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|41||Actual bodies in heaven?||1 John 3:2||MJH||213918|
Thanks for your question. I think that DocTrinsograce did a great job answering your question, but since it's not linked to your question directly, I thought you may have missed it. Put 213874 in the box under Search Word(s) or ID and you will go right to his answer, which is spot on.
To sum up. Heaven is not our ultimate destination. We will be with the Lord in an intermediary state while we wait eagerly for the resurrection of our earthly bodies and to live ON EARTH with the Lord eternally. Our ultimate destination is for God to dwell with us on a physical Earth that has been restored to its pure state.
|42||John's death||John 1:1||MJH||213829|
|According to Tertullian (in The Prescription of Heretics) John was banished (presumably to Patmos) after being plunged into boiling oil in Rome and suffering nothing from it. It is said that the entire coliseum were converted to Christianity upon witnessing this miracle.
Josephus wrote too early to have included this event.
I am NOT suggesting that this is an historically accurate statement, just answering your question without additional comment.
|43||John's baptism||Luke 7:29||MJH||213819|
|John's baptism was for repentance, a return to the Law and Teachings of God. It was purposefully for those Israelites who had wondered away from the True Faith to return; to turn back. What did it do for a person? It was a testimony to the person, to witnesses and before God that the person has repented and turned back to God. The act was something done to show what had already taken place.
Baptisms occurred after a change in status took place. For example, when those who were ritually unclean for what ever reason, became ritually clean again, they would go through baptism (Mikvah in Hebrew). Archeologists have dug up wealthy homes in Jerusalem with Mikvot in them. Some pious Jews would go through a baptism every day.
John’s baptism and ministry prepared the way for the Messiah. By leading people back to living out the commands of God as they were intended, with love, mercy, compassion, and justice, John prepared a large number of people ready to hear Jesus’ message, and ultimately to receive Him as Messiah (Acts 2:41).
Today, we practice the same principle, which finds its original teaching in Exodus and Leviticus and is commanded in Matt 28:19. When a person has a change of status from non-believer to being a believer, we perform a baptism. In this case, the change of status is far more extreme and permanent. The person has gone from the Kingdom of death to the Kingdom of eternal Life found in God through faith in Jesus the Messiah.
Were they, in John’s baptism, forgiven for their sin but not unto salvation? Yes and no. Only God knows the heart, but anytime a person places their faith in the Messiah, whether before he came or after he came, that person has eternal life in Him. Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness. Salvation before and after the cross came about the same way, through True Faith in the One True God and His Messiah.
|44||age limit of 120 years after Noah's sons||Gen 6:3||MJH||213661|
|Scriptures says that God's Spirit will not abide with mankind forever; his days will be 120 years.
Many interpret this as you do, that mankind will live for 120 years, but that view posses several obvious problems.
The view I take, as well as many others before me, is that God will send the flood in 120 years from this statement. Then, His Spirit will no longer abide with mankind (excepting the 8 on the Ark), and thus they die.
|45||What evidence does the Letter of Galatia||Bible general Archive 4||MJH||213584|
|What school do you currently attend?
|46||How did the atmosphere of persecution af||2 Tim 2:15||MJH||213583|
|What school are you attending?
|47||Is it cheating?||Bible general Archive 4||MJH||213403|
|48||Is it God speaking??||James 1:5||MJH||213314|
|Doc has answered well. This verse is what came to mind when I read what you wrote:
"But others talk of God speaking to them and speaking to their hearts. Am I the only one that this doesn't happen to?"
Colosians 2:18 "Let no one defraud you by acting as an umpire and declaring you unworthy and disqualifying you for the prize, insisting on self-abasement and worship of angels, taking his stand on visions [he claims] he has seen, vainly puffed up by his sensuous notions and inflated by his unspiritual thoughts and fleshly conceit,,,"
|49||What is the canon and why is it closed?||Heb 1:1||MJH||213296|
|You question is too much for a response on this forum, but maybe I can get you started.
The canon is short for "Canon of Scripture." These are the books of the Bible that are considered by the Church to be authoritative and inspired by the Spirit of God. Protestants accept the 66 books found in the translation connected with this forum.
The canon was finalized during the fourth century after the Christian church was given legitimacy by Constantine. Over the pervious years, the canon of Scripture had been debated book by book, but most were included already by all.
The canon being closed means that the debate is over as far as the organized church is concerned. Of course it never is with individuals.
It's a fascinating study if you have the time.
|50||WHAT LIGHT WAS GOD REFERRING TO||Gen 1:3||MJH||213261|
I'll tell you what I see here. But understand that to you I am just a nameless faceless someone on the internet. Hopefully you ponder questions like this in a community of people in body.
I see Genesis Chapter 1 as God's first revelation of Himself and His plan for mankind. It is no mistake that He begins by describing a void, chaotic, dark place. Imagine nothing but churning waters with no firm ground to hold to, no light to see. We have a perfect picture of a Kingdom of darkness. Not to unlike some places on Earth today.
