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What does the Word of God
say about homosexuality?

In Genesis chapter 2, verse 18, God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make an help meet for him.” When God created a companion for Adam, He did not create another man—He created woman.

In Leviticus chapter 20, God does not allow sexual relationships of any kind other than between a man and woman who are married to each other.

Romans 1:18-32 links an individual’s choice about God to their behavior. God allows mankind the freedom to believe in Him or not and to behave sexually as they choose, but He also makes new life available through Jesus Christ to those who choose His Way.









None of the N T books
were written by Jesus.
Any ideas why?

In II Timothy 3:16-17 the apostle Paul said, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works”. The word “inspiration” in verse sixteen literally means “God-breathed”.

The idea inherent in the term “God-breathed” is that when the Scriptures were being written, God oversaw their creation by breathing into the minds of the writers what He wanted them to write. This is known as the doctrine of Inspiration. You asked an interesting question and the answer is simply this: Jesus, being God, in essence wrote all the books of the New Testament (as well as the Old Testament).









What Scriptures and
explanations comprise
the Romans Road? To see the complete discussion, click the question.

I have listed below the verses generally considered to comprise what is called the “Romans Road” to salvation. They are from the book of Romans and provide a simple, easy way to explain the salvation God has provided for man.

Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God."

Romans 6:23a "For the wages of sin is death..."

Romans 6:23b "...But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

. Romans 5:8, "But God commendeth (demonstrates) His love for us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

Romans 10:13 "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

Romans 10:9,10 "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth....


What does the Bible
say about cremation
instead of burial? To see the complete discussion, click the question.

I once knew a gravedigger who was asked to recover the remains of a child that had been buried for over eighty years. The request was made so the body could be reburied beside her twin sister. The gravedigger never did find a body. All that was left to indicate a body had been in the grave was a rusted buckle—apparently from her dress.

The Bible does not address cremation. After death the human body returns the very thing it was made out of—dust. How fast that occurs depends on the measures taken to preserve the body. Cremation simply hastens along what would occur naturally anyway. What is important to know is that when the events described in I Thessalonians 4:15-17 take place, Jesus will have the power to reclaim a believer’s remains wherever they are:

“For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: And the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we....


Is there any point to
praying for someone
after they die?
I believe it is too late. Consider Hebrews 9:27-28, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many….” Jesus was sacrificed one time for mankind’s sin—a specific act that made salvation from sin possible. Man dies one time. Up until death it is possible for men to confess and forsake sin and be forgiven by accepting Jesus’ substitutionary sacrifice for them. Whatever decision they have made becomes final when they leave this life.

Your aunt has a wonderful, tender heart to continue to care. I expect she needs to come to grips with the fact that everyone is individually responsible for the decisions they made in this life and that death finalizes what they will be judged for. She can no more pray for their forgiveness now than she could pray for their forgiveness while they were alive. Every man has to come before God by faith on the merits of Jesus’ shed blood to confess sin and receive forgiveness. Understanding this may not bring her peace, but it holds the possibility of helping her deal with a reality that she cannot change.





When will the Rapture
happen? The Scripture does not provide a lot of detail about the Rapture; hence, when it will occur is not clear. In writing to the Thessalonians Paul said, “For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: And the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: And so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (I Thessalonians 4:16-17)

The basic concept of the Rapture comes from the words “caught up” in verse seventeen. If the Rapture is the mystery Paul refers to in I Corinthians 15:51, anything other than the fact that it will occur, remains a mystery. Many an earnest commentator has written to try to connect the rapture with other passages of Scripture. Their discussions often sound theoretical and they seem to assume that the verse or passage in question is in fact talking about the Rapture, especially verses that teach about Jesus’ second coming.

No believer wants to be around for the Tribulation; hence a pre-tribulation rapture is what we hope for. I would love to be able to definitively answer your question, but I cannot go beyond what I feel is clear in the Scripture.


Does God speak to
people audibly? I don’t think you have missed anything. When God audibly spoke to man in Scripture the experience of being spoken to was so extraordinary there was no doubt about what happened.

