Ask Your Preacher
In the Old Testament, what did they believe would happen when they died? Did they go to heaven, or was there some other view?
What About Them?
Dear What About Them?,
The faithful of the Old Testament believed in heaven just as much as the faithful in the New Testament do. In Job 14:14, Job stated that when he died, he would change. King David, had a son die in infancy, and David said that he would see his son again on the other side of death (2 Sam 12:23). Heb 11:16 says that the faithful of the Old Testament sought a heavenly country. The Old Testament doesn’t talk a lot about heaven, but it says enough to show us that they believed in it and anxiously awaited it.
Who is God?
Dear Supernatural Questions,
God is the creator of all things, and all things were created for Him, and the world is held together by Him (Col 1:16-17). God is the beginning and the end (Rev 22:13). Because of God, we have dominion over this wonderful creation (Gen 1:26), and all mankind is fearfully and wonderfully made (Ps 139:14). From the smallest atom to the highest heaven, all things are the works of His hands.
God is not only our Creator, He sent His Son to be our Savior (Jhn 3:16). Because of God, we have physical life, and because of God, we can have spiritual life through Jesus’ gift on the cross.
How did the dinosaurs and cavemen come into existence?
Cavemen are simply men that live in caves, and they have existed as long as people have used caves for convenience. Today, there are cavemen in places like Pakistan, Afghanistan, and even in modern China where an estimated 40 million people currently live in cave and pit dwellings. Evolutionists would have you believe that cavemen are some genetically inferior pre-humans, but the evidence doesn’t support that. All current “caveman” bodies found by modern science fit into the category of human or some extinct primate species. The missing link is still missing for a reason.
Now, let’s deal with dinosaurs. The world existed for five days before God made Adam and Eve on day six (Gen 1:27). Aquatic dinosaurs were created on the fifth day (Gen 1:21-23), and land dinosaurs were created on day six (Gen 1:25).
The Bible does mention dinosaur-like animals in Job chapters 40 and 41. If you read the description of the Behemoth and the Leviathan found in those chapters, you should see the similarities between them and the dinosaur fossils that have been found. For further information on dinosaurs, read the posts “Jurassic Parks & Rec” and “DINOSAURS!!!”.
Is it scriptural to hold Libertarian political views?
To The Polls
Dear To The Polls,
It depends on the political views. Every political group has beliefs that agree with Scriptures and beliefs that contradict Scriptures. A Christian needs to assess everything they believe off of the Scriptures and never be so beholden to any given political party that they ignore Scripture in order to hold to the party line. Christianity transcends politics and earthly national views. Christians are a part of a holy nation that upholds the will of God above all else (1 Pet 2:9).
What can a church do when they outgrow their building but do not have the money to build or buy a new one?
Busting At The Seams
Dear Busting At The Seams,
What a wonderful problem! Church buildings have always been an expediency for a local church to assemble and fulfill the commands found in Heb 10:24-25, Acts 20:7, and 1 Cor 16:1-2, etc. The word ‘expedient’ means ‘convenient or practical’. The command for the church to assemble has to be fulfilled somehow, and church buildings have often been a convenient and practical way to do that… but in your situation, the building is no longer practical or convenient.
A congregation doesn’t need to own a building to be faithful. Renting out a school gymnasium, movie theater, or other facility is just as Scriptural and in your case, probably more expedient since it is cheaper than purchasing a facility. The issue of where and how to meet is a matter of wisdom, not right or wrong. A congregation that is getting too big for the space they are in can do everything from starting a second congregation in a nearby town to renting a larger facility for Sunday worship. It is just a matter of what is the most convenient and practical solution to a problem that is really a blessing.