Ask Your Preacher
Why do Americans go outside the United States on mission trips when I feel it is needed more in the United States?
Worker At Home
Dear Worker At Home,
There is a need for the gospel in every corner of the globe. Jesus told His disciples to spread the news from every housetop and in every street (Matt 10:27). God doesn’t desire that any should perish (2 Pet 3:9). We couldn’t agree more that the gospel needs to be preached in the United States, but the United States doesn’t need the saving Word of Jesus any more than other nations. It isn’t a matter of exclusively preaching in America or exclusively preaching outside of America… both are necessary. Jesus' Word is intended to turn the whole world upside down (Acts 17:6).
What was the first sin that was committed?
Back To The Beginning
Dear Back To The Beginning,
The first sin was committed by Adam and Eve. The word ‘sin’ means ‘to miss the intended mark’. Whenever someone does something that differs from God’s commands, they commit a sin. When God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, He commanded them to never eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen 2:16-17). The devil deceitfully tempted Eve, and eventually Adam, to eat from the tree (Gen 3:1-6). Adam and Eve’s behavior introduced sin into a perfect world – that sin corrupted them, and the curse of sin corrupted the entire creation (1 Cor 15:22).
Does the Bible say that the soul is mortal or immortal?
Dear Tick Tock,
Our bodies are mortal, but our souls are eternal. God designed human spirits to live forever. If we are faithful, we live eternally with Him in heaven, and if we are faithless, we live eternally away from God in hell (Matt 25:46).
What happens to the souls of people that have never heard the actual gospel of Jesus, and are they really ignorant of salvation, and, therefore, excused from hell?
Concerned For Others
Dear Concerned For Others,
God is the only one who can judge where someone’s eternal destination will be. The Scriptures give us an insight into how the Great Judge will decide our verdict. Here are some Scriptures to consider:
- Just because someone is ignorant, doesn’t mean they aren’t at fault. God tells us that anyone who seeks the truth will find it (Matt 7:7-8). The Bible is the most widely available book on the planet – just because someone hasn’t read it, doesn’t mean they didn’t have opportunity.
- People go to hell because of their sins (Rom 6:23), not because of Jesus. Jesus’ death on the cross is a cure for mankind’s self-inflicted spiritual death sentence. It is the same as a disease outbreak – the disease kills people, not the lack of a cure. If Jesus had never come, and none of us had ever heard of Jesus, we would all have been lost.
- God tells us that everyone has been given enough information to seek Him. Rom 1:20 says that the very beauty of the created universe speaks of God’s existence and leaves mankind without excuse. God has provided an “all call” message anyone can hear through the wonder of His creation.
- God doesn’t desire anyone to perish (2 Pet. 3:9). God won’t make any mistakes on the Day of Judgment, and no one will accidentally end up in heaven or hell.
As we said, God is the final judge. We will all face Him when we die (Heb 9:27). The best thing we can do is make sure we are prepared for that day.
God created humans after animals, and before Adam and Eve ate the apple, they never hurt a fly. And then Adam and Eve committed sins. So then we were told to sacrifice animals for forgiveness. Why did God change His plan?
Save The Beasts
Dear Save The Beasts,
God didn’t bring death into our world – sin did. In the Garden of Eden, all life was blessed, and everything was perfect (Gen 1:31). It was only after mankind sinned that death and suffering were introduced (Gen 2:17). All of creation was affected by sin (Gen 3:17-18). The devil would have us blame God for our suffering, but he is the one that created all the chaos and hurt (Gen 3:13).
Animal sacrifice was necessary for God to teach mankind how horrible sin is. God changed His plan because He interceded to save us from our own sins (Jhn 3:16).