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Q&A 1142 — Asa a good king or a bad one?

Posted: July 31, 2013

Can you let me know your thoughts about this? The account in 1 Kings 15:14: "Although he did not remove the high places, Asa’s heart was fully committed to the… Read More

Q&A 1147 — Did Paul Use Profanity (skubalon)?

Posted: July 31, 2013

I was wondering what your definition of the Greek word skubalon is, and how Paul is using it in Philippians 3:8? I looked it up and found two meanings: 1…. Read More

Q&A 1143 — Moses afraid, or not?

Posted: July 31, 2013

In Exodus 2:14, we read, "Then Moses was afraid." After he learned that Pharaoh had heard about what he had done, he fled to Midian. It seems fairly obvious to… Read More

Q&A 1144 — Jeremiah 31:40: Jerusalem never to be destroyed?

Posted: July 31, 2013

In Jeremiah 31:40, the prophet says that the city of Jerusalem would be rebuilt and never again destroyed. The context is the new covenant, so is it referring to the… Read More

Q&A 1145 – Jesus and the Talmud

Posted: July 31, 2013

I would like to hear your opinion about Jesus and the Jewish Talmud. Personally, I do not believe Jesus regarded the Talmud as a “book” of authority, considering his opposition… Read More

Q&A 1146 — Female presidential candidate?

Posted: July 31, 2013

My question is in regard to politics. I like to keep up with what is going on in the United States, and as you know we currently have a female presidential… Read More

Q&A 1148 — Saving money (David Ramsey)?

Posted: July 31, 2013

In our congregation we are doing a financial seminar sponsored by David Ramsey’s book and Financial Freedom Seminars. It sounds very logical, but I often get a little confused when reading… Read More

Q&A 1149 — Funeral viewings?

Posted: July 31, 2013

We presently have a situation in the church here in Monrovia and need all the biblical help and advice we can get. Is it wrong or right biblically to put… Read More

Q&A 1150 — Commentary suggestions?

Posted: July 31, 2013

Greetings from Mumbai. It is so fullfilling to read all the Q&As at your website. Currently I am using commentaries from E-Sword, and for the New Testament, Matthew Henry’s. However, I am… Read More

Q&A 1151 — Romans 16 original?

Posted: July 31, 2013

I have read in several places the theory that Romans 16 was not an original part of Paul’s letter to the Romans. Some scholars contend that it is more likely that… Read More

Q&A 1152 — Finding the harmony between the Bible and Evolution

Posted: July 31, 2013

I have been doing a personal inventory on my belief system, and kind of rearranging some of my ideas. As a science teacher who believes in God, I often feel I… Read More

Q&A 1140 — The end of the miraculous age

Posted: July 31, 2013

I’ve been considering the Holy Spirit. I wonder: if you were left only to the scriptures, what would you conclude about the Holy Spirit and whether or not the miraculous aspect… Read More

Q&A 1132 — Forgiving non-Christians

Posted: July 31, 2013

Are Christians supposed to forgive non-Christians? And if so, why? If God doesn’t forgive non-Christians, why would he expect Christians to? Does God expect humans to be more forgiving than himself? If Christians… Read More

Q&A 1133 — Dating a divorced man

Posted: July 31, 2013

I have a question about divorce and remarriage. I know that you have studied it out and I do have a copy of the paper at the website and it is… Read More

Q&A 1134 — Psalm 8 (Son of Man)

Posted: July 31, 2013

I read Psalm 8 for my personal Bible study this morning and I don’t understand who David is referring to when he says "son of man." I know that this… Read More

Q&A 1135 — The Ammonite’s heavy crown

Posted: July 31, 2013

In describing David’s conquest of Rabbah in 1 Chronicles 20:2, it says that after Joab and the army laid waste to the city, they put the Ammonite king’s crown on David… Read More

Q&A 1136 — Deliberate sin

Posted: July 31, 2013

The Bible says not to use your freedom as a Christian to indulge the sinful nature… What if I know that something I am involved with is sinful, but I refuse to… Read More

Q&A 1137 — Matthew 8:11-12

Posted: July 31, 2013

I don’t understand what’s being said in Matthew 8:11-12. Are the many who come from east and west like the centurion — those with great faith — while the subjects are the… Read More

Q&A 1138 — Transubstantiation and Catholicism

Posted: July 31, 2013

I can’t understand the Protestant interpretation of John 6. In your opinion, is there anything true in the Catholic Church’s teachings today? It is making some outlandish claims, notably that you… Read More

Q&A 1139 — The meaning of “blessed”

Posted: July 31, 2013

"While most English Bibles use ‘blessed,’ a few modern translations have preferred ‘happy’: ‘How happy are the poor of spirit…’ " ‘ "Happy" isn’t good enough," Rabbi Steven Schwarzschild once… Read More

Q&A 1124 — Judas literally a devil?

Posted: July 31, 2013

In John 6:70-71, we read "Jesus answered them, ‘Did I not choose you, the Twelve? And yet one of you is a devil.’ He spoke of Judas the son of Simon… Read More

Q&A 1128 — Peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7)

Posted: July 31, 2013

How can I experience the "peace that passes understanding" (Philippians 4:7)? You know that peace, according to Paul in Philippians 4, when you pray, bringing your anxiety to God: "Have… Read More

Q&A 1129 — Church connections?

Posted: July 31, 2013

I read your direction from Q&A 0407 — Church leadership group? I think my congregation is like the second option ("Intermediate church: hybrid between "one-man rule" and eldership). In other… Read More

Q&A 0027 — El significado de los

Posted: July 31, 2013

He oído que predicó acerca del fruto de Juan 15 que se refiere a la Gran y de los frutos del espíritu, el fruto de Juan 15 se refiere al… Read More

Q&A 0093 — Infierno – esp*

Posted: July 31, 2013

Recuerdo que en uno de sus libros usted hace referencia al hecho de que el infierno no es un lugar de tormento eterno, que es lo que algunos entendemos, sino… Read More

Q&A 1130 — Follow the Rabbi?

