Does God know everything? Yes. He knows everything that has happened, everything which is currently happening, and everything that will happen (Is. 46:9-10). He knows our thoughts and what we will say before we say it (Ps. 139:1-4). He knows how many stars exist and “his understanding has no limit” (Ps. 147:4-5). Sometimes we unjustly judge ourselves,… Read More Bible Q&A: Does God Know Everything?
Were non-Jews condemned to hell in the Old Testament? Yes, but not because they were Gentiles. Both Jew and Gentile who find themselves condemned to eternal hell in both Old and New Testament will suffer that fate because of unrepentant sin (Rom. 2:3-11). God does not wish this for anyone because he loves all (John… Read More Bible Q&A: Were Non-Jews Condemned to Hell in the Old Testament?
Is there an example of a child being disciplined physically in the Bible? If not, how have we deduced that “Spare the rod…” implies spanking? The sentence “Spare the rod and spoil the child” is actually not in the Bible. The phrase comes from a poem written in the 1600’s that has nothing to do… Read More Bible Q&A: Does the Bible Promote Corporal Punishment for Children?
Is it idolatrous to speak of Mother Nature? When the Israelites made their golden calf, they purposefully worshiped it and purposefully attributed to it the title and power of deity (Ex. 32:1-4). Historically, the pagan worship of various attributes of nature such as the sun or the moon was purposefully done by the ones committing… Read More Bible Q&A: Is It Idolatrous To Speak Of Mother Nature?
Scripture tells us not to delight in those who do evil. Is it wrong to watch and enjoy a movie that displays sorcery like Harry Potter? The sorcery condemned as a work of the flesh (Gal. 5:19-21) comes from the Greek term pharmakeia, from whence we get our term “pharmacy.” In biblical times it primarily… Read More Bible Q&A: Is It Wrong to Watch and Enjoy a Movie That Displays Sorcery, Like Harry Potter?
Why does the Bible only refer to angels as male? There are many mistaken conceptions of angels which are nonetheless popular today. One of them is how people generally describe angels. Angels are thought of as having two wings and halos. They are thought of to be either male or female or both, or as… Read More Bible Q&A: Why Does the Bible Only Refer to Angels as Male?
Since we’re all really just one race, why did God tell Jews not to marry Gentiles? Does this mean there are actually two races: Jew and Gentile? The Bible does indeed teach that we are all one race in the sense that we all came from one man (Acts 17:26). However, the Bible also acknowledges… Read More Bible Q&A: Why did God Tell Jews Not To Marry Gentiles?
Were preachers ordained in the New Testament? The practice of ordaining religious officers as is done in denominations today originated with Catholicism when they came up with the idea of sacraments, particularly the sacrament called Holy Orders. This is the special appointment of bishops, priests, deacons, and sub-deacons by means of a special ceremony in… Read More Bible Q&A: Were Preachers Ordained in the New Testament?