Bible Questions Page 117

  • Chris - in Reply on 1 Samuel 2
    Elizabeth, there have been & will be a lot of comments thrown about on this subject. I don't want to buy into it, but to ask you three questions:

    1. have you ever seen a tall ship coming in from the (flat) horizon? You can use a pair of binoculars to get a better view, but what do you see? First the upper part of the ship appears (i.e. the funnel, mast or bridge), then the lower part appears (i.e. the hull). Why is this? Now, if the Earth was flat, we should see the whole ship as soon as it comes into view, shouldn't we, & not parts of it?

    2. have you actually seen a Lunar Eclipse, i.e. when the Earth comes between the Sun & the Moon & casts its shadow on the Moon. Again those binoculars will come in handy if you want to see one clearly, but when you look at the progression of a full lunar eclipse, what is the shape of the Earth's shadow on the moon? Is it straight line? Or does it reveal a slight curve, depicting a small portion of the circumference of the Earth?

    3. and in reference to Isaiah 11:12: "four corners of the Earth". It has already been explained that this is just an expression to denote the 'full expanse of the Earth'. But why I mention this now is because of what you just wrote: "I have found there is deception in every area of man's knowledge". Now, we all know that "area" is a lineal measurement & it would be difficult to ascribe that measurement to man's knowledge, since knowledge is stored in groups of neurons in the brain & difficult to measure in lineal terms. So, to be true to English usage in this regard, we must admit that maybe, just maybe, the 'four corners of the Earth' are not literal corners, just as 'every area of man's brain' is not a literal measurement.
  • Mishael to Peter - in Reply on Genesis 1:25
    You and I can stand in the same prayer line.

    My eyes especially. Your faith makes me not feel isolated.

    For so long, I had to hear from my niece and her mother how damaged my great nephew is. Negativity drags me down. So I started praying for their whole family! They have 2 other sons with various problems. I try to help my sister to have an improved spiritual life but she refuses to give up self imposed diseases (demonic) and the suitcase of pills; she's a pharmacist without a degree. I can't help her but I can love her and pray for them all.

    Unbelief really hurts, huh?

    I thought my hip was breaking so I was suited up in the armor for days waiting for my neighbor to go to work so I could do some loud spiritual warfare. This is my 2nd day of no pain. I get to exercise tomorrow :D

    I have this sense about you: that Jesus loves you so very much. You know lots. That is Jesus enjoying your company.

    Sometimes too much activity cuts in on the time we spend in His Presence: just sitting and listening for Holy Spirits voice. Hearing a song the Holy Spirit sings.

    I'll pray for you. You pray for my son who blames God for the death of 2 brother-like friends. We'll share testimonies.

    Tell your neighbor I said howdy from Texas.
  • Mishael and The Lamb of God - in Reply on Revelation 19:12
    Jesus was the sacrificial Lamb of God. Without spots or impurity. He was perfect. He was to be humankind's sacrifice.

    Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

    But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

    And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to FULFILL all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

    When Jesus was walking up, John spoke the Prophesy that Jesus was the Lamb of God. This was a prophesy fulfilled. On the day Jesus was crucified over a 100 prophesies were Fulfilled.

    The things preceding; the day of the trial; the crucifixion; and after. It was all prophesied many years before. The odds of Him doing that probably exceed the number of stars in the sky.

    Get that list off Google. It gives you great appreciation for the office of Prophet.

    Only God could do that.
  • Mishael on 2nd Timothy 323-26 - in Reply on Numbers 35
    In 1962, I was 11. People were so fascinated with the space program that they didn't notice the old lady Atheist that caused God to be kicked out of the schools! No pledge of allegiance to the Flag of the United States; no singing America the Beautiful. Definitely no Bibles. No praying over lunch.

    This is what DECADES without God has done for us. I don't need to make you a list.

    Everybody and their gecko is out of the closet. How lovely for our children to be learning about sex in first grade; and I don't mean male/female.

    LOOK at this nation!? There are active curses as described in Deuteronomy on this nation. The only reason we are hanging on by a hangnail is because United States blesses the Nation of Israel: the Apple of God's Eye. Mr Biden is against Israel. Which speeds up Heavens Clock. Why? Because of what is happening now all over the world. The Bible tells of 1/3 of earths population dying, in Revelation 1/3 of our oceans are dying because of filth and dumped chemicals. Rain Forests are being burned down in South America. We're going to see more fires all over earth; floods; violent storms. This planet is on Heavens Schedule now. I feel it in my bones and some of you do too. Doesn't anyone read a balanced news source every day?

