Bible Questions

  • Jesse - in Reply on Matthew 19:24
    Lyndi,

    That is interesting. Do you know why Matthew used the phrase kingdom of heaven, but Mark and Luke use kingdom of God? I was taught that both kingdom of heaven and kingdom of God are the same. But since Matthew wrote his gospel to the Jews, and the Jews would not say the name God (They say, Hashem, which means "The Name)," that is why Matthew says kingdom of heaven, and not kingdom of God. But Mark and Luke say kingdom of God because both their gospels were written to the Gentiles. Very interesting!

    If I may ask, what is the difference between heaven and the kingdom of God?
  • Pale on Isaiah 6:3
    Why isn't the 'holy, holy, holy' from the Book of Revelations cited with these books though?
  • Delbert on Ecclesiastes 4:9
    what bible verses refer to a marriage between man and women KJV
  • Mark on 1 Esdras 1
    These were removed from the Bible by the Catholic Archidiocese ?
  • Jesse - in Reply on James 1
    Thanks, Carleton for sharing that from the Spanish Bible. I did not know that. The word "Word" in the Greek text is the word LOGOS. How would we be able to tie LOGOS in with "el Verbo" to come up with the same meaning of the word "Word"?

    LOGOS is a very special word that began to be used around 600 years before Christ by the Greek philosophers. LOGOS was not just the word, but LOGOS was the thinker behind the universe.



    I guess if "el Verbo" describes an action, and to the Greeks, the LOGOS was known as the "Thinker behind the universe," the action would be God's creation? Just a thought!
  • Jesse - in Reply on James 1
    Adam,

    Thanks for sharing your perspective. It's nice to be able to come and share our perspectives. You ask me about my statement that a doer of the word doesn't mean that I take my bible and go out and do it, so please allow me to explain myself. I gave the context on James 1:22, but perhaps I could have simplified it some.



    What I'm trying to show is the difference between a "hearer" and a "doer" of the word. What I'm also showing is the difference between a true believer (one who has been born of God's Spirit), and a person who claims to be a believer or Christian, but has never been born of the Spirit.

    A hearer only is someone who hears the word but has never applied it to his/her heart, and the consequence is that they never produce any spiritual fruit. Sure, they might go out and do "good" things because, you know, "the bible tells me to." But that's the wrong approach to take. If a person does good out of human ambition, or they feel obligated to, God's not going to reward them for that.

    The only good we can do that is pleasing to God is when we are being persuaded by His Spirit to do good. There are two words for good in the Greek text that we must be able to differentiate between. One is human good (Kalos). And the good that is produced by, and is the result of God's Spirit working in a believer's life and persuading the believer to do good is (Agathos).

    When we do good, are we doing it because God's Spirit is persuading us to do it? Or are we doing it because the bible tells us to do it, so we better "get busy" and start doing it? There is a difference, and God will only reward us for one of these two.



    One is works-based, and the other is produced by God's Spirit. The "hearer only" cannot produce spiritual good. The doer is the one who both hears the word, applies it to his/her heart, and then submits to the persuasion of God's Spirit working through them to produce the good. But He produces it, we don't!

    Hopefully, I've explained myself?
  • Carleton - in Reply on Hebrews 9
    Hello Earl, sounds good, but where is the repentance and remission of sins in this faith?

    Carleton
  • Earl Bowman - in Reply on Hebrews 9
    Richard, may the Spirit grace us with HIS wisdom and HIS understanding.

    We are the TEMPLE OF GOD, the HOLY OF HOLY (Christ in you) is now in us along with the TRUE MERCY SEAT (HIS blood now covering us) The old was a shadow of the HEAVENLY. We are the HEAVEN OF HEAVENS. JESUS IS THE TEMPLE we have become ONE TEMPLE.

    John 3:13 And no man has ascended up to heaven (shadow of the NEW HEAVEN) .....

    Revelation 21:5 .....I make all things new...

    Revelation 21:1 ....new heaven and a new earth.... God's hew home (TRUE HEAVEN) with a body now longer made of the dust of earth; but of THE GLORY OF CHRIST.

    1 Kings 8:27 But will God indeed DWELL ON EARTH (the shadow was the tent in the wilderness; afterwards Solomon's temple)? behold, the heaven (old) and the HEAVEN OF HEAVENS (new) cannot contain THEE. How much less the house I have builded? God is INDEED DWELLING ON EARTH; but now in the NEW.
  • Joshua Babbitt - in Reply on Acts 1
    Good point Richard. And I would encourage all Christians to take it one step further, and not celebrate it at all; as we don't want to put stumbling blocks in front of witches (we don't want them to see Christianity as just another form of paganism); I think the same principle of meats offered to idols would apply:

    1 Corinthians 10

    28"But if any man say unto you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof:"

    29"Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man's conscience?"

