The pastor of a church I’ve recently visited gave a sermon on how all Christian Contemporary Music, especially Christian rock music is not an acceptable form of worship music, and he asserts that God is not pleased with that style of worship music. His argument is that since rock music “originated for the purposes of sin, darkness, and sexual immorality,” rock music is a bad tree that can only produce bad fruit. He said that even if some Christian rock musicians are sincere in what they do, they are still producing sinful music because rock music was created “for the sole purpose of sin, darkness, and corruption.”
Re: Lessons from Jonah. I do not believe from what scripture says in various places that God changes his mind, but in Jonah 3:10 it almost seems as if he does. When asked by others why this is not an example of God changing his mind, I have had difficulty explaining it. Can you please help me?
This past Sunday I explained to the SS Class the difference between Life Span and Generation Span. One question which I had no answer for was, if the Bible, I think in Psalm, states we have 70 years, or if lucky, 80 years, does it state in the Bible why after the Flood, if people like Abraham, Isaac, etc, lived into their 100’s…why did the age fall from that span back to the 70 or 80 range?
I read in your response “Decreasing Life Spans” your explanations of water vapor protection and electromagnetic fields being possible causes for the extraordinary (by our standards) life spans. I always thought that the post-Eden life spans were due to the lingering effect of Adam and Eve having eaten from the Tree of Life. In Genesis 3, God cited as one of the reasons He banned the couple from the Garden, His concern that they would continue to eat from the Tree of Life and live forever. I always assumed that the farther away from the Tree of Life the generations grew, the shorter their life spans became.
David and other psalmists have some things to say about their enemies and instructions for how they want the lord to deal with it. We are to pray for our enemies blessing and eventual salvation according to Jesus. I’ve even heard before that if you pray bad things on people, it’ll boomerang and you’ll end up with the same troubles, that it is essentially witchcraft to call down curses on people. Care to comment?
I have read very sound teaching and very sound answers given on your site. I do not say this to flatter you and I’m sure you are not, but thanks are in order as I read your weekly articles. In 2 Cor. 6 I see commands to not associate ourselves with non believers and in 2 Peter 2 strong words against false teachers. I have read your answers to people’s questions and it seems to me that some of the people writing in are actually being taught by false teachers.
So, why do you not address the problem of teachers, bad at the least and false at the worst, when you respond to these questions? I do believe we should come out of the assemblies, (churches), where there are false teachers at the pastor or head elder position. Would not the church be stronger and God be glorified?
If there are no marriages in heaven, where does that leave the family unit? I lost a baby at 6 weeks old, How will she be in heaven? What about all the family reunions everyone looks forward to in heaven? Will we even be known as we are here?
I’ve been reading your answers to questions on Romans 8:29 and 2 Peter 3:9 and they’ve been a BIG HELP! The notes in my Study Bible have been too convoluted for me to figure out what that text is saying! So would it be accurate to suggest that John 6:44 might fit under the umbrella of God’s Foreknowledge?