Theology course that scoffs at true Christianity and is anti Israel. I pray for her daily but fear she is very close to being lost forever. I am grateful for your ministry and any thoughts.
Q. I so want the Rapture to come. At every one of my family’s gatherings for the last few years, when we all pray before we eat, even though we all want the rapture to come now, we ask that the next time we celebrate whatever the “event”, it will be in the New Jerusalem.
I am so blessed, I have a good job, a roof over my head, more than enough food to eat, family that are Born Again, both here and with The Lord. Yet I am so tired of this world, tired of the flagrant disobedience of society to the Word of God, so tired of watching loved ones succumb to the ravages of time, so tired of the rhetoric and “sand kicking across an invisible line” coming from the media, the government, the world. I just want to be with Jesus .
Q. I’d like to ask for your advice on how to pray the most effectively for a person’s salvation. People who are very important to me (members of my family and my best friend for example) aren’t saved yet. To tell the truth I’m desperate and I’m in distress. To leave behind my loved ones when the Rapture happens is a nightmare. Even worse is the thought that they could die unsaved. The Lord promised that He gives us the desires of our hearts if we delight in Him. I know that even He can’t save someone who doesn’t want to be saved, still I hope that He could help me through my prayers for the people I love. My greatest desire is to realize that they are with us and be able to hug them after the Rapture.
Q. Please explain to me why the Bible talks about examining yourself to make sure you are in the faith when there is also the doctrine of once saved always saved. Also the book of 1st John is all about making sure that your in the faith. Your insights are greatly appreciated.
Q. In your Psalm 91 posting you stated that “The faith we have to believe is a gift from God (Ephes. 2:8-9)…”, which is a very strong point for a Calvinist. I think the proper interpretation of that verse is that God’s “grace” is the gift, not “faith”. A study on the gift of God in the NT will clarify that position. Paul did state in 1 Cor. 12:9 that “faith” is a special spiritual gift, as contrasted with the other 7 listed gifts. So not all of those mentioned had the gift of “faith”, which implies that this was a special empowering of “faith”. I believe that this is the only place in the NT where the “gift of faith” is stated.
Q. A question arose as we were studying Isaiah 37:36 which tells us the angel of the Lord went forth and smote 185,000 Assyrians. One of those in the class said that the Angel of the Lord refers to Jesus Christ. He further said that the appearances of the Angel of the Lord, in the Old Testament, refers to an appearance of God the Son, before the birth of Christ. Can you confirm this?
Q. When Jesus was born he became a human. When he died did he remain a man or is he now a spiritual being like God. I need scripture to show my Sunday School teacher.
Q. What is the significance between Jesus feeding the 4000 in one case and the 5000 in another?
Q. I’m having trouble reconciling the stories in the Old Testament where Israel stood up to her enemies and often called on the wrath of God to save them and the New Testament teaching of being kind to your enemies and turning the other cheek.
Although we are commanded to forgive and I understand fully the reasons for doing so, there is also a part of me that would want God to step in and be the vindicator; that there is a system of justice in the world.
My husband (a non believer) hurt me very deeply when he commited adultry and left me and my children to set up a new life. He periodically continues to hurt me when he withholds money and makes me feel in the wrong for asking – humiliating and belittling me to the point where I feel totally useless. Trying to follow God’s will for my life is seen as a weakness; Godly principles are dismissed as meaningless – seen through worldly eyes.
Forgiveness is difficult but necessary. I find myself though, in the same vein as the psalmist who asks how long this will continue. I want God to open my husband’s eyes and allow him to see what he is doing.
I look then to my Saviour who having been beaten, scourged and crucified, appealed to His father to overlook the crimes of his enemies. This makes me feel ashamed and that God is disappointed in me for not handling things better. I know God’s anger will be unleashed on those who persecute his beloved, but are we to ask for their forgiveness nontheless and does this apply to people who hurt us on a personal level? Like God, is there a time when our patience should come to an end or are we truly to forgive 70 times 7?