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I'm wondering if it would be okay to have fairy statues in my garden? I'm aware that we shouldn't have angels or Christ statues because we are asked not to make images of anything above or on Earth idols. I don't want to go against God's Word.
Dear Green Thumb,
There is nothing wrong with having fairy statues, flamingos, gnomes, etc. in your garden. As you said, God doesn’t want us to make idols (Rom 1:22-23), but you aren’t worshipping your fairy statues – they are simply art. It is the same as reading science fiction or children pretending to be mythical creatures. The error only comes in when we stop giving God reverence or when we make images for worship.
I have been told something strange by people I believe are sound brethren. They have given me the verses for their belief, but I don't quite go along with what they are saying. As far as I'm concerned, it is not a matter of salvation, but it's just that I have never heard this before, and I want to make sure I learn and understand ALL I can about God’s Word. They say that our souls were with God before we are born. We are sent here, so we can appreciate the love of God and make our "free will" decision to obey Him.
How Old Am I?
Dear How Old Am I,
God formed Adam from the dust of the Earth, and at that moment, He made Adam into a living soul (Gen 2:7). The Bible teaches us that a person comes into existence in the womb, not a moment before (Zech. 12:1). Several passages speak of God knowing people before they were born (Isa. 49:1; Jer. 1:5), but these verses do not refer to the person existing before having a body, just God’s plans for them.
These verses indicate that God know the plans that He has for a person even before that person exists, in comparison to how an architect would know the building he has designed before the foundation has ever been set. Only Jesus Christ spiritually existed before His physical incarnation (John 1:1-3, Jhn 1:14).
I have a question. Are sport bars sinful? Some people say that they are because there is nothing good in those places. The lust of the women who work there and that go there, beer, drunkenness, and fights – all of those are wrong.
A Sporting Chance?
Dear A Sporting Chance,
You’ve answered your own question. Bars and taverns are not the kind of place a Christian should be. Our responsibility as Christians is to try and flee immorality (1 Tim 6:11) and flee temptation (2 Tim 2:22). Alcohol is part of a culture that emphasizes worldliness. Christians should use wisdom in every situation to discern between habits that are generally beneficial and habits that are generally destructive. God never specifically condemns all alcohol, but He does condemn ‘strong drink’ (Pr 20:1), drinking parties (1 Pet 4:3), and drunkenness (Rom 13:13). A sports bar is an establishment designed as one big drinking party. Avoid bars at all costs.
A few weeks ago, my husband and I decided to put our twelve-year-old boxer to sleep. He went through a few months of suffering through inexplicable seizures and had apparently suffered brain damage. He had been in my life over six years. A week and a half ago, my fifteen-year-old cat died. The vet told me she had pancreatitis. She wasn't sick very long, but you could tell she was not well, and I knew in my heart she wouldn't be with me much longer. She was a very important part of my twenty-seven years here. I'm having a very difficult time dealing with it all. I think they will both be in heaven, and a lot of my friends agree. Is there something in the Bible that verifies (or disproves) this?
Dogs and cats don’t go to heaven, but we can really sympathize with your loss. One of our AYP writers still has pictures of his hunting dogs up in his office, and another is deeply attached to his family dog. Animals are a blessing from God (Gen 1:26). Animals have the “breath of life” just like humans do (Gen 2:7, Gen 6:17). This “breath of life” is also sometimes referred to as the “spirit” of a man or animal (Gen 7:22). Animals have spirits, and humans have spirits, but humans were also made in the image of God (Gen 1:26). Our spirits are eternal and will go up to be with the Father, and animal spirits are temporary and will return to the dust of the earth (Eccl 3:21). God made our spirit of a different caliber than He made those of the animal. This can feel like a very harsh truth after losing beloved family pets, but we can feel confident that God has decided wisely on this issue like all others. We may not always understand His reasons, but He always makes good decisions. We are so sorry for your loss, but we want you to know that God comforts us through all our sorrow… and He will bring you through this loss (2 Cor 13:11).
I have a very interesting question, and I'm hoping you can help. I know the Bible says you shouldn't mess with spirits, and fortune telling is sinful. However, what if someone didn't ask for this gift? I know it says no one knows the future but God, but what if He gave a gift to someone, and they were using it for good? And what about Ouija boards? I've always been taught they are of the devil. One last thing, I'm from the south, and I've heard a lot about conjurers. In fact, as a child, my grandfather visited one to get a growth removed, and it worked. This woman was a christian and claimed it was a gift from God and not sinful. Is this sinful and of the devil? I am, by the way, very superstitious; however, I do believe the Bible is clear on the boundaries that should not be crossed. Sorry for being so lengthy, but I believe there's a lot of people asking the same things.
Dear Magically Minded,
The dictionary defines ‘superstition’ as ‘a widely held but unjustified belief in supernatural causation leading to certain consequences of an action or event, or a practice based on such a belief’. Superstition means that you are placing trust in the supernatural power of a rabbit’s foot, not walking under ladders, four-leaf clovers, Ouija boards, etc. This is always wrong. We are supposed to place our trust in God (Ps 56:11), and God has clearly said that He doesn’t give people the gifts of fortune telling; all these things are of the devil. Even if a conjurer removed your grandfather’s growth, being a conjurer is still sinful. There are lots of sinful things that have short-term benefits… but long-term consequences.
Superstition is a mild and socially acceptable form of witchcraft or divining. There is no difference between trusting in a lucky coin and trusting in the astrological tables. Astrology and horoscopes are wrong (Deut 4:19, 2 Kgs 23:5); witchcraft and magical arts are wrong (Acts 19:19). Superstition falls into the same category as those practices.