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Catechisms are religious texts with teaching by questions. Is AskYourPreacher.com a catechism?
Dear Devout Definitions,
Saying that AskYourPreacher is a catechism is kind of like saying that since a wagon has four wheels that it is the same as a car. Though there are similarities between catechisms’ question/answer format to teach doctrine and AskYourPreacher, we aren’t at all the same.
AskYourPreacher doesn’t use fixed questions and answers – these are real questions that real people ask us on a daily basis. We would NEVER want someone to use AYP as their sole source of Bible knowledge. Use the Bible as your sole source of Bible knowledge! Catechisms are designed to be used as manuals for worship, doctrine, etc. Our goal is to help refer people back to the Bible and away from man’s traditions – basically the opposite of what catechisms do.
Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading? Does this refer to preachers not getting paid? Or people in the ministry serving? Not being compensated? Forgive me, but I don’t have the context of what Paul is saying here.
Dear Cattle Call,
In 1 Cor 9:9, Paul says, “Don’t muzzle an ox when he is treading out the grain.” Oxen were often used to break up the grain and grind it using a giant wheel or other similar methods that employed animal power to break up the grain. In the Old Testament, God commanded that an ox that was being used to work the grain should be allowed to eat while it worked (i.e. it shouldn’t be muzzled – Deut 25:4). In 1st Corinthians 9, Paul is comparing that command given for the benefit of working animals to the attitude we should take toward those who are preaching the gospel (1 Cor 9:10-11). Just like an ox that treads the grain deserves a bite of that grain from time to time, preachers who dedicate their lives to the gospel have every right to be paid for their work (1 Cor 9:14).
How did the dinosaurs and cavemen come into existence?
Cavemen are simply men that live in caves, and they have existed as long as people have used caves for convenience. Today, there are cavemen in places like Pakistan, Afghanistan, and even in modern China where an estimated 40 million people currently live in cave and pit dwellings. Evolutionists would have you believe that cavemen are some genetically inferior pre-humans, but the evidence doesn’t support that. All current “caveman” bodies found by modern science fit into the category of human or some extinct primate species. The missing link is still missing for a reason.
Now, let’s deal with dinosaurs. The world existed for five days before God made Adam and Eve on day six (Gen 1:27). Aquatic dinosaurs were created on the fifth day (Gen 1:21-23), and land dinosaurs were created on day six (Gen 1:25).
The Bible does mention dinosaur-like animals in Job chapters 40 and 41. If you read the description of the Behemoth and the Leviathan found in those chapters, you should see the similarities between them and the dinosaur fossils that have been found. For further information on dinosaurs, read the posts “Jurassic Parks & Rec” and “DINOSAURS!!!”.
Is it scriptural to hold Libertarian political views?
To The Polls
Dear To The Polls,
It depends on the political views. Every political group has beliefs that agree with Scriptures and beliefs that contradict Scriptures. A Christian needs to assess everything they believe off of the Scriptures and never be so beholden to any given political party that they ignore Scripture in order to hold to the party line. Christianity transcends politics and earthly national views. Christians are a part of a holy nation that upholds the will of God above all else (1 Pet 2:9).
In what are we supposed to put our hopes in society?
Eager To Invest
Dear Eager To Invest,
We are told that the hope of heaven and the promise of God’s Word is the anchor for a Christian’s soul (Heb 6:17-19). Christianity is built upon the faith found in God’s Word (Rom 10:17). If we seek to find happiness through the passing pleasures of sin, or if we place our trust in mankind, we will be disappointed (Heb 11:25). God tells us to live down here with our hearts and minds fixed upward toward our heavenly home (Col 3:2).