    We can't just hop a plane and evangelize 3rd world countries anymore. Do we pray to God to open doors for it? Radio &Internet ministries need that money because they ARE getting through.

    People see the Signs of THE TIMES we are living in NOW. Please.

    Why are we commenting on flat earth and the Jews of Israel that are split now: 1/2 Jews; 1/2 Messianic Christians. We're making progress at least, because we await the completed Fulness of the Gentiles.

    Can you see now what earth is going to look like with the Antichrist at the helm for the planet? Who wants to stick around for that ?!

    Be careful. Co-VID is blooming again.
  • Charlotte - in Reply on Zechariah 5

    But there is clearly for male angels .

    In Genesis 6 the sons of God are angels ,and they were able to impregnate women.
  • Mishael on Flat Earth Theory - in Reply on 1 Samuel 2
    You'd be interested in Googling 'pillars of the earth' and looking at some of the art people have imagined (set google on images). It gets wild :D

    A lot of people in 1200s and forward we're working on scientific theories.

    Actually, 2000 years ago, they figured the earth was following the same path every day around the Sun.

    The short of it (lots of proof by NASA); moons travel around planets; planets travel around the Sun. Then the wild cards: comets and meteors.

    Earth is the only planet held in the sweet spot of our universe. Atmosphere,

    Gravity, Ozone, Water, Oxygen, Nitrogen, etc.

    The biggest thing about it is what happens in 2nd Peter 3:4-12. It's all gonna burn.

    Oh, and verse 3: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the Last Days scoffers, walking after their own lusts. has many videos of these wonders we discuss. Photos of Pluto which is sadly not a planet anymore I guess ?
  • Whatcha gonna do about Jesus - in Reply on Zechariah 5
    Mark 12:25

    And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?

    For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but ARE AS the angels which are in heaven.

    There's no dating in heaven.
  • Peter Grant - in Reply on 1 Samuel 2
    Greetings and Gods blessings to you Elizabeth - So invigorating to find someone that believes God's word as truth and not the idol theories of men that (try as may) discredit his Creation - There as so many that say "OF course I believe in creation and not evolution, yet refuse to as accept FACT described in Genesis and many other Books that totally disprove a spinning ball Earth!

    The Earths cosmology is not as simple as flat or round. From what I understand from the study I have been doing over the last five years, from others, far more knowledgeable than I in this subject.

    There are many more dimensions, Realms, energy fields and forces way beyond our comprehension that make up this realm we perceive as 3D reality.

    Here is what I believe - The Earth is a circle (not a ball) with the ice wall of the Antarctic holding in the great Oceans - Water is always level and can not bend ( it's referred to as Sea level?) - I ask this question also - Why do they call Antarctica as the "Arctic Circle?" This circle we live on has a dome over it (The firmament) with the stars Sun & Moon revolving within this circlet. It's a bit hard to go into great detail, but to simply put it Heaven is described as having corners also - This could mean the circle and the dome are contained in the realm of heaven that is square and has corners - Believe me Elisabeth, I am continually asking for wisdom to understand the Masterpiece of the Almighty- But who can know the mind of Yahweh " But he asks us to to be truthful and search with faith and honesty" - As proverbs says "Knowledge is a principle thing"

    I trust what I have learnt has help you on your quest for the truth of the Earths cosmology

    Of this one thing I am totally sure - No man NASA or Scientist will ever convince me we live on a Ball spinning at a 1000 MPH then at 67,000 around the Sun there is no way those sorts of speeds could not be detected and you know what -

    THEY CAN NOT!! Gods richest blessings to to you and your family
  • Garyns on Revelation 19:12
    I present what was learned in the Spirit, some years ago. That John is recounting a certain history, associated with the Lord, and being cryptic about that, in particular, though details are suggested in the reading of the revelation of our Lord shared with him, over the course of dictating the writing of the book we hold so dearly, mysterious as it is. Certain elements of this passage stand out for me.