Remember Moses and the burning bush in Exodus chapter 3? How many of the folks you know that claim to have audibly heard from God had to take their shoes off because they were on holy ground? How many were blinded by a light from Heaven and fell to the ground like Saul when Jesus spoke to him in Acts chapter 9?

There is great comfort in the fact that God’s presence is so overwhelming because if He does talk to you, you will know beyond doubt that you are not just imagining His voice. The next time someone tells you that God spoke audibly to them, listen for the details surrounding their experience—if it sounds they are describing a casual conversation, they probably didn’t hear from God.

Does God speak directly, audibly to people today? If He chose to speak to you or me, He could certainly do so. More than likely He will use His Word (the Bible) and His Spirit to communicate what He wants us to know.



Where in the Bible does
it say the Bible is
the Sole Rule of Faith?
Anything you know of God is based on what He has chosen to reveal about Himself. Given that He is the Self-Revealing God, it stands by faith that He would provide an infallible means of describing Himself, how He relates to mankind, and what He expects of man.

In II Timothy 3:16-17 the apostle Paul said, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works”. I would suggest these verses qualify the Bible as a believer’s sole rule of faith.

The two verses you inquire about were written by the apostle Paul as well as the passage above. When he penned these verses to the Thessalonians he was talking about his own teaching that had been delivered orally. The “tradition” he mentioned was a reference to what he had taught the Thessalonian church earlier that was now being practiced. He was not suggesting that spiritual truth could be obtained any way other than through the Scripture.





Where in the Bible does
it say that one is
saved by Faith ALONE? To see the complete discussion, click the question.

In answer to your first question, consider Romans 4:2-5, “For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the Scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness”. I would suggest this passage teaches that one is saved by faith alone.

Consider Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast”. The object of faith that saves is always Jesus Christ. I Peter 2:24, “Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were (or can be) healed”. The work of salvation is all of God; any works that a man does simply demonstrate that he has a new heart that expresses the love of God: Faith inspires action.

James 2:24 could be understood to mean that works are....


What would God say
about plastic surgery? To see the complete discussion, click the question.

Plastic surgery is of course, not discussed in Scripture. The principle of righteous judgment (discernment) is how Jesus explained to the Jews why He healed a man on the Sabbath. It is also how the believer derives answers to questions of faith and practice to things that are not specifically discussed in the Bible.

Consider John 7:23-24: “If a man on the Sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the Sabbath day? Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”

To the Jews, Jesus had broken the Law by healing a man on the Sabbath (ref. John 5:1-9). Jesus admonished them to look beyond what appeared to be a violation of the Law’s prohibition against work on the Sabbath and realize that healing was not forbidden on the Sabbath, nor was restoring a man to health. Jesus did not break the Law; by healing the man He performed a work that was neither commanded nor forbidden by the Law (a miracle, but for the sake of His discussion with the Jews, a “work”)....


The turmoil in Syria,
are these the last days? To see the complete discussion, click the question.

Have you ever played the board game “Risk”? If you haven’t, the board consists of a map of the world laid out by continent. The object of the game is to take your army, defeat the armies of your opponents, and conquer the world. Interestingly enough, the most difficult place to defend and the place where the most battles occur in this game is the Middle East. There has been and always will be turmoil in the Middle East until Jesus returns.

I do believe these are the last days. Unrest is occurring not just in Syria and the Middle East, but around the world, and this is moving the world toward a one-world government that will be taken over by the Antichrist. Consider an MSNBC article last September entitled, “Voting is worthless? Global protests share contempt for democracy.” In a recent CBS News article about Pat Buchanan’s latest book, “Suicide of a Superpower; Will America Survive to 2025?”, Buchanan asserts that western civilization is on its last legs.

Perhaps one of the starkest examples of how the world is changing is the behavior of the United States Congress....




Why does "speaking in tongues"
only occur in certain churches?




Some churches believe that speaking in tongues in an evidence of the presence and work of the Holy Spirit. Churches that do not practice speaking in tongues believe that the gift of speaking in tongues was limited largely to the establishment of the early church in the book of Acts. You are correct in that there must be an interpreter.

I Corinthians 14: 27-28: “If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course: (meaning one at a time) And let one interpret. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God”.









Should I let my child
attend a religious service
of another faith? To see the complete discussion, click the question.

