During my college days, the end of each semester would always be a hard time for me because that’s when all the papers and projects were due and the final exams were given. Once I turned in that final paper and gave my last completed exam to the professor, a tremendous feeling of satisfaction would always come over me, a felling that said, “Now I don’t have to do anything else. I have no more responsibilities. I can relax, take it easy and do nothing.” It’s tempting to have that same mindset when it comes to Christianity. … Read More Calvinism and 1 Corinthians 15:1-2
How did Adam become Eve’s husband? Was there some sort of ceremony to declare them husband and wife? There is no doubt that Adam and Eve were married. She is referred to as “his wife” immediately after God created her. In fact, Moses was inspired to give the reader a command concerning marriage right after… Read More Bible Q&A: Was There a Wedding Ceremony in Eden?
Where were we before we were born? Did we enter our mother’s womb the same way Christ did? In the numerous times in the Old Testament where it says God “created” man, the Hebrew word asah is used. It has as part of its definitions: “To make,” “to produce,” “to bring about,” implying producing something from… Read More Bible Q&A: Where Were We Before We Were Born?
Is hell eternal? Yes (John 5:28-29; Matt. 25:46; Mark 9:43-48). The Bible speaks of an eternal punishment…but also an eternal reward. Let’s strive to remain faithful so God’s grace saves us from the former and brings us to the latter. What’s the purpose of Judgment Day if we already know where we are going? “Judgment”… Read More Bible Q&A: Two-For-One About Hell and Judgment Day
Having a conformity mindset easily leads to doing things which one knows are wrong in the sight of God. If everyone uses bad language, conformists will use bad language also. They will dress immodestly because everyone else does so. They will drink alcohol since everyone else is drinking at the get-together. Conformists do this because they are afraid of the scorn and ridicule which inevitably comes from their peers if they do not conform and instead behave differently than them. Fear makes it much easier to conform, all the while forgetting or ignoring the fact that conforming to the sinful ways of the world makes one an enemy of God (1 John 2:15-17).… Read More “Do Not Be Conformed to this World”
Are there degrees of punishment in hell and degrees of reward in heaven? Yes. The Bible implies varying levels of punishment for the condemned. The “last state” of apostate Christians would be “worse” than it would have been should they had never been converted to begin with (2 Pet. 2:20-22; cf. 1 Pet. 4:17). Certain Galilean communities… Read More Bible Q&A: Are There Degrees of Punishment and Reward in Eternity?
When we turn to His Word and obey it, His light illuminates our lives, no matter how darkened by sin they may be (Psalm 119:105). It’s tragic that many refuse this Light because they refuse to obey God’s Word. Don’t be one of them! Accept what His Word says about receiving the salvation He offers through His grace and our confessed faith, repentance and baptism into His body which is His one and only church (Titus 2:11-12; Romans 10:9-10; John 3:16; Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; 1 Peter 3:21; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 4:4-6). Once you’ve come up out of the waters of baptism having obtained His gift of grace, keep it by continuing to obey His Word, penitently confessing your sins when you commit them (John 8:31-32; Hebrews 10:26-31; 1 John 1:7-9; 2 Corinthians 7:9-11).… Read More “I Am the Light of the World”
Forbearance is the putting up with the wrongs of another for a season with a view toward repentance. The person we forebear is not what he or she should be yet, but we forebear with a view toward their maturing. Forgiveness is releasing a person from their sin.… Read More “Should You Not Have Had Mercy?”