The following four questions all came at once, presumably from the same person, and will be answered together, as they are all related: 1. In John 5:18, John says that Jesus was accused of calling God his own Father; making himself equal with God and that is why they wanted to kill him Don’t we […]

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1. I have been told that only the apostles had the ability to lay their hands on people to give the gifts of the Holy Spirit. However, Ananias laid his hands on Paul to restore his sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Maybe he laid his hands on him to restore his sight […]

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I have a few questions about the Bible. I’ll list them here. 1. Why do some theologians who have studied the scriptures for years still preach many different denominations/religions and salvation by works? People teach and believe false doctrine primarily because they were “raised up” in these false teachings and because it is always easier […]

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In Matthew 5:5 why does it say that the gentle (meek) will inherit the earth? Is it talking about the new heaven and the “new earth” when Jesus returns or is it something else? “The meek shall inherit the earth” is a truism. A truism is a general statement which can be applied to a […]

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A sister in the church told me that the word unfaithful can mean other things besides being sexually unfaithful, in terms of divorce. But from what I understand you can only divorce if your spouse has been sexually unfaithful. What does God (the Bible) say? I will assume that you are referring to the text […]

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In Daniel 2:44, when he says “setup a kingdom” does it mean the one in heaven or the church? to me it seems heavenly. Also can you let me know some scriptures where it says “kingdom…” which refer to the heavenly kingdom and some which refer to the church (OT & NT).If you cant answer […]

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Why is the word yahweh not written in the NT? Is it because Yahweh refers to the whole Godhead? The reason YHWH (I use YHWH rather than yaweh, as it is closer the the Hebrew original) does not appear in the New Testament is that the New Testament was written in Greek. YHWH is a […]

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I have been studying the Bible and understand from the teaching of Jesus that there is only one church. Is the correct? If so, should the teaching/doctrine of the church be flawless because it is following the Bible which is the flawless word of God? You are absolutely right in saying that there is only […]

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Does it say in the New Testament that we are not to go by the laws of the old testament only the Ten Commandments? First of all, you should understand that for the Jews, the distinction between the Ten Commandments and the other commandments in the Law of Moses is not particularly important. It is […]

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Lately I have been wondering about the atrocities of murder, genocide, etc. today. I do not have a problem understanding the existence of evil or human suffering. But throughout the OT God told the Israelites to conduct genocide; including the murder of women and children. I can accept instances like Sodom and Gomorrah were God […]

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What is the deity of Christ ? The “deity of Christ” refers to the New Testament teaching that Jesus Christ is God. Almost all those who would call themselves Christians would accept this most basic of all Bible teachings. The most significant exception is the Jehovah’s Witness denomination. Thanks to the teaching of their founder, […]

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Have you read Peter Gomes’ “The Good Book”? If so, how would you respond to the argument he makes in chapter 8 regarding homosexuality? I have not read this book. I did look it up at Amazon and looked at the table of contents and a few excerpts from the book. The chapter in question […]

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Did the “disciples” get baptized again on the day of Pentecost or was Jesus baptism the same as for the forgiveness of sins? This is a fairly common question. Unfortunately, to answer the question requires speculation. The Bible simply does not answer this questions. You can assume that the answer you get to this question […]

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Note: The question is quite long. The answer is about five paragraphs down the page How does Christianity justify its staunch and abusive criticism of so called “Pagan” Religions in the light that it developed well after many other religions that were also the belief of many people before it? Too often “pagan religions have […]

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Why dopastors still preach teach and insist on Old Testament laws when the same stand cancelled in the New Testament? Preachers teach the need for Christians to follow the Old Testament law because of bad theology. This is one of the most common false doctrines in the “Christian” world. Different religious groups teach the need […]

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In anew Comparative Religion course I’m taking at school. we’re currently studying Hinduism and will soon move on to Buddhism its actually quite fascinating. Hinduism, with all its splendid contradictions and incongruities, is really not that bad of a religion. Dont get me wrong, my faith is not wavering but I found that studying the […]

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What does the Bible says about slavery? Many people have tried to argue that since the Bible endorses slavery, citing certain pauline letters which seem to encourage compliance with slavery, then the Bible must be flawed and therefore not the word of God. I was wondering how you would answer this? Also, if God made […]

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If our righteousness must surpass that of the Pharisee to enter the kingdom, should we be perfect as our Father in heaven is? Are there any exceptions according to Christ? It seems that the scriptures say you must be perfect according to the Gospels, but Paul mentions grace. Yet Christ never mentions the word grace. […]

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You have said, based on Luke and Hebrews, that if a person continues sinning constantly after they have received the Holy Spirit they will be dammed to hell-what about the prodigal son story of God always forgiving, and always being able to come back to God? Excellent question. Of course, the story of the prodigal […]

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I would say that at first glance this passage might be difficult to understand if one were assuming it was about judgment day. God is talking about bringing physical judgment on the city of Jerusalem and on Judah for their unrighteous deeds. In fact, that is the main subject of Ezekiel chapters 20-23. Israel had […]

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Question: Why would God allow the sinner to be more successful than the righteous or the one who is following him? Answer: You ask an excellent question. David asked the same question in several of his psalms. For example in Psalm 38:35, David said, “I have seen a wicked and ruthless man flourishing like a […]

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You have rephrased my questions. Although it seems to be the same to ask “how much is 2 plus 2?” or “what is the result of the sum of the numeral 2 to another numeral 2?”, the approach taken to respond tends to required further analysis than just a simple response. Your response to my […]

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I cannot understand why there is the perception of God as a distant being, external to us. A ruler with a human personality and weaknesses, like a puppet master who seems to be not more than a magical-religious being, created by human mind to justify our existence and everything that surround us, instead of preferring […]

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Why did God create us? It says because he wanted people to appreciate his creations, but why? Does God get lonely? Didn’t he, in fact, create us above all to worship HIM? If that is our supreme purpose, what is the point of creating people merely for the satisfaction of receiving their praise? You ask […]

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As far as God condoning killing, I understand that he hates sin and so seeks to establish justice on the earth; however, it’s not that he condones killing that bothers me, but that he used Israel to do it! Israel was as sinful (if not more so) than the nations surrounding them. Sinful people killing […]

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The simple answer is that we are not required to keep it holy. This is a basic New Testament doctrine which, unfortunately, many religious groups have distorted. To prove this, consider Colossians 2:9f. “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who […]

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The NIV has the term ‘deaconnesses’ in the footnotes. Biblically is there such a thing as a deaconness and what would their role be if there is? There are two questions implied here. One is whether there is such a thing as a deaconess, and the other is whether this is implied by the Bible. […]

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