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  1. He can indeed create a universe as quickly as you say but one thing he cannot do is lie. If he took millions of years to create the universe he would not be able to tell us that he created it in six days. The dinosaur fossils are a result of the worldwide flood in Noah's time. If you want to learn more about this I suggest you check out this site: Answers in Genesis ANSWERSINGENESIS.ORG Answers in Genesis is an apologetics ministry, dedicated to helping Christians defend their faith and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ...
  2. Welcome to the forum.
  3. It seems to me that was the only thing you could do.
  4. I recently read a “Pearls Before Swine” comic strip in which Pig and Goat were having a conversation. Pig said, “I’m starting to think I don’t ever want to die.” Goat asked, “Why is that?” Pig replied, “It’s outside my comfort zone. Never leave your comfort zone.” People naturally like to be comfortable but there are times we must leave our comfort zones if we want to accomplish anything worthwhile. And of course when our time comes to die we will have no choice. But what will it be like after we die? Some of us have had our sins forgiven by faith in Jesus Christ. For us death will mean entry into an eternal Comfort Zone from which we will never depart. For those whose sins have not been forgiven death will be entry into an eternal Discomfort Zone. They will spend eternity in the lake of fire called Hell.
  5. When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. Then the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown. Genesis 6:1-4 ESV Who were these sons of God? There are three theories as to their identity. One is that the sons of God were descendants of Seth while the daughters of men were descendants of Cain. It was a case of worshipers of God marrying those who did not serve him. The modern equivalent would be someone who is saved marrying someone who isn’t a Christian. There are two problems with this theory. The first is that while believers are often called sons of God in the New Testament they are never called that in the Old. The earliest use of sons of God being applied to believers is in Matthew 5:19. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. The second problem is that if it were simply a case of saved and unsaved people marrying, wouldn’t the sons of men sometimes marry the daughters of God? Saved women are just as likely to marry unsaved men as saved men are to marry unsaved women. The second theory is that sons of God was a title used by the rulers and this speaks of them marrying more than one wife. Lamech, a descendant of Cain, did have two wives. And Lamech took two wives. The name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah. Genesis 4:19 ESV This is a possibility but I have never read of any place in the Bible where a ruler called himself a son of God. The third theory is that the sons of God were fallen angels, who followed Satan in his rebellion against God. This is supported by the fact that the book of Job speaks of sons of God and they are clearly angels. Job 1:6 and 2:1 speak of Satan being among the sons of God when they presented themselves before God and they are also mentioned in Job 38:4-7. 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? The events in Job took place before the time of Moses and some scholars think that Moses wrote the book. Even if the book itself was written later the Israelites were probably familiar with the events in it and naturally this meaning would come to mind. Angels are spirits but they can take on human form. Some people have interacted with them without realizing that they are angels. The account in Genesis seems to indicate that they are capable of procreation with humans when they are in human form. (Angels are usually pictured as having wings. It seems unlikely that anyone would mistake them for humans if that were true. Cherubim and seraphim have wings and some believe that these are classes of angels. Angels, cherubim, and seraphim are three distinct kinds of beings and the fact that cherubim and seraphim have wings does not prove that angels do.) The Genesis account say, “the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive”. Why would angels find humans attractive? I can think of one possible explanation. Angels were created to serve God and were designed so that they desired a close relationship with him. The angels who rebelled were cut off from this relationship and were looking for a substitute. Humans are created in God’s image and this similarity to God caused the angels to be attracted to them. Where are the sons of God today? Are they still at large seducing and marrying human women? Perhaps Jude has the answer. The angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day. He doesn’t say that these are the angels who married humans but it seems likely that is the case. Most of the angels who followed Satan are still at large helping him carry out his rebellion against God, but these are already confined so they can’t do any more harm to humans.
  6. It's too bad there aren't more doctors like that in the United States.
  7. theophilus

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    Welcome to the forum. I hope that through your membership here you will come to understand the Bible better and become a true follower of Christ.
  8. I did not say anything about praying to Mary or any other person. I spoke about praying for someone who has died. That is a completely different issue. Here is what I am talking about. Suppose someone dies and you don't know whether he was saved. There is nothing wrong with praying that he was saved. God can answer that prayer by leading that person to repent and believe while he was alive in response to that prayer, even though at that time the prayer has not yet been made.