Posted: July 31, 2013

What do you think about Ray vander Laan’s teachings (“Follow the Rabbi”)? I am sure that Rabbinic Judaism has something to tell us about Jesus’ ministry. But to be honest,… Read More

Q&A 1131 — Caffeine addiction?

Posted: July 31, 2013

When we share the gospel with non-Christians, we usually crack down on smoking as sinful because of the effects it has on the body and its addictive nature. We expect… Read More

Q&A 0478 – “Grieving” after dissolving a homosexual relationship?

Posted: July 31, 2013

I was reading Coming Out of Homosexuality, by Bob Davies and Lori Rentzel. The fifth chapter, I believe, mentions that we should grieve for a period of time when we are… Read More

Q&A 1125 — Proverbs 26

Posted: July 31, 2013

Proverbs 26:4 and 5 seem to contradict one another. How do you resolve the problem? — Aron Kuch (Charleston, South Carolina)  The passage reads, "Answer not the fool according to his… Read More

Q&A 1126 — Jesus is God?

Posted: July 31, 2013

I am wondering what your thoughts are about the first part of 1 John 4:12, in light of traditional Christianity’s claim that Jesus was God. It says:"No one has ever… Read More

Q&A 1127 — Eden as the Promised Land, Long ages because of special creation?

Posted: July 31, 2013

I just finished reading your book Genesis, Science & History. Being a bit of a Bible nerd, I of course enjoyed it and learned some things, too. There are a… Read More

Q&A 0021 — Lo que sucede cuando morimos.

Posted: July 31, 2013

Deseo oír tu visión con respecto a lo que sucede cuando morimos. He estudiado algunos temas por mi propia cuenta y he concluido que entramos a un estado de sueño o… Read More

Q&A 0001 – LXX (Septuaginta) – esp*

Posted: July 31, 2013

Unos años atras, usted escribió en su serie del antiguo testamento en el nuevo testamento (“la Biblia bajo prueba”, en www.acesonline.org (un sitio antiguo) ” … recuerdo que a menudo… Read More

Q&A 1117 – Esther committed fornication?

Posted: July 31, 2013

I just got done reading an incredible book, Hadassah, by Tommy Tenney, a Christian fiction writer. It made me think about Queen Esther and the moral issues she was faced with. If… Read More

Q&A 1118 — Bury my father? (Luke 9:59-60)

Posted: July 31, 2013

I am challenged with Luke 9:57-60, in particular Jesus telling the man to “let the dead bury the dead.” I have heard it said in the past that this man’s… Read More

Q&A 1119 — Angel of the Lord (Exodus 3)

Posted: July 31, 2013

In Exodus 3:2 it says the angel of the Lord appeared to Moses. Then later it refers to the Lord speaking. It is confusing. Are the angel of the Lord and The… Read More

Q&A 1120 — US to be punished?

Posted: July 31, 2013

I realize God is in control of all things — rulers, authorites, etc. — and that his eye is constanly roaming the earth looking for souls to strengthen and discipline. Is it fair… Read More

Q&A 1121 — Pacifism would have empowered Hitler?

Posted: July 31, 2013

At the end of your response to Q 0527, you imply that it is wrong to take up arms against your oppressors. What does that make of the Mandelas of… Read More

Q&A 1122 — Everyone needs a mate, even if this means a homosexual relationship?

Posted: July 31, 2013

I read your interpretations about homosexuality. My question: If it is so against God, why did Jesus never make mention of it? I have fasted and asked many brothers to help me,… Read More

Q&A 1123 — Should a husband divorce his adulterous wife?

Posted: July 31, 2013

I had a question regarding the woman caught in adultery in John 8:1-11. Jesus admonished the adulterous woman to leave her life of sin. Would the adulterous woman’s husband be within his rights… Read More

Q&A 1116 – Building a romantic relationship with a non-Christian

Posted: July 31, 2013

I was baptized in Kiev (the Ukraine) in 2007. My question is of a romantic nature. The fact is that I’m going out with a girl who isn’t Christian, though she… Read More

Q&A 1115 – Vegetarianism

Posted: July 31, 2013

Is it wrong to eat animals? Don’t they feel pain? After all, in the beginning, God gave mankind plant food to eat. That’s why I believe God intended us to… Read More

Q&A 1114 – Angels in hell and Satan

Posted: July 31, 2013

2 Peter 2:4 says, "For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment…" Now,… Read More

Q&A 0952 – 1 Thessalonians 4:11 (working with our hands)

Posted: July 31, 2013

I was wondering about 1 Thessalonians 4:11. Are all of us supposed to have a job where we work with our hands? I think this is a reference to manual labor… Read More

Q&A 1113 – Abraham: Only two sons?

Posted: July 31, 2013

In Galatians 4:22, Paul says that it is written that Abraham had two sons. But surely he had more than two sons! Paul never said Abraham had only two sons… Read More

Q&A 1111 – Pornography & Television

Posted: July 31, 2013

How would you define pornography? The reason I ask this is because a few years ago I made a promise to God not to look at pornography. There were a… Read More

Q&A 1101 – The Golden Compass

Posted: July 31, 2013

I wanted to ask for your opinion on the relevant “warning” on the new movie out called The Golden Compass. I personally have not seen it, but am planning to view… Read More

Q&A 1102 – God infinitely improbable?