It is into this dark chaotic world that God speaks and creates, and His first act is to create light. God's Kingdom is known as the Kingdom of Light. Where ever Light is, darkness hides.
I taught this idea to my kids by having an empty box. I told them there was something in the box that would cover them. I hammed it up and when I opened it they jumped not knowing what to expect. I acted amazed that it was gone. I closed it and picked inside. Yup, there it is. I see it now. Then I open it up and it's gone! What is in the box? Darkness. Since we are in a lit room it "hides" and gets destroyed. The reverse would do the opposite. Light hidden in a box and opened into a dark room would not hide, but light the room.
Therefore, God creates light as a perfect demonstration of who He is and what His kingdom represents. It reveals and creates and brings order and removes all aspects of the Kingdom of Darkness.
To get more specific, the light is the light of His presence (I think). But remember, Genesis isn't meant to be a science book. It's true and accurate it what it intends to convey, but it's not meant to answer all of our "how?" questions. That would take more than one page in the book.
|51||Which verse talks about heaven on earth?||Rom 8:21||MJH||213259|
|Your question is an interesting one. Where in Romans? I took the best stab I could being confined to one book.
Romans 8:19-23 “The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” NIV
This idea of heaven “crashing into earth” has picked up some steam with the publication of a popular book. The idea is that when we live like Christ commands us to and we love our neighbors as our self, we will be revealing the Kingdom of God here in our midst. After all, where God’s subjects gather, and where His will is obeyed, His Kingdom reigns in that place. Therefore Heaven comes to Earth in part…according to this teaching.
That being said…the Bible tells a story of how God desires to dwell with mankind (people). While most religious people imagine ascending to Heaven to live with God there forever, the Bible tells it the other way around. Apart from the intermediary time (the time between death and Christ’s final coming), the Bible always talks about God dwelling with mankind here on Earth.
1) Adam and Eve in the Garden … God walked with them in the cool of the day.
2) Israel built the Tabernacle so that God could “dwell among them.”
3) Jesus is Immanuel or “God with us.”
4) The book of Isaiah paints a picture of the world to come where God’s anointed One dwells on earth with us in a new world with no sin, pain, decay, etc…
5) Jesus’ Lord’s Prayer says, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.” Are we praying for God’s will reign here on Earth? Is this Heaven on Earth in a way?
6) The last three chapters of Revelation tell of Heaven literally crashing onto Earth as the New Jerusalem descends from above.
As far as Romans is concerned. The passage I picked talks about what happened to all creation as a result of our sin. Things are not meant to rust, rot, and fall apart. The original creation shows order coming from chaos. Since sin entered the world, not only are we separated from our Holy God, but the creation is frustrated and typically goes from order back to chaos. That’s why we have a maintenance budget line for our house. It tends to fall apart over time. Maybe your car is a better example.
The Romans passage reminds us that creation itself will be liberated into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
|52||Abraham and Abimelech||James 4:2||MJH||213225|
|Here are just some quick ideas from this passage. I hope this quick response may lead you to some “speculative” relief.
When Abimelech took Sarah by force, he made Abraham the aggrieved party. The one wronged is the one who should intercede on behalf of the offender. Moses prays for Miriam, Job for his three friends, Jesus for us and his accusers and those crucifying him. Here would be a good Text to use in support of “loving your enemies, and praying for those who persecute you.” Those who do not show mercy toward his neighbor is no true son of Abraham.
We also see that Abimelech’s household is barren, and even the women ready to give birth could not until Abraham prayed. Yet Abraham’s own wife remained barren. It isn’t until after Abraham prays to heal another of the very thing he needs that his own prayer for himself is answered.
I’m personally fonder of the first paragraph. Either way, the story is a lesson for Abraham as well as for us today.
|53||Risen Saints who appeared to Many||Luke 16:31||MJH||213223|
The person with whom you are discussing these things is not open to hearing. Not based on this letter you copied here. I do think that everyone of his points is a good question to ask and worthy of treatment, but the attitude he brings with his comments (not really questions) is hostile.
I have found that it is best not to get into specific issues such as these when the main issue is far more important. These issues are merely for the sake of avoiding the primary concern, and that is an open heart.
Unfortunately, at least from my theological understanding, only the Holy Spirit can open and soften someone's heart. Rather than engaging in what amounts to a meaningless and endless discussion on secondary issues, I'd pray for his heart.
Again, I think that each issue he has is valid to address, and certainly many here on this forum can do so, but going to that much detail is pointless when the person rejects the foundation.
That being said: The Bible is exceedingly pro-women, as is of course the God who made them. The Bible is not pro-slavery as in actively promoting it, and certainly not in the way we understand it today. The Bible is not anti-disabled or against bastards, but quite the contrary. Solomon is chastised severely for his many wives and there is not doubt that the Bible claims it to be a sin in his life. And of course Samuel did not (nor did Nathan) threaten David with having his wives raped, but rather said it would happen as a result.
The only way this man will have peace with these issues is if he studies the Text with a good community and is open to the Holy Spirit.
