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My wife and I are having a debate. I think it's a debate on the definition of sin. My wife asserts that because Jesus was a sinless human, He was therefore an appropriate sacrifice for mankind, and the only thing that allowed Him to not sin was that He was God. I, on the other hand, state that anything God does is, by default, not sin (or anti-sin). Therefore, anything He does is not sin. It sounds the same, but my wife says He had the option to sin but chose not to while I say whatever He did would be anti-sin no matter what He chose to do. Any thoughts?
Right By Default?
Dear Right By Default,
Your wife is right; Jesus had the option to sin, but He chose not to. Heb 4:15 says that Jesus was tempted in all ways like we are, yet without sin. If Jesus was incapable of sinning, He couldn’t be tempted to do it. You can’t be tempted to turn into a fish because that would be impossible, but you can be tempted to eat too much, be lazy, lose your temper, etc.
Jesus was actually tempted to sin, but He simply chose not to. A great example of this is when the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness in Mat 4:1-11. The devil tried to get Jesus to sin (which tells you that the devil believed it was possible), but Jesus answered each temptation with Scripture and firm conviction.
Is there anything in the Bible about us evolving? I have come to believe that we are going to evolve by December 21st, 2012. It sounds crazy, but I feel it and they have proof of animals evolving in a blink of an eye. I was hoping you could guide me where to read. Thank you and God bless.
Ready For Change
Dear Ready For Change,
Humans have never evolved, there is no proof of animals evolving “in a blink of an eye”, and humans aren’t going to change on Dec. 21st. The Bible says that every animal was created “according to its kind” by God in six days (Gen 1:21-25). There are different types of cats, but they have always been cats. There are different types of horses, but they have always been horses. There are zero examples of animals evolving from one kind of animal into another. Though we do find variety within an animal kind (i.e. tigers, leopards, lions, etc.), scientists have never found an example of a creature that changed from one kind of animal to another. A tiger and a lion can breed to make a liger, but they can’t breed to make a hippo.
Humans are the same; though there is a great deal of differences in how humans look, we are all still humans. The only time you will ever see us change is when Jesus comes back to take the faithful to heaven (1 Cor 15:52)… which is most likely not on Dec. 21st, 2012.
My question is this: if my husband is the sole moneymaker in our household but is not yet reborn of Christ, how do I know what I am to give to my church? Say he brings home $2,500.00 gross per month. He is not agreeing with me to tithe 10%.
Dear Money Matters,
You aren’t accountable for giving what you don’t have control over. In 2 Cor 8:12, the apostle Paul explains that we are only held accountable for what we have power over. Your husband is the head of your household (Eph 5:23), and since he is an unbeliever, he isn’t going to have the same priorities as you. Do your best to talk through this issue with him, but take comfort that the Lord isn’t upset if you end up giving less than you wish you could.
Ex 4:24-26: I don't understand this at all. Why did God confront Moses and why was He about to kill him? Why did Zipporah, a Midianite, have any knowledge of this covenant ritual of circumcision, and how could she surmise that as the problem between God and Moses? And did she and the children continue on to Egypt with Moses?
Thank you! Please, if there is Scripture to confirm your understanding of this paragraph in Exodus, would you please share it with me also? Thanks a lot, and God's blessings on you!
Ex 4:24-26 is an odd little anecdote in Moses’ life. We don’t get many details, so everything that we understand about it is from putting very few pieces of information together. Here is what we know:
- God was angry enough with Moses to kill him.
- Zipporah, Moses’ wife, circumcised their son, and she wasn’t happy with the fact that she had to perform emergency surgery on her son.
- After the circumcision, Moses’ life was spared.
Using these meager pieces of information, our understanding is that God was mad at Moses because he hadn’t obeyed God’s command to circumcise his children. Remember, circumcision was the sign of God’s covenant with Israel (Acts 7:8). The fact that Moses, God’s chosen leader for Israel, wasn’t keeping that covenant with his children was a big deal. Our understanding is that Moses had not circumcised his son, God was angry about it, and Zipporah was aware of the problem, and quickly saved everyone by circumcising her son.
As for whether or not Zipporah and her sons continued to Egypt, Ex 18:2-5 seems to imply that they went back home and met up with Moses once he had led the Israelites out of Egypt.
Why did God want all the older generation to die off (wander for forty years in the wilderness), and the younger generation with Joshua go into the promise land?
A Question For The Ages
Dear A Question For The Ages,
Numbers 14 explains why God had the first generation of Jews that left Egypt wander in the wilderness for forty years. God was punishing them for their lack of faith in Him. When Moses sent forty spies to investigate the land of Canaan, the majority of those spies came back and said that it was impossible to conquer the land. The people were afraid, murmured against God, and planned on returning to Egypt (Num 14:3-4).
God was incensed by their cowardice, lack of faith, and grumbling (Num 14:27). He decided to punish that generation by having them all die in the wilderness (Num 14:33-34), and their children became the ones to conquer the land (Num 14:31).