Posted: July 31, 2013

An atheist once told me that the Christian God is more complex than extreme complexity seen in creation — and hence infinitely improbable. How should I respond to him? — Edwin… Read More

Q&A 1103 – Church staff salaries and bonuses

Posted: July 31, 2013

According to Bible, is there any standard for defining the salary level of interns, preachers, or evangelists? Also, in the business world, it’s common for companies to award employees one-month salary bonuses. (For some very… Read More

Q&A 1104 – Age of the Earth

Posted: July 31, 2013

According to your findings, how old is our earth? If we use simple dendrochronology (a foolproof method involving counting tree rings — we’ve all done it!), the earth has to be at least… Read More

Q&A 1105 – Women leading singing?

Posted: July 31, 2013

Our church’s musical ministry recently got rated a 3 on a scale of 1 to 10! There are no men available to lead this ministry. A sister who is a professional full-time musician… Read More

Q&A 1106 – Romans 4 & James 2

Posted: July 31, 2013

What do you think about the text in James 2:14-26 versus Romans 4:1-25? Are the authors talking about same thing but in two different ways, or do they have opposing… Read More

Q&A 1107 – Dispensational Millennialism

Posted: July 31, 2013

I’m inquiring as to whether you make any distinction between historical and dispensational millennialism, or if you think they’re both false. I accede to your statements about dispensationalism. However, in my… Read More

Q&A 1108 – The paranormal

Posted: July 31, 2013

Can you recommend any books on the paranormal? It seems to be a popular topic these days, at least with some people I have spoken with. I would like to be able… Read More

Q&A 1109 – The Dead Sea Scrolls & height of Goliath

Posted: July 31, 2013

I recently visited San Diego to see the Dead Sea Scrolls, and there was a mistake where the scribe wrote that Goliath was six and a half feet tall, not… Read More

Q&A 1110 – Trapped by justice

Posted: July 31, 2013

I heard a line of reasoning posed to me by an agnostic friend yesterday that I can’t seem to answer. It started with the question, "If God makes all the rules,… Read More

Q&A 1100 – Did Onesimus (in Philemon) really repent?

Posted: July 31, 2013

If Onesimus had wronged his master by stealing from him and then running away, why did Paul allow him to be baptized? Shouldn’t he have been made to wait until he… Read More

Q&A 1037 – Galatians 2:18

Posted: July 31, 2013

Okay, I have been wrestling with Galatians 2:18 for too long now! When Paul speaks of rebuilding what he destroyed, is he speaking of the law he destroyed through dying… Read More

Q&A 1098 – Female homosexuality (lesbianism)

Posted: July 31, 2013

I heard a professor say today in class that the scriptures say nothing about female homosexuality. I did not counter because I was not sure what I could say. I went… Read More

Q&A 1097 – A Short Course in Miracles

Posted: July 31, 2013

I just wanted to suggest a book for you to read, one I’ve probably read several times. I think that because of a lack of open-mindedness, a lot of true disciples would refuse to… Read More

Q&A 1088 – Eclipse at Pentecost?

Posted: July 31, 2013

I learned from your writings that the prophecy of Joel preached by Peter refers to the day of Pentecost, and the "last days" are probably referring to those days between… Read More

Q&A 1089 – Resurrection and Ascension on same day?

Posted: July 31, 2013

Luke seems to describe Christ’s ascension on the same day as his ressurection (Luke 24:13-51), whereas Acts states clearly it was forty days after (Acts 1:3ff). What do you think?… Read More

Q&A 1090 – Young Earth Creationism Museum

Posted: July 31, 2013

Thanks for recommending some reading (in the past) so that our family will be able to make an informed decision regarding what we believe about creation. We are a home-schooling family… Read More

Q&A 1091 – Does struggle invalidate repentance?

Posted: July 31, 2013

Lately I have really struggled with sin. And I’ve also struggled with believing I’m forgiven. I don’t believe my sin is to the extent where the church would disfellowship me,… Read More

Q&A 1092 – Christ in the Old Testament?

Posted: July 31, 2013

At a conference it was preached that Christ appeared in the Old Testament in Genesis 18:1-15, Genesis 32:22-31, Joshua 5:13-15, and Daniel 3. What is your take? — Derek (San Antonio) … Read More

Q&A 1093 — Baptism essential?

Posted: July 31, 2013

What is the importance and significance of baptism in salvation? — A.H. Please search the website first, then send many any lingering questions.  I have written a lot about baptism…. Read More

Q&A 0432 – One generation?

Posted: July 31, 2013

Based on passages like Colossians 1:23, which says that the whole world heard the gospel in the first century, and Matthew 24, which says Jesus will only come back after… Read More

Q&A 0430 – Boxing and blood sports

Posted: July 31, 2013

I was wondering what your thoughts were on boxing, mixed martial arts, etc. I have been watching them for years but recently an older brother challenged another brother and me on watching… Read More

Q&A 1094 – Real presence (communion)?

Posted: July 31, 2013

This Catholic apologetic source is very interesting for the Eucharist since it quotes the very early church fathers. http://www.catholic.com/library/Real_Presence.asp. What do you think? – Tod Shuck Yes, as early as… Read More

Q&A 1095 – Ezekiel 36 and free will

Posted: July 31, 2013

I have started hearing Calvinists use Ezekiel 36:27 now to defend their view because it says, "And I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in… Read More

Q&A 1096 – Chronological contradiction?

Posted: July 31, 2013

I’ve read in a number of commentaries that say the time period mentioned in Exodus 19:1 is the same as the length of time between Passover (or Firstfruits) and Pentecost. Exodus… Read More

Q&A 1083 – Before God?

Posted: July 31, 2013

What was God, before being God? Was he the pleroma?  No, not the pleroma [a term from Gnosticism], if that is what you are thinking. By definition, God is uncaused. He never came… Read More

Q&A 1085 – Yeast bad?

