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In a Catholic school, is it moral to withhold a teacher's security of tenure even if the teacher had continuously and satisfactorily served that school for more than a decade?
Dear A Teacher,
We aren’t in the habit of giving advice to schools run by the Catholic church because the Catholic church doesn’t use the Bible anyway. We give Bible answers here at AYP, and the Catholic church doesn’t use the Bible as their standard. We recommend you read our article “Catholics Or Christians?”.
Should I continue to attend a church that I don't believe is teaching the right things even though my husband is a member there?
Dear Wondering Wife,
Though the Bible says to respect your husband (Eph 5:33), that respect is in subordination to the Lord. It is important to obey God before man (Acts 5:29). We must each work out our own salvation with fear and trembling (Php 2:12). Solomon made the mistake of honoring his wives before God, and he lost everything because of it (1 Kg 11:4). If the church you are currently attending is not faithful to God’s Word, you must choose a faithful church over your husband.
Giving excuses – is it a form of sin?
I Can Explain
Dear I Can Explain,
Excuses can be sinful if you are using them to avoid doing what you ought. For example, if you have promised to do something – you should stand by your word (Matt 5:37) and not make excuses to avoid a commitment you have made. There are sins that we commit and sins that happen when we omit doing what we ought. If you know of something that you ought to do, and you make excuses to avoid doing it, that is a sin (Jas 4:17).
My question concerns the very end of the Book of John when Jesus appeared before the disciples after rising from the dead. The disciples were fishing, and Jesus was on the shore. He told them to cast the net on the side of the boat, and they caught the fish. “Come to shore and eat,” He said, and Jesus told Peter to come with Him, and told Peter how he would die. Jesus told Peter than John will remain behind. Jesus said, "If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me." My question: is John still alive today? Jesus literally said that John would remain until He comes again. Then it says in the Word that this disciple would not die. It didn't say that this disciple will not die by crucifixion or some other cause. It didn't say that this disciple would die of old age. The Word literally says, “This disciple would not die.” Is it possible that John is still alive and waiting for Christ to come again? Can you give me your take on this Scripture? Thanks.
Older Than Methuselah?
Dear Older Than Methuselah,
To understand what Jesus meant in Jhn 21:22, we need the next verse. Jesus simply told Peter, “If I will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?” There was confusion over this in the brotherhood because the word went out that John would live until the return of Christ, but Jesus was simply making the point to Peter that he didn’t need to worry about what would happen to others but to worry about himself. Jesus didn’t say he would live until the return; He simply said, “If”.
How many times did Paul visit Thessalonica?
Dear Visitor Bureau,
Paul visited Thessalonica a minimum of three times. The first time Paul visited them was on his second journey after he and Barnabas split ways (Acts 17:1). Then Paul passed through Macedonia, the region where Thessalonica was, again on his third journey (Acts 20:1). And lastly, he passed through Macedonia on his return from that third journey (Acts 20:3).