Bible Discussion Thread

  • Elaine Robertson on Ephesians 6
    6:1: "Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2-Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) 3-That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth."

    My baby son (age 40) was killed in a car crash last Thanksgiving. He was always an obedient child and honoured both me and his father. Why did God promise that he would live long upon the earth but was taken from me so young? How can I believe anything else God promises? I've been a born again Christian most of my life and this is killing me and his dad (who is unsaved by the way). Why? Why?
  • Joshua Babbitt - in Reply on Ephesians 6
    What I do know is that God didn't lie:

    Numbers 23:19 "God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?"

    Titus 1:2 "In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;"


    The Bible says to trust Him, and not lean on our own understanding of how things should happen, or if certain promises should have applied to him, but didn't:

    Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.


    Only God knows the "hidden things of darkness" in the hearts of men (we can't know everything):

    1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.


    And God's thoughts and judgements are infinitely higher than ours:

    Isaiah 55:6-9 - 6Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

    7Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

    8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

    9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.


    The Bible also shows us there are things that can shorten our lives - I obviously don't know if this specific verse applies, but as an example, having certain things in his heart and actions (even if it's not this particular verse) wouldn't be honoring the parents who raised him:

    Psalms 55:23

    "But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee."
  • GiGi - in Reply on Ephesians 6

    Sorry that you have lost your beloved son. That is such a hard loss.

    Dear Lord Jesus,

    Elaine and her husband need your loving embrace as they grieve this loss. Comfort them and help them. Make them strong as a couple and may they seek you together more than ever. Touch their hearts and renew them in their hope. May Elaine's husband come to know you through this. he needs you now. We ask this in Your name Jesus. Amen.

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