Posted: July 31, 2013

Could you explain why yeast was not to be used is some sacrifices, while being used in others? I am aware of the symbolism in the New Testament, but am… Read More

Q&A 1086 – Spiritual bodies?

Posted: July 31, 2013

In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul writes that all who are in Adam die, and all who are in Christ live. We need to sow the seed that needs to die… Read More

Q&A 1087 – Patristic Support for Infant Baptism?

Posted: July 31, 2013

I was reading some of the early Christian writings recently and was surprised to come across references to infant baptism in the Church from such patristic heavyweights as Iraneus (130-202), Origen (185-254), Tertullian… Read More

Q&A 1074 – Is all debt wrong?

Posted: July 31, 2013

Is debt a sin? Romans 13:8 KJV says, "Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law." I have a religious friend… Read More

Q&A 1075 – The man of peace

Posted: July 31, 2013

In Luke 10:6, the apostles were told to stay at the house of a “man of peace.” What if the house was not occupied by a man of peace? Might not… Read More

Q&A 1076 – Asking forgiveness from God

Posted: July 31, 2013

Does Christ’s sacrifice "once for all" mean that we are already forgiven for every sin we will ever commit in the future, thereby eliminating the need to ever ask for… Read More

Q&A 1077 – When is a couple actually married?

Posted: July 31, 2013

At what point is a couple married? After looking through the bible, and having talked with many people, I’m not sure I know. Everyone says that it’s when you get… Read More

Q&A 1078 – Church to last forever (Matthew 16)?

Posted: July 31, 2013

The Bible teaches that there is one church and gates of Hades will not overcome it. My understanding is that it is talking about the eternal church. In Luke 17:21, it consists of… Read More

Q&A 1079 – Why didn’t God stop Satan?

Posted: July 31, 2013

God knows what is going to happen in our lives, what comes up in our minds before we know it. Why didn’t God stop Satan in the Garden of Eden… Read More

Q&A 1080 – In-depth Bible study unimportant?

Posted: July 31, 2013

"My regional evangelist told me it wasn’t that important for our church to study our Bible in depth. He said what is important is how we live our life. He… Read More

Q&A 1081 – Dream from Jesus?

Posted: July 31, 2013

Was Jesus was a real man like you and me? I know this sounds weird, but yesterday I had a dream about the sky. I was flying, and when I turned my… Read More

Q&A 1082 – Why didn’t God forgive Adam?

Posted: July 31, 2013

My seven-year-old son asked me why God did not simply forgive Adam and Eve in the Garden. Why did God have to set in motion the kind of world we now… Read More

Q&A 1084 – Minor prophets?

Posted: July 31, 2013

Why are the books of prophecy categorized as "major" and "minor"? What makes one major and another minor? — Dovie Bohnhoff In Latin, the language of medieval scholarship and theology, major (maior) means greater,… Read More

Q&A 1068 – The Bible Code

Posted: July 31, 2013

I have a question about The Bible Code. To me, this seems very suspect. And what about claims that they have found the same sorts of codes in other books? I… Read More

Q&A 1069 – Worship focus: Sermon or Communion?

Posted: July 31, 2013

I have noticed that many congregational worship services are built to climax at the evangelist’s sermon. If our focus is to be on Christ and him crucified, shouldn’t the focus… Read More

Q&A 1070 – Baptism by pouring?

Posted: July 31, 2013

I have been scanning your website and was confused on the subject of baptism. I was baptized not by immersion but rather by water being cupped and poured on my… Read More

Q&A 1071 – Date of nativity

Posted: July 31, 2013

Matthew dates the nativity to 6/5 BC; and Luke, to 6 AD. Please explain how you reconcile the 2 dates. — Dennis GoffinFirst of all, there are not hard dates… Read More

Q&A 1072 – Walking on the Sea, or by it?

Posted: July 31, 2013

I had a question about John 6:19, after reading the commentary of William Barclay. He says, "They saw Jesus, as the Authorized Version and Revised Standard Version have it, walking ‘on the… Read More

Q&A 1073 – Jesus had two wills?

Posted: July 31, 2013

A great deal is made about free will nowadays (nothing new under the sun). When Jesus was in the Garden just prior to his arrest, he spoke of his own… Read More

Q&A 1066 – Trees in Gethsemane

Posted: July 31, 2013

How many years can olive trees live? Could the trees in the Garden of Gethsemane be the trees that were alive during the time when Jesus prayed in the garden?… Read More

Q&A 1067 — NLT and Acts 2:38

Posted: July 31, 2013

My Bible, the New Living Translation, has Acts 2:38 saying baptism is to "show that our sins have been forgiven." But no other translation says this. What is happening? –… Read More

Q&A 1056 – How can a wanderer make a comeback? (a discussion)

Posted: July 31, 2013

"I am a lapsed Christian. What if I counted the cost [Luke 14] and decided to follow God’s way and then later on decided to go back to my old ways? I… Read More

Q&A 1057 – House churches?

Posted: July 31, 2013

I have been a faithful (although far from perfect ) disciple for 11 years, and have experienced the highs and lows of the ICOC movement. I am fortunate to be… Read More

Q&A 1058 – Rahab a prostitute, or an innkeeper?

Posted: July 31, 2013

Joshua 2:1 calls Rahab a prostitute, but the footnote says "or possibly an innkeeper." This seems like a huge difference. Is there anything in the Hebrew that clarifies this –or… Read More

Q&A 1059 – Salt and light?

Posted: July 31, 2013

Jesus says you are the salt… and you are the light. He doesn’t tell them to try to keep trying to be salty or to try to keep shining. How… Read More

Q&A 1060 – Archaeological evidence for the place of sacrifice?