    It is an angel of the Lord who is presenting, at least the material of the above passage, both contextually (verses 09-15) and in the text itself, under study. But all is prefaced by the call, first, in verse 09: "Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb." That is always an immanent invitation, because we do not know the time of that scheduled event. But its subject is particularly poignant in our day, in our time, for the Lamb of God of the First Century is the same one in the Twenty-First Century.

    Aside from the revelation of God in the preserved New Testament, how shall we know who he is? Especially, drawing from the information furnished us in the passage, but particularly in the verse under study (v. 12), and most important to us now, ". . . he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself." What does that mean, of the Lamb of God? And written? Is it so in the New Testament? Then we would know it. But it is not 'written' there.

    There is one place only where such a 'writing' would be found. His name there is not commented on by anyone in possession of knowledge gleaned from the reading of that book, but it is there, and it is derived from the question that is asked any and all of us: who is the man identified by another John, who baptized Jesus--by the Baptist himself who said, "Behold the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world," and which is now found written in flesh and blood in and on a mysterious book or scroll, by which only they of faith can answer?

    Be wise, and truthful.
  • Jeff Everetts on Numbers 35
    How does Deuteronomy 6:1-5 relate to teaching children in this day and age. An with what is going on.
  • Neil on Zechariah 5
    Any evidence of female angels in the Bible?
  • Adam - in Reply on 1 Samuel 2
    Hi Elisabeth,

    I agree there is great deception and I agree the Bible is truth and accurate and I've read the whole Bible and have never read anywhere where it says the earth is flat. I read the opposite though, that the Earth is a circle. I interpret this as a sphere and this can easily be tested and confirmed with GPS, math, going high altitude and seeing the curvature yourself, or flying around the world. Have you ever flown transcontinental? All you have to do is buy a plane ticket to a destination on the opposite side of the earth as you and when you get there, make sure your return flight continues the same direction you want to go and you will return to where you started. So, you can fly the same direction and end up where you started. Obviously if the earth was not a globe this would not happen, and obviously you'd see an 'edge', but no, pilots and business people who fly millions of miles for work would have noticed such a thing by now if it existed.

    Psalms 61:2 does not use the word 'corners', it says end of the earth. To me this means the entire earth. 'End' is figurative. You could say the Earth 'ends' at the sky or where there is no more land, but the Bible has figurative language. Look at the rest of the same verse: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. If you interpret this literally, you could claim that you need to start rock hunting as if you're literally searching for a rock and that rock is higher than you, so it must be above your head- maybe even floating, because if it has a base then at least part of it would not be above you. But which way is up? What if you're upside down, do you still look for a rock above or below? Do you see what I mean by figurative vs. literal? End of earth is simply a phrase meaning the entire earth. For example, communion, when Jesus says eat my body and blood, do you think we're supposed to be vampires and literally eat him? No.

    What Bible verses do you believe support a flat earth?
  • Mishael on the spirit of Heaviness on Psalms 70
    Heaviness is actually a demon. They're trying to keep you immobile. In the Lords Prayer it says: "deliver us from evil". Oftentimes, heaviness starts out as a little care or concern. What begins as a small burden grows and grows. Then, you start taking on responsibilities that aren't yours. You start thinking that you have to keep everyone around you happy, or you start worrying about things in the future. All of this piled on becomes very heavy on your heart and mind.

    The Bible says that heaviness is actually a spirit. The goal of heaviness is to distract you and get you off track. Heaviness tries to keep your head down so that you can't even look up to the heavens-the place from where your help comes. Heaviness tries to wear you out and take the place of God's spirit, but do you know what chases that spirit of heaviness away? Praise and thanksgiving. Scripture says that God inhabits the praises of His people. He literally comes into our praise and works! When you start praising, God shows up in your midst and every negative spirit has to flee!

    If you have heaviness on you today, if you feel trapped, overwhelmed, discouraged, frustrated or anxious, there is only one thing you need to do, and that is to open your mouth and praise Almighty God! Even if it's difficult, even if you don't feel like it, just open your mouth and begin to declare His goodness. Sometimes we have to stir ourselves up in the things of God. Sometimes we have to get our flesh to obey the Word of God so we can see the breakthrough in the supernatural realm.

    Today, put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:3). Set your heart and mind on the Father. Instead of focusing on your problems, focus on your God. Don't let worry get you stuck, but let praise get you through! Enter His gates with thanksgiving, shake off heaviness and embrace the peace, joy and victory God has prepared for you!

