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I received the following question:

I have a problem and thought that maybe you could help.

Living in this world of growing distractions and confusion, I’m now having trouble with unbelief.
It bothers me to feel this way.

I think it comes down to the same reasons that others struggle with such doubt, such as…

“The Bible is just a bunch of old stories and ancient myths.”
“Why the need for God to create this long drawn-out story of planet earth?”
“An ark with all the animals?”
“Evolution”

Anyway, the list goes on, and I’m sure you’ve heard them all.

Have you written, or do you know of, any articles that could help give me some encouragement?

You have hit the nail on the head about the world with its distractions and confusion. This is the believer’s constant struggle: to swim against the flow of what “everyone” knows and believes to live a life of faith. The world cries out its ideas loud and strong, and if we are not careful we can easily start to listen. Read the rest of this entry »

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I received the following question:

“Why is God a man (the father)?” My daughter asked me this. I didn’t have a good answer.

This answer is directly to your daughter.

You have asked a great question about God. Why is He called the Father? Why is He called “He” at all? I believe in the Bible, so I turn to the Bible and what I know about Bible times to try to find an answer. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

Brother Nathan, I am learning from your audio studies! I especially enjoyed the study on the Greeks in contrast to the Gentiles. Thank you very much.
My question is do you have a study on the fate of the unredeemed?
I personally do not see a resurrection for unbelievers in Scripture.

In Christ,

You ask a great question. I am glad that you are searching these things out, and that Scripture is your source of searching. While I have not personally written the exact study you ask for (about the resurrection of unbelievers), I have written about it in brief in my series on Acts. I quote from my article on Acts 24:15. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

I am not clear on the distinction between Romans 8:2 and II Corinthians 4:5-12.

In Romans 8:2, Paul references himself: “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” This seems to be the only usage of this exact phrase in Scripture.

In the II Corinthians passage, he was contrasting himself (and other apostles) with the believers of the Acts period: “So then death worketh in us, but life in you.”

Are there two distinctly different concepts being set forth here?

Thank you!

A very good question! The experience of the apostles was very different from that of the common believer of the Acts period. Paul, who healed so many others, was not able to heal himself, as we see regarding his thorn in the flesh in II Corinthians 12:7. Though he was set free from the law of sin and death, as Romans 8:2 declares and as was demonstrated when God raised him from the dead after stoning (and II Corinthians 11 would seem to indicate that he was raised from the dead more times than that), yet death still worked in him in that he suffered from illnesses that he could heal in others but could not heal in himself. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

Hi, thanks for your website it’s great to hear there are others who see the dispensational boundary at Acts 28. I have a question regarding studying the vast amount of topics available. I have believed in this truth for quite a while now but feel I need to get a better grip on the basics, so I can give a clear, concise answer as to why I believe it – I know why I do but, where would you start in terms of having a good solid foundation with the basics?

Hope I am making sense and many thanks, yours in Christ.

Thanks for reading, and I am glad you are enjoying the website and are appreciating Acts 28 dispensationalism!

It is hard to say where to start, as there is a lot to cover. I have a series on dispensationalism that covers a lot of the basics on my Precepts website. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

I was looking for an answer to Matthew 27 9-10 about Jeremias (Jeremiah), and I found your answer interesting. I do have a question for you.

I always live my life with the words of the bible in my spine. I am a Catholic, and I see that you are of no “organization”. My experience is quite unique in that I have had supernatural visions. It would take too much of your time to speak of them, but my question to you is regarding miracles. If miracles are possible, then the miracle of “The Holy Eucharist that IS Jesus in Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity” is what John 6: 51-55 speaks of. Why is it so difficult to believe in this transubstantiation when Jesus Authors IT with God inspired men in the bible?

God bless you,
Fiat Voluntas Tua
Quia per quae peccat quis, per haec et torquetur
By what things a man sinneth, by the same also is he tormented Wisdom 11:17

I am glad I was able to give you a new idea about the Jeremiah quote in Matthew 27. Read the rest of this entry »

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Question. Read your article on Right Division in Genesis in the Bulletin. You seem to equate the drop in age after the flood to genetics. I thought it was because of the destruction of a canopy over the earth.

It may be a simplification to say that the drop in age was due to any one cause. Clearly, something changed at the time of the flood. Ages were not dropping before that time in any detectable way at all. After the flood, they dropped rapidly. I have heard various ideas as to why this was, and the one that makes the most sense to me is genetics. Intermarrying with only 8 people (really 5, since you had Noah, his wife, and his three son’s wives; his three sons all shared Noah and his wife’s genes) resulted in a rapid drop in ages. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

Phil 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

In this passage you say that “heaven” is plural.

How did you know that this is a plural word?

Greek is en ouranois. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following questions:

Question #1. What was the gospel preached to Jews in the land during the Acts period? That the man Jesus was their promised Messiah, and belief in him would bring forgiveness of sins and eternal life?

I understand your explanation for gospel, about it being good news because it is right, and that it is spoken in view of a need.

I also understand that the Jews and “Greeks” outside the land were promised forgiveness for their sins of not following the law (they were unable to outside the land).

But I just don’t have a handle on the simple question: What is the gospel? Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

Listening to your last CD, I am a bit confused. It seems you have not clarified the historical phenomenon. You speak of Samaria as the ‘half-Jews’ because they had been repopulated with foreigners, mostly Assyrians supposedly. Was it not Israel at the very north that was carried away to Assyria ? Then you speak mostly of Galilee as representing the ‘North’ and not use the word Israel again. Please clarify your point.

The tribes that were carried away to the Assyrian captivity were the ten northern tribes of Israel. The ones who escaped were those of the southern kingdom, under Hezekiah king of Judah. Some of these were at first carried away, but when the LORD broke the siege of Jerusalem by slaughtering a large portion of the Assyrian army, Assyria returned home in defeat and the exiles from Judah were able to return home as they were able. Read the rest of this entry »