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Why do people that are not saved put others down?
On The Up And Up
Dear On The Up And Up,
People do things for a lot of different reasons, some legitimate, some not. Especially when people are living their lives outside of Christ, they are enslaved to sin, and they make all sorts of unhealthy decisions (Rom 6:17-18). It isn’t our job to judge or condemn those outside of Christ – God says that they will be judged by the Word (Jhn 12:48). It is our job to look past whatever harm or personal injury we may have suffered and strive to bring the truth of Christ to them. Don’t worry about what those who are lost do to you; worry for them and be a light (Matt 10:28).
What does the Bible say on cremation? Is it okay to be cremated after you pass away?
Dear Last Wishes,
Both cremation and burial are acceptable Biblical practices. The Bible makes it clear that your body is merely a tent that is discarded at death (2 Cor 5:1-4). Peter recognized that at death we leave this ‘tent’ of a body behind (2 Pet 1:14). Ultimately, your physical body will return to dust and dirt (Gen 3:19). It may sound morbid, but cremation simply speeds along the natural process of decay that will occur to all bodies eventually.
Furthermore, we have at least one account of cremation occurring in the Old Testament. Saul and his sons were cremated after they died in battle (1 Sam 31:12). The men that cremated Saul and his sons were later commended by David for their behavior (2 Sam 2:5). That same verse in 2 Samuel shows that David considered cremation a form of burial. David’s endorsement of cremation as a godly practice is worth noting.
The Bible does not seem to place much focus on how someone is buried. God’s emphasis is upon how we live (Gal 2:20), not what is done with our body after we die.
In the Old Testament, God tells groups of people to go and completely wipe out another group. How can this be just? I believe I remember there was an instance where He did it to prove to the Israelites that He would be with them if they followed His directions. How can this be explained as an acceptable thing?
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Looking To Justify
Dear Looking To Justify,
God has to make complex decisions that allow individuals the freedom to choose while still keeping the rest of mankind safe. Every time that God has destroyed a nation, He has done it for the safety of other nations and because that nation had become so corrupt that it was unsalvageable (Gen 15:16, Gen 6:5). God knows that infants will be safe in His arms when that nation is destroyed, and it is important to remember that there is a difference between God taking someone’s life and a human making that decision. God is our Creator, and He is intimately aware of where we will go when we die – after all, He is the Judge (Heb 12:23).
When wicked nations are allowed to continue, they inhibit the possibility of future generations obeying God, and they are destructive influences on the rest of mankind. Thankfully, we have a God who knows where to draw the line – not too soon, and not too late.
What does tithing really mean?
Money In The Bank
Dear Money In The Bank,
The New Testament and Old Testament teachings on giving are similar… but not the same. The Old Testament was very specific that giving should be a minimum of ten percent (Deu 14:22). The word ‘tithe’ means ‘one-tenth’.
However, the New Testament teaching is more generic. Though ten percent is a good rule of thumb (after all, the Old Testament is given to us as an example – 1 Cor 10:11), christians are simply told to “give as they have prospered” (1 Cor 16:1-2). God tells us to be cheerful givers (2 Cor 9:7), but He never specifically says how much christians should give. That is an issue of wisdom and is left for each individual heart to work out for itself (Php 2:12). The specific rule of giving one-tenth of our income no longer applies; instead, we are told to examine our hearts and give thankfully.
Did Jesus marry Mary Magdalene?
Dear Wedding Bells,
There is ZERO reason to believe that Jesus had a relationship with Mary Magdalene… that is just apocryphal mumbo-jumbo. Apocryphal books are books outside of the Bible that were written years after the Bible was completed… most of them hundreds of years after. Read “Books of the Apocrypha” to better understand that topic.
Ever since Jesus lived, people have been trying to create stories to alter His life and smear His reputation. However, when we go to the Bible, we see that Jesus was never married. Mary Magdalene was one of many women that followed Christ and supported Him in His preaching, but He was not married to her (Lk 8:1-3).