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Question: I just want to know does God have a law that prohibits drinking beer?
No, there is no law that forbids drinking beer. There is no law for using any type of drug or mind altering substance either, but the bible includes numerous references to the negative results of using wine or strong drink (mind altering substances). The point is; God doesn't use laws to tell us everything that is bad for us. We need to use common sense. If a person could drink only one beer a week, that probably wouldn't create a problem, but that seldom occurs. One leads to two, then three and so forth. Thus, over time a drunkard is created. The bible records that this type of person will not enter into the Kingdom of God (see: 1Corinthians 6:10).
Question: What is grace?
It's a fact that the understanding of certain words can change over time. The culture and peoples of a society determine this change. This can be illustrated by the Hebrew word “sheol/H7585 and Greek word “hades/G86 which both mean: “the grave” yet many think of these words as meaning a place of torture for unrepentant sinners (hell) and is used many times in the KJV. The phrase “I'm gay” used to mean someone who is happy and cheerful, but today it's meaning is quite different and refers to a way of life that God disapproves of. The word grace falls into this same type of category. Grace being a English word is used to translate the Hebrew word “chen/H2579” and the Greek word “charis/G5485 and should be defined as the loving care or kindness God shows to those who: unconditionally love God, acknowledges the sacrifice of Jesus for the forgiveness of sin and obeys God's instructions. This love that God offers is fulfilled by the “opportunity” to enter into the Kingdom of God and to experience blessings beyond our imagination. The idea that “grace” comes to us as a gift and that we need to do nothing (to receive it) doesn't seem to be the intent of the original bible writers (in my opinion). Yes, there are a few verses that seem to support this claim, but a careful review of the bible “in its entirety” and other statements (by these N.T. writers) brings into question the authenticity of these verses.
Question: What was the first miracle performed by Jesus?
Most believe that it was the act of changing water to wine (note: there's a strong possibility that it wasn't wine, but juice) yet, this was not the first miracle that Jesus performed! The first miracles of Jesus are recorded in Luke 4. These events occurred before there is any mention of Jesus having disciples. The story in the fourth gospel (John) records that Jesus and his disciples were invited to the wedding.
Question: Where is it in the bible that says a homosexual is not a child of god?
It doesn't! Most who try to answer a question like this always go to scriptures where God states His displeasure with this type of activity. God also states His displeasure with: Those who worship multiple gods, makes images of heavenly beings and bows to them, misuses the name of God, forgets the Holy Seventh day, refuse to honor their parents and commits: murder, steals, lies and covets their neighbors possessions. (See Exodus 20:1-17) There are many other human actions that are extremely displeasing to God. So, what's my point? All sin is displeasing to God and everyone will need to pay a price for their sins! God doesn't hate any of His creation, but He does hate our actions! We will all need to ask God for repentance (help us to stop sinning) and ask for forgiveness (admit we have sinned) We will need to stop judging others and pray for them and ourselves: “that God will release them and us from captivity to sin” and then, we just might be fortunate enough to be called a child of God.
(note: the bible states that all sexual activities “outside the biblical definition of marriage” is sin!)
Question: Does God choose our enemies? or Did God choose my enemies?
All humans have one true source for their enemies: Satan (review the book of Job, especially chapters 1&2 and 1Peter 5:8). But, God can use these influenced sources (nations or individuals) to correct us. Additionally, all humans are susceptible to time and chance or being at the wrong place, at the wrong time. Our lives are not predetermined. The books of Judges, First & Second Kings and other O.T. writings outline God's use of nations to correct the Israelites. They were given a choice: "blessings for obedience" or "curses for disobedience" (Duet. 28). Unfortunately, many generations chose disobedience and there were harsh consequences. So, the O.T. does outline God choosing Israel's enemies or the nations that would "curse them" because of their disobedience.
The New Testament outlines a different course: "blessings and curses on an individual level." There will be curses for the nations who disobey God, but that will happen in the future and is outlined in the book of Revelation. Individually, we can choose God'a way or refuse and that decision will determine our path in life and what type of enemies we will encounter. But, there is a twist: "not only will we be cursed for disobeying God, we will also be persecuted for acknowledging Jesus and following his instructions (John 15:20), for most this won't make any sense. When we review the covenant God made with Israel, God offered them a "land" blessing [(physical) (Gen. 12:7)], but the new covenant is a blessing of life in the Kingdom of God [(spiritual) (Rev. 21)]. This blessing is so great that we should expect disobedient spiritual forces to manipulate others (or ourselves) to discourage us concerning this blessing. Jesus stated that he would send help to those who truly tried to obey God. This help will strengthen us in dealing with the enemies that would be persecuting us (John 16:7). This struggle won't be easy, but Paul tells us that God won't permit a trial (or enemies) that are beyond our ability to overcome (1Cor. 10:13 and Ps. 124:6-8).