    Play Dions, Kingdom in the Streets album on YouTube. It will work.
  • Jon on Revelation 1
    How do I know if I'm blessed with the holy spirit I was recently born again and I'm not sure ?
  • Mishael on Goliath size faith - in Reply on Genesis 1:25
    It may be that autism is a palsy and easily cured with the prayers of Faith.

    And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing ALL MANNER of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

    And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the PALSY; and he healed them.

    If our Faith is small concerning some illnesses; it's hard for us to trust Jesus. People have to go through the New Testament and feed their Faith just to receive a miracle. What the doctors can't do, Jesus wants to and can. If the Church worldwide got radical against autism...wouldn't that be a testimony to Jesus?

    We don't lay down and take it. My nephew has it; I've been praying for him; he's in the service now becoming a Seal.

    Corporate prayer at your church or one that is tough on demon oppression, can unite their corporate faith and cast that demon of autism out! When Jesus gets involved, good things can happen.

    Most important; be careful of your verbal conversations of doubting faith. Don't be Doubting Thomas. Pray and get all the faithless speech DELETED off the book. Your confessions should be full of hope and faith.

    Conversation = Faith

    It takes determination based on faith scripture. Pump it up and then see what Jesus does. What Satan meant for evil: to curse a life...will be turned to good; to give GLORY to Jesus (who still heals). On Sunday too :)

    Remember! Corporate Prayer.

    There are Christians beside you in church that look like Goliath in the faith department. Call up the old ladies too. We're talking about a kids life. God's got His people....

    Go listen to 'Sunday's on the Way' by Carman, on youtube.
  • Peter - in Reply on Genesis 1:25
    I am finish my research on autism of course and Also have a few health problems And poor eyesight and usually don't comment however I will answer briefly but to do justice to your question, it would take maybe two or three pages however I will answer like this. First of all, if these things affect the child to cause autism, or if anything else affects the child to cause all autism they must be a mechanism of action, aka, Mode of Action aka Mode of Development. Briefly, I thought that that Mode was hallucinations as I had hallucinated fpr several days when i was drugged when i was about 30; but in spite of the fact that any of the senses can be hallucinated' no one beloved it; and they said I would have to do research ti prove it. How do you do research to prove the obvious? Even Murphy's Law says that if a thing can happen; it will and when it rains, it will pour. The fact is however i=s that no one has even seen an infant or baby hallucinate...... I wonder why?

    So, I did about 15 years of research; etc.

    Now to answer your question, I have heard of young children having seizures after the immunization shot/ not sure which one? Do i think these things that u refer to cause Autism. Not in all cases for sure; but some maybe. So i don't go there although I do not disagree with you or any of the other anti vaccine people. I do know that Immunization works but I do not know if all those shots in young children are necessary. I do know that most cases are due to an atypical stimulation where just one of the senses are affected; and that plays over and over repetitiously and that always leads to fear development, hallucination and sudden Fight or flight.

