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March 1, 2013

I find it a little troubling when Paul declared in Philippians 2:13, “It is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” But the previous verse says, “work out your salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil. 2:12). Is God in charge or are we? Question and Answer Well, I’m sure that you would agree that of course...

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July 1, 2009

Is it correct to call the Blessed Virgin Mary the Mother of God? Question and Answer No, it is not correct; it is an example of a well-intentioned but nonetheless defective syllogism. Here is how it works: (1) Jesus is divine (i.e. God); (2) Mary is His mother; (3) therefore, following two supposedly correct premises, the conclusion is that...

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February 1, 2008

What does it mean in Exodus 7 and successive chapters when it says that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart when Moses—speaking for God—asked him to “let my people go.” That doesn’t sound terribly fair, does it? Question and Answer This is a knotty question. Scholars have struggled with this for ages, including Jewish OT teachers. Some suggest...

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July 1, 2014

As a middle-aged woman in the church, I often have young women and men ask me about the disappointments of life, particularly the problem of not having found a mate. A young woman has said to me, “I won’t be able to bear it if I don’t find someone, especially since I have prayed so hard.” Or, I hear, “My friends all have someone, and they...

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August 1, 2011

It seems that daily I hear or read something about homosexuality. I do not believe the practice has God's approval, but could you point me to some biblical texts that deal with this issue? Is homosexual practice sin? If yes, where does the Scripture say so? Question and Answer The question of homosexuality confronts us almost daily on the...

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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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May 1, 2014

I often hear the Scripture, “Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm.” What does this mean? Question and Answer This admonition is found in 1 Chronicles 16:22 and in Psalm 105:15. In the Old Testament many of God’s messengers and prophets were definitely at risk because of the words they spoke, both the foretelling and the...

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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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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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September 1, 2014

What language did God use to converse with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden? Question and Answer We don’t know what language God used to converse with Adam and Eve in Eden. It was probably the language everybody spoke until the confusion of the languages at the Tower of Babel (Gen. 11:1–9). God still communicates with us through the Bible,...

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