Part of the growing up process is learning to think for one’s self. This type of independent thought is necessary to function as a successful adult. The task at hand is to safeguard their Christian faith while satisfying their quest to validate that what they believe is actually best and right.

Protestant Evangelical Christianity is different from other faiths in that it believes in the authority of the Bible and salvation by faith through the personal acceptance of Jesus Christ and His finished work on the Cross as the substitute for one’s sins. A clear understanding of other religions can help your kids understand why Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

In answer to your question, I would not let my children attend the services of other religions. Faith is a precious thing and must be carefully guarded. What I would recommend is that you and your children research the religions they are interested in together, at home. Your children may not care for this idea because they are also busy learning how to build interpersonal relationships with their friends. Not letting them go will demonstrate....


FOLLOW UP QUESTION
Despite repeated pleading, my
situations haven't changed. To see the complete discussion, click the question.

Just suppose you were in a marriage that was on the rocks, but you didn’t want it to end. You prayed repeatedly for God to stop a divorce that your spouse was initiating, but the divorce happened anyway. Could God have stopped the divorce? Yes, of course. But since we are just supposing, let’s say He didn’t. Did God not hear your prayers? Or is it possible He had something else in mind?

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths”. Notice He did not say He would necessarily change your path, but He did promise to direct your path. When God does not change the circumstances it is because He wants to change you!

So where do you begin? First, if you are seriously depressed, see your family doctor for an assessment of your health and need for counseling. Second, don’t go it alone. Find a good Bible-believing church to attend. I would suggest looking for an Independent Baptist Church. A good pastor can help you sort out the changes God wants to make in your life. A good church can....


Why would God allow
false religions to arise? To see the complete discussion, click the question.

John 4:23 says, “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father Seeketh such to worship Him”. For the purpose of this discussion, look at the last part of this verse: God seeks and desires our worship!

Genesis 2:9 says, “And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the Tree of Life also in the midst of the garden, and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil”. God planted the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil!

God did not place the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden to tempt Adam and Eve. We know from James 1:13 that God does not tempt men to evil. The purpose was to see if Adam and Eve would worship Him by their obedience or if they would please themselves by indulging their lust to be like God. Every man, woman, and child is presented with the same choice—worship God, or live life according to the dictates of one’s own understanding and will....


What about predestination,
free will, and prayer? To see the complete discussion, click the question.

Predestination and free will are not mutually exclusive. The word “predestinate” is used twice in the eighth chapter of Romans, verses 29 and 30; the word “predestinated” is used twice in the first chapter of Ephesians, verses 5 and 11. In both passages predestination is used to describe benefits that accompany salvation and not as a word that means people’s eternal destiny was decided for them.

In Romans 8:29-30, predestination is based on God’s foreknowledge. God is not limited to time and space. In omniscience He could see the entirety of human history before it occurred and knew who would trust Him for salvation. Those individuals are predestined to be conformed to the image of Jesus (Romans 8:29), predestinated to the adoption of children (Ephesians 1:5), and predestinated to receive an inheritance (Ephesians 1:11).

One of the great principles of Bible interpretation is that any one verse or passage must be interpreted in accord with the rest of Scripture. If you read Ephesians 1:4 without reference....




Why the difference in
Jesus' grandfather's name?


Genealogies found in the Bible frequently omitted people from the family tree. Take Matthew 1:1 for instance: “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham.” Jesus’ genealogy was summarized in three major links.

Matthew records fourteen generations from Abraham to David, fourteen generations from David to the carrying away into Babylon, and fourteen generations from Babylon to Jesus. It is in this list that Matthew states that “Jacob begat Joseph” (Matthew 1:16).

Luke’s genealogy records: “Joseph, which was the son of Heli” (Luke 3:23). Starting with verse 24, Luke records Jesus’ ancestry backwards all the way to God in verse 38. Luke includes many people in his genealogy that Matthew obviously did not, including Heli.







Did Mary and Joseph
ever get married?




Mary and Joseph were betrothed at the time it was discovered that Mary was pregnant. Betrothal was a part of the marriage process. It was something like being engaged is in this day and time, but was significantly more serious in that it could only be dissolved by the man giving the woman a certificate of divorce.

