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-- General Bible --

If you have a doctrinal question or item you would like to learn more about, just send it to us at "Ask the Pastor". We will post the answer on-line. Simply click on a question to see an answer. New items are added to the top of the list.

---------- General Bible ----------

I have a couple questions about Eph. 4:4-16. In verse 4 when he says there is one "body", what is he referring to? What does he mean when he says that Christ "lead captivity captive"? In verse 9, what does he mean when he says, " he descended into the lower parts of the earth" ? Is that talking about being in the tomb? How does this tie into the gifts he has given us and the edifying of the saints?
I have enclosed an article where Bro. ----- teaches that Jesus went to the fires of Hell for three days to pay for our sins because the Bible says that Christ's soul was not left in Hell. He says that all the Old Testament saints went to Heaven as soon as they died because Hell can only refer to a place of torment. He says that in Luke 16 "Abraham's bosom" is Heaven, and that when Christ said the thief on the cross would be with Him in Paradise that meant that the thief was going directly to Heaven, and that since Jesus is omnipresent He was going to be in suffering in Hell and in Heaven with the thief at the same time. What do you think about this?
What do we know from the Word of God about what Heaven is like right now for those who have passed on before us? People really get confused and make statements about the dead walking the streets and eating fruits and talking with family and friends. A believer who has died is a spirit with out a body....
Do you think we can say for sure that Abimelech was not a worshiper of God. (the king that Abraham gave Sara to for his harem)? s
In what context/meaning are the words of Jesus when he refers to
"SON of MAN"? Does it have different applications?

I have three questions:
clear.gif - 808 Bytes1. So the devil never was or did any good?
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I'd like more understanding on verses II Corinthians 13: 4-10. What is the weakness he is talking about and what does he mean by the term reprobate? How does the "weakness" in verse 4 compare to being "weak" in verse 9?
When were angels created?
I have some questions about Job...
When did the Hypostatic Union of Christ end?
From N.T. times on, if a person asks Jesus into their lives, He never leaves. We have verses to back that up. What assurance did people have in the O.T. of that? If a person loved God and followed Him but made some wrong choices and was backslidden, did he go to Paradise when he died?
Why does the Bible not mention dinosaurs but we have fossils to prove their existence?
Did cave men go to heaven? Why does the Bible not mention cave men?
If God has always been before there were angels and God was the only being, was He lonely being the only one?
I read you article on Monasticism with great care. I do not dispute the facts of what you wrote, but I do think that some of your conclusions are very wrong.
Just wondering if you could point me to any additional information on "stole" and "katastole".
My wife who is a DEVOUT Oprah Winfrey follower and a devout believer in "being a good person gets you to heaven," Over the past nearly 13 years that I have tried to live for the Lord I have endured more persecution than I can handle....I have come to the point where I have no other choice but to give up on ever being able to live a Christian life again.
Could you please explain the Masons and the Masonic Lodge?
What do you believe about Pastor or Elder/Deacon Rule, with members voting only for their Pastor/Elder/Deacons?
What is your position on Spirit Baptism from Corinthians 12:13?
How do you know when to leave something at God's feet after praying and when to pray continuously for the same thing?
I am a student writing a research paper on the Creationism-Evolutionism argument, and I want to make sure I am being fair and thorough in my interpretation of both sides....
Do you believe in the Rapture?
Can I be re-baptized,or would it be re-crucifying Christ all over again?
What does it mean to be "born again", and who is "born again"?
1. My dad is an atheist... My neighbors are Sunni Muslims ... Many of my friends are Mormons... How do you witness to these people?
Can you tell me a Biblical reason why Barak Obama is NOT the antichrist??
A friend of mine is looking for a church, and wrote: "We're reading a book called Ekklesia that talks about the roots of the Biblical church. It presents a totally different model for church than what we typically see here: house churches instead of bigger institutional church buildings, interactive, open meetings where every brother can give a word of instruction, song, prophecy, tongue/interpretation, etc; elder-led church governance as opposed to a hierarchy ruled church, celebrating the Lord's supper as a full meal rather than a wafer and little cup, etc." Do you have any thoughts on the above?
I had a question about the dispute over 1 John 5:7-8. I've read in several places that originally, Erasmus didn't have it in his first couple of editions, and then he only put it in once he was presented with a copy that had been taken from a manuscript that only had it in the margins in the 5th century or something. I realize that it does not change the doctrine of the Trinity, but I would like to have more understanding concerning this passage.
Should one be excluded from becoming a church member if they hold membership in the Freemasons even if they are inactive in that organization, and should they let the pastor know of such membership?
If a married man's wife is not a Christian but the husband is, will this exclude them from church membership?
A Response to a Roman Catholic's Criticisms
What does the Bible mean when it says, "The last shall be first and the first shall be last, many are called, but few are chosen" ?
I have suffered for many years from a terrible fear of public speaking. Do you think prayer is sufficient to conquer this fear, or would seeking counseling, medication, etc. show a lack of faith?
What do you think about the Apostles' Creed?
Why do you believe the way you do about music, and what books would you recommend that I read to learn more about the subject?
I had learned at one time that we only sin against God. Is there something in the Greek and Hebrew that changes in translation?
Can you speak to verses like Psalms 109:10 and 12 ? ........I just don't understand why He would call for a blind eye to orphans.
What is the Scriptural basis for supporting missions through Faith Promise?
Do you understand or see a need for true Christian psychologists?
I have a question as to why Cain's offering was rejected, and Abel's was accepted.
"When did the word pastor first get used in Christendom?
Would it be wrong to reconcile with your first husband according to Deuteronomy 24:4?
Is it biblically permissible for a divorced minister to resume a pastorate?
Does the Bible teach that God intends for people to only eat vegetables?
If women are not to be ministers, evangelists, or over men, then why has he blessed and used women like Paula White, Joyce Meyer's, and Juanita Bynum?
What do you believe about "church succession"?
In our church we have been told that the only fruit a Christian can have is that of winning souls to Christ. Is this true?
I recently heard a preacher say that when we stand before Christ we are only going to be judged by our works ...
I believe that Christians should follow the law (of course, not unto your salvation).
Was Paul being prideful when he said I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith? Is there any time that pride is OK?
When Paul refers to double honor ( I Timothy 5:17), is he referring to money?
Is it wrong to be proud of the fact that I am a member of the United States Military? Is it wrong to be proud of a job well done? Is it wrong to be proud to be an American? Is it wrong to be proud of my son when he does well at what he does? None of these are personal issues that I have accomplished on my own. I figured that if you gave glory to God for gracing you with all of the above then how would it be priding in yourself?
How do you know what you were put on earth for?
Is there anything in the Bible that is prophetic about the number 15 ?
In Luke 1, when the angel comes to Zacharias and tells him that his wife will have a baby, he asks in verse 18, "how shall I know this." Then in the same chapter the angel comes to Mary and told her she would have a baby, and in verse 34 she asks "how shall this be." My question is - why was Zacharias punished for unbelief and Mary was not, when they both asked the angel basically the same question?
Why was Judas selected as a disciple and what eventually happened to Judas when he betrayed Jesus?
Why was 'Revelation' written by John, and not Linus?
Why are the 10 commandments listed differently in Exodus than this church teaches them.

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