Thank you for taking time to answer my question. I am gentile searching my Jewish roots. Recently I have attended a Messianic congregation with mainly gentiles.
At one of the Shabbats the subject of life after death came up. I was shocked to find that the majority believed the spirit stays in the grave. Any scripture I quoted they had an answer for it. The answer that shocked me most was that of Yeshua’s reply to the thief on the cross. Here are some of their replies as follows:” 1. There is no punctuation in Greek of the NT. The comma was placed by translators according to a source book and changed the meaning of “today you will be with me in paradise”. 2. Yeshua went to the grave and stayed three days and nights and that paradise didn’t mean heaven, but garden.3. The word for paradise was in the future.
Needless to say I was left reeling for it seems there was a response for all of the theology I was taught about life after death as related to the spirit. I honestly don’t know if this is a Messianic belief. I still believe the spirit goes somewhere to heaven or hell. Please help me get some understanding. I will greatly appreciate your response.
As a somewhat baby Christian there is something I do not understand. I have read many examples of persons who have spent years in Bible study over a particular topic, and believe they have been led by the Holy Spirit to discern the meaning of the passage. Yet, another person studies the same passage but their discernment has led them to the opposite conclusion! How can this be? How can we have this one magnificent book, yet no one can seem to agree on what it says ? Is God a God of confusion ? How can a young Christian have faith in their own ability to search out the scriptures and their meanings when there are so many different opinions as to what is being said?
I have a question on John 3:5, Jesus was talking about being born of water and of the Spirit. In my Tuesday night Bible study class a question came up asking what this meant. Someone said that Jesus was talking about water baptism but I don’t see that here. Am I way off? What was Jesus really saying in John 3:5?
In a forum I frequent, someone posted the following about the book of Revelation and I don’t know how to counter it.
‘Revelations is metaphor. It’s the Christian Maccabees. John wasn’t writing about the end of the world: he was telling his fellow Christians that no matter their hardships now, they would triumph in the end. The imagery he used throughout the book would have been fairly commonly understood by his contemporaries. All of the mystic mumbo-jumbo and Apocalypse ballyhooing you hear about today relating to Revelations is nothing more than willful ignorance from people who find history and literature inconvenient to their chosen beliefs.’
I have been taught that predestination, mentioned in Romans 8:29, has to do with our sanctification, i.e. that our lives would show forth Christ, the fruit of the Spirit. Could you tell me what you would teach about this?
Re: 1 Corinthians 6:6-7. Would you please help with these verses? My understanding of them is telling me that we should not take others to a court of law. That we should just take what is being dished out and leave the rest up to God.
Someone discussing how Jesus has paid for our healing quoted Isaiah 53, “by His stripes we are healed”, but said it was also by the crown of thorns that Jesus wore. I know that stripes refers to the marks of the whips on His back, but this man was insisting that the crown of thorns was payment also. I haven’t heard much over the years about the significance of the crown of thorns. Could you give me some more detail on this event in the Lord’s crucifixion?
A good friend and I were talking a while ago, and he brought up the subject of Jesus’ sacrifice. He said that while he believes Jesus died for our sins, he doesn’t believe Jesus paid the penalty for our sins. He said in order to pay the penalty for our sins Jesus would have to suffer eternal hell. This is something I had never heard before. Is he right?
While reading your post on “Abraham And The Jews Of Today” a question came to me. In Genesis 22 it says that God tested Abraham and told him to offer his son Isaac on one of the mountains He would show him. Many of my teachers past and several preachers I have listened to have said that Abraham was devastated, heart sick, and full of remorse to have to offer his son as a burnt offering, yet he reluctantly did what God wanted him to. I don’t think that was how it was, and would be very pleased to know your thoughts on the subject.