In Matthew 1:19, Joseph was called Mary’s husband. In verse 20 the angel that appeared to Joseph said, “…fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife….” There is no Biblical record to suggest that any formal type of marriage ceremony took place after Jesus was born, but we do know that in verse 24 Mary was called Joseph’s wife, and that in verse 25 they engaged in normal marital relations.







How do I deal with
social anxiety? To see the complete discussion, click the question.

By “social anxiety” I assume you mean the uncomfortable feelings you have when you are around other people. Have you ever thought about what normal is? When we feel anxious around others it is often because we think that others expect us to be something better than “normal”. So, just what is normal? If you believe in Jesus Christ, you have the perfect theological and philosophical framework for understanding what “normal” is.

Are Christians perfect? Not in this present life. We will not know perfection until Heaven. For as long as we live in our mortal bodies we will struggle with the desires of the old nature that lives within, with love of the world, and with the lust to have the things in this world. This multifaceted struggle is normal, but it can cause signifcant feelings of inadequacy about who we are and about our social relationships.

Understanding the value God places upon us can can provide a fresh perspective about feelings of social anxiety. I John 4:9-11: “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that....


What about women
as pastors? To see the complete discussion, click the question.

In I Timothy 2:12-13 Paul said, “But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence with all subjection. For Adam was first formed, then Eve”. Was the apostle Paul being sexist when he said this? No. He was clarifying how the created purpose of woman defines her relationship to the work of the Gospel.

Eve was created to be Adam’s companion. Genesis 2:18: “And the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him”. When God created woman He gave her the ability and desire to be Adam’s companion. Women find their identity and fulfillment in the relationship they have with their husbands. That is one reason a bad marriage is such a tragedy—it totally frustrates a woman’s created purpose.

So how does this fit into the discussion about women as pastors? When a woman steps out of her created purpose of companionship and into a role of dominance she takes on responsibility for which she was not created. Have you ever wondered why the serpent approached Eve instead of Adam...?


I work in an office with
people of many faiths....
What about witnessing? To see the complete discussion, click the question.

I’m glad you want to witness and I believe you should. Here are some thoughts on how you should go about witnessing to the people you work with.

In Matthew 10:16 Jesus said, “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”

If you adamantly proclaim Jesus to those who do not believe in Him or have rejected Him, you will probably end up losing your job. Witnessing on the job can compromise your testimony if you talk to others about Jesus on company time.

Those you work with need to see Jesus in your life—how you dress, how you act, talk, and treat others. That’s not a set of rules to follow. If your life manifests the fruits of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23, they cannot miss your testimony for Jesus Christ.

Do you recall how Jesus talked with the woman at the well....



There seem to be
discrepancies in scripture…
How can you explain this? To see the complete discussion, click the question.

You didn’t mention any specific verses or doctrines you consider to have discrepancies. I’d be glad to comment if you will write and provide me with specific instances that you believe to be discrepant.

Let me offer a challenge to your perception of the Bible. Consider Isaiah 46:9-11: "I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, my counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure....I have purposed it, I will also do it."

God gave us the Bible so that we might know Him and His will. The original pages—called autographs—were absolutely inerrant as written. It would be easy to believe that discrepancies have entered the Scripture over the centuries as the original texts have been copied and translated from one language to another.

To that I would suggest that if you read a literal translation of the Bible like the King James Version, you will be reading....



Is there ever a point where
I should stop praying? You should never give up on prayer. In John 14:14 Jesus said, “If ye shall ask any thing in My name, I will do it”.

This is a great promise, but there are other verses in the Bible that help us understand how to be successful in claiming this promise.

Prayer involves an intimate relationship with Jesus (John 15:7), faith (Hebrew 11:6) a knowledge of God’s will (I John 5:14-15), and discernment about the nature of what we ask for (James 4:3).

I would suggest you examine what you are praying for in light of these additional verses about prayer. I would also suggest you read my response to the question about telling a small child that God will heal their parent.

Lastly, I might be able to better comment on what and how you should pray if you would write back and tell me what the big issues are that you have been praying about.

As long as you don’t put any personally identifying information in your question, there is no chance of being embarrassed.



