In studying the the subject of the trinity I came across I John 5:7. I have been told that this text is not in the Septuagint, the oldest Greek version of the Bible. If this verse is not in the Septuagint does that mean it is not inspired by God? How would one know if it is in the original?
I have a quick question about the BEMA judgment. I believe the BEMA is a judgment of works, not of salvation, that occurs shortly after the rapture and takes place in heaven for christians only? My question is, will there be regret in heaven? Will christians who did not do much for the Lord on earth be regretful in heaven after the BEMA? If so, wouldn’t that allow sorrow to persist in heaven and worse throughout eternity? At the same time, I see passages like Revelation 21:4 that say there will be no more sorrow. How does this work?
I’m reading the Old Testament for the first time and I’m currently in Numbers. Through the Mosaic covenant, God sounds more like a megalomaniacal, power-crazed dictator or tyrant who commands respect and will kill anyone at whim for the slightest disloyalty or disobedience- more along the lines of a mafia boss. This personality and leadership style is very different than the Jesus of New Testament who didn’t kill anyone, didn’t turn anyone into pillars of salt. He didn’t say, Peter, you will deny me 3 times and afterward, I will kill you for being disloyal. He forgave everyone who was meek and humble and taught love, peace, and forgiveness. I guess I grew up as a child of the 70s believing God was more like a 60s hippy pacifist “peace and love man”. If Jesus says if you know me you know my father, then why such a contrast in personalities between God of the Old Testament and Jesus of the New Testament?
Jesus said that if a man looks on a woman with lust, in his heart he has already sinned with her. Also if if you hate your brother it is as if you have murder in your heart. If anger is as bad as murder and lust as bad as adultery, does this apply to dreams? If you sin in your dreams does it count as sin, since it may reflect the motive of your heart?
A young business man was a member of our Church. He had accepted Jesus and was baptized at age 16. He remained in constant contact with God and was driven by a desire to do what God wanted. One evening he gave in to the temptation that abounds in the business world and went drinking with business associates. On his way home he wrecked his car and was killed. There is concern in the local congregation that he is no longer saved, because he was sinning when he died and did not have the opportunity to ask for forgiveness. Your thoughts?