January 2013 Questions / Answers
The following questions are taken from emails and are printed below exactly as I received them. Names and contact information has been removed. The answers are in note form (sorry for any of my grammar errors) to be studied through. You’ll have to examine each Scripture below to see the points.
Š This question could go into many directions. Motives are often the real issue. Some people want to be involved in everyone else’s life. That is wrong (Proverbs 20:3, I Thessalonians 4:11, and II Thessalonians 3:11-12).
Š However, there are many spiritual things that require you to interfere in the lives of others:
o I must involve myself in the life of others if his or her soul is at stake (Matthew 18:15-17, Luke 17:3-4, Acts 20:26-27, Galatians 6:1-2, and James 5:19-20).
o I must also meddle in the affairs of others in times such as knowing my brother or sister in Christ needs certain physical help (Acts 11:27-30 and I John 3:16-19).
o There even needs to be meddling at times in personal affairs. An example would be when an older sister in Christ needs to help a younger sister be a better wife or mother (Titus 2:3-5).
o Even if I “hear” something is wrong with someone I need to help, I should involve myself (I Corinthians 1:11 and I Corinthians 11:18).
2. “How many thousands of years were there between days 1-7 of creation?”
Š As you said “DAYS 1-7”. “And the evening and the morning were the first day” (Genesis 1:5). “And the evening and the morning were the second day” (Genesis 1:8), ETC.
Š Notice this: “(1) Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. (2) And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. (3) And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made” (Genesis 2:1-3).
Š It took God SIX days, not thousands of years (Exodus 20:11).
Š Why don’t you ask how many thousands of years Israel compassed the city of Jericho (Joshua 6:1-25)? ANSWER: you know they were 24-hour days. Same language as in the creation of the world. It is that simple!
3. “What biblical support is there for a Christian to celebrate Christ's birthday?”
Š None! Therefore, it is a doctrine of men and thus is wrong (Matthew 15:7-9, Galatians 1:6-9, Colossians 2:16-23, I Timothy 1:3-7, and Revelation 22:18-19).
Š We are to remember the death of Christ every first day of the week (Matthew 26:26-29 and Acts 20:7).
4. “How can I get my perfectionist husband to let our kids be kids? He thinks they have to be little angels. How can I use the Bible to show him that children have to be left to make mistakes and learn from them?”
Š You are the one that is wrong here (Proverbs 19:18, Proverbs 20:11, Proverbs 22:6, Proverbs 22:15, Ezekiel 18:4, and Ephesians 6:1-4)!
Š What do you mean by them being “little angels”? Angels sinned and were punished for it (II Peter 2:4).
Š You cannot leave your children to learn from their own mistakes (Proverbs 29:15). God has even taken measures for Christians to learn from the mistakes of others so as not to make our own (I Corinthians 10:1-12).
5. “My life is falling apart. My husband has left me for another woman, my children are bad, and I can’t find a good job. I know that God says he has a plan for me (Jer. 29:11). How long do I have to wait to see it work out for good?”
Š For one, Jeremiah 29:11 is not addressed to you. Notice: “(1) Now these are the words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem unto the residue of the elders which were carried away captives, and to the priests, and to the prophets, and to all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon… (8) For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed. (9) For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the LORD. (10) For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. (11) For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. (12) Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you” (Jeremiah 29:1 and Jeremiah 29:8-12).
Š It was Israel carried into Babylon, not you (I Chronicles 9:1).
Š There is no promise that the carnal things in your life will get better! Anyone who tells you otherwise is twisting some Scripture as you have twisted Jeremiah 29:11. In fact, it is possible that the carnal side of your life may get worse (Matthew 5:10-12, Luke 6:21-26, Romans 8:17, II Corinthians 1:5-7, II Timothy 3:12, James 1:2-3, I Peter 1:3-9, etc.).
