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February 1, 2016

Why is God not mentioned in the book of Esther? How can a biblical book not clearly speak of God? Question and Answer We can’t imagine a scholar writing a history of the birth of the United States and omitting George Washington. How much more puzzling that the book of Esther never mentions the name of God, who is central to the entire story!

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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2016/2/questions/179843
todayintheword.org February 1, 2016

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July 1, 2011

We are sometimes exhorted to “let your conscience be your guide.” Whose conscience should control us, our own or somebody else's? Question and Answer The first requirement of healthy use of conscience is full assurance that you know right and wrong in a matter. Only then can you let your conscience guide you. But you can have this confidence...

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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2011/7/questions/84327
todayintheword.org July 1, 2011

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November 1, 2010

A friend argues that many sins are not serious: they are “venial.” He frets about “mortal” sins that can take a man to hell unless confessed. My question is, is such a distinction between categories of sin valid? Or is sin sin, period? Question and Answer Generally speaking, in the minds of those who contend for these distinctions “venial”...

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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2010/11/questions/84292
todayintheword.org November 1, 2010

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July 1, 2006

Whenever Paul wrote a letter to a church, he addressed it to the elders and deacons or saints, not to “Reverend Joe.” Two questions: (1) does that mean that church leadership should not be dominated by one man but by a plurality of leaders? And (2) are churches that are run by one leader in error? Question and Answer Church polity (that...

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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2006/7/questions/138023
todayintheword.org July 1, 2006

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April 1, 2007

Who decides what is not okay? I am not thinking about things that are clearly wrong, but things in the gray area. Does public opinion help in accepting or rejecting disputed opinions or conduct? Question and Answer First, those to whom we turn for guidance in matters of right and wrong are men and women like Noah, a preacher of righteousness.

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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2007/4/questions/137505
todayintheword.org April 1, 2007

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January 1, 2007

Why do Protestants call John a Baptist? Baptists are a late development in Christian history. There were no Baptists in the first century. Hearing him called a Baptist bugs me. Question and Answer Don’t be bugged. By nearly every denomination, John is called “the Baptist,” meaning only that he was a baptizer, not a Baptist in the denominational...

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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2007/1/questions/135984
todayintheword.org January 1, 2007

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February 1, 2018

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus preached, “You are the salt of the earth” (Matt. 5:13). Why did Jesus use a salt metaphor to describe His people? Question and Answer In the ancient world, people valued salt in many ways. Before refrigeration and the canning of food, salt was the main way people preserved meat and fish. In addition, the...

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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2018/february/questions/question-1
todayintheword.org February 1, 2018

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August 1, 2013

I have always been told that God knows the future. If that is the case, how do you explain God’s choice to create us knowing beforehand that Adam and Eve would sin? On that same note, why should I even ask God for things when He already knows my future? Question and Answer That God knows the future is a proposition with widespread support...

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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2013/8/questions/115841
todayintheword.org August 1, 2013

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June 1, 2007

I have not found any indication in the Word that we will see our pets in the afterlife. If we are going to be reunited with our loved ones, doesn’t this include the animals that we loved? Question and Answer I heard someone say once that this would be impossible—there wouldn’t be enough room in heaven for all the beloved animals from this...

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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2007/6/questions/137761
todayintheword.org June 1, 2007

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December 1, 2015

Since Jesus taught that we are to be merciful (Matt. 5:7), would it not be obedience to Him to assist an aged, suffering, or terminally ill person in dying? Question and Answer Although mercy is certainly a commendable virtue, with regard to euthanasia (literally, “good death”), it allows a fallible person to usurp the prerogative and responsibility...

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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2015/12/questions/176864
todayintheword.org December 1, 2015

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