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Weed Whacker

Friday, September 27, 2013
Is smoking weed a sin; if not, why?  If so, why?  Where does it say either case in the Bible?

Sincerely,
The Burning Dandelion

Dear The Burning Dandelion,

Plants (and drugs made from plants) are wonderful things if used as God intended – medicinally.  Anything that removes the clarity of someone’s mind or makes them drunk is sinful if used recreationally (1 Cor 5:11).  Christians are to be sober-minded, so that we can properly learn, grow, and serve the Lord (1 Thess 5:6).  The devil loves an addled brain, and the moment we stop thinking clearly, he is ready to pounce (1 Pet 5:8).  Furthermore, the body is a temple and should be treated as God intended – not destroyed with drugs (1 Cor 6:19).  Drugs destroy your body and mind.  You were bought with a price; glorify God in your body (1 Cor 6:20).

Day 193 - Hebrews 10

Thursday, September 26, 2013

5 minutes a day
5 days a week
1 New Testament in a year

There are 261 weekdays in a year, and there are 260 chapters in the New Testament. By reading one chapter, Monday through Friday, you will read the whole New Testament by the end of the year. The Daily Cup series is to help with that goal.

Happy Studying!

"The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup." -- Psalm 16:5

Click here for a pdf of the study schedule - CLICK HERE

Turned Around About Turning Back

Thursday, September 26, 2013
The parable of the Prodigal Son gives us one perspective of how God views those that come back to Him and His teachings after straying and how this is a blessing and pleasing unto Him… however, 2 Peter 2:20-22 makes it seem that this is worse in God's eyes than never following His Word in the first place.  Which is the case?  Thank you!!

Sincerely,
Looking For The Upside

Dear Looking For The Upside,

The story of the prodigal son (found in Lk 15:11-32) is the story of the lost returning to Christ… 2 Pet. 2:20-22 is the exact opposite.  Peter is talking about faithful people who return to the wickedness of sinful living.  If someone becomes a christian and then, once again, gets entangled in worldly living – they are worse off than they were to start with (2 Pet 2:20).  When we know the truth and don’t obey it, we have the same eternal destination as before… but we can’t plead ignorance anymore.  As long as we are still breathing, there is the possibility of returning to God, but it is a lot harder for an “ex-christian” to return to the truth than it is for an honest-but-ignorant person to obey God’s Word.

Day 192 - Hebrews 9

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

5 minutes a day
5 days a week
1 New Testament in a year

There are 261 weekdays in a year, and there are 260 chapters in the New Testament. By reading one chapter, Monday through Friday, you will read the whole New Testament by the end of the year. The Daily Cup series is to help with that goal.

Happy Studying!

"The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup." -- Psalm 16:5

Click here for a pdf of the study schedule - CLICK HERE

Punctuation Points

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Throughout the Bible, I've seen the words "god" and "God".  Someone told me that the capital "G" for god is for a reason.  So I assumed that for the small "g" god, the Bible is referring to any god like Molech, Dagon, Marduk, Bel, etc.  The capital "G" for God in the Bible is referring to an all-powerful and almighty God and also the creator of heaven and Earth, and there's only one god that matches that description: Yahweh.  No other god is all-powerful and almighty and also the creator of heaven and Earth, only one.  In other words, no other gods can compete with His authority.  The same thing can be said about the Holy Spirit.  When there's "spirit" with a small "s", it's referring to any spirit, but with a capital "S", it's the Holy Spirit.  Am I correct about everything I've just said?

Sincerely,
Feeling Capital

Dear Feeling Capital,

The capital letters were added into the English translations of the Bible, but they didn’t exist in the original Greek and Hebrew.  The capital ‘G’ is intended to tell you that it is talking about Jehovah… not idols, and the capital ‘S’ was added to tell you that the verse is talking about God’s Spirit, not any other spirit.  These capitals were added for clarity’s sake, but in reality, they are merely commentary from the translators.  The Greek and Hebrew do not provide the capitals, and context is what decides whether a verse is talking about the God or a god.  Most of the times that the translators added this capitalization, they have been right… but to be fair, we must remember that this punctuation isn’t found in the originals.

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