Š Life in this world stinks (Ecclesiastes 1:12, Ecclesiastes 1:14, Ecclesiastes 2:1, Ecclesiastes 2:11, Ecclesiastes 2:15, Ecclesiastes 2:17, Ecclesiastes 2:19, Ecclesiastes 2:21, Ecclesiastes 2:23, Ecclesiastes 2:26, Ecclesiastes 3:19, Ecclesiastes 4:4, Ecclesiastes 4:7-8, Ecclesiastes 4:16, Ecclesiastes 5:7, Ecclesiastes 5:10, Ecclesiastes 6:2, Ecclesiastes 6:4, Ecclesiastes 6:9, Ecclesiastes 6:11, Ecclesiastes 7:6, Ecclesiastes 7:15, Ecclesiastes 8:10, Ecclesiastes 8:14, Ecclesiastes 9:9, Ecclesiastes 11:8, and Ecclesiastes 11:10).
Š There is a better life (Hebrews 11:24-26 and Hebrews 13:14). You have to therefore start preparing for the life to come (II Corinthians 4:16-5:1).
6. “Do you believe public schools should be allowed to teach the Bible?”
Š The home is a place for the Bible to be taught (Deuteronomy 6:7 and Deuteronomy 11:19).
Š The church is supposed to teach the Bible (I Thessalonians 1:6-8 and I Timothy 3:15).
Š There is no other institution on earth that God has instructed to teach His word (that includes so-called “religious schools” too). Thus, it would be wrong for schools to take on that role since they have no authority to do so (Isaiah 8:20 and Colossians 3:17).
Š The Gospel should only be taught by those who have prepared (II Timothy 2:2), are capable of doing so (I Peter 4:11; cf. II Timothy 4:1-5), and understand the consequences for doing so incorrectly (James 3:1).
Š In addition to all of that, do you really want to trust the world with the Scriptures (I John 5:19)?
7. “Does Colossians 1:15 prove that Jesus was Adam?”
Š No, it is talking about Jesus being the firstborn from the dead (Colossians 1:18; cf. I Corinthians 15:20).
Š Jesus is eternal (Isaiah 9:6-7; cf. Luke 1:31-33). He is the eternal, Almighty, I Am (John 8:56-58 and Revelation 1:5-8).
Š In addition to that, we should note that Adam sinned (Romans 5:14). Jesus on the other hand, never had any sins (Hebrews 4:14-16, I Peter 2:21-22, and I John 3:5).
8. “In New Testament baptism replaced circumcision. That answers what men are to do to show that they are saved. What about women though? If baptism replaced circumcision then that would mean that only men are to be baptized. Right??”
Š WHAT? Where do you get that baptism replaced anything?
Š Circumcision was a token of the agreement between God and Abraham for the JEWS (Genesis 19:9-14).
Š Baptism is one of several things EVERYONE must do to be saved, not to show that they are saved (Mark 16:15-16, Acts 2:38-41, Acts 22:16, Romans 6:3-6, Colossians 2:12, and I Peter 3:20-21).
Š Baptism is a requirement for women too (Acts 16:14-15).
9. “Can you explain Hebrews 10:31? My trouble with the verse is that god loves us. I know that. Why do I fear him if he loves me?”
Š Let’s start with the fact that God loves humanity enough to send His only begotten Son into the world to die that we might be saved (John 3:16 and Romans 5:6-10).
Š Yet, that does not mean He loves us while we are sinning (Psalms 5:4-6, Psalms 11:5-7, and I Peter 3:12).
Š For us to be in a relationship with God, we have to change (Luke 13:3) and keep His word (I John 2:5).
Š People have to redefine God’s love to miss the correction contained therein (Hebrews 12:6-8 and Revelation 3:19).
Š There are two sides to God (Romans 11:22).
Š We have a God who wants everyone to be saved (I Timothy 2:4), but will eternally punish all who choose not to be (John 5:28-29 and II Thessalonians 1:7-9).
Š God is fair, in that He is equal in judging all men by the same standard (John 12:48, Romans 2:11, Colossians 3:24-25, and I Peter 1:17).
Š Even if you do good things, if they are not good according to God you will not be saved (Matthew 7:21-23).
Š To answer your question… You fear God BECAUSE HE TELLS YOU TO DO SO (Proverbs 23:17, Philippians 2:12, Hebrews 12:28-29, and I Peter 2:17).
Š That fear motivates obedience (Psalms 111:10, Psalms 112:1, Proverbs 1:7, and Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).
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