I have heard preachers many times speak about how we all started as a thought from God and are all part of his plan but I can’t help think about Abraham and Ishmael. I don’t think Ishmael was a part of God’s plan. Abraham and Sarah were impatient with God and went their own way. So are we all part of God’s plan or are there people here today that were never meant to be here?
I need your help to refute a charge an atheist has brought against the Bible. He claims the Bible says we “think with our hearts.” He claims approximately 920 verses say that we think with our hearts. Is he right? Does the Bible claim we think with our hearts? Isn’t it our soul that guides our actions?
In the Bible talks about the end time money melt – down , saying that ” for in one hour ” such great wealth is come to nothing . It also mentions the ten kings who have not received power yet, but who will share power for ” one hour ” with the AC . Do you think that each ” one hour ” refers to overlapping times on the prophecy time line?
Throughout the history of the church though there are stories of saints being visited by saints, having conversations about spiritual things and in the case of Thomas Aquinas even being taught about difficult spiritual matters. There is also the moment on the the mount of transfiguration when Jesus along with Peter, James, and John were accompanied by Moses and Elijah long since dead before that time. I know that in Matthew 22:32 Jesus mentions that God is the God of the living, and Paul writes that those believers who do die here are alive and well with Jesus. Would it be safe to say that these believers are momentarily given sight into and even caught up in the spirit and are temporarily granted access to the spiritual realm?
I read your questions and answers, and many of my questions have been addressed. In Sunday School, a question came up about why Jesus wasn’t recognized after He was resurrected? Both on the road to Emmaus, and to Mary at the tomb.
It seems we will be recognizable when we get to heaven (Lazarus and the rich man, transfiguration) yet Jesus was not recognized. Why do you think Jesus was not recognized?
Why didn’t Moses get to go into the promised land? I heard a minister say God told him that he would go with Moses into the promised land and Moses declined to go without the children of Israel.
I have a question that I hope you can answer. When we go to Heaven how will we ALL get to see Jesus? Is there going to be some big “wait list” to get our turn? My question is sincere. There will be a lot of us in Heaven but only one Jesus. I really want to see Jesus and I am afraid there will be too many of us to actually get to see or be close to Him.
While re-reading Matthew , Mark and now part of Luke there seems to be an ongoing theme when Jesus healed some, He told them not to tell anyone. Do you think because the Father was not glorified for the crowds to see that this could be the reason or am I missing a bigger picture. Also why would Jesus tell the demons to be quiet about who He was? I read your site most everyday and have learned so much, thank you!
My mother works with a woman who has recently had many horrible things happen in her life. Her apartment was burned down, her sister was murdered, and now her dad has been diagnosed with cancer. Since all this happened she has been questioning God and now she is saying there is no God. She has literally turned from Him and has lost her faith. How do you talk to someone that you believe to be a Christian who has turned from their faith because of horrible things that have happened to them or their loved ones?
I have never understood John 12:39-40 and other verses that speak of the same thing. Why would God blind people so they wouldn’t understand, or harden their hearts? This verse says “so they would not see…or understand…and be converted..” Why?