Posted: July 31, 2013

I once heard, in a biblical lecture, that the place where Abraham “sacrificed” Isaac is possibly the same general area where the crucifixion took place. Is there any textual or… Read More

Q&A 1061 – Spanking is abuse?

Posted: July 31, 2013

I have been in discussion with a brother about spanking children. The viewpoint I have taken is that Jesus would not have spanked children because he did not endorse violence…. Read More

Q&A 1062 – Masculine & feminine pronouns

Posted: July 31, 2013

I am very close to a sister who has a hard time accepting that the Bible is talking to her when it says “he.”  She thinks that those parts only… Read More

Q&A 1063 – Acts 8:37

Posted: July 31, 2013

I was reading Acts 8:36-38 and I noticed that verse 37 is missing. I checked in my other NIVs and — much to my surprise — it was missing there… Read More

Q&A 1064 – Passover Meal

Posted: July 31, 2013

I attended a Passover meal a few years ago, and my husband and I would like to do one with our Bible discussion group. The one I attended did a… Read More

Q&A 1065 – Rabbits

Posted: July 31, 2013

A friend of mine is really struggling with this one. Leviticus 11:6 says that a rabbit chews the cud. The dictionary says that cud is "partly digested food returned from… Read More

Q&A 1055 – Genesis 8:22

Posted: July 31, 2013

We read in Genesis 8:22, As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest,cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease. How do you explain this?… Read More

Q&A 1052 – The High Priest wore bells?

Posted: July 31, 2013

In Exodus 28:33 and 39:25 we read that the high priest wore bells on his garments. I read somewhere that this was to let the priests standing outside know if… Read More

Q&A 1053 – Naked people in the Bible?

Posted: July 31, 2013

There are a few passages in the Bible where I am surprised that people seem not to be wearing clothes. In 1 Samuel 19:24, Saul lay down naked. In Isaiah… Read More

Q&A 1054 – God rested (got tired)?

Posted: July 31, 2013

Genesis 2:2 says that after the creation days, God rested. But I thought God never gets tired. Doesn’t Psalm 121 say he never needs to sleep? Please explain. The original Hebrew… Read More

Q&A 1038 – Leaders the Lord’s Anointed?

Posted: July 31, 2013

I have a question about the phrase "touch not my anointed and do my prophets no harm" (Psalms 105:15), used by David when he had an opportunity to kill Saul. This… Read More

Q&A 1039 – Consulting No Man: Saul’s conversion (Acts) and Gal 1:15-24

Posted: July 31, 2013

I am trying to resolve the seeming disagreement between Paul’s conversion story in Acts and what he writes to in Galatians 1. We know the Damascus road story has him immediately… Read More

Q&A 1040 – Institutional continuity (Orthodox Church)

Posted: July 31, 2013

I live in a nation where the Orthodox Church has great power. They teach that true church must have continuity with consistent succession of members from person to person all… Read More

Q&A 1041 – Breaking the law?

Posted: July 31, 2013

Why is it true that if I break one part of the law I am guilty of breaking all of it? Why can’t I just repent over that one infraction through… Read More

Q&A 1042 – Involving ex-leaders

Posted: July 31, 2013

What is your advice regarding disciples who used to be leading or on staff, disagreed with the way things were being done and spoke up — but felt no one… Read More

Q&A 1043 – Pure in heart

Posted: July 31, 2013

I have a very hard time keeping myself pure, avoiding lustful thoughts. It seems like every minute there is a thought I have to sweep away. I have shared this with my wife… Read More

Q&A 1044 – 2 Samuel 7: Solomon & Christ

Posted: July 31, 2013

I wanted to do a study on Messianic prophecies, so I found a website that had a list of many. I’m not sure if this is a credible website, because one of… Read More

Q&A 1045 – Samaritans more righteous?

Posted: July 31, 2013

Considering the Parable of the Good Samaritan [Luke 10], the openness of the Samaritan woman [John 4], and other passages in the gospels, can it be said that Samaritans were more God-fearing in heart than the Jews in… Read More

Q&A 1046 – Church-hopping

Posted: July 31, 2013

What is your view on the importance of church loyalty? I see a trend in my church: disciples "not getting their needs met" decide to visit or even join some church… Read More

Q&A 1047 – Cannabis in the OT?

Posted: July 31, 2013

In Exodus 30:22-23 (KJV) where it talks about the anointing oil, are the sweet calamus or fragrant canes actually cannabis? I tend to think not, but in some ways to… Read More

Q&A 1048 – Blind man’s two-part healing?

Posted: July 31, 2013

In Mark 8:22-24, the blind man says, "I see people; they look like trees walking around." Why is this different from all the other healings of the blind? Why did it… Read More

Q&A 1049 – Communion (Lord’s Supper)

Posted: July 31, 2013

THE LORD’S SUPPER Putting "Supper" Back in the Lord’s SupperThis essay aims to address one of the basics of the faith: our communion. People have often asked such questions as… Read More

Q&A 1051 – Is Miranda the Antichrist?

Posted: July 31, 2013

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Q&A 1050 – Teenage parenting advice

Posted: July 31, 2013

I’m a single mother of three teenagers, and have been a faithful and dedicated disciple for 10 years. (My children’s father is not at all involved in their life.) I… Read More

Q&A 1035 – Lawsuits okay for Christians?

Posted: July 31, 2013

Is there ever a righteous time for a disciple of Jesus to bring a lawsuit against someone, whether or not the other person is a disciple? I looked at Jesus’ teaching… Read More

Q&A 1036 – Paul baptizing a lion?

Posted: July 31, 2013

You mentioned somewhere that one of the apocryphal books has Paul baptizing a lion. Where can I find that? –Jack Spencer It is from the Acts of Paul. This is not a biblical… Read More

Q&A 1030 – Moneychangers

Posted: July 31, 2013

Our church place is in a business center also registered as a company which during the week we use it as a school to help support the church. Some brothers thinks… Read More

Q&A 1031 – Baptism in a bathtub?

