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Some passages that say God is peaceful (Rom 15:33, 1 Cor 14:33, 2 Cor 13:11, 2 Thess 3:16, Heb 13:20, and Isa 2:4). Some passages say that God is a warlord (Psa 18:34, Exo 15:3, Psa 24:8, 2 Sam 22:35, Psa 144:1, and Joel 3:9-10). So how am I to understand both set of Scriptures when one talks of peace and the other talks of war?
Dear Character Building,
God says that we should be at peace with all men as much as it depends on us (Rom 12:18). It takes two to have peace, and even the greatest peacemakers must be prepared for war when others seek to destroy and commit evil. God is that perfect peacemaker that desires good things for all but is unafraid to punish the wicked (Rom 12:19). If God were unwilling to protect the righteous from evil, there would be no peace (Pr 17:15). However, God knows how to both protect the righteous and vanquish the unrighteous (2 Pet 2:9).
Are there different things a church can do when they are assembled together versus not in an official assembly?
Dear Events Planner,
Whenever the local church functions as a group, they have only three things that they are authorized to do: teach the saved, preach to the lost, and care for needy Christians (read “Purpose Driven Church” for specifics on the work of the church). This is true in the worship service, and it is also true with any other group decision and action. The local church is the pillar and ground of the truth every day of the week (1 Tim 3:15).
Since Jesus was literate, why didn't He write the New Testament? And why doesn't anyone discuss the fundamental differences between the Old Testament and the New Testament? How did God talk to Adam and Eve and tell them not to eat the apple when they had never ever spoken any language and wouldn't have known the words of ‘don't eat the apple’ or anything else?
When God made Adam and Eve, they were fully-grown adults with a fully-functioning language. On the same day that Adam was “born”, Adam named all the beasts of the field (Gen 2:20). Adam and Eve were fully capable of understanding language. Just like everything else that was originally created, Adam and Eve were fully-formed and mature at inception. On a separate note, God warned them to not eat the ‘fruit’ of the tree of knowledge of good and evil… it wasn’t an apple (Gen 3:6).
As far as why Jesus never wrote part of the New Testament, anything we say would be purely speculation. It wasn’t a matter of literacy; it was a matter of God’s wisdom that He didn’t have Jesus write the New Testament.
And lastly, we recommend you read the post, “Two Covenants, One God”.
How does Psalm 110:3 relate to everyday life?
Dear Applying Myself,
Psalm 110 is a Messianic Psalm, which means that it is a psalm that prophesies about Jesus. Ps 110:1 is quoted by Jesus in Mk 12:36 as referring to Him, and Heb 5:6 quotes Ps 110:4 and says that it is talking about Jesus. Therefore, we can conclude that the 110th Psalm is about Jesus. Ps 110:3 says that Jesus’ people will willingly serve Him and give their youthful strength to the cause of Christ. As Christians, this should be our character, to always serve God willingly and place Christ first in our lives.
What does the Bible say about what people are supposed to achieve in life?
There is only one thing that is important in life – the salvation of your soul. If someone achieves greatness, riches, and power, but loses his soul on the Judgment Day, he has lost everything (Mk 8:36-37). Everything that we do in this life should stem from our love of God and our love for our fellow man – these are the two greatest commands (Matt 22:36-40).
Whether rich or poor, strong or weak, single or with a large family, the quality of our life will be measured by our level of faith and commitment to God’s Word. It isn’t so much about what you achieve as it is about what kind of person you become. We should strive to imitate Christ and purify our hearts (1 Cor 11:1, Jas 4:8). The person that does this can die having succeeded in life.