Must one be baptized in
water in order to be saved? A complete discussion of baptism would require a very lengthy response. I’m going to give you two passages of Scripture that clearly indicate water baptism is not necessary for salvation.

When Jesus was being crucified, one of the criminals being executed with Him said, “Lord, remember me when thou comest into Thy Kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, to day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:42-43) The fact that this man went to Heaven in the absence of water baptism indicates it is not essential to salvation.

In I Corinthians 1:17 the Apostle Paul says, “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Gospel….” Paul did baptize people (see verses 14 and 16), but if baptism were essential to salvation, it is difficult to imagine Paul making this statement in verse 17.

The Bible is inerrant and without contradiction; therefore, what is clear in these two passages must be true for all the passages about baptism—even though some of those passages are confusing. If you have a concern about a specific passage of Scripture, please write again and I’ll comment on the passage or passages that trouble you.



FOLLOW UP QUESTION
Regarding baptism, what
was Jesus referring to
in Mark 16:15-16? To see the complete discussion, click the question.

One great principle of biblical interpretation is that any one verse or passage must be interpreted so that it is in agreement with the rest of Scripture. This results in a comprehensive interpretation based on the inerrancy and entirety of the Bible.

The first part of verse 16 certainly seems to be absolute: “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved….” The problem is, if you interpret verse 16 without regard to passages like Luke 23:42-43 or I Corinthians 1:17 (the ones I discussed in my initial response),
you end up focused on a single passage that is not as clear in its meaning.

I would suggest that baptism in Mark 16:16 refers not to water baptism but to the action of the Holy Spirit putting believers into saving union with Jesus Christ as described in Romans 6:4-6. It is the exercise of faith that saves us and creates that spiritual union, not water baptism.

What if a man or woman were baptized without believing? Would water baptism have power to save apart from faith? If not, wouldn’t it stand to reason that faith is all that is necessary....


What does the bible say
about Ouija boards? To see the complete discussion, click the question.

The Bible does not say anything about the Ouija by name but it does limit human contact with the spiritual realm.

Contacting beings in the spiritual realm is possible. King Saul sought out a woman with a familiar spirit to call the dead prophet Samuel so he could ask for guidance. The woman and her familiar spirit were successful in contacting Samuel and Saul was able to talk with him (I Samuel 28:7-19).

Some would suggest that the results obtained from the Ouija come from the subconscious minds and nerve impulses of the participants, but acquiring information from beyond the physical world in which we live is the real appeal of the Ouija.

God prohibits human contact with the occult—the unseen spiritual world. Leviticus 19 verse 31: "Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them…." He does not take interfacing with the supernatural lightly. Leviticus 20 verse 27: "A man also or a woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death…."


What does the Bible say
about alcohol? To see the complete discussion, click the question.

Proverbs 20:1, "Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise." This verse is one of the clearest verses in the Bible about the danger of alcohol.

Some would argue there is no absolute commandment in the Bible against drinking alcohol and they would be correct. In fact, in I Timothy 5:23 the Apostle Paul encourages the use of wine, but as a medicine. The underlying question about alcohol is "Why"? Why would an individual risk addiction and the loss of all they hold dear?

I expect the answer involves using alcohol as a way to deal with the problems, difficulties, and stresses of this life. Solace from a bottle is quick, easy, and helps one to deny what he does not wish to face. In Ephesians 5:18 Paul says, "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit...." The only true answers to the problems of this life come from the Bible and the New Birth in Jesus Christ.

Some individuals appear to be able to drink alcohol...



What day will Jesus come back? John 14:1-3 says, "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."

For those who have trusted Jesus Christ as their Savior, these verses hold great promise about the future. But notice, Jesus does not say what day He will return. Nowhere in the Bible is a specific day ever mentioned as the day Jesus will come back.

If you are not sure about your relationship with Jesus, I invite you to click on the "Know Jesus" link and read about knowing Him. Many know that He came and lived on this earth but don't understand why that makes Him a compassionate Savior. Some know that He died for their sins but don't understand why they need to be saved. Do world events and watching the evening news make you fearful about the future? Knowing Jesus will help you get a grip on current events.

John 3:16: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."


