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Day 6 - Matthew 6

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

5 minutes a day 5 days a week - a year of Bible Wisdom

Power Of Blood

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Why did God require blood sacrifice?

Sincerely,
Seeing Red

Dear Seeing Red,

Blood sacrifices taught the Jewish people something about the cost of sin.  The Old Testament was designed to prepare people for Christ’s coming (Gal 3:23-24).  The blood of the bulls and goats that were killed as sin offerings never paid the price of sin (Heb 10:4).  However, by making those sacrifices, Israel learned that all sin must be paid for with blood.  Eventually, Christ came and paid for our sins with His blood (1 Pet 1:18-19) – the blood of God.  All those animal sacrifices prepared Israel to see and understand what Jesus’ crucifixion meant.  He was the true sacrificial lamb (Jhn 1:29).  The Old Testament sacrifices were a shadow of the things to come (Heb 10:1).

Day 5 - Matthew 5

Monday, January 09, 2017

5 minutes a day 5 days a week - a year of Bible Wisdom

Textbook Battle

Monday, January 09, 2017
I know this is a big topic, so sorry in advance for any cans it opens of the worm-kind.

Why does evolution have to be anti-Bible?  Even science's answer for how things got started doesn't take out the magic of God's hand.  I wanted to know if I can believe what science says and follow the Good Book without contradiction.  Or do I have to choose a side?  Thank you.

Sincerely,
Straddling The Fence

Dear Straddling The Fence,

The Bible isn’t anti-science, but it is anti-evolution.  Darwinian evolution teaches that all life came from non-life and that man evolved from single-cell organisms (sometimes referred to as “goo-to-you” evolution).  The Bible specifically says that this didn’t happen.  God handcrafted Adam and Eve in His image (Gen 1:26-27).  Darwinian evolution also states that it would require billions of years to occur; God says that He made everything in six days (Gen 2:1-3).

The Bible is in complete agreement with science though.  The Bible mentions the world being round before anyone knew it (Isa 40:22), and it described the water-vapor cycle hundreds of years before modern meteorologists got it figured out (Job 36:27-28).  The Bible is completely scientifically accurate.  What most of the textbooks won’t tell you is that many scientists believe in the creation story found in the Bible.  Darwinian evolution is under attack by many scientists because the more we learn, the less plausible it becomes.  Books like Case For A Creator, Darwin’s Black Box, and Icons Of Evolution along with groups of scientists like those at Answers In Genesis are beginning to point out the flaws in Darwin’s claims.  True science backs up the Biblical account of Creation all the time.

A Life Cut Short

Friday, January 06, 2017
If my past sins are forgiven when I am baptized in water, and it is possible for me to "lose my salvation" and go to hell after being baptized, then wouldn't my best chance of going to heaven be to drown in the baptistry?!!  Before I had a chance to sin so as to be lost again?  If I wanted to be absolutely sure of heaven, isn't that my best opportunity?

Sincerely,
Lifetime Guarantee

Dear Lifetime Guarantee,

Using that logic, all children should be drowned at birth.  All children go to heaven (see “What About The Children?” for further details), so why not kill them before they have a chance to sin?  What a horrible way to live life!  If our goal is to die as soon as we receive salvation, then we have missed the point of being children of light (Eph 5:8).  Once God shows us His love by saving us, we are to spread that love to others (1 Jn 4:19).

Once we become christians, we have the chance to convert others (Matt 5:16), build up other christians, and support the weak (1 Thess 5:14).  When we are baptized, we are saved (1 Pet 3:21).  New christians are babes in Christ (1 Cor 3:1), and like all babies, their life is just beginning.  Baptism is just the beginning of our journey.

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