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What Does "Good" Mean When Used to Describe God?

June 1, 2020

The Psalms describe God as good (Ps. 86:5). I often think of "good" as somewhat average (the meal was good, but not excellent). What does "good" mean when used to describe God?

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February 1, 2012

Did God use evil spirits as judgment on King Saul? Question and Answer People in Saul’s time had no category for mental illness, and they couldn’t differentiate that from demon possession. So it was not unusual for them to attribute many illnesses involving both the body and the mind to the influence of evil spirits. Most of us can accept...

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June 1, 2008

Does God hear the prayer of really bad people? There are some really wicked people in the world, and I can’t imagine that a holy God would ever listen to people like Hitler, Mussolini, or Saddam Hussein. Question and Answer The Bible seems to indicate that God not only listens to wicked people but also responds to right prayers. The Bible...

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May 1, 2014

First Samuel 16:13 says that Samuel anointed David, a young shepherd boy, to ultimately become Israel’s king while he was in the presence of his brothers, and that the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. But in the very next verse we read that the Spirit of God left Saul. I thought once the Spirit of God entered into...

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Question and Answer | Foreknowing God

July 1, 2021

Daily devotional questions and answers: If God knows the past, present, and future, He knew Adam and Eve would sin and be cast out of the Garden of Eden.

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January 1, 2014

What does it mean that Jesus was the “only begotten” Son of God? That makes it sound like there was a time when He did not exist. Question and Answer If God is the Eternal Father—and the Bible says He is—it means that by definition the Son of the eternal Father must also be eternal. Nowhere does the Bible articulate that there was a God...

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February 1, 2016

How do we see God’s providence in the book of Esther? Does this story have anything to do with our lives today? Question and Answer Providence is evident throughout the book of Esther in the events that initially appear to be coincidences. Esther just happens to find favor with the royal official in charge of the beauty contest (2:8–9).

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October 1, 2019

Since atheists do not believe in God or Satan, what do they think is the cause of all the evil happening in the world today? Question and Answer A consistent atheist does not consider terrible things (murder, rape, robbery, war, lying, stealing) happening in the world today to be evil. Evil is a moral category that implies an absolute standard.

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April 1, 2005

Jesus teaches us to speak to God as Father, right? What about adults who address the Lord as "Daddy"? Are they out of line? Question and Answer Eccentric, I'd say, but possibly not out of line. They may have heard somewhere that the Aramaic word Abba found in three passages (Mark 14:36; Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6) was the term Jewish children used...

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May 6, 2008

As we read the Bible we see Lord and God used hundreds of times. How do we know what specific name was used in the original Scriptures? Question and Answer The names God and Lord found in the English version of the Bible are translations neither of which were in the original language of the Bible. Scholars suggest that both Yahweh and Jehovah...

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