I have been dealing with non-believers who are calling me a hypocrite and unmerciful for being a supporter of capital punishment. They keep quoting the “cast the first stone” verse and misconstruing it to mean that Christians are to be pacifists when it comes to evil. I tried to explain to them about the covenant God made with Noah, but it was like trying to feed meat to an infant. Any suggestions on how I can deal with non-believers piously lecturing me on capital punishment?
In one of your articles you wrote, “The days before the flood were an extreme test of faith for Noah and his family. Not one person supported their decision to abandon their “normal” life and obey the Lord’s commands. And for seven days after they entered the ark nothing happened. Can you imagine how their friends laughed and jeered while they sat there waiting for the rain to come?” Unquote.
Where does it say in Scripture that nothing happened for seven days after the Lord shut them in the ark? I have looked in all my Bibles and what you said is not recorded in any. In my NKJ version immediately after the Lord shut them in it says (verse 17) “Now the flood was on the earth forty days.” Can you please let me know where you obtained this additional information?
You have mentioned that the temple of Ezekiel is yet to be built. I was trying to understand where the instructions are for the other temples that have already been destroyed? When was Ezekiel written with respect the other destroyed temples? How many temples have been created and were they all copies of each other or are they all different layouts?
I’ve heard people say the book of James was written for the Jews. If so, how do we appropriate the verses on healing such as James 5:14-15 for ourselves, being gentiles? And if it’s not for the Church, why is it in the Bible?
I read and hear everywhere from all different sites that we all need to be ready when the Lord comes to Rapture us. I don’t understand this. What is it we need to do to be ready? My understanding is that we need to be saved to be ready, and that’s it! Am I missing something here?
Regarding your reference to a possible Third Testament in the Q&A titled Sin in the Millenium: This is a fascinating concept; since the world will be completely different from what Tribulation survivors were familiar with, it makes sense that a new life guide should be available for those survivors who wish to follow God’s commandments in a new age. Do you think that Jesus himself will be the Author of this Third Testament? I hope that you will further expound on this hypothesis.
Eph. 2:6 says we were, “…seated with Him in heavenly places.” I don’t understand this “reality,” since we are clearly still in this world, where Jesus said we would have tribulation. I can accept this truth by faith, but it is a mystery to me–why did He say this? Is there something we should try to appropriate because of this reality?
It has always puzzled me that Christians use 2 Tim 3:16 to say that the Bible as we know it is all holy and inspired. When Paul wrote this he was talking about the 1st 5 books of the bible. The bible as we know it had not been written yet, or put together. He did not say that this letter I am writing is holy and inspired. So If you use 2 Tim 3:16 to support the whole bible being holy and inspired, you are implying something that is not there. Is there some other verse that supports the whole bible being holy and inspired, not just the first of the old testament?
I’ve been intrigued by the posts regarding the “Times of the Gentiles” and whether or not that time continues through Daniel’s 70th week. I am confused regarding the terminology of the Church Age and the Times of the Gentiles. It seems like you are saying that they are different, overlapping time periods – the Church Age started with Jesus’ resurrection and ends with the rapture, but the Times of the Gentiles started with the destruction of the temple and continues through the 70th week, right? I guess I’m confused because I thought the 70th week was when God completed his plan for the Jewish people, not the Gentiles?
How I can show my friend that where it says “for all have sinned” it really does mean “all”? This is one verse he tries to switch to make it say “not all will sin.” to prove he doesn’t sin and therefore doesn’t need a Savior. I’ve prayed constantly for him on this matter, and I pray the Lord will guide him to truth.