    ...

    32"Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:"

    33"Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved."

    1 Corinthians 10:14

    "Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry."

    We also don't want to wound other Christians who would see us participate in such a thing;

    1 Corinthians 8

    "10For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;

    11And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?

    12But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.

    13Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend."
  • Teresa on Deuteronomy 21
    It's more a question.. aren't we to love those that spitefully use us? Pray for the sick , or that the lost soul will be saved? Win souls? Therefore winning alcoholics and even drug users ect?
  • Jean Christian on Isaiah 15:3
    I am called to study the scriptures and commentaries regarding the pleading for and the calling on the "Blood of Jesus" for healing, salvation, atonement, and protection and covenant. Do you have these available?

    Thank you.
  • Joshua Babbitt - in Reply on 1 Peter 5
    I just sent this message to someone else, and saw your prayer request, and hope you'll prayfully consider this matter:

    I was ill for almost 3 years, close to being bedridden, but in just one moment of time, the Lord Jesus Christ had mercy on me, and God healed me. Just like it says to do in James 5, I called for the elders of the church to pray over me, and the elder and I spent maybe 50mins confessing our faults one to another, and after we prayed for God's forgiveness and mercy, he laid hands on me, anointed me with oil in the name of the Lord (poured olive oil on my head), and prayed for the Lord's healing, and that moment I was healed.

    We didn't know what we were doing, but we just tried to follow the scripture as closely as possible, and the Lord healed me! I wasn't healed because of our own goodness, but because of the Lord's goodness and mercy that He showed on me and others who were suffering grief for me (like my mom).

    I encourage you to pray for faith, and follow what the Lord instructs in James 5:

    James 5

    14Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

    15And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

    16Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
  • Ron - in Reply on Colossians 1:15
    Hey Tom, I'm not sure of the reward you say for obedience but here's a few of my thoughts and some scripture, in respect to all who have replied.

    1John.2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

    John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

    2 Corinthians 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

    John 14:28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.

    1 Corinthians 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

    John 20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

    Jesus called His Father His God. No one can deny the divinity of Jesus, the demons in scripture even knew who he was "the Son of the Most High". The Son was with the Father before the world because through the Son all was created. There is not any scripture that says how the Son began only He was the beginning of creation. The word Godhead is in the Bible 3 times "theots" meaning deity, divinity, "Theion" meaning Devine Being, both can be said of God and the Son of God without saying they are both God.

    God bless us, Ron
  • Richard in Christ - in Reply on Judith 1
    Hello,

    I myself know of much wisdom in the Apocrypha books. As there is much wisdom throughout the Holy Bible along with the book of Enoch etc. Why they separated them doesn't make much difference to me. They are trying to change the Bible around more, newer versions, than they ever have before to my knowledge. We are Blessed to still be able to access and read the Apocrypha books on sites like this one.

    I'm not sure of the root of your post. The Holy Bible does not speak of God "choosing the entire world of nations" either. Yes, God created the world for man/woman and His creation. Are you stating that God is a respecter of certain "persons"? Like racism? The Lord searches our hearts.

    God loves those who love Him with a pure heart. No matter where they are "from". If you have not seen these things in the Apocrypha books I shall gladly post them for you. I shall wait for your reply as I am not sure on the root of your post.

    Also those books being written before the time of Jesus Christ. As after reading about, and accepting, our Lord a veil should be lifted that may shadow some who are Old Testament only readers.

    Thank you. God Bless.
  • Niki on Romans 6:14
    I have been reading the Bible since early 20's, now in early 60's. I was reading Isaiah today and something new presented to me... verse 1:14 kjv, through Isaiah God had been giving the people of Israel an overview of what their sinful ways look like from Gods view... and then He says in verse 14... "my SOUL hateth"... I had never viewed God as having a soul; somehow in my mind He has always been omnipresent and yet now I see it a bit clearer. I guess, why wouldn't he have a soul... if we are created in His image, right! I find this topic worth further thought. Any theological scholars out there who have any thoughts?
  • Adam - in Reply on James 1
    Hi Jesse, I'd like to offer a different perspective on your comment:

    >"So a doer of the word in my understanding doesn't mean that I take my bible and go out and do it"

    If the good Samaritan followed this advice he would not have stopped to help the injured man. Luke 10:25-37 Maybe he would have walked on by because he already knew who he was in his own mind, and didn't want to risk being 'legalistic' or obedient, as if that's a bad thing. Reminds me of a Pharisee- who felt self-righteous but didn't have good deeds as fruit that show their faith in action.