Posted: July 31, 2013

Some brothers feel it is wrong and unclean to baptize in a bathtub? What do you think? We must ask, does the Bible state where someone ought to be baptized? If… Read More

Q&A 1032 – The Family Tomb of Jesus?

Posted: July 31, 2013

I am sure you have seen the articles floating around about the tomb discovered in the early ’80s that some claim is the tomb of Jesus Christ and his family. My attention… Read More

Q&A 1033 – The Secret (per Oprah Winfrey)

Posted: July 31, 2013

We need to hear something from you about “The Secret” as seen on Oprah. This is beginning to sweep through our church and I know it must be affecting others… Read More

Q&A 1034 – Thursday crucifixion?

Posted: July 31, 2013

The gospel of Mark indicates that the last supper taken by the apostles was prepared on "the day the Passover lamb was sacrificed," after which Jesus was betrayed and later… Read More

Q&A 1320 – Messianic Jews

Posted: June 29, 2013

I have a question about the Messianic Jewish movement. I searched on both of your sites and couldn’t find if you wrote on this topic. My sister who isn’t part… Read More

Q&A 1319 – Eating Healthy

Posted: June 1, 2013

In a discussion with a friend about eating being an ‘act of worship,’ somehow he was thinking that there was a connection with sin manifesting itself as disease in the… Read More

Q&A 1318 – Why Only Three Days?

Posted: May 6, 2013

If Jesus died for our sins and took the punishment that we deserved, and if our punishment would have been eternal separation from God, then why was Jesus only in… Read More

Q&A 1317 – Thanksgiving For All?

Posted: April 28, 2013

I have a question about 1 Timothy 2:1 – “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people.” Does this mean that… Read More

Q&A 1316 – Goliath a son of Orpah?

Posted: April 13, 2013

I was trying to find information about what happens to Orpah, Ruth’s sister, once she turns her back to them. A few websites I found said according to Jewish history… Read More

Q&A 1315 – Poor Widow Significance

Posted: April 7, 2013

Do you believe that Luke 21:1-4 is an example to follow, or a means of convincing someone to tithe? I mean, looking at the surrounding context, it’s just an odd… Read More

Q&A 1314 – Revenge / Killing

Posted: March 17, 2013

Brother, I wanted to ask you about questions that I have been faced with many times here in Lebanon – Is the killing of Gentiles in the Old Testament a… Read More

Q&A 1313 – Dating a non-Christian

Posted: March 12, 2013

Though not a Biblical doctrine or salvation issue, we as the leaders of our church decided to expect our members to only date committed Christians. A woman who was part… Read More

Q&A 1312 – Bankruptcy

Posted: February 18, 2013

Someone in our group (my husband and I are family group leaders) wants to declare bankruptcy. We don’t think this is biblical. Some might argue that filing for bankruptcy is… Read More

Q&A 1311 – Blessed for Leaving?

Posted: February 16, 2013

Why did Jesus include wife in the list of things you can leave and still be blessed (Luke 18:28-30) if elsewhere Jesus commands against divorce, and Paul says that one… Read More

Q&A 1310 – Do I Have To Attend Church?

Posted: February 11, 2013

When I study church with people during Bible study it’s a bit daunting to them. My question is, is the church study a salvation issue? Do people have to attend… Read More

Q&A 1309 – Ebooks

Posted: February 4, 2013

How do I obtain electronic/digital copies of your books, or of other books recommended on this site? Quite a few of my books are available for Kindle, but generally you… Read More

Q&A 1308 – Meditation

Posted: February 3, 2013

My heart’s desire is to be led by the Holy Spirt and continue to grow daily in my prayer life and Bible study. I do realize that I have my… Read More

Q&A 1307 – Should I Be Re-baptized?

Posted: November 26, 2012

This is a question that comes up repeatedly. Some of the reasons given are as follows: The person did not understand Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. The person was confused… Read More

Q&A 1306 – The Plans of Man

Posted: August 16, 2012

[Paraphrased] Hi, Doug! My name is Sergiy Shabashkevich, I was baptized 18 years ago in the Kiev Church of Christ (Ukraine). In the last month I have heard several times… Read More

Q&A 1305 – Studying with Jehovah’s Witness

Posted: August 16, 2012

A couple of women have been coming to my house over the past week, who happen to be Jehovah’s Witnesses. They want to get together and study the Bible, probably… Read More

Q&A 1304 – Hypnotherapy

Posted: March 27, 2012

Please enlighten me regarding hypnotherapy. Can a Christian go for hypnotherapy sessions (for example to stop nail bitting / slimming) or practise hypnotherapy as hypnotherapist? Please advise. — Caroline (Singapore)… Read More

Q&A 0739 – Blood sacrifices

Posted: March 27, 2012

I was reading about Moses and the Tabernacle and all that jazz. I guess through all these years of church, I became familiar with the notion of animal sacrifices, and… Read More

Q&A 0786 – Hebrews 6:4-6

Posted: March 27, 2012

I am a graduate student at Harding University and serve as an evangelist in Chicago. I am trying to find material on the topic of Hebrews 6:4-6. My goal is… Read More

Q&A 0789 – Advertising & Christian responsibility

Posted: March 27, 2012

I have recently read your paper “Television and the Media,” and I have also read the book Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger by Ronald Sider. It seems that… Read More

Q&A 0816 – TNIV

Posted: March 27, 2012

I heard about the controversy over the “gender-neutral” language in the TNIV New Testament after it was published in 2002. After becoming aware of some of the problem passages in… Read More

Q&A 0830 – Prayer Advice

Posted: March 27, 2012

Do you have any advice about how to pray? I am stuck in a rut. Great question–and by no means unique! This is an especially important question, since we all… Read More

