Since June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, I have a question about homosexuality and the Bible. What does the Bible actually teach about it? This is a very relevant question, and I’m glad you asked it. What first comes to mind are two passages written by Solomon: Ecclesiastes 1:9 (ESV) 9 What has been is what… Read More Bible Q&A: What Does the Bible Say About Homosexuality?
Why did Jonah run when God told him to go and preach to Nineveh? Jonah tells us why. After he ran, God caused the storm to come, the sailors threw him overboard, the fish swallowed him and then regurgitated him onto dry land three days later, God told him again to preach to Nineveh, and… Read More Bible Q&A: Why Did Jonah Run?
Please explain Matthew 7:1-6. Does Jesus not want us to judge others? What does verse 6 mean? I don’t understand what He’s saying. Here’s the passage under consideration: Matthew 7:1-6 (ESV) 1 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you… Read More Bible Q&A: Please Explain Matthew 7:1-6
The Holy Spirit gave Cornelius the ability to speak in tongues before he was baptized. Does this show that one does not need to be baptized in order to be saved? No, for several reasons. First, Jesus said specifically that baptism is required for salvation (Mk. 16:16). So did Peter, the apostle who was speaking… Read More Bible Q&A: Does the Holy Spirit Coming Upon Cornelius Before His Baptism Show That He Was Saved Before Baptism?
Is there any particular significance to the curtain of the temple being torn in two when Jesus died? Here are the various accounts of the event given by the gospel writers: “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in… Read More Bible Q&A: Why Was The Curtain of the Temple Torn In Two When Jesus Died?
How long would you recommend discussing the Bible with someone on social media? It depends. Do they seem receptive to scriptural truth? Are they argumentative and combative? Do they agree on some scriptural truths but disagree — yet in a respectful, friendly way — in other things the Bible brings out? If they seem receptive… Read More Bible Q&A: How Long Would You Recommend Discussing the Bible With Someone on Social Media?
In Romans 8:29-30, was Paul talking about God’s foreknowledge of Israel from Romans 11:2? Paul was not speaking about the nation of Israel as a whole in Romans 8:29-30. Rather, he was speaking of the spiritual Israel of the New Covenant which is the church (cf. Rom. 2:28-29). Keep reading in Romans 11 down through… Read More Bible Q&A: In Romans 8:29-30, Was Paul Talking About God’s Foreknowledge of Israel (Rom. 11:2)?
If baptism saves, then why did Jesus save the thief on the cross without telling him to be baptized? Baptism does in fact save us (1 Pet. 3:21; Mark 16:16). In order for anyone who is not a Christian to become a Christian and have their sins forgiven, they must be baptized (Acts 2:38-39). In… Read More Bible Q&A: If Baptism Saves, What About the Thief on the Cross?
What is 1 Corinthians 6:3 saying? How will Christians judge angels? Here’s the context of the passage: 1 Corinthians 6:1-8 (ESV) 1 When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? 2 Or do you not know that the saints will… Read More Bible Q&A: Please Explain 1 Corinthians 6:3’s Mention of Christians “Judging Angels”