    Matt 25:40 comes to mind: "...as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

    The push to not be obedient or do good works seems contradictory to this verse: James 1:22 and so many others throughout the Bible - would God tell us we don't need to obey Him and to not do what He says, or would someone else be behind this? Who is the most likely source that tells us that being good is bad and doing bad is good?

    Matthew 25 and basically most of Jesus' parables were about the same thing: being prepared, because a day will come and we will be separated and judged and accountable for our actions. The foolish virgins were unprepared and did nothing. The bag of gold parable Jesus called the one who did nothing but hid the gold "wicked and slothful." Jesus said about the ones who did nothing (no works) to help others sent them to hell: Matt 25:44-46

    Jesus also said about obedience: John 14:15.

    To anyone claiming good deeds and works is 'bad' notice that the Bible is full of instruction to do good deeds and works. One would have to ignore nearly the entire Bible in order to come to such a conclusion. If our actions didn't' matter then the Bible wouldn't have continually said it DOES matter and we will literally be judged for it. We are saved by grace, we don't earn heaven, but Christianity is a verb = action.

    2 Corinthians 5:10, Revelation 20:12, Gal 5:13, Matthew 10:42
  • Patty Tozi on 1 Timothy 3
    Have you ever praised God in this shortened life we are in now? For another day not yet promised. Have you looked around to see the homeless, hopeless, standing in front of you--and just walked on by? Didn't Jesus suffer for us to be the best we can? Think of your life now. What do you see? All the times God was protecting you, but because of self, went the opposite of what he wanted you to see. Wake up before it is too late. The judgement of your life is coming. Stand strong and help others as Jesus would of helped you. Get down on your knees and the word of the Bible will set you free.

    Praise God daily for keeping you here another day-- waiting to see if you stay with Him or flee!!!
  • Tom - in Reply on Colossians 1:15
    Jesus did the work the father sent him to do , undeniable, so is there reward for doing good in obedience to the father ? Yes of course . Did he earn it ? Yes of course his reward that is .

    A few verses I read this morning as I opened the bible at random .

    Malachi 2.10 Have we not all one father ? Hath not one God created us ? ....

    Malachi 3 . 6

    For I am the Lord , I change not ; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed .

    These verses certainly apply today , as sure as the Lord is whom he says He is !

    I Bow to the Great I am and his son the Lord Jesus ! His word endures for ever ! Amen ...
  • Bro Barney - in Reply on Matthew 27:54
    Dana,

    My grandson had a similar question. "If God knew that Adam would fall and bring death into the world, why did He create us?"

    My answer was "Love." God wanted someone to love and be loved by. Why did you have children? Even though God knew of all the bad that would happen by creating man, He concentrated on the good; the love He would give and the love He would receive in return.

    He gave man the ability to choose because you cannot have love without choice. Without choice you have robots. So in God's great wisdom He saw man failing and prepared a way for him to be redeemed. All for the purpose of love.

    Joh 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

    God bless
  • Carleton - in Reply on James 1
    Hi Fred, the climate for staying true if we have been made true by dying to sin and living unto Him (Jesus) seems to ne changing perhaps for the worse. There will aways be a place of refuge for the one who knows Calvary who has repented of sin and desires to be in fellowship with Jesus and fellow saints. The gates of hell will not prevail against her. Now if we mimic her in our lives by never coming to fruition (maturity) with Jesus Christ then judgement may come in this earth. Politicians come and go at the hands of countries that allow voting by their citizens. But are not the true Christians pilgrims and strangers passing through to their new home, New Jerusalem?
  • Bro Barney - in Reply on Hebrews 7:9
    Johnnie,

    Giving to the poor and needy is a wonderful thing and should be encouraged. However, you mentioned tithes. In the Old Testament God required tithes in order to support and maintain the temple for worship and support of the priests. Today we have many churches going under because of lack of attendance and support. The churches I am familiar with are in need of tithes to support their pastor and maintain a place of worship. Satan is working hard to close all churches to reduce the preaching of God's Word and he is making greater strides every day. You might consider this when making your decision.

    God will honor the giving of tithes to the church as He did the widow that gave two mites, Mar 12:42. He will honor you even more if you give to the poor in addition to your giving to your church.

    FYI, I service in my church without pay.

    Thank you
  • Fred Scanlan - in Reply on James 1
    "Visiting the Fatherless and the widows". We see these things mostly with the refugee. More than ever are we afflicted with refugees. The world over ,created mostly from sin. How many homes continue to be destroyed, How many widows are born, how many children wander in the desert wilderness? While the politician can only see himself. The politician, looks always to put the blame somewhere else! He even creates his walls for protection, only for himself! And yet, they say the child is not mine, the cry u hear is someone else's child! The city, even is lost, with no borders that hold righteousness. There is no fear of God, all have gone astray! The scripture, written for our learning and instruction in righteousness, are only words? You too faithless one, will soon will find there are no gates to protect you! Judgment has arrived at the house of Israel!
  • Richard in Christ - in Reply on Matthew 27:54
    Hi Adam,

    As I'd just like to reply to your post and just to bring peace. Like I stated how I agree with Jesse on his view I also agree with you on this. As you give solid reasons in you posts. How even angels have been known to have sinned and turn from God.

