Question: I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on Proverbs 20:30.  I could see how based on this, many have taken things far (like monks constantly hitting themselves – I think in the Philippines they practice crucifixion – etc, etc)….Knowing that Proverbs are to help us "attain wisdom, discipline, understanding, discernment, guidance." (Proverbs 1:1-7)  I’m struggling […]

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Questions and Answers: 1] In Matthew 8;12 Who are the subjects that Jesus is talking about? "The subjects of the kingdom" are the Jews who do not receive Jesus.  One can generalize this to include anyone who has been saved but later chooses to ignore his own calling, but in the context, Jesus is telling […]

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Question:  As I review the Questions & Answers section, I find it interesting that you DISAGREE with eschatologists (you call "futurists"), who believe teach that the 7 WEEKS of troubled times in Daniel 9 actually represents the 7 YEARS of the Tribulation.  Yet you think it valid to claim that a "DAY" in Genesis 1 […]

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Question: What are the diseases associated with demon possession in the New Testament (for example in Matthew 4:24; Luke 8:27, and Luke 8:26-39.)?  Also, during the time of Jesus, what was the meaning of being possessed by a demon? Answer: Many commentators have noticed a similarity between the symptoms of demon possession described in the New Testament […]

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Question: Please explain to me Genesis 2:21-23.  It’s about God creating woman by taking one of the ribs in man(adam).  It says that God created man from the dust thru the breath of his nostrils.  Why did God create woman by taking one of the ribs of the man?  What is the purpose or lesson that i […]

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Question: I encountered a study of the New Testament, in the book of Matthew where it stated that Joseph waited for Jesus to be born before getting physically intimate with Mary. Do we have scriptures supporting this or is just our faith and knowledge about God that He won’t allow such intimacy between the two while Mary is […]

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Question: Please explain to me the meaning of the passage in Hebrews 10:26-31.  "It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." Answer: The Passage in Hebrews is talking about those who, once becoming a Christian, choose to return to willful sin over a continued time, making a mockery of […]

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I have a friend who is growingly convinced that Jesus has already returned (fall of the temple 70 AD).  I have been seeking to understand his point of view and while it answers some questions it presents a myriad of others.  Do you have any thoughts that you might be able to share?    Answer:  One […]

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Questions:     (several questions are followed by the answer to all of them below) 1.  Does 1 Cor. 7:10-11 really say that divorced couples ought to remarry if they can?  I thought Jesus taught that a divorce was final.  I don’t think Paul is talking about a couple who merely separates because he says the woman […]

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Question:  Someone has mentioned this website to me that gives an argument that homosexuality is not a sin, that we think it’s a sin because we misunderstand what the biblical meaning of the word "homosexual" means.  Here is the website:  http://www.soulforce.org/article/homosexuality-bible-gay-christian  I am sure something is wrong here, but I cannot see why.  Can you […]

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Question: The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. what does it mean by the above ‘ share in […]

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Question: Is there going to be one supreme Antichrist who is above the previous ones? Many futurists have been linking the 70 weeks of Daniel into a 7 year period of Tribulation where the antichrist shall rise up and claim the world. Is there any validity to this theory? Answer: No, there is no validity […]

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Question:  I have been discussing original texts with my History and Development of Early Christian Thought Professor.  He made the point that the original word that Jesus used was synagogue instead of church. For example, "On this rock I will build my synagogue" versus "On this rock I will build my church". What Understanding do […]

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Question:  I was just reading an excerpt out of the book "Who is My brother" by F. LeGard Smith, I believe you are familar with this book.  He states that those who are baptised even without the knowledge that they are baptized for the forgiveness of their sins are still saved in God’s eyes. So […]

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Question: I noticed that you indicated in a question concerning how many were in Jesus’ family, that he may have had at least 3 sisters.  My question is this.  If Jesus had such a large family and Jews were noted to care for their parents, why does Mary go to live under the care of the apostle […]

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Question: Reading in the Old Testament I came across a few things: many times it is said that angel of the Lord came to people, then the next line it is said that it was God who came e.g. Genesis 18 – talking to Abraham (those 3 men were angels or God?), Exodus 14 – Numbers 9:15…, Judges […]

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Question:  How can you explain Matthew 12:7? Doesnt it say that God offers mercy and not sacrifice? How, then, can Jesus be the Sacrifice?  Answer: As a general rule, when one finds what might appear to be a contradiction in the Bible, the first thing to do is to look at the context of the passage […]

