A friend at work asked me who created God. In Genesis 1:1 it says, “In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth.” I believe that with my whole mind, heart and soul, but it doesn’t answer the question of who created God, where did He come from, or how did He come into being?
I recently read that the idea of eternal punishment came about “because of a preconceived, unbiblical notion that the soul is immortal (see 1 Tim. 6:15-16). We have read eternal torment into the Scriptures when it was never intended for mankind. Hell was created for Satan and his Angels, not for Mankind and it is Satan and his demonic hordes who will be consigned to Hell and its torments eternally.” Do you believe 1 Tim. 6:15-16 actually means mans soul is not immortal and that it could be destroyed after serving a period of time in Hell?
I believe that the reason the earth and the light from the stars appear old or mature is because God created them in a mature state. I take my theory from the creation of man and woman as they were created in mature state.
I screw up every day! What a surprise, huh? I needed the article you sent me on forgiveness (Psalm 3). I feel bad and ask for forgiveness as soon as I mess up. I know the Lord forgives me, I just have a hard time forgiving myself! I never want to hurt my Father’s feelings, or cause Him shame, but sometimes I act before I think. Am I the only one who does this?
I see in your discussion of forgiveness that a person does not have to repent for us to forgive them. But in the case of us and God, we must repent to receive forgiveness. Why is this not the same? How can the person receive forgiveness from another if they don’t think they have done anything wrong or allow pride to keep them from asking for it. I have a couple of people in my life that continually hurt me in horrible ways, and I have as little contact with them as possible, but I cannot eliminate them completely. They are not sorry, they do not repent, how can I possibly forgive them?
My nephew was raised in a Catholic Church. He has a very high IQ. He has turned agnostic, borderline atheist. He uses one verse to stand by his non belief. Matthew 16:28 says: “Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.” Obviously he has not come, and there is no one alive from that time. How do I explain this? Your help would be greatly appreciated.
I just found your website and I am curious to know why do people put a face on the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the express image of God, when the Father said we are not to do this. Drawings are done with the hand from the mind of a person to represent the physical features of the Lord Jesus. These features are usually long brown hair, a long straight, narrow nose, mustachioed, sometimes bearded, pale skin and light colored eyes.
The scriptures tells us that with all of our getting, we are to get an understanding and I would like to understand how and why this commandment is still ignored, especially with knowledge increasing at such a rapid rate in this final hour before the Lord Jesus comes back?
I’ve noticed in the New Testament that references to “a brother” refers to another Christian. Am I wrong? Are you required to forgive unbelievers when they mistreat you horribly without apology? As I understand things, God cannot forgive me of my daily sins unless I confess them and offer them up in prayer (Earthly Fellowship!). Suppose the pagan doesn’t ever admit (confess) to sinning against you and feels they are justified in their behavior. Can you forgive them for something that isn’t brought into the light by BOTH concerned parties? Time heals all wounds, but what about wounds that keep getting infected with fresh injuries? Also, the dispute resolution process referred to in Mathew 18 would work great for Christians, but what about pagans? And what does it mean to treat a person“as you would a pagan”?
I understand that there is only one Author of the Bible. However, how many Spirit-directed writers contributed to the finished Word we read today? Also, what is the span of time involved?