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July 1, 2010

My eight–year–old grandson asked me why God punished the whole world because of what Adam and Eve did. How shall I answer him? Question and Answer First, admit that it is a hard question. Then tell him that God does not punish anybody because of somebody else's sin. You can read a few verses in Ezekiel 18 to make that point. For example,...

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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2010/7/questions/84274
todayintheword.org July 1, 2010

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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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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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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2008/6/questions/134889
todayintheword.org June 1, 2008

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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

Question and Answer

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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April 1, 2010

Why do some Christians call the church the bride of Christ? I do not find a Scripture for this. Question and Answer In order to communicate to us the various aspects of the life, character, relationships, and responsibilities of the church, the Spirit of God uses a number of images and metaphors for the church. Here are some: flock/sheep...

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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2010/4/questions/84265
todayintheword.org April 1, 2010

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August 1, 2016

In the Gospel of Mark, why did Jesus curse the fig tree if it was not the season for figs? Question and Answer The cursing of the fig tree was not a vindictive or selfish act but rather an illustration for two spiritual lessons. The first was about the danger of religious hypocrisy: Jesus showed that the temple had become a place of business...

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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2016/8/questions/187885
todayintheword.org August 1, 2016

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May 1, 2018

If the Lord does not show partiality, why does the gospel go to the Jew first then to the Greek? Question and Answer Scripture says that there is no partiality with God (Psalm 82; Prov. 28:21; Luke 20:21; Acts 10:34; Rom. 2:11). Therefore, we can conclude that the idea of the gospel going to the descendants of Israel first cannot communicate...

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https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2018/05---may/questions/question-3
todayintheword.org May 1, 2018

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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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