    Me giving the answer of "yes and no" to this question of OSAS I'm sure would not hold up well to most. Though as I stated that God knows who shall endure until the end as in Matthew 24:13 being they that shall be saved. The Lord knowing His sheep. Though we as men should not take this situation lightly at all. Nobody knows what will happen tomorrow. As we have been bought with a price and we are His children 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. To live by His Will not our own and to follow our Lord Jesus Christ with zeal.

    Taking this in the way of the parable of the sower in Matthew 13:18-23, seems to be accurate. In that those who fall away may have not even been truly saved in the first place. Though only God can really answer that truthfully.

    We must strive to not lose our savor as our Lord told us. To run the race till the end keeping the faith.

    Again I also side with you in that this is no small matter to take lightly as some may today. Just reading through the first three chapters of Revelation and seeing how Jesus Christ spake unto the churches. Having good things to say and bad things to get them to repent of and focus on Him. Sometimes I say to some people "Would you want the Lord to be happy with you or disappointed in you"?

    We have been Blessed with free will. This is what makes people who endure till the end even more special. With a pure heart. To one day be glorified and be with our Lord where He is. Amen.
  • Johnnie on Hebrews 7:9
    I would like to know if it is alright to give your tithes to the poor?
  • S Spencer - in Reply on Colossians 1:15
    Hi Tom,

    Do you mind If I humor you abit?

    Do Christ have an actual birthday?

    I'm sure that sounds silly because the scripture is clear he has no beginning,

    How do you define a father and son relationship "Biologically"?

    No doubt the father existed before his son, there's not way we can comprehend any other way, this is natural!

    Now do we view God the father and Christ the son in the same biological way? NO! and that's unnatural.

    God "IS" Everlasting and Jesus came out of the bosom of Everlasting.

    When you make your argument you make it from an biological/natural point of view when their relationship is not biological or natural.

    When you see father and son you comprehend that from the creatures stand point.

    But when you see Jesus mentions the Father and son he says me and the father are One and if you seen me you seen the father, He says that from the Duel Creator standpoint

    You're trying to grasp that Biologically but you can't because Father AND the Son is Everlasting!

    Apart from what's given from that,

    is what the scripture says directly.

    Isaiah 9:6. The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

    Revelation 1:8. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, (the Almighty) "Look up the all mighty in the greek"

    Malachi 2:17. Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?

    Malachi 3:1. Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

    YOU CANT LOOK THE OTHER WAY AS IF THESE VERSES DON'T EXIST. YOU HAVE TO CONSIDER THEM.

    TELL ME HOW DO YOU INTERPRET THEM???

    AND THERE IS MANY MORE.
  • Ed on Romans 6:14
    Paul is saying we no longer live under the law of "sin and death" Paul is not saying we don't live under God's law. Context is everything. When we fall short, we have grace, but as Paul and yeshua has said, not till heaven and earth pass will the law of God pass. If we no longer live according to the law of God, and if it is truly not applicable to new testament Christians, why then when yeshua returns to rule on earth does he practice the law? He will practice the law untill all things written by the prophets is fulfilled, then heaven and earth will pass away with the law of God, we won't need it after that because there will be no more urge. To sin.

    We don't follow God's law to save us, we practice GODS law because we are saved, see the difference?

    Your faith in the word (yeshua is the word in the flesh) is what justifies you.
  • Dana - in Reply on Matthew 27:54
    Thank you Adam

    What response do I give my daughter for a direct question, "Why are we here?" "Why did God create us? What is the reason?"
  • Adam - in Reply on Matthew 27:54
    Dear Dana, what is your question?
  • Dana on Matthew 27:54
    We are a Christian family. Having raised our children in an Independent Fundamental Baptist Church. My grown daughter, who no longer lives at home, had a question that I could not give or think of a satisfactory answer. My Pastor's wife could neither think of an answer that was adequate in explanation. The most I could come up with was that we are here, so God has friends.......aka to fellowship with Him. That is not going to be satisfactory for her. Does anyone have a better explanation? Thank you for your help.

    A worried mom

    Dana
  • Richard on Hebrews 9
    My question. When Jesus died did he go to the Heavenly mercy seat to give His blood or direct to the right hand of God?

    If He did how and why?

    Thank you


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