Biblically Illiterate 2.0

Q. A well known commentator on Jewish history has said that most Jews do not understand the Tanakh (Old Testament) because they only study the Talmud and Mishna. He suggests that one of the early reasons for blindness is that the Jews don’t understand their own scriptures. What is your understanding?

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Attacks Of Doubt

Q. I believe in Jesus as my personal savior who died for all my sins, and when I really think about it, I’m sure of it. But I still get attacked in my mind about whether I actually believe it, which concerns me. I do believe in Jesus, yet these thoughts make me worried and uncertain at times. I believe they’re lies from the devil, but how can I get rid of those thoughts and be more certain about my salvation in my mind?

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The Good Shepherd

Q. I’m endeavoring to understand John 10:1-18 better because of the prevalence of the “prosperity gospel”. My specific question has to do with that last part of John 10:9 “He will come in and go out, and find pasture. ” Since its a parable, where are the Lord’s people going in and out from and what is the pasture (good pasture in KJV)? I’ve studied it and have read some commentators, but I’ve I’m not yet satisfied I’ve found a good or complete answer.

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Choose One Or The Other

Q. My father has been extremely ill. He has been at the hospital for more then 3 weeks, in a CCU unit. At this point in time, the doctors and nurses have little hope for him. I have been praying a lot this week to lord Shiva (A supreme god of destruction and rejuvenation) to heal my father and bestow a miracle to him. I also have Jesus in my life, and he has blessed my life numerous times before, and now I am praying to both of these gods. What can I do to make sure god hears my prayers, so that he may heal and watch over my father?

 

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Are All Our Sins Covered? Follow Up.

Q. Re: Are All Our Sins Covered?. This believer may not understand the difference between salvation and temporal fellowship. 1 John 1:9 says If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. As you have taught in other articles, this restores us to fellowship with God in the here and now. So, yes, we should be aware our our sins and quickly confess them to God. When we are in fellowship we can do nothing wrong and when we are out of fellowship we can do nothing right. Have I understood you correctly?

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How Can The Rapture Be A Secret?

Q. We are told that at the rapture Jesus will descend with a shout and a trumpet, but most teachers say the world will be confused and wonder what has happened. They use the word “secret.” I can’t reconcile the two ideas. Does Scripture say the Rapture will be secret? Surely, the sudden disappearance of millions cannot be kept secret. If the Rapture will be secret, what about the shout and the trumpet? That should get everybody’s attention.

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The Ice Age

Q. What are your thoughts pertaining to the ice age? When and how did it happen? They have supposedly found mammoths and other animals frozen solid with food in their mouths. I have read and heard this probably happened at the onset of the world wide flood.

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