Sorry I can't simply answer away like you may want, but the logic he uses may sound strong on the service, but it's based on faulty understanding and sometimes it is simply in error.
|54||What caused two of Aarons sons to die.||Lev 10:2||MJH||212839|
|Aaron's sons died because they offered strange fire. That is what the Scriptures state.
There, of course, is debate on what was wrong.
To sum up, they were in the service of God in his Holy temple. They did something to render themselves unclean and therefore dead. Whether they did so with malace, or they made a bad mistake with good intentions is irrelevant (otherwise it would say.) The fact is, they made a mistake where one should not make one. Imedaiatly following this event we learn about clean and unclean, leaving some to assume they did something to render themselves "unholy" in a holy place. Our God is a consuming fire (as the book of Hebrews remindes us). It is a dangerous thing to fall into the hands of a holy God. It is dangerous to serve God on Earth in His Holy Tabernacle when He is present.
I hope that helps some.
MJH (Sorry, I don't have spell check)
|55||salvation for unbelievers?||Rom 1:20||MJH||212444|
|The question you ask is a large debate in the Christian community. You will find from the extreme Universalism that everyone who lives will eventually be in heaven all the way to the extreme dogmatic who believes that anyone not in their denomination will not go to heaven.
The Scriptures deal with how mankind can draw near to a Holy God. They generally do not deal with this hypothetical question straight on. One comes to conclusions based on inferences.
One thing we can be certain of is that God is holy AND just and will deal with each person according to His character and purpose.
Why does this specific question interest you at this time?
|56||Why not Elisabeths home?||Luke 2:7||MJH||212442|
|Why did Joseph and Mary not stay with relatives? This is a very good question, though it ultimately it is speculative.
First, Elizabeth and Zachariah lived in Judea, but this was a large region and they may not have lived near Bethlehem, at least not close enough to go to when labor began.
However, one would assume that Joseph and Mary had other relatives that were in Bethlehem and who after all would refuse a pregnant relative?
One reason may be that her pregnancy was under suspicion. Who would buy the story that an Angel visited her and she became with child by the Holy Spirit. Any couple who lived in an observant family in this region at this time may have trouble with relatives. They may have turned them away. This issue may have been resolved after the local shepherds came to town spreading their message which corroborated the story Mary and Joseph would have told. In Matthew, they are located in a home.
It is also possible that they visited Bethlehem right before a major festival when they would have been in the area anyway, therefore killing two birds with one stone (visit); going there for the census and festival. This has a lot of credence. There was a local Inn in the area of Bethlehem that would have been full in this case. Mary and Joseph may have assumed they had more time before the birth, but when the birthing came they needed something right away. They found the best place they could.
Then, one more option, like the above one, they may have gone to the Inn. These Inns had the humans living above the ground with animals living below. There was not privacy where the humans lived, but if one cleared an animal area out, they could have found some room for birthing in this area. This case again assumes the onset of birth prevented them from reaching relatives that would have allowed them the needed space.
That is my limited ideas.
|57||was Bathsheba a levite?||2 Sam 11:3||MJH||212401|
|Why are you wondering if Bathsheba was a Levite?
|The verse you are looking for was in Jer 10 and is NOT speaking of Christmas Trees, but rather in cutting down trees and carving them into idols and decorating the idol with gold and metals, et. al. as a worship item.
This verse is often used by those who believe that having a Christmas tree in your home is against God's law.
The only way this could be true is if you are some how worshiping the tree. But in most traditions the tree is a symbol of life in a cold dead part of the winter months. It has been a symbol in nearly every culture whether pagan or Christian and is not bad simply because pagans also happened to use it.
This is my opinion on the matter.
|Cheri did well. One addition.
The Jews use the Masoretic Text which they do not alter based on textual criticism and new discoveries. What the Masoretic Text says is what they use; period. There are some rather minor differences and some are of interest, but I don't know them by heart.
There are many things in the Jewish religion that causes them to reject Christ, but most have to do with what certain Christians claim Jesus and Paul are teaching as well as disagreements about certain prophesies. If they openly and seriously searched the scriptures for the answer about Jesus, they would find him to be True.
|Without trying to stir up needless debate, I believe strongly that Jesus spoke Hebrew, though it is an ongoing debate.
1) The earliest sources (referred to as secondary) say Hebrew.
2) Archeology is more and more leaning toward Hebrew for the common tongue.
3) The dead sea scrolls give more evidence for Hebrew than Aramaic.
4) It's the language of the Bible and the Jews were only gone 70 years in an Aramaic speaking land. But since the late second century they were gone for more than 1800 years and when the got their land back they went back to Hebrew as the common tongue. Why wouldn’t they have done so after only 70 years. Everything I know about the Jewish people of the first century tells me that they would cling to their native language and teach it to their children from birth. This argument is base solely on inferences.
5) Jesus would have spoken Aramaic because many Jews coming into the area for the festivals would be Aramaic and Greek speakers. It would be reasonable to assume Jesus knew Aramaic very well and Greek enough to get by.
These are my assumptions, but the majority of "scholars" still say Aramaic, though they are wrong :-)
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