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Question: Why do some Christians believe Mark 16:15-16 is for us and Mark 16:17-18 is not for us but for the apostles? Answer: Before answering your question, let me point out something very important to know about Mark 16:9-20.  Most scholars believe that it is quite likely this passage was not in the original book of […]

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Question: A new question has been submitted by Karen (lilcricket229@aol.com) on [08/11/08]: In Genesis 6:3 God shorted mans lifespan to no more than 120 years, but Jacob live 147 years, and according to Exodus 6:16,18, and 20..three of Joseph’s brothers live 130+ years. Can you point me to what I am missing?  Am I misreading […]

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Question: Is the situation in Irael just now, prophecy being fulfilled? Should we as Christians be concerned for the Israeli people? Answer: The quick answer is a definite no.  I discuss in some detail the premillenialist view and the tendency to view modern events as fulfillment of prophecies in Revelation, Daniel or Ezekiel in an appendix […]

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Question:  Why does the genealogy of Christ go from Adam to Joseph, when Joseph was not the father of Jesus (The Holy Spirit conceived Christ)?  Answer: Actually, the genealogy in Luke goes through Joseph, but the genealogy of Jesus goes through Mary in Matthew.  That is what most scholars accept.  The reason for this is […]

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 Questions:  1. Our GOD knows everything; even all thoughts before it appear to mind then why did he let Lucifer have a prideful thought? 2. In the begining how did the marriage of Cain take place as there were no women in that time(except Eve)? 3.  Paul has written in 2 Corinthians 12:7 that he has wounded in his body.  […]

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Question  When God created the heaven and the earth the Bible says the seventh day God rested.  But when one thinks we realise that "rest" is a characteristic of imperfection.  Can we say instead that God took one day to relaxe?  Is it a translation mistake? Answer: The word translated "rested" in Genesis 2:2,3 is the Hebrew word […]

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Question: God says no one can come to me unless I call him.please could explain me what exactly are the meaning and the implication of this sentence, because on the other hand when one reads the Bible it appears clear that those who continue to live a sinful life will perish.so how should one know that […]

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Question: What is the "heart" behind Leviticus 5:3? The reason I asked is because according to this verse, in the Old Testament anyone who touches anything that could make him unclean, even unwittingly, makes him guilty. Now, Jesus intentionally touched a leper (Matthew 8:1-4), yet remained guiltless (Hebrews 4:15). I assume the reason for this […]

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Question: In the beginning, GOD created the heavens and earth.  Why not Pluto and Mercury at the same time? Answer: First of all, when Genesis describes the creation of "the heavens and the earth" this is language to those in the ancient Near East to mean, essentially, when God created the universe.  In other words, […]

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Request: Can you please comment on the exchange below I found recently on the meaning of Colossians 2:13-14.   Does this passage imply that the Law of Moses was done away with when Jesus was killed on the cross? Editor’s note:  This will be a fairly long passage, with the answer well down the page. –Quote— […]

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Question:,The Jehovah’s Witness say God did not want us concuming blood in the O.T and that it continue in the N.T . In Acts 21:25 God does not let us use the blood to help other people. Therefore it is wrong to give or receive a blood transfusion. I do not believe this, but where […]

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Question: How has Isaiah 11:12 been fulfilled by Jesus? Jews consider this to be a passage about the Moshiach. They specifically say that Jesus did not fulfill this therefore he cannot be the Moshiach. They think that all Jews will return to Israel. How is that passage to be interpreted?Answer: Your Jewish friends are right. […]

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Question: I have quite recently started studying the book of 1 Peter and am currently contemplating what the apostle might have meant by God?s judging each man?s work impartially (1:17). Since Ephesians 2:8-9 teaches that a Christian is saved by God?s grace through his/her faith and not by his/her works, then I have concluded that […]

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Questions:,1. Who is the Mechelsadeck? 2. Can a Christian be a blood donor(give own blood to others)?,Answer:,Melchizedek was the ruler of Salem in Canaan. Salem later became known as Jerusalem. He is a very enigmatic figure in the Bible. He was not a Jew, yet he was a worshipper of Jehovah/God. When Abraham returned from […]

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Question: I see what you say about the laws of the old testament having been “fulfilled” and therefore do not have to be followed. However, many Jews still do follow those rules and, it has to be said that in doing so they are following the word of God as that is what is written […]

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Question: Who were the “sons of God” in Genesis 6:2? Answer: Note, this answer is taken directly from one given to the same question at www.douglasjacoby.com John O. Sons of God 11/21/2003 ?????????????????????????????????????????????? There has been much speculation about who these “sons of God” mentioned in the sixth chapter of Genesis were. Three basic interpretations […]

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