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Wrong, No Matter What

Saturday, December 28, 2013
My friend has a very religious mother, and she thinks she likes women.  She wanted to know if it is a sin to be homosexual.

Sincerely,
Confused

Dear Confused,

Yes, homosexuality is a sin… no matter what society teaches.  The Bible is very clear on the subject of homosexuality.  Homosexuality is a perversion of the relationship God intended between a man and a woman (Rom 1:26-27).  Openly accepted homosexual lifestyles are a sign that a society has deeply diverged from Bible principles (Jude 1:7).  Homosexual urges should be fought and controlled just like we should repress the desire to be violent and show the self-control to watch how we speak.  An actively homosexual lifestyle is a sinful lifestyle.

Day 259 - Revelation 21

Friday, December 27, 2013

5 minutes a day
5 days a week
1 New Testament in a year

There are 261 weekdays in a year, and there are 260 chapters in the New Testament. By reading one chapter, Monday through Friday, you will read the whole New Testament by the end of the year. The Daily Cup series is to help with that goal.

Happy Studying!

"The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup." -- Psalm 16:5

Click here for a pdf of the study schedule - CLICK HERE

God Knows

Friday, December 27, 2013
What's wrong with saying "I don't know"?  Throughout history, I've never, even once, read or heard of a society that, instead of using supernatural events to explain how we all got here, actually said, "Well, we just don't know".  I sometimes wonder if the contents of the Bible are simply a result of our inability to admit we just don't know something.  It seems to me if people want to know the answer to something bad enough, they always somehow find or come up with one every time, letting nothing stand in there way, not even reality.  What are your thoughts?

Sincerely,
Everybody Knows Everything

Dear Everybody Knows Everything,

There is nothing wrong with saying “I don’t know”.  In fact, we often have to admit that to people who ask questions on AYP.  God even says that there are some secret things we won’t understand in this life (Deu 29:29).  If the Bible were only a story of how we got here, it would rank amongst the thousands of other myths and legends created by cultures to explain mankind’s existence.  However, the Bible is unique.  The Bible is different than any other book ever written.  If God were to write a book, it would be no more impressive than the Bible.  The Bible is full of detailed prophecies written hundreds of years before their fulfillment, it is scientifically accurate (i.e. the Bible taught the world was round centuries before mankind realized it was – Pr 8:27), it is archaeologically accurate, and it is flawlessly without internal contradiction… even though it was written by over sixty different writers over thousands of years.  In short, the Bible is a book that couldn’t be written by man.  It contains details and facts that no human being could know.  We believe the Bible’s account of history because the Bible is unlike any other book.  For more information on the Bible’s origins, read “Who Wrote The Bible?”.

Day 258 - Revelation 20

Thursday, December 26, 2013

5 minutes a day
5 days a week
1 New Testament in a year

There are 261 weekdays in a year, and there are 260 chapters in the New Testament. By reading one chapter, Monday through Friday, you will read the whole New Testament by the end of the year. The Daily Cup series is to help with that goal.

Happy Studying!

"The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup." -- Psalm 16:5

Click here for a pdf of the study schedule - CLICK HERE

Real-Time Forgiveness

Thursday, December 26, 2013
If you commit a sin and ask God for forgiveness, does God forgive you right away?  Or does He forgive you once you have proved to Him that you won't commit that sin again?

Sincerely,
Just Wondering!

Dear Just Wondering,

The Scripture gives every indication that when a christian (it is different for those who aren’t already christians) sincerely repents and asks for forgiveness, they are immediately forgiven.  God tells us to confess our sins, and we will be forgiven (1 Jn 1:9).  Jesus told the disciples to forgive their brother immediately if he repented and asked for forgiveness (Lk 17:3-4).  If we are expected to forgive immediately, it would only make sense that the Lord works the same way.  Ps 34:18 says that God desires a contrite spirit and that He is near to those with a broken heart.  When we confess our sins, God is looking for an attitude of sorrow and humility.  If that attitude is there, the behavior will eventually follow.

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