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January 1, 2014

In 2 Chronicles we read of the glory of the Lord that filled the temple. What does that mean? Question and Answer The glory of the Lord consists of all God’s attributes and perfections taken together at once: His eternality, faithfulness, foreknowledge, goodness, and holiness. God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and everywhere present. His...

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August 1, 2011

Some of my relatives maintain that the Devil is not a person. They say that the Devil is “negative thoughts that people have about themselves, negative thoughts that people allow to take on a life of their own.” What does the Bible say? Question and Answer According to the Bible, the Devil possesses the attributes of personhood: He has a...

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June 1, 2011

I hear you speak of the sovereignty of God. My question is this: does that mean that whatever happens God willed it into being? What does sovereignty of God mean? Is that biblical? Question and Answer While the phrase “sovereignty of God” is not found in the Bible, you can't read the Bible without seeing God's absolute authority in it. It...

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Are Sincere Non-Believers Condemned?

September 1, 2020

If people unknowingly believe a lie, are they still condemned to hear, “I never knew you” (Matt. 7:23)?

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June 1, 2009

What does it mean to fear the Lord? Does the fear of God mean that I am to be afraid of God? Question and Answer The fear of God does not mean that we are to be afraid of God the way some children are afraid of the dark, or the way some people are afraid of heights or getting on an airplane. In fact, just because a person is afraid of God...

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February 1, 2019

If humanity has fallen and the image of God is marred, how do we know what God is doing in the lives of His people today? Question 6 God’s purpose is to conform us to the icon or “image” of His Son (Rom. 8:29). Through the act of justification (Rom. 5:1–2; 2 Cor. 5:21), and in the process of sanctification (Rom. 12:1–2), God is conforming...

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May 1, 2016

Why did God use the form of a story to give us so much of the truth in the Bible? Question and Answer Much of Scripture is historical narrative, a genre that tells history in the form of story. I believe the Lord communicated a major part of His revelation in the Old and New Testament in historical narrative/ story for several reasons. First,...

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November 1, 2018

Why is the God of the Old Testament so harsh and vindictive, and the God of the New Testament is both loving and merciful? It doesn’t seem like the same God to me. Question and Answer Many people have thought this, but in fact the God of the Bible is the same throughout all the Scriptures. In both the Old and the New Testaments, God is loving...

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July 1, 2007

Is suicide one of God’s ways to take a believer home to heaven? Question and Answer The question is improperly framed. Suicide is the killing of one’s self. It is wrong; it is the destruction of life, which is God’s gift to us. How could killing it be “God’s way” to take us home to heaven? For many individuals, however, including some Christians,...

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March 1, 2013

Is trouble that comes into our lives a sign of punishment from God? Question and Answer I believe that the Bible does not teach that all trouble is a sign of punishment. Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). But He disciplines us as a way of changing our conduct (John 15:2).

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