  9. Maybe because the people drinking the beer were so drunk they couldn't count the days properly.
  10. Math can be hard, but understanding the following rules will make you an expert: 1. Ratio of an igloo’s circumference to its diameter = Eskimo Pi 2. 2000 pounds of Chinese soup = Won ton 3. 1 millionth of a mouthwash = 1 microscope 4. Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement = 1 bananosecond 5. Weight an evangelist carries with God = 1 billigram 6. Time it takes to sail 220 yards at 1 nautical mile per hour = Knotfurlong 7. 364.25 days of drinking low calorie beer = 1 Lite year 8. 16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone = 1 Rod Serling 9. Half a large intestine = 1 semicolon 10. 1,000,000 aches = 1 megahurtz 11. Basic unit of laryngitis – 1 hoarsepower 12. Shortest distance between two jokes – a straight line 13. 453.6 graham crackers = 1 pound cake 14. 1 million microphones = 1 megaphone 15. 1 million bicycles = 1 megacycles 16. 365.25 days = 1 unicycle 17. 2000 mockingbirds = two kilomockingbirds 18. 10 cards = 1 decacard 19. 52 cards = 1 deckacard 20. 1 kilogram of falling figs = 1 fig Newton 21. 1000 grams of wet socks = 1 literhosen 22. 1 millionth of a fish = 1 microfiche 23. 1 trillion pins = 1 terrapin 24. 10 rations = 1 decaration 25. 100 rations = 1 C-ration 26. 2 monograms = 1 diagram 27. 8 nickels = 2 paradigms 28. 2.4 statute miles of intravenous surgical tubing at Yale University Hospital = 1 I.V. League
  11. The Bible tells us that we are all sinners. Jesus Christ died and rose from the dead to atone for our sins, and anyone who repents and puts his faith in him will be forgiven and receive eternal life. After this life is over we will be with Christ for all eternity. But this is the fate of all who fail to do this. Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:11-15 ESV The lake of fire is the final destination for all whose sins have not been forgiven. This is something that anyone who believes the Bible accepts. But what happens to them after they are in the lake? There are different opinions about this. Some people think they suffer there forever; others think they are annihilated. Here is something the Bible says that is often overlooked when this issue is discussed. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11 ESV Those under the earth must be those who have been condemned to Hell. Obviously if they are annihilated they couldn’t bow to Jesus or confess him as Lord. This proves that Hell is a place of eternal punishment, not a place where those who go cease to exist. This answers our question but it bring up another one. It isn’t surprising that those in Heaven and earth will one day bow to Jesus and confess him as Lord but why would those in Hell honor the one who has sentenced them to a punishment that will never end? The answer is found in this statement, “Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it.” Before being sentenced to the lake of fire each of them will see God. The prophet Isaiah once had a vision of God. This is his experience. In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the LORD sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” Isaiah 6:1-5 ESV Isaiah was a prophet of God. Before he had this vision he had already given the prophecies found in the first five chapters of his book. Yet the sight of God’s holiness made him realize he was only a sinner. If he felt this way, what would be the reaction of someone who had never even tried to serve God? God is the source of prefect light. When we stand in his presence we will see God as he really is and we will see ourselves as we are. In our present lives we are living in darkness and Satan tries to blind us the the truth. God has given us light through the Bible, but many reject it and even those of us who accept the light are still prevented by our sinful natures from comprehending it fully. One result is that many believe that eternal punishment is more than our sins deserve and some even think that God is cruel and vindictive. When we die all of these misconceptions will be stripped away. Those who die in their sins will recognize that God is just and that they deserve the punishment they are about to experience. Those whose sins have been forgiven will for the first time understand the full extent of God’s love in sending his Son to die for us.
  12. Praying for someone who is dead isn't always useless. God isn't limited by time the way we are and he can answer a prayer before the prayer is made. He can work in the life of a person in response to a prayer that is made after that person has died.
  13. When humans make plans they sometimes use pencils because they know they may change their plans and have to erase what they have written. That never happens with God. If he writes down what he is going to do he uses indelible ink because he knows his plans will never have to be changed.
  14. Is the Unites States a Christian nation? The best way to answer that question is to look at what is happening in America and then compare that with what the Bible says. In Roe v Wade the Supreme Court ruled that any woman who was pregnant had a right to end the pregnancy by aborting her baby. The Bible calls children a blessing from God. Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. Psalm 127:3-5 ESV Same sex marriage is becoming more acceptable in the United States. The Bible says that marriage is only between a man and a woman. Each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. 1 Corinthians 7:2 ESV There are many people who have been forced to flee their homes because of poverty or persecution. The United States has closed its borders to these people and only a few of them succeed in finding refuge here. The Bible says we should welcome such people. When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong.You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 19:33,34 ESV You shall not give up to his master a slave who has escaped from his master to you.He shall dwell with you, in your midst, in the place that he shall choose within one of your towns, wherever it suits him. You shall not wrong him. Deuteronomy 23:15,16 ESV Maybe some believe the Unites States is a Christian nation because so many of its citizens profess to be Christian. The fact is that many churches have rejected the truth of the gospel and have endorsed the evil practices I have cited. The Bible said this would happen. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 2 Timothy 4:3,4 ESV There is no way the United States could be considered a Christian nation. We have rejected God and deserve only his judgment. And yet there is some good news. Not all churches have become apostate. There are still some who are faithfully preaching the truth. God told Abraham he was going to judge the city of Sodom for its sins. He promised he would spare the city if there were ten righteous people in it. As you know he couldn’t find ten righteous and so he destroyed the city. Perhaps there are enough righteous in the United States to avert its destruction. There is no hope that the we will ever become a Christian nation but at least we can still rescue individuals by preaching the gospel to them. On the other hand maybe it isn’t impossible to convert the country. In Jonah’s day no one considered it possible that the city of Nineveh would repent of its sins but that is what happened. Perhaps we should pray that God would raise up another Jonah to do for the United States what Jonah did for Nineveh.
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