Ask Your Preacher
Why is it important that we have to say the Greek word for this or the Hebrew word for that is translated to mean this?
Dear Speak English,
It isn’t necessary to know the Greek or Hebrew words found in the Bible. Reading in the original language adds color, but you don’t have to know Greek/Hebrew to learn God’s will. However, you do need to be willing to dig in, compare verses, look up definitions, etc. Understanding the Bible is about being a student of God’s Word, and all students have to do their homework.
Even the hardest passages can always be understood by comparing them to the sum of God’s teachings (Ps 119:160). If you run into a difficult-to-understand passage (even Peter said that some Scripture is hard to understand – 2 Pet 3:16), it takes work to dig in and compare the other verses, but you can find the truth on the subject.
Anyone can understand the Bible in their own language, but that doesn’t mean everyone will just understand the Bible because doing so takes work. God tells us that we must hunger and thirst after righteousness if we want to be filled (Matt 5:6). He also says that it takes a love for the truth to be saved (2 Thess 2:10). That hunger and love will lead people to the truth.
Is it possible to communicate with spirits?
Dear Séance Bound,
Nope, no talking to the dead. The Bible tells us what happens when people die, and there is no room for coming back to talk to people. Jesus told the story of a wicked, rich man and a faithful, poor man named Lazarus in Lk 16:19-31. When these two men died, the rich man immediately woke up in torment, and Lazarus was escorted to Paradise (Lk 16:22-23). This is what happens when the righteous and the wicked die. There is no wandering or ghostly haunting. In fact, the rich man was specifically told that the dead aren’t sent back to the earth to preach or affect the course of events here (Lk 16:27-31). We die, and then we wait to face the judgment (Heb 9:27).
I would like to know when I will get married, and will it be with the guy I want to marry?
We are just men here at AYP and not prophets. We can’t tell you the specifics of your life and future. However, we can give you some principles for how to look for a spouse. Read “Set A Date” in our archives for some of the Bible teachings on finding a spouse.
Is it okay for a Christian to participate in a yoga exercise class or even see or become an acupuncturist?
It all depends on how you do it. Yoga, tai-chi, and some forms of holistic medicine can have a religious element to them, but they don’t have to. If a Christian takes yoga purely for the exercise, they are just fine (1 Tim 4:8), but if a Christian begins delving into the spiritual elements such as karma, Hinduism, etc. – that is wrong. There is only room for one God and one guide in our lives (2 Cor 6:16).
I love animals, and spirit guides have always intrigued me. A spirit guide is an animal specific to you that can answer or lead you. I am a strongly devoted Christian, and I understand the value of praying and asking God for guidance, and I do not feel that I would be worshipping a spirit guide in any way. By obtaining a spirit guide, is it wrong? Animals are all God's creation anyway. If I am wrong, could you direct me to where in the Bible it states this, so I can right my wrong thinking? Thanks and God bless!
I Love Animals
Dear I Love Animals,
A “spirit guide” would be considered idolatry. God should be the only guide for our souls (Jhn 14:6). By definition, a spirit guide is a guide for your spirit. Spirit guides are a Native American tradition and a definite form of idolatry. Rom 1:23 warns against giving animals the glory that belongs only to God. The Bible is the guide for our lives, and it contains all the instruction that we need for life and godliness (2 Pet 1:3). God designed the Bible to lead our spirits and discern our character (Heb 4:12).