    I do not think anyone followed or accepted my research from the beginning, and there was always new research; but these things you referred to, were commented on several times but I have never done any research in that regard. My research was to find the cause and I did that in ever which way,
  • Carl Christian on Psalms 46:10
    EL is God the Father Elohim is the Trinity which is correct for Psalms 46:10?
  • Rev J Rodney Quesenberry on Proverbs 12
    Verse 2 says that a good man obtaineth favor of the Lord. Our God and our Father gives favor to those who are good. Obtaineth in the KJV means to get it presently. Any word in the Bible that adds "eth" on a word means in the present, right now. A good person right now, gets His favor right now. Does He favor some over others? Can He show favor to some and not others without being a respector of persons, which He is not? Absolutely. He is God. He elevates His in life. Who are those that are good and understanding our goodness or righteousness is filthy rags? It's the one who has been born again by His Spirit through what Jesus His Son our Savior and Sanctifier has done at Calvary and the beating before the cross. We obtain favor constantly and daily through Jesus that we acknowledge and follow and lives through our life. He elevates that person in all of their life and what relates to them in life. Hallelujah
  • Barry L - in Reply on Revelation 18
    Oh! i know! the bible says, or better yet god said..........question is god is talking, are ya listening? jesus savior said: he that has ears to hear, let him (her) hear!
  • Barry L - in Reply on Revelation 18
    Hmmm! small mistake! what some sins? i don't think our father in heaven considers any sin a small mistake! when i hear s comment like that, i'm like i dont think so! all sin is an abomination to god! you, my friend, can cut it & slice it anyway you want says: the wrath of god is revealed from heaven agaiinst all the ungodliness of men, just look in the book of romans. the book of romans...sounds like god is not too haply with sin according to the apostle paul if you wanna get technical about it!
  • Peter on Genesis 1:25
    I enjoy all of the discussions and comments that I read; however, I am only interested in some things at this particular time of my life; and i can research them on the internet over time; but I also want Christian views and then also I thought that over time slowly I would enjoy my remaining years reading comments and slowly learning other favourite things as i was familiar a little bit with when i was a child. Once a man, twice a child; and i have person interest in these things as for example I love the 10 commandments but the problem is i get things mixed up a little; and i don't even know the first one and the most i can find is 9. So, That is my next priority and i was wondering if someone could tell me the first commandments; Is it just Thou shall have no other God before me. or do it continue as I think it do. What is the overall Christian view; and if it is one; what would the tenth one be?
  • Barry L - in Reply on Revelation 18
    Hmmm! Why all the Big fancy words? Why not a more ELEMENTARY -EXPLANATION...Like just plain old simple English? Not that I don't understand, I'm a very smart person; but in my experience with people, you know, the average person...

    They'd be like in the Dark right about now, with all the fancy words ya got going their and the others too! I'm Basically into STREET-MINISTRY...It's like the Apostle Paul said: I BECOME ALL THINGS TO ALL MEN, THAT I MIGHT WIN SOME! Sometimes you might have to sit in the mud Hole with pig and get Dirty too, if ya know what I mean Figuratively-Speaking, but doesn't mean you have to do what they other words you don't have to eat the SLOP, right?
  • Ray - in Reply
    What would Jesus do? Would he have a teddy bear in his home and bow down before it to hug it?

    What would God think of my actions? Think and meditate on this for yourselves. Don't tell me what you're thinking.

    I already have my answer. Thank you guys for sharing your feedback.
  • Mishael on Teddy Bears - in Reply
    Yep. My grandsons teddy bear is in his playroom holding baby teddy.

    You're upset, so calm down. Allow rational to prevail.

    I've said it before: ask the Holy Spirit to view your belongings WITH you. If He locks eyes on something or cringes; you can decide how to handle that. He knows what we have.

    I had to BURN astrology books that were 4 inches wide. I wiped out my bookcase so only a Bible was in it. Non-evil books were donated to a library. Acts 19:19

    Idols are mostly, statues of Buddha, zodiac items, violent music, sexual theme things; tee shirts with images that are unholy; let Holy Spirit look at your books and computer.

    I had to toss a piece of driftwood that looked like an evil cow head on Monday.

    Point is that demons use those objects as permission to hang around them. They're in the house till you force them to leave. The Holy Spirit will protect you also, and you have angels that minister to the heirs of salvation. Are you an heir of Salvation?

    We all know what can be considered offensive. As you are able, you'll want to deal with it.

    When we get saved and filled with the Holy Spirit, the demons leave for a time. But they come back periodically to see if you really were serious. We're suppose to clean our spiritual house and furnish it with the Bible inside of us; garnish it with praise and gospel music you like. When I first got saved I listened to Petra, Dion, Darrell Mansfield, Carman (went to my church).

    My life turned from blackness and thoughts of death to, Light, extreme joy, new friendships at church, new music, I mean it was pure joy! It's been 35 years and my relationship with Jesus is the sweetness of my life. Never dull either. I'm still learning just like everyone in here. I started out in evangelism almost immediately. I still love it.

    Try to figure out why you are upset? Is it spiritual or life ganging up on you? Let me know if I can help because I care. I know Jesus cares for you too. No matter what
  • Chris - in Reply on Revelation 18
    I agree, that was a good balanced answer from Adam. However, he did introduce 'passive euthanasia', which got me thinking further. How would one then view these three: suicide, euthanasia & murder? I realize that each one is different, pursued for entirely different reasons, but what do you see as the common denominator? I see, & I can be corrected, that the common denominator is "the taking of life", i.e. taking of life that God has given to us.