So, again, God surely could allow certain enemies to come our way to strenghten or correct us. We will need to be faithful, obedient and willing to finish the course laid out for us, if we really want to please God. We should always consider God's intervention (good or bad) a blessing, for there is no other source more loving or compassionate than God (For encouragement read: 2 Samuel 22)
Question: What is the meaning of being baptized in the name of Jesus, according to Acts 19:5.
When John the baptist began preaching in the area of Judea, claiming repentance by water baptism, this was several years before Jesus' ministry. This time period was the beginning of the transition from physical understandings to spiritual understandings (Matthew 3:1-3). John made that clear when he stated: "I baptize you with (in) water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with (trials) fire" (Matthew 3:11). When change is occurring some will accept this change, but most will want to continue in their historical traditions and reject change. This can be illustrated by two examples: 1. the transition from animal sacrifices to accepting Jesus' sacrifice 2. the transition from water baptism to being baptized by the Holy Spirit. Paul seems to be addressing both examples in Acts 19:1-6. When these men replied to Paul that they haven't heard of the Holy Spirit (verse 2), Paul immediately knew that these men had not accepted Jesus' sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin (this was a common problem among the Israelites (Jews) in the area). They still believed in animal sacrifices. It must be understood that Jesus, his apostles, his disciples and all who were baptized in water still observed animal sacrifices (for the forgiveness of sin) until Jesus' death! Paul then asked them what baptism did they receive? The answer leads Paul to enlighten them on the true or spiritual baptism, not by water, but by the Holy Spirit and fire. These men accept Jesus' sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins, acknowledging the only means that sins are washed away by. Paul then places his hands on them and the Holy Spirit came upon them. The results illustrate the transition from physical to spiritual understandings.
Question: If God gave us free will, why do some say: It was God's will, when things go wrong because of decisions we make?
We shouldn't...God gave us a set pattern for the way we should live our life. When we deviate from this pattern problems can occur and most need an excuse for why, this is human nature. Free will is an ability that God gave man (male/female) and with this ability we can choose which path to take. God does not choose for us (the vast majority). Now, the truth is that even when we choose the right path problems can occur, this cause can just be time and chance or God's adversaries working against us. Jesus stated: If they persecuted me, they'll persecute you. God does not will problems for us, but when we disobey Him there will be consequences. These consequences are (sort of) built into the sin. When we read Deuteronomy 28, we can see this at work. The solution: Do as God commands and many of our difficulties will disappear.
Comment: I have to say that your page about the theocratic covenants is in serious error. Search the scriptures...There was never a place called Palestine, nor were Palestinians ever part of any covenant that God made with His chosen. The land is Israel. Check your bible and please prayerfully consider changing your position that God clearly establishes through His bride (Israel). Michael
Thank you for visiting our website and submitting your comments. Our response is as follows:
The words Palestine and Palestinians derived from a Hebrew word for Philistia and/or Palestina (H6429). The term “Palestina” is used three times in the King James Version of the O.T. and Palestine once. The New International Version uses Philistia. The locations are: Exodus 15:14, Isaiah 14:29, 31 and Joel 3:4. The word Philistines (H6430) is used over 200 times in the O.T. and would refer to those living in the region known as Philistia and/or Palestina.
In Exodus 3:17, God offers a covenant with the twelve tribes of Israel to give them a region of lands that is occupied by the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. After the Israelites had crossed the Gulf of Aqaba into the land of Midian, they sang a song. This song included references to God’s holy habitation and the fear that would come upon the peoples that inhabited the region (Exodus 15:13-14). It should be noted that these lands are “not then” known as the land of Israel, but as Palestina or Philistia! The Israelites agreed to this covenant and would eventually conquer most of these lands. But over time, because of disobedience; they would lose complete possession.
In Isaiah 14, God declares (through Isaiah) that these lands and beyond would again be occupied by the twelve tribes of Israel (not just Judah). Isaiah 14:29 and 31 (again), informs us that these lands are known as Palestina or Philistia. We can also see from historical maps that the land God promised the tribes of Israel is not completely controlled by modern day Jews, so Isaiah 14 is referring to a future time.
We understand your passion for your beliefs, but, as you suggest; check your bible and please prayerfully consider changing your position. We reaffirm that the subject material on our website is correct.