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How Big Was The Stone?

Published: August 24, 2018 (Originally published: August 21, 2007)
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Today I was reading in Mark 15 and 16 and came across an interesting situation. In 15:46 it mentions the rigamaroll that Josepth of Arimathea went thru in preparation for the burial of Jesus, finishing off with the statement “…and rolled a large stone in front of the sepulchre”.

Okay. Then in 16:3 it mentions when the two Marys are on the way to the tomb and it is mentioned “who will move the stone for it was very great”

Question. How big was that stone?


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Dos And Don’ts For The Kingdom

Published: August 24, 2018 (Originally published: August 23, 2007)
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Thank you for the advice on your site it has been a blessing to me and have helped me through a lot of difficult patches in my life.

I read Galatians 5:19 – 24 that states that if you do any of these things you will not see the Kingdom of God. That is frightening as I struggle to not to do these things. Even if it is only in the mind as Jesus has stated.

If we are saved by Grace thru Faith, why would the Holy Spirit through Paul make the statement In Galatians? It seems to contradict as I know of no honest person that does not struggle in one of these areas. I for one loose my temper from time to time. Help please. Please help.


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Death Through Sin

Published: August 24, 2018 (Originally published: August 23, 2007)
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Are we to assume that no animal was killed before the fall of the mankind or the concept of death by sin could only be applicable to humans?

I always believed that the first death was the death of the animals that God killed in the Garden of Eden in place of Adam and Eve and used the skin to cover their bodies. The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them (Genesis 3:21). Is that correct?

What about bugs? I find this hard to believe that Adam or Eve didn’t accidentally step on one during their time in Paradise.


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When Did God Begin?

Published: August 23, 2018 (Originally published: August 20, 2007)
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On (another website) I saw a statement that troubled me greatly. Regarding the “beginning” of God, he says “It is possible that the Lord may have existed for so long even He has lost track of His own beginning.”

Is this really possible? I have always believed that God “always was” but now, although I still believe our God is eternal and un-created I was wondering if you could point out some scripture that confirms the fact that Our God did not simply “lose track” of his existence and that he has in fact, although it is is incomprehensible to the human mind, existed forever.

 


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The Only Way To Salvation

Published: August 23, 2018 (Originally published: August 20, 2007)
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Since the only way to eternal life is through Christ, how is it possible for the Old Testament saints and adopted foreigners to be saved since they have already died? Did Christ preach the gospel to them during the time He physically died, and from there take the souls to heaven? If that’s the case, will they never get to experience the fulfillment of the Old Testament promises for the nation of Israel (eg. The Millennium).

If Christ preached the gospel to even the souls in Hades, how does it bode for those who are in the other side of Hades…that is, the side of Torments? Even if they heard it and believed the gospel (which I’m thinking they most desperately would believe now) they wouldn’t get the opportunity to choose anymore. So how could one side (Paradise) get the opportunity to hear the gospel and choose, while the other (Torments) had to listen and despair?


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Reviewing Romans 8:28-30

Published: August 23, 2018 (Originally published: August 21, 2007)
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Re: Romans 8:28-30

We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the first-born among many brethren. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.

Would you please explain this verse in light of other Q&A posts you’ve answered on this site? Thanks!