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
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?
What is the “shadow of death” in Psalm 23? You read of “the valley of the shadow of death” in Psalm 23:4. Picture in your mind a dangerous valley. This valley might have a lot of trees in it, heavily forested. At night time predators could lie in wait in the shadows of these trees… Read More Bible Q&A: What is the “Shadow of Death” in Psalm 23?
Romans 5:7 says, “For one will scarcely die for a righteous person — though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die.” Is there a difference between “good” and “righteous”? “Righteous” in Romans 5:7 comes from the Greek term dikaios. By contrast, “good” in Romans 5:7 comes from the Greek term agathos. There are… Read More Bible Q&A: Is There A Difference Between “Good” and “Righteous”?
Does the Bible teach “Once Saved, Always Saved”? “Once Saved, Always Saved,” or as it’s more formally known in Calvinism as “Perseverance of the Saints,” is the idea that Christians could commit any sin from idolatry to murder and their souls would be fine (as said by Baptist preacher Sam Morris.) The Bible says something… Read More Bible Q&A: Does the Bible Teach “Once Saved, Always Saved”?
Is one sin more grievous to God than another? Is adultery, homosexuality, or murder worse than lying, stealing, or gossiping? Is there an unforgivable sin? Generally speaking, the Bible does speak of sins being greater than others. For example, in John 19:11 Jesus told Pilate that Caiaphas’s sin of delivering him over to Pilate was… Read More Bible Q&A: Are There Different Rankings of Sin?