Bible Q&A: Why Are Christians Punished Worse Than the Unbeliever?

Why are Christians punished worse than the unbeliever if we commit the same sins, even if we pray about it? God does imply a degree of worse punishment for the apostate Christian than the unbeliever who had never known the way of righteousness (2 Pet. 2:20-22; Luke 12:47-48).  This is because the believer who willfully,… Read More Bible Q&A: Why Are Christians Punished Worse Than the Unbeliever?

“For I Know Whom I Have Believed”

One of the most beautiful hymns sung in many churches on Sunday’s is David Whittle’s I Know Whom I Have Believed. Whittle’s first verse reads, “I know not why God’ wondrous grace to me He hath made known, nor why, unworthy, Christ in love redeemed me for His own.” It then leads into the chorus, which basically quotes what Paul wrote to Timothy above. Each succeeding verse expresses Whittle’s admitted lack of knowledge or understanding about various facets of God’s plan to save us or how He works in our lives, but each time he brings us back to the chorus and agrees with Paul in saying, “But I know Whom I have believed…”… Read More “For I Know Whom I Have Believed”

Bible Q&A: Why is the Jewish Race Determined Through the Mother Instead of the Father?

Why is the Jewish race determined through the mother instead of the father? What’s the symbolism here? Shecaniah’s call for the Jews to put away not only their foreign wives but the children produced by marriage with these foreign wives, and that this be done “according to the Law” (Ezra 10:1-3), shows that hundreds of… Read More Bible Q&A: Why is the Jewish Race Determined Through the Mother Instead of the Father?

My Thoughts on Matthew 24 (2)

Studying the entire chapter shows that Jesus was answering two questions (Matthew 24:1-3): first, when the Jerusalem temple would be destroyed, followed by “…What will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?”  Those questions were answered in the order in which they were given.  Study Matthew 24:4-34 carefully and you’ll see that the signs mentioned in those verses herald the destruction of the Jerusalem temple.  Verse 34 especially makes this clear:  “Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.”  If the signs mentioned in vs. 4-33 dealt with Christ’s second coming, verse 34 would not be true since the generation in which Jesus lived was thousands of years ago.  Yet, we see the truthfulness of this statement when we remember that the Romans destroyed the temple just a few decades after Jesus made that statement that it would happen within His generation.… Read More My Thoughts on Matthew 24 (2)