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    The First Begotten of the Dead

    Thanks for your question. Remember in Luke 26: "And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. " This scripture seems to show the moment when Jesus' perfect life spirit left him and Jesus became dead...
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    The First Begotten of the Dead

    The thing to understand about this is that it is emphasizing the reality of being dead spiritually and then alive spiritually. Jesus talked about being born again and it confused people because they thought they he meant natural birth again (born again). But the Bible says that the true...
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    Revelation 17:8

    Thanks iamsoandso for your question. When Jesus went to the cross and then was resurrected it was a deadly wound to Satan. If Jesus had not done so, we might even say that Satan would have won the battle between he and Jesus. However, Jesus overcame by the blood of the lamb (his own blood, so to...
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    two questions

    Thanks for your question BelieverBill. When the Bible uses the word 'creation' it is usually in reference to saved persons. We read in Ephesians: "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. " When we are...
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    How does a person get into the ' body of Christ ' ?

    Thanks throughfaith. This seems to be the area that we disagree about what the term election means. I'll quote you: " Election is to service, calling and purpose, not to salvation. (Isa. 42:1; Acts 9:15; Rom. 11:28)" I looked up those 3 verses and I don't see them as saying that they do not...
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    How does a person get into the ' body of Christ ' ?

    Thanks throughfaith. You seem to be coming up with the notion that the elect is a sub-group of those who are saved, who specifically have a certain task? Correct me if I am putting words in your mouth. When I read Matthew 24:24: "For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall...
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    How does a person get into the ' body of Christ ' ?

    Thanks throughfaith. We disagree. I think it is common for man to like to think that he is in control and not God. Further, many groups claiming to be from God, use this idea to say that they are the ones who decide. If you meet their criteria, they say you are saved. But this is really a works...
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    How does a person get into the ' body of Christ ' ?

    It is God who decides who will be saved. He gives the person who experiences salvation the ability to hear his voice and to follow him. If God does not open a person up to believe on him unto salvation then they are not saved. What a true believer can do is to share the gospel, but it is up to...
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    Is Science showing us Creation is still happening?

    Thanks pittsburghjoe for asking the question. The answer is yes, we should. People who read the Bible as a surface text that does not need to be interpreted as a parable, as a mystery that God reveals (and that includes most persons in this website who see that Bible as a surface text only) are...
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    Is Science showing us Creation is still happening?

    The Bible uses the term "create" and "creation" to describe the people that he brought into being. Often when people read in the Bible that God created the world or the earth or heaven it is not talking so much about the physical universe that is beheld. Rather, the "world" is the people in...
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    Was the Garden of Eden, literally Heaven on Earth? Was the Earth already fallen except for the Garden?

    We learn that the term 'garden' in the Bible refers to God's spouse, the true believers: " A garden enclosed Is my sister, my spouse, A spring shut up, A fountain sealed. " (Song of Songs 4:12) So when the book of Genesis tells us that God planted a garden eastward, he is using parable...
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    Origin of Scripture.

    The Old Testament Tanak was written over time as well but that does not mean it was not inspired by God. Similarly, the new Testament is inspired by God. 2 Timothy 3:16 "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in...
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    Romans 5 verse 18

    Yes, we disagree on what it actually says don't we.
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    Romans 5 verse 18

    Thanks for asking. The Bible says: "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. " This means that God takes the initiative and gives a person that he wants saved to hear his gospel. God draws people to Jesus by giving them the...
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    Romans 5 verse 18

    "Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth. 2I will open my mouth in a parable" We understand this verse differently. God's law is the entire Bible in my opinion. Psalm 19 is a good place to see this. How does God open his mouth. I think that the answer is the...
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    Romans 5 verse 18

    Yes, we disagree in few things I think. There are a couple places where you seem clearly sure that 'all' means every human being or 'many' means every human being. While we like to think that everyone has a chance to be saved, I would put it a different way. Everyone has a chance for the gospel...
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    Romans 5 verse 18

    The Bible is written in parable form (Psalm 78:1-2, Mark 4:34) and if you read the scripture in question in Romans 5 as a surface text you will get confused, in my opinion. In English, the term 'all' or 'all men' would simply mean everyone or every man. However, we have to compare the Bible with...
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    In the beginning

    Thanks Magenta, Many people have adopted the notion that there are three heavens. In part, they consider Paul's mention of the 'third heaven' in 2 Corinthians 12:2. However, I see things differently. The Bible uses the term 'third' to talk about the true believers. For example: "And I will...
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    In the beginning

    Hi there, One big reason people find Genesis particularly, and all of the Bible generally, difficult to understand is because they do not accept the meaning of Psalm 78:1 which tells us to give ear to God's Law (the Bible) and then says that the law is a parable. Most persons in this discussion...
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    How do I respond to my skeptic daughter?

    You can take everything in your life that concerns you to God. "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. " Jesus and his gospel continue to stand sure. "Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his " I learned a long...