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Day 2 - Psalm 2

Saturday, January 02, 2016

5 minutes a day 5 days a week - a year of Bible Wisdom

Day 1 - Psalm 1

Friday, January 01, 2016

5 minutes a day 5 days a week - a year of Bible Wisdom

Eternal Flames

Friday, January 01, 2016
Is there a hell, or do people who don't go to heaven just cease to exist?

 

Sincerely,
In Limbo

Dear In Limbo,

Hell is most definitely a real place.  It is an eternal place where the fire is never quenched and people never die (Mk 9:48).  Jesus talked about hell more than any other prophet before or after Him.  Our God knows the eternal damnation that awaits those that choose not to serve Him (Matt 25:30).  The lost shall dwell in a place of weeping and anger (Matt 24:51).  It would be hard to weep if you didn’t exist.  We wrote a previous article a little while back dealing with this same issue in more detail; feel free to read it here.  Choose today whom you will serve because when we die, we will all face the judgment of God (Heb 9:27).

A Flood Of Fossils

Thursday, December 31, 2015
How does the Bible explain dinosaurs and all the other prehistoric fossils we have?  Isn't evolution the only answer?

 

Sincerely,
Stymied-o-saurus

Dear Stymied-o-saurus,

The Bible says that every creature that lives on this planet was created on day five (Gen 1:20-23) or day six (Gen 1:24-25).  This would include the dinosaurs.  Dinosaurs would have existed in the Garden of Eden, just like all other animals did.  Dinosaurs would have also been brought on Noah’s Ark, just like all other animals (Gen 6:19).  In fact, Job chapters 40 and 41 describe in detail two animals that sound exactly like dinosaurs.  That is the biblical explanation for when and where dinosaurs lived.

As for fossils, fossils are created when something is killed and buried very, very quickly.  Fossils are the product of cataclysmic destruction.  The most likely explanation for the vast amount of fossils found today is the Great Flood of Noah’s day.  The entire world was quickly covered by water (Gen 7:19-20).  The pressure, removal of oxygen, and speed of destruction caused by the Great Flood would be a perfect situation to create fossils.  There is nothing contradictory about the fossil record.  The Bible functions in perfect harmony with science.

For questions like this, we often refer people to AnswersInGenesis.org, a site that is dedicated to the research of creation scientists.  They have many articles that address these types of question in more detail.

Astonishing Grace

Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Sometimes I feel like asking for forgiveness is too easy.  When I think about all the sins I commit in a week, I feel awful and can't comprehend that if I just ask for them to be forgiven, they will be, and then I'm stuck with this feeling that I'm not really forgiven.  I do truly feel sorry for what I've done, but is it supposed to be this easy?

 

Sincerely,
Apology Accepted?

Dear Apology Accepted?,

Trusting in the Lord is hardest when He offers something more spectacular than we deserve.  Heaven is hard to visualize because it is so wonderful, and forgiveness is hard to appreciate because it is so gracious.  You must remember that God provides forgiveness as a gift (Rom 6:23); it has nothing to do with whether you deserve it.  God tells us that He is eager to forgive us (Ps 86:5).  Forgiveness is His gift to give, and He may give it as freely as He wishes.

God’s forgiveness can be compared to the forgiveness a parent offers their children (after all He is called our Father for a reason – Matt 5:45).  How often do young children make mistakes as they learn and grow?  No matter how often a child fails, parents are quick to forgive them as soon as they show sorrow.  God is no different (1 Jn 1:9).  Your Father loves you so much that He gave His very own Son (Jhn 3:16).  Sometimes God’s forgiveness seems too easy because God loves us with such ease.

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