Q&A 0914 – The meaning of “lukewarm”

Posted: March 27, 2012

I am starting to do a study on this subject of “lukewarmness,” a term bandied about often these days. The word lukewarm (chliaros) only occurs once in the NT, in… Read More

Q&A 0923 – Recovery Version

Posted: March 27, 2012

There is a new version of the Bible out called the Recovery Version. Have you any information on the accuracy and reliability of this version? — Mike Armstrong (Athens) I… Read More

Q&A 0942 – Calvinism and Predestination

Posted: March 27, 2012

Can you please recommend a couple of books on the subject of predestination? I read what you wrote in Shining Like Stars but want more. Yes, I can. Please consult… Read More

Q&A 0823 – Matthew 17:21

Posted: March 27, 2012

I am curious to know why Matthew 17:21 is not included in the NIV translation. It is in the KJV and some other versions but in the NIV it is… Read More

Q&A 1099 – Okay to eat sushi and similar foods?

Posted: September 29, 2007

I would appreciate your opinion on whether you think eating sushi is sinful, given James’ statements at the Council in Jerusalem and all. What do you think? — David Rhinehart Jesus… Read More

Q&A 1029 – The American Revolution

Posted: January 12, 2007

Were the founders of the US sinful in creating a rebellion against authority (this would seem to go against Romans 13)? Should we as American Christians be proud of the… Read More

Q&A 1028 – The harvest: plentiful or sparse?

Posted: January 11, 2007

I am fully aware that truth cannot contradict truth, so I expect no real contradictions in the Bible. However, this seems to be one that I am wrestling with. I… Read More

Q&A 1027 – Publishing

Posted: January 5, 2007

I have a question for you on behalf of another sister. She has written her first book about focusing on God while being faithful about getting married someday. It is… Read More

Q&A 1026 – Jesus for the Jews

Posted: January 4, 2007

I’m trying to witness to an orthodox Jew about Jesus being the sin offering for mankind per Leviticus/Yom Kippur atonement and he keeps referring me to Ezekiel 33:11 and Micah… Read More

Q&A 0523 – Husband and wife leadership teams?

Posted: December 29, 2006

I believe that there is a perception in the church that if a husband serves is any leadership role in any ministry then automatically the wife needs to serve as… Read More

Q&A 0522 – Baptism in running water?

Posted: December 28, 2006

The Jews baptize their converts in living (flowing) water through use of a mikveh or natural body of water. Living water has symbolic significance just like full immersion. Since the… Read More

Q&A 0543 – The Qur’an and the speed of light

Posted: December 22, 2006

Have you ever seen this?  I think it is interesting. This website claims the Qur’an gives us the speed of light! —Matt Lovacheff The passage the link refers to is Surah 32.5: (Allah) Rules… Read More

Q&A 0544 – Dreams

Posted: December 21, 2006

I read your "vivid dreams" Q&A and still have a question. I have been a Christian for 11 years. For the first 6 years I would have thought that someone… Read More

Q&A 1024 – Acts

Posted: December 15, 2006

I am studying the book of Acts, generally presumed to be written by Luke. Most of the book is written in the third person, as Luke is presumably writing an… Read More

Q&A 0547 – Ezekiel 47

Posted: December 14, 2006

Is John 7:37-39 referring to Ezekiel 47:1-12? — Jason Alexander (Madison, Wisconsin) Yes, I think it is. That means that Ezekiel 47 is not a literal passage. The temple is… Read More

Q&A 0556 – Hard times for Christians

Posted: December 8, 2006

Is it more difficult for some people to live as disciples than for others? I realize that all of us need to die every day which is a sobering fact…. Read More

Q&A 0555 – The Emergent Church

Posted: December 7, 2006

I’ve looked into what is being called the emergent church and I’m a little confused by various articles that I’ve read about it. Do you have a simpler explanation of… Read More

Q&A 0573 – Valid marriage

Posted: December 1, 2006

I have been reading a book on Greco-Roman cultural norms. It was mentioned that in most cases the Roman government would not legally recognize the marriage of a citizen to a… Read More

Q&A 0410 – The Fear of God

Posted: November 30, 2006

I have had my own position on "the fear of the Lord" for many years. However, the topic recently came up at our church service. Looking through the New Testament,… Read More

Q&A 0408 – The seal over Jesus’ tomb (Matthew 27)

Posted: November 24, 2006

As a former agnostic/atheist, I now take great comfort in the evidence for the resurrection. One question that I have never heard even raised in my 27 years as a… Read More

Q&A 0968 – Self-control

Posted: November 23, 2006

In Titus chapter 2, Paul directs Titus to address the issue of self-control ("sound mind") to all sections of the church. Notably, it’s the only thing mentioned for young men. Here… Read More

Q&A 0969 – Andrew

Posted: November 17, 2006

What about Andrew’s execution? Where’s a good place to study the lives (and deaths) of the early disciples? —Nikki PierceFor extrabiblical information about the apostles, try The Search for the… Read More

Q&A 0963 – Did God put dinosaur fossils in the ground?

