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  1. How does this eliminate the need for faith? The brothers of Jesus came to believe in him when he appeared to them after his resurrection. Some day the whole nation will believe on him the same way.
  2. Jesus commanded his followers to buy swords. This shows that being armed and ready to defend yourself are not wrong. The government should ban some kinds of weapons and they should prevent the purchase of guns by those with a criminal background but there should be no total prohibition of owning firearms. The command to turn the other cheek is often misunderstood. In Matthew Jesus says that if someone strikes us on the right cheek we are not to retaliate. Most people are right handed and if you strike someone on the right cheek with your right hand you will need to strike him with the back of your hand. Such an action is not a way to seriously hurt someone physically but is more a way of insulting him and showing contempt for him. We are commanded not to retaliate in such a case but we are not forbidden to defend ourselves against someone who is trying to hurt us.
  3. The salvation of all of Israel doesn't require that there be a different means of salvation. When the Jews see Jesus return all of them will realize that he is their Messiah and they will become believers. At this point national and spiritual Israel will be the same.
  4. This is true and yet Ezekiel tells us there will be a temple during the Millennium.
  5. Daniel 9:27 says, " And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering." The prince spoken of in the previous verse will make a seven year covenant with the Jews and will then put an end to their making sacrifices and offering during the last half of that time. The fact that he ends sacrifices shows that they must have been taking place during the first half and that means a temple must have been building. Paul tells us more about this in 1 Thessalonians 2:3,4: For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. The man of lawlessness will pretend to be a friend of the Jews and allow them to rebuild their temple, then he will turn against them and demand that they worship him.
  6. The fact that the foolish virgins were not allowed to attend the wedding feast shows that they are not saved. They represent those who profess to be believers but who in fact do not have eternal life.
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  8. The Bible begins by telling us how God created the earth. But what was he doing before? God is eternal so surely the universe we live in is not the first of God’s works and it won’t be the last. Some people think Heaven will be boring because we will have nothing to do. In fact we will have plenty to do just learning what God has done in the past and observing what he does in the future. (I wonder if the words past and future will have any meaning. We live in time so for us some things have happened in the past and others are still in the future. Will this still be true in eternity?) The Bible does reveal some things that happened before the earth was created. Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Job 38:4-7 ESV In the book of Job angels were called sons of God. Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. Job 1:6 ESV Apparently angels are sometimes called stars. And the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star fallen from heaven to earth, and he was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit. Revelation 9:1 ESV So we know that the angels were created before the creation account of Genesis 1. When God created Adam and Eve he knew they would sin and bring death into the world he had created. He knew that he would send his Son into the world to die as an atonement for their sins and he knew who would repent of their sins and put their faith in Jesus. He wrote their names in a book called the book of life and decreed that those whose names are in this book will not be deceived by Satan. All who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain. Revelation 13:8 ESV So we know two things God did before the creation of the earth. He created the angels and he wrote the names of those who will receive eternal life in the book of life. The Bible tells of another event that might have happened before creation. God spoke these words to Satan. You were an anointed guardian cherub. I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God; in the midst of the stones of fire you walked. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, till unrighteousness was found in you. Ezekiel 28:14,15 ESV Satan was created good and given a position of authority. He chose to rebel against God and became evil. (Satan is often called a fallen angel; he is really a fallen cherub.) We know what happened but we don’t know when. When God finished creating the world he said that what he had made was very good. Some claim that this shows that Satan could not yet have fallen into sin, but all it says is that the things made during the previous six days were very good. It is possible that evil already existed. Today God wants us to study what he has revealed to us in the Bible and put it into practice. If we devote ourselves to doing this we won’t have the time or the desire to speculate about what God did before creation. We will have plenty of time to learn about that in Heaven, when our work on earth is done. Now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:12 ESV
  9. Our job is not to change society but to proclaim the gospel so that people will be changed. Of course this will have a beneficial effect on society but it is futile to try to change society without first changing people. Remember that societies can last at most only a few hundred years but people will endure for eternity.
  10. Why do you object to the Scofield Bible? I got a Scofield Bible soon after I was saved and studying it helped me a lot. The only thing I find objectionable is that it advocates the gap theory, but when I used it I believed the gap theory so that wasn't a problem for me.
  11. Welcome to the forum. When you start reading the Bible it is probably better to start with the New Testament but don't neglect reading the Old later. Knowing what the Old Testament teaches will help you to understand the New better.
  12. Welcome to the forum.
  13. By not voting aren't you failing to take action against dishonesty? There are sins of omission as well as sins of commission.
  14. If a country takes a stand that is contrary to God's will, isn't loyalty to that country treason against God?
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