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[This question is a reply to “Born That Way”]
Thank you. I agree with you 100% about sin and it being a choice. My question isn't about sin; it's about iniquity… unless you're saying they are one and the same. I feel that sin is what we choose to commit, but iniquity isn't necessarily a choice; it's more of a compelling or predisposition to commit sin.
Similar But Different
Dear Similar But Different,
Sin and iniquity are the same thing. The word ‘sin’ means ‘to miss the mark’ and refers to someone failing to live according to God’s standards. The word ‘iniquity’ means ‘that which is opposed to law’ and refers to someone that breaks God’s standards. The two words can be used interchangeably.
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I have attempted to look this up online, but I cannot find the answer. Why do the years in the Bible go from high to low rather than from low to high? Example: 740 BC - 681 BC rather than 681 BC - 740 BC. Thank you for your help.
Can’t Count On It
Dear Can’t Count On It,
BC time is calculated by counting up because it is counting up towards the time when Christ walked the earth. BC stands for “before Christ”, and using this dating method, time is counted backwards from the approximate birth of Christ. For example, 650 BC would mean “650 years before Jesus”. Consequently, the numbers get smaller as you get closer to Jesus’ birth.
Where was God during the Holocaust? Why do we teach our children to pray and tell them prayers will be answered when thousands of children prayed every day during this horrible time without an answer?
When God created the universe, He made everything good (Gen 1:31). The world didn’t have disease, thorns, suffering, and all the other problems we see today. Originally, Adam and Eve lived in the perfect paradise of the Garden of Eden (Gen 2:8). It is only after Adam and Eve were cast from the Garden because of their sin that all the problems we see today began. All suffering is caused by mankind and sin.
When God made the world, He made it to be good – it was sin that destroyed that perfect vision. All wickedness and evil brings pain to God and grieves Him and He will only endure it for so long. In Noah’s day, God saw all the violence that was in the world and it made Him deeply sad (Gen 6:5-6). God gives mankind the freedom to make our own choices, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t pain Him to see the evil upon this earth. God tells us that the only reason He endures it is because He is longsuffering and desiring to give as many people as possible the chance to repent and turn to Him (2 Pet 3:9).