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|21||significance of the number forty||Matt 4:2||gmsmith101||4335|
|I disagree with John MacArthur on this one (doesn't happen often--I respect him very much). I believe--and you won't find this anywhere in Scripture, except maybe in principle, so don't ask for a chapter and verse--that the number forty signifies purification or cleansing. Here are some examples:
1. The Flood lasted forty days--Gen. 7:17.
2. Forty days were required to embalm Israel--Gen. 50:3.
3. Moses was on the mountain with God for forty days--Deut. 9:9.
4. Elijah fasted for forty days--1 Kings 19:1-8.
5. Ezekiel was lying on his side for the sins of his people for forty days--Ezek. 4:6.
6. And of course, Jesus walked the earth for forty days after His resurrection.
There are many more examples of this principle in the Bible. I hope it helps and makes sense!
|22||Unbaptized children||Bible general Archive 1||gmsmith101||4332|
|You're welcome and God bless you. I can't even imagine the joy we will experience in heaven when we are reunited with our beloved children.|
|23||Unbaptized children||Bible general Archive 1||gmsmith101||4331|
|You're welcome and God bless you. I can't even imagine the joy we will experience in heaven when we are reunited with our beloved children in heaven.|
|24||What does Bible teach on election?||Bible general Archive 1||gmsmith101||4330|
|It was a great blessing. He is a brilliant man and is truly annointed by God. I learned more in the 18 months that I was member of his church than I have in the 7 that I've been a Christian. It was like receiving a seminary education for free!|
|25||Unbaptized children||Bible general Archive 1||gmsmith101||4295|
|I believe that unborn, newborn and infants go to heaven. (Small children, too, and very possibly mentally challenged adults.) For this belief and hope (I have children in heaven), I have two reasons:
1. God is just. Although I know we are all conceived and born with a sinful nature, I also believe that God, in His goodness and justice, would not allow an innocent who has not had the opportunity to commit sin to suffer eternal punishment.
2. King David's child died and he said, "I will go to him, but he will not return to me." Meaning, I believe, that David had full expectation of seeing his child again in heaven. 2 Sam. 12:15-23.
|26||What does Bible teach on election?||Bible general Archive 1||gmsmith101||4292|
|I also followed your link and found your notes very helpful. My husband and I are reformed believers and sometimes it is hard to find lessons to explain the tenets of the reformed view. I hope you don't mind if we use some of your materials in our Sunday School class.
By the way, I notices you quoted my former pastor, R.C. Sproul.
|27||where do blacks come from?||Bible general Archive 1||gmsmith101||4285|
|Most definitely, there were major changes in man after the flood. Many believe in a "canopy" theory, in which there was a canopy of water suspended above the earth from the time of creation until the flood. There is a verse in Genesis, I think it's 1:7, about a firmament above and below, etc. So anyway, if there was a "canopy", then that could explain the changes like shorter life span, etc. If the earth was covered in a protective canopy of water which came down during the time of the flood, then perhaps that is why the life spans were shortened (no more protection from the atmosphere or elements).|
|28||where do blacks come from?||Bible general Archive 1||gmsmith101||4193|
|29||where do blacks come from?||Bible general Archive 1||gmsmith101||4192|
|I attended a wonderful seminar held by former a former evolutionist scientist. He had a Ken Ham-like ministry, something like Answers in Genesis but it wasn't them. Anyway, he said that any scientist could tell you that physical change can occur genetically within 4 generation. His example was as follows: If you wanted to come up is a dog that is half a dog high and three-quarters of a dog long, you breed dogs of this length and height for 4 generation and you end up with a Dachsund! (I hope I got that right.) Anyway, the point is that if a people were isolated and intermarried, the dominate traits of those people would come forward within 4 generations. Therefore, after the Tower of Babel, when languages were "confused" and people dispersed to different parts of the world, their dominate traits (dark skin, "Asian" eyes, whatever) came forward naturally and the races we have now developed. This would explain the nations/races without any evolution or mutation, and it is still clear that we all came from GOD.|
|30||Is it breaking God's covenant?||NT general Archive 1||gmsmith101||4170|
|I believe that under ANY circumstances, having sexual (or even non-sexual) relations with anyone outside of marriage can be considered adulterous and in direct defiance of the laws of God concerning marriage. Jesus said (quoting Genesis) in Matt 19:4-6, "...Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate."
No matter what the situation, whether both parties consent or not, bringing a third (or fourth, or fifth, or sixth...) party into the marriage bed DEFILES it (Heb 11:4). This is still adultery and God will judge it.
|31||no milk and beef in old testament||Gen 1:29||gmsmith101||4154|
|I couldn't find a specific law about not eating milk and meat together, but Deuteronomy 14:21 forbids the boiling of a young goat in its mother's milk.|
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