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Do people have past lives because sometimes I feel like I had a past life before. For example, I go some way, and I have never been there before, and I know my way around. I see someone for the first time, and I feel like we have met before.
Dear Deja Vu,
The Bible makes it clear that we only have one life; reincarnation doesn’t happen. Heb 9:27 says that we are appointed to die once, and then we face the judgment. Each human is given one life to live. The feeling of déjà vu that you experience from time to time is a normal human feeling, but it isn’t because of past lives.
Why do we need to go to church?
Dear Sunday Sleeper,
The Bible teaches that we shouldn’t forsake the assembly (Heb 10:24-25). God designed the church so that each individual would be strengthened by the power of the whole (Eph 4:16). God never wanted christians to try and serve Him without the support of a local church; that is why He commanded the church to assemble. It is impossible to do God’s work without being a part of a local church. If you would like help finding a faithful congregation in your area, e-mail us at email@example.com.
I just read the Marriage Clif Notes. Is it okay for the wife to be the boss (because in my house, my wife is the boss)? I guess it is the new thing today.
Husbands are to be the spiritual leaders of their homes (Eph 5:23); the fact that it is popular and normal for men to shirk that responsibility and allow their wives to fill the leadership void doesn’t make it right. A man that will not provide for his family is worse than an unbeliever (1 Tim 5:8), and many a woman has torn her house down with her own hands because she doesn’t let her husband lead (Pr 14:1). A nagging, bossy wife (Pr 11:22) and a lazy, apathetic husband (Pr 12:24) are a recipe for a disastrous marriage. God designed husbands to lovingly lead their families and wives to respectfully support their husbands.
When is the Sabbath? The Bible says its the seventh day. Why do so many keep Sunday as the Sabbath?
A Day To Remember
Dear A Day To Remember,
Saturday is the Sabbath day… but christians don’t have to worry about keeping the Sabbath. The word ‘sabbath’ means ‘rest’. The Sabbath day was a day that the nation of Israel was told to rest, stop working, and make holy to the Lord (Ex 31:15). This rule was so strict that a man was once stoned for collecting firewood on Saturday (Num 15:32-36). However, this was a Jewish command, not a Christian one. The Sabbath was part of the Old Testament law – a law that christians are no longer under (Gal 3:23-25). We are specifically told not to let anyone bind the Sabbath on us (Col 2:16). Christians worship Christ on the first day of the week – Sunday (Acts 20:7, 1 Cor 16:1-2). We are not bound by the strict rules of avoiding all work like the Jews were, but we are told to treat Sunday as “the Lord’s day” (Rev 1:10).
When Jesus talked to His disciples, He said, "When you fast..." Later, in Pauline epistles, we read about the early church, and fasting is still referred to sometimes. As christians, my understanding is that today we are to follow the Word by its commands, inferences, or practices. So when it comes to fasting, are we as christians to be fasting? It's interesting to me that we are told what to do when we sing and why, what day of the week to gather together by example, but nothing that I have found has made it clear to me details about fasting. So should we be regular "fasters" today?
Dear Snack Time,
Fasting is a Biblical practice, but there are no specific guidelines for when to do it. Fasting is the practice of not eating for a designated period of time. Jesus once fasted for forty days (Matt 4:2). Fasting is often associated with times of grief and difficult decisions (Joel 2:12). The New Testament doesn’t require fasting, but it also shows the benefits of fasting during times of difficulty or when important decisions needed to be made (Acts 14:23). Jesus’ disciples were noted for not fasting as often as the rest of the Jewish community (Matt 9:14), an indication that fasting doesn’t have the same level of emphasis in the New Testament. There is a time for fasting, but it is purely up to personal discretion.