Posted: November 16, 2006

My dad is a history PhD and teaches at a small private college. We had a small discussion the other day that skimmed the surface of the dinosaur debate. He… Read More

Q&A 0953 – The Documentary Hypothesis

Posted: November 10, 2006

I didn’t see anything on your website about the documentary hypothesis. Can you help me with a reading suggestion? — Marc-André LaverdièreThe Documentary Hypothesis (or “J-E-D-P”) attempts to find various… Read More

Q&A 0885 – Old Testament Violence

Posted: November 9, 2006

I have trouble reconciling some of the violence in the Old Testament. I detest today’s Islamic violence in the Middle East, but it mirrors the destruction of the Promised Land… Read More

Q&A 0882 – Cornelius and baptism

Posted: November 3, 2006

I was talking to an old pastor friend and he cited the example of Cornelius receiving salvation and the Holy Spirit before being baptized. He said this was proof that… Read More

Q&A 0866 – Free Will

Posted: November 2, 2006

I am currently taking a philosophy class in college, and the question of free will was recently a topic of discussion. As a Christian, I have always believed, by default,… Read More

Q&A 0792 – Sexual immorality and church discipline

Posted: October 27, 2006

How should I treat a sister who has sexual contact with a man without being married to him? As far as I know, he does not believe in God, but… Read More

Q&A 0758 – The Cabbala

Posted: October 26, 2006

I read a book called With God in Solitary Confinement, by Richard Wurmbrand. There is a part about his thoughts on the female principle in the Deity. He uses Genesis… Read More

Q&A 0674 – Water baptism and Holy Spirit Baptism

Posted: October 20, 2006

I would like to study the water and HS baptism as one in the same theme. Do you have some scriptures or a study on that? Yes, chapter 24 of… Read More

Q&A 0673 – Was fornication a sin in OT times?

Posted: October 19, 2006

I’ve been asked by a few friends, "Was it a sin to be immoral in the Old Testament without being married?" What do you say?”—Carmen (Long Beach) Absolutely! It is… Read More

Q&A 0668 – Diana or Artemis?

Posted: October 13, 2006

In Acts 19, in Ephesus, the great goddess is named Diana in the KJV, but is called Artemis in the NIV. This seems like a pretty big difference. Any reason… Read More

Q&A 0605 – Baptism and dementia

Posted: October 12, 2006

Q&A 0605 – Baptism and dementia “I have a question that has been troubling me this few days and I hope you can help. My mom studied the bible and… Read More

Q&A 0595 – Women

Posted: October 6, 2006

I’ve been studying the influence of culture on church practice. 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 got me thinking, and I have done a lot of further study on this subject. You are… Read More

Q&A 0589 – Bats are birds?

Posted: October 5, 2006

Bible critics are quick to point out that bats are incorrectly grouped with the birds in Leviticus 11:19 and Deuteronomy 14:18. Since bats are mammals, what do you say about… Read More

Q&A 0588 – Parenting question

Posted: September 29, 2006

My wife and I are currently reading your parenting book, The Quiver [republished in 2017 as Principle-Centered Parenting]. I can’t tell you how much pressure I feel as a dad…. Read More

Q&A 0581 – Mathematical confusion in the OT?

Posted: September 28, 2006

Critics of the Bible point out that the reference to the "Sea" in the OT shows mathematical confusion. [The Sea was an enormous basin in which the priests bathed before… Read More

Q&A 0580 – Online Bible Resources

Posted: September 22, 2006

Please recommend a good website for online Bible resources. Take a look at http://www.studylight.org. There you will find the complete ISBE, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. (I recently purchased the hard… Read More

Q&A 1023 – Polycarp baptized as an infant?

Posted: September 21, 2006

Polycarp declared, "Eighty and six years have I served him, and he never did me injury. How can I blaspheme my King and Savior?” (Polycarp, Martyrdom of Polycarp 9, c…. Read More

Q&A 1022 – Living together is sin?

Posted: September 15, 2006

In your book Shining like Stars, you say that it’s a sin for unmarried men and women to live together. I do agree that this is not the optimal situation,… Read More

Q&A 1021 – To marry despite deep spiritual disagreement?

Posted: September 14, 2006

My fiancée and I do not see eye to eye on how someone becomes a Christian. Because of my views, I consider certain people to be right with God that… Read More

Q&A 1020 – Books on Biblical customs

Posted: September 8, 2006

I have spent hours on your website perusing and searching but can find no reference to a book specifically about 1st century Roman/Jewish culture or Old Testament Jewish culture. I… Read More

Q&A 1019 – Cleansed by baptism, or by the blood of Christ?

Posted: September 7, 2006

The blood of Christ cleanses us from sin (1 Peter 1:19), but on the other hand baptism is for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38). There are people who say… Read More

Q&A 1018 – Satan repenting?

Posted: September 1, 2006

Paul wrote, ”more than I can ask or imagine…" With this in view, is there any sense in praying for Satan? He is my enemy; should he be loved as… Read More

Q&A 1017 – Perfect in Heaven?

Posted: August 31, 2006

Here’s a thought that sometimes lurks in the back of my mind. I am not sure how to square it with the Bible. We affirm that a pure and holy… Read More

Q&A 0717 – What do you think about David Berçot

Posted: August 29, 2006

What do you think about David Berçot and his writings, especially Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up? — Alvin Gumiran (Manila) I enjoy David Berçot’s writings enormously. They make… Read More

Q&A 1016 – Eli, Eli — Aramaic insight?

Posted: August 25, 2006

I’ve read that Jesus’ cry in Matthew 27:46 on the cross is actually an Aramaic idiom meaning something like "..for this I was spared." This is, of course, quite different… Read More

Q&A 1015 – Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary

Posted: August 24, 2006

What is your favorite Bible dictionary? I recently acquired the ISBE. I was wondering if it is possible to read this work online. I am looking for access to some… Read More

Q&A 0519 – Lord’s Supper

Posted: August 19, 2006

In 1994 you wrote an excellent paper on The Lord’s Supper. You suggested that the Supper is an actual meal, and best observed by Christians only. Is there a reason… Read More

Q&A 1014 – Sighing in the Spirit

Posted: August 18, 2006

Some of Watchman Nee’s writings speak of ways in which a spirit can "sense." He calls this intuition. Examples are Mark 2:8 (perceiving in his spirit), Mark 8:12 (He sighed… Read More