I’m married but my wife
doesn’t want to live with me. To see the complete discussion, click the question.

God’s purpose for marriage is companionship. In Genesis 2:18 God says, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” Verse 2:24 says, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife….”

You did not mention if the woman you married was a Christian. If you have a pastor you can talk with, and she is willing to go, I would urge the two of you to discuss your situation with him. The verses from Genesis are clear that a man and woman who are married to each other have an obligation to provide companionship to each other.

Living separate lives is not what God had in mind when He instituted marriage. You are alone, and that means if your wife is unwilling to obey the Bible and provide companionship, you are under no biblical obligation to continue the marriage. It sounds like your wife is simply using the marriage relationship to be able to say she is married and not really serious about providing you with love and....




How do you tell a child to trust & believe that God will heal their parent and then what if that parent dies? To see the complete discussion, click the question.

I would share two passages of Scripture with the child: 2 Kings 20:1-6 and I John 5:14-15. Second Kings is the account of God giving Hezekiah fifteen more years of life and demonstrates that God can reverse a terminal illness. The passage from I John teaches us that if we pray according to God’s will He will hear us and answer our prayers. Let me illustrate prayer according to God’s will.

The life of Jesus provides answers to any problem or question we may have.In Matthew 26:30-42, Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane praying about being crucified. He didn’t want to die, and He prayed, “O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt." It was the will of the Father for Jesus to die as the sacrifice and substitute for the sin of all mankind. Even though it cost Him immeasurable suffering, Jesus changed what He wanted and made the Father’s will His own. That’s praying according to God’s will—being willing to accept what God wants.

If the parent dies, it will be according to God’s will, and that....



I have a son who is 23 years
old and lives with me. I feel like
he is depressed-he won't go for counseling. What do I do? To see the complete discussion, click the question.

I have three suggestions for treating his apparent depression:

First, if your son has never accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord, find a pastor who is willing to visit your son and help him understand his need of Jesus and the new birth.

Second, if he has not been to a medical doctor for an assessment of his health recently, I would suggest you take him and ask for an evaluation of his health and ability to work.

Third, if your son has no limiting disability, he needs to get a job. In Genesis 2:15, God placed Adam in the Garden of Eden not only to enjoy but to work. Man was made to work and he is most happy when he is breaking a sweat, flexing his muscles, and using his mind to get things done.

The only way out of depression is to to identify and eliminate what is causing the depression. Making sure of one's relationship to God through Jesus, making sure there are no underlying health issues, and taking hold of life through....


If God called the Jews His people, how do you explain the holocaust? To see the complete discussion, click the question.

The holocaust had its roots in the nation of Israel’s rebellion against God in Old Testament times. The first of the Ten Commandments: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me,” Exodus 20:3. In verse 5 He states, “…I the LORD the God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children….” Deuteronomy 8:19, “And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.”

God spoke these words to the Jewish people—His people—and as history documents, He meant what He said. When Israel turned from God to serve idols (false gods) they were scattered or dispersed from the land as a result of their disobedience, see Deuteronomy 4:27. Almost without a doubt, the dispersion set the stage for the holocaust centuries later.

Under David and Solomon, God brought the Jewish nation to world prominence and power. If the Jews had continued to worship God throughout Old Testament history....



As a former Catholic I was wondering where in Scripture Jesus made His apostles able to turn bread and wine into His body and blood. To see the complete discussion, click the question.

The short answer is, from the standpoint of scripture there is no basis for the belief you describe—that the apostles or priests have the ability to cause the bread and wine to change into the body and blood of Jesus. The long answer involves what Jesus meant when He said, “This is My body” and “This is My blood”. In what sense are the bread and wine Christ’s body and blood?

The term “nondenominational” is not definitive as far as doctrinal beliefs, but I am going to assume you understand salvation by grace alone through the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. As you pointed out, Catholics believe He spoke literally about the bread and wine being His body. From a human viewpoint, if it were possible to actually partake of Christ and His divine nature by consuming a physical substance, that is exactly what I would want to do! But I suggest that is not what Jesus meant.

He instituted this ordinance on the eve of His crucifixion as a perpetual reminder of the reason for His sacrifice. In Matthew 26:28 Jesus said, “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”....


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