    Maybe from this basic understanding/assumption, one could then formulate an appropriate view from God's Perspective, in regards to: to whose authority do we appeal to; is there any leniency or allowance given to us; and, where does God's control or interest end & the realm of man's responsibility & action begin?
  • Bob Hilt on Genesis 37
    Verse 9 and 10 are the explanation for Revelation 12

    Revelation Chapter 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:

    9 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.

    10 And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?

    11 And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.

    This was fulfilled when Joseph became a Governor in Egypt.
  • Chris - in Reply
    Ray, I just want to concur with everything Steve B has said even though you may get other comments concerning the obedience to the Laws given to Israel. I have had some backlash in this respect, but I have yet to find any Scripture that tells us that we have to come under the Law, which served to only point to our sins & impossibility to be saved by the keeping of it. Therefore, we have the entrance of our Saviour, Whose death freed us from the weakness & damning nature of the Law & brought us freedom & power to fully obey God through the Life giving Spirit. So please be assured that the 10 Commandments are helpful to know God's Mind & His Will for His people Israel & of course a good rule of thumb for our governments, but for those under the New Covenant (both Jew & Gentile), we have been 'freed from the law of sin & death' (Romans 8:2).

    So as a Christian Ray, what does God's Spirit tell you in your heart concerning the worship of God, your Father? If you're hearing the same as I do, we need to humble ourselves before Him, to direct our worship to Him alone, praising Him for the giving of His Son for our sins, & to ask Him to lead & direct our lives in the way of right living. In other words, your worship & your life itself has its focus only on your Father in Heaven. Any objects that you have in the house are just that - objects. Unless, they are there representing images of the Deity which prompt you to look upon them as objects of worship, then these objects are not the cause for sin.

    I perceive that your conscience is very sensitive & your desire is to please the LORD in every area of your life. But, at times, we can be too harsh with ourselves, carrying us into the realm of fear & anguish of spirit for what God might think or do; when in fact, it could well be Satan trying to keep a hold on you, trying to rob you of the liberty you have in Christ. "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind" 2 Tim 1:7.
  • Bob Hilt - in Reply on Revelation 1:14
    Melvin, so you claim that the Esau Edomites are of Europe? It was Europeans who built the churches, printed the Bibles and sent missionaries all over the world to the glory of Jesus spreading the gospel?

    What has Africa done? Did Africa ever know the gospel until white missionaries told them? Can you explain please

    Paul the apostle to the Gentiles went to Greece, not Africa to my knowledge.
  • Chris - in Reply on 1 Maccabees 3:48
    D.J., I agree heartily with your general comment that "faith without works is dead". Yet, it is that seed of believing faith which is what the Lord seeks. Indeed, 'our works do follow us' (Revelation 14:13) & that is important, but 'without faith it is impossible to please God' & to just correct Luke 18:8, "when the Son of Man cometh, shall He find FAITH on Earth?"

    The writer's intent of 1 Macc 2:52 would normally be read as: 'Was not Abraham found faithful when (God asked him to offer up his son & he was obedient to perform this act because of his faith)? And though a cursory examination of this reveals no error here, the 'measurement' of his faith was not based on that fact (as good as it might have been), but on his faith in God to provide a substitute sacrifice or not even one at all, since God was One Who could be trusted implicitly even when He acts outside our human understanding & reasoning. It was that faith, even to the killing of his son for a reason known only to God (& for maybe many other examples of this in his life), that warranted Abraham's inclusion into the 'Hall of Faith Heroes'.

    So, I agree with you, that it took great faith in what Abraham did, maybe some of us would fail even here, but rather, I see Abraham commended for his faith in God in spite of anything that he could have done which clearly was outside his human understanding, calculations & experience. He must have gone through much emotional anguish & faith testing but his faith overrode his human inclinations.

    Our works as a result of faith give visible proof to another person of its validity. But does this fact come under the purview of God or rather, on the 'seed' of our faith alone (i.e. at the 'evidence & germination of that seed)? Anyway, just sharing my understanding of this as I've tried to consider all the relevant Scripture over the years. However, your comments are much appreciated & thanks for your time to consider this important matter.
  • Adam - in Reply on Matthew 7
    No one knows when the end is, not even Jesus, but we are given signs to watch out for. All I can say is the end is closer than it was yesterday and there is a great deception with people believing lies and spreading lies through the media, social media, and beyond.

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