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I have reason to believe that I may be possessed because I get upset/angry at the most unusual times, and even today on Christmas, I got mad at least once. Is there anything I can do at home (I have NO means of transportation as I am a fourteen-year-old male) to help put the demons to rest?
You aren’t possessed by demons; you are enslaved to anger – there is a difference. Demon possession ended not long after the days of Christ. Jesus made it clear that one of His jobs was to bind the devil and take His strength away by casting out his demons (Matt 12:28-29). When Jesus’ disciples had come back from their evangelism trips and related to Him that they had cast out many demons, Jesus told them that they were defeating Satan by getting rid of Satan’s demonic minions (Lk 10:17-18). When Jesus and His disciples cast out demons, they did it permanently (Lk 8:30-33) and bound Satan by their acts. We no longer have to deal with such overt attacks by the devil because he has been bound by Christ’s sacrifice (Rev. 20:2).
The way to deal with anger is to choose self-control, which can be very difficult, especially in our teenage years. Jas 1:19 says that one of the best cures for anger is to slow down and listen first. If we are swift to hear and slow to speak, anger tends to subside because of understanding. God gave us each two ears and only one mouth for a reason. Focus on listening to others and trying to understand their perspectives before allowing anger to control you.
Once you give your life to Jesus Christ, and your name is in the Book of Life, all your sins are washed away. Does this mean we do not have Judgment Day since our sins are forgiven?
Skip The Sentencing?
Dear Skip The Sentencing,
Several verses refer to the saints not being judged, but this doesn’t mean they won’t be at the judgment. Jhn 3:18 and Lk 6:37 clearly state that Christians will not be judged. In this context, ‘not judged’ means they won’t be condemned… but we will all face the judgment bar of God. God is judge of all mankind (Heb 12:23), so everyone will be brought before Him for judgment (Eccl 3:17). When you die, God will judge you (Heb 9:27). When the Scriptures say that Christians won’t be judged, it is referring to the painful part of judgment – the punishment. Christians will be spared the punishment that all the wicked must endure (2 Pet 2:9).
Hello again. Thanks for your time. I have researched Greek manuscripts for several months now, trying to find the closest Bible translation: Lucianic, Western, Byzantine, Alexandrian, Textus Receptus, Westcott and Hort, Nestle-Aland, United Bible Societies, and on and on. I have looked at interlinear Bibles and searched and searched. I was sold on the fact the New American Standard Bible was the most accurate, but my further study has all lead me back to the King James Version. I think the King James Version and the Textus Receptus are the most accurate and can be trusted. I have found Byzantine text types are more favored than Alexandrian. Some theologians say the Alexandrian text was written by cults and pagans. But anyway, what are your thoughts on searching for the truth? Now there are all of these lost gospels which they found to be phony and some new old Bible they said they found that has a book of James in it that says Christ was just a servant. I just want the truth. I think I will use the King James and keep a NASB on the side to compare.
Dear Eager Reader,
All of the major word-for-word translations use a solid, trustworthy base of original texts. The King James, the New King James, the American Standard, the New American Standard, and the English Standard Version are all reliable word-for-word translations. Take a look at our post "What's The Best Translation?" for a more in-depth discussion on word-for-word vs. thought-for-thought translations.
Many, many people with many, many doctorates have combed and re-combed the original manuscripts and texts, and there is very little real argument amongst them about the quality of the Bible texts that you hold in your hands today. Using a KJV with a NASB as comparison is a fine choice.
I am worried about going to heaven; I pray often, but I have never felt the Holy Ghost. I am wondering, and sometimes I have sinful thoughts. What can I do to make it to heaven, be with my passed family members, and be with my Lord?
Dear Getting Home,
The Holy Spirit dwells in those that follow the Bible and put to death their previous sinful lifestyles (Rom 8:12-14). The Holy Spirit gave us the Bible, and when we follow it, we are led by the Spirit. Those who are led by the Spirit are sons of God, and the Spirit dwells in them (Rom 8:14-16).
Christians do have the Holy Spirit dwell in them (Rom 8:9) – but not literally. The Holy Spirit dwells in christians in the same metaphorical way that Christ dwells in christians (Rom 8:10). The Holy Spirit and Jesus do not physically dwell inside christians miraculously, therefore, you don’t “feel” the Holy Spirit in you. They dwell within christians in a figurative way because a christian’s life follows the path the Holy Spirit and Christ set for them.
If you do the five things the Bible says to become a Christian, the Holy Spirit will be in you as you walk the path that He has set for you. Read “Five Steps To Salvation” for more information on what those five things are.
Are God and Jesus the same person or two separate people?
Dear Double Take,
The Father and Jesus aren’t the same. They are both deity, but they are also unique beings. There are three parts to the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This is most easily seen in Matt 3:16-17. When Jesus was baptized, the Father spoke from heaven, and the Holy Spirit descended as a dove. Each of them is eternal (they were all at the creation – Gen. 1:1, Gen. 1:2, Col 1:15-17). John 1:1 specifically says that Jesus is Deity. Jesus is different than the Father, but He is part of the Godhead. Jesus even said that He had always existed (Jhn 8:58). The apostles worshipped Jesus as God (Jhn 20:28)