Q. I’ve read many postings on your site and appreciate them greatly. But I’m surprised at your interpretation of the Mustard Seed Parable. There are different “birds” mentioned in the various passages of the Bible; the little birds is akin to sparrows–you will find that God uses the sparrows to indicate His care for us both in the NT and in Psalms. David writes of them finding “rest” in the courts of the temple–as he refers to the godly finding rest in the Lords Temple. I’m surprised that this common interpretation is quickly accepted, without folks discriminating between the various types of birds: little birds and predators.
Q. My question centers around the “original” sin as well as Cain and Abel. Was the sin in each of these circumstances the obvious ones, ie; Adam/Eve eating the apple, Cain murdering Abel? Or the more subtle one, God knew what they had done in both instances and gave them an opportunity to admit it and they instead denied their guilt. When confronted by God Adam immediately blamed Eve, and when God asked Cain where is your brother, what have you done?, Cain replied “I am not my brother’s keeper”. Was it the sin or the denial that got them into trouble with God?
Q. Re: Your commentary on Psalm 7. Could you please explain in more detail exactly what you are referring to in the US? Are there some laws coming down that we are not aware of? Are you speaking of the tribulation (Daniel’s 70th week) or are you talking here and now before the Rapture? I certainly agree that there is no end to ALL kinds of problems on the horizon but I’m confused about the severe persecution comments, at least in the “near future” as you have indicated for the U.S. Any clarification would be greatly appreciated.
Q. Since Jesus is God, why does God refer to Him as His Son? Even though I believe that They are one, I’ve never really understood the fact that They are one, yet separate, that Jesus was born as a man but also existed WITH the Father before the creation of the earth. I just wish that it would click in my mind so that I could truly understand. I’m afraid that if a nonbeliever were to ask me about these things, I wouldn’t really know how to answer them. How can I try to convince someone of something that I myself don’t really understand? I pray that God will clarify this for me through your answer.
Q. At age 8 I asked Jesus to come into my heart and to save me. But as I grew up I had homosexual attractions. I gave into them for a brief time as an adult. I have repented to the best of my ability and have confessed this to the Lord asking Him to forgive me. I still struggle from time to time with thoughts and even turning to pornography from time to time. It is getting less frequent though. Do real Christians struggle with this? Does this mean I am not saved? I have struggled with doubts about my salvation because of this most of my life.
Q. I come from a family where the women have big hips and some are just plain fat all over. I am over weight and I know the Lord wants us to take care of our bodies. My question may be insignificant to some but to me it is important. I have had to deal with being made fun of when I was over weight and then had to deal with negative comments for my wide hips when I was at my perfect weight. No matter if I was fat or skinny I always had negative comments made about my shape. So, when I get to heaven is God going to give me a perfect shaped body? Or will I still look like an hour glass that was blown up a little to much. I know I shouldn’t even worry about that but after being treated this way it would be nice to finally be proportioned positively.
Q. I want to sincerely thank you again for your Web site, and for all the work you are doing for the Lord. You are reaching literally untold millions with the truth. Praise the Lord! I would like your thoughts on the recent outbreak of Palestinian unrest in Jerusalem. Is it of any biblical significance? It seems like Jerusalem and Israel are always under an extreme threat from all nations, including the US
Q. Since the current age is rapidly closing my wife and I are somewhat Home sick (like most of the Church) for the coming millennium. My question is, knowing, that when one dies during this time a person that dies would be considered an infant, where do people (believers) spirit go during that first 1000 years? Would it be like it is now, when would they acquire their glorified bodies?
Q. During a recent discussion about the Apostles Creed, the question came up as to why Jesus descended into hell before He rose from the dead. One of the proposed answers was that it was so that Jesus could take the keys to hell and death from Satan. However, we are unable to locate any scripture to support this proposed answer. We do find that in Revelation 1:18, He has the keys to hell and death. When and how did He get them?
Q. Is the Roman Catholic Church, the one and original church established by Jesus himself? the one being referred in Matthew 16:18, “I also tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against her.”