As with most things in life, we never stop learning, and you will most certainly find yourself asking questions like, “What do
As with most things in life, we never stop learning, and you will most certainly find yourself asking questions like, “What does the Bible say about . . . ?” or “How may I . . . ?” Answers to many questions will be found in the studies you have already done – or will be doing. We strongly recommend that you review your previous lessons from time to time and especially anytime you have a question. In this current study, you will find Bible answers to a number of commonly asked questions. This is one study that will no doubt expand as new questions arise. Your questions are important, so don’t hesitate to ask your discipler, pastors, or other mature Christians.
I. THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BIBLE
A. The Bible is God’s COMPLETE revelation of Himself to man.
1. According to 2 Peter 1:3, how many things has God given us “that pertain unto life and godliness?” __ __ __ (We don’t lack needed answers.)
2. According to 2 Timothy 3:15-16, the Scriptures are able to “make [us] W__ __ __ unto salvation,” and they are “profitable for D__ __ __ __ __ __ __, reproof, correction, and
I__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ in righteousness.”
B. The Bible has the answer!
1. God’s answers are right and truthful – always. Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of
Judeawho crucified Christ, rhetorically asked the question, “What is truth?” Jesus gave an answer to this question in John 17:17, “Thy W__ __ __ is truth.”
2. Occasionally Biblical answers require diligent searching to find them, not because God wants to make things difficult, but because we are limited in understanding and abilities.
Read: Hebrews 5:11-14
God says some people are: “D __ __ __ of hearing” (v.11), others are
“U__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ in the word of righteousness” (v.13), but we are to learn the Scriptures so our “senses [are] exercised to
D__ __ __ __ __ __ both good and evil” (v.14).
C. There are some things we may never really understand…
Especially when it comes to His workings in our life and those around us. Many believers have a “list” of things they want to ask God when they get to Heaven, but they know He already has the answer, and it’s the right one.
D. It is detrimental to get “sidetracked” by insignificant questions.
We are to avoid “F__ __ __ __ __ __ and
U__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ questions,” (2 Timothy ) along with “P__ __ __ __ __ __ and old wives’
F__ __ __ __ __” (1 Timothy 4:7).
This means our questions should pertain to faith, personal growth, godliness, and helpful Bible study.
E. Lastly, put into practice the answers you discover in the Bible.
Some answers you won’t like, but practice them anyway. Read: James 1:22, “But be ye D__ __ __ __ of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”
Now To Some Questions…
This lesson answers eleven questions. All the questions are rooted in doctrine and all doctrine has practical implications. Learn the Scriptures for the purpose of having them transform you into the likeness of Christ.
II. QUESTIONS OFTEN ASKED
A. What happens to infants and little children that die young?
1. Read: Acts and 2 Samuel 23:1,2
Was King David saved? ______
2. Read: Psalm 23:6
Where did David go when he died?
3. Read: 2 Samuel 12:23
When the infant child of David and Bathsheba died at just one week old, David said, “I shall G__ T__ him.”
David could not bring his deceased child back from the dead to the land of the living, but he joined that child in heaven when he departed this earth. Little ones are safe in the protection of God’s care and will go to Heaven should they die in childhood.
B. What is the “age of accountability?”
This is a non-Biblical term used to express the Bible teaching that a child is safe in Jesus until he reaches an age of understanding and moral responsibility. It is the time of life when a child comes to understand right and wrong and is able to make deliberate choices in actions. At this point, a child can and needs to be saved – and a child can understand how to be saved. There is no set age for this “age of accountability,” but the Bible indicates there is such an age for each child.
1. Read: Deuteronomy 1:39
Children are “innocent” who have no
K__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __between G__ __ __ and E__ __ __ .
2. Read: Ezekiel 12:2
People are accountable for their actions when they have E__ __ __ to S__ __ and see N__ __. See also: Nehemiah 8:2
3. Read: Genesis 8:21
The imagination of a man’s heart is evil from his Y__ __ __ __.
4. Read: 2 Chronicles 36:9
The eight-year-old king Jehoiachin did
E__ __ __ in the sight of the Lord.
5. Read: Matthew 19:16-20
The rich young man was able to understand and keep the Ten Commandments from his
Y__ __ __ __ .
Note: Don’t pressure your children into making a profession of faith in Christ. Rather, pray for their salvation, guide them to spiritual truth, and consistently model the Christian life. Be ready to lead them to the Savior.
· According to 2 Timothy , children can learn the Scriptures which will lead them to salvation.
· According to 1 Samuel 3:1-7, children can faithfully serve the Lord. This is great training for when they are saved.
· According to Mark 10:13-15, Jesus welcomes little children and taught the necessity of “childlike faith.”
C. Is abortion right or wrong?
The act of terminating unwanted pregnancies is in an epidemic stage throughout the world. The basic issue in this debate regards the inception of life; does it begin before birth (if so then when?) or at birth? Pro-abortionists argue that a pre-born baby is just a mass of cells and tissue – simply a part of the mother’s body. To them, abortion is tantamount to removing a tumor.
1. When does life begin?
a. Read: Psalm 139:13-16
When did God take a vital interest in David?
b. Read: Psalm 51:5
When did David receive his sin nature?
c. Read: Jeremiah 1:5
When did the Lord first know Jeremiah?
d. Read: Luke 1:44
was six months pregnant, her baby expressed the emotion of __ __ __ within her womb. Elizabeth
e. Read: Genesis 25:22,23
Here we read of twins squabbling before birth, and the Lord God giving promises concerning unborn children.
f. Moses reasoned that life taken should be paid for by life given if an infant in the womb died from an injury inflicted by someone harming the infant’s mother (Exodus 21:22-23). The penalty of “life for life” could be imposed only if the unborn child was a person. Abortion is a major business in the
. It generates in excess of ˝ billion dollars from the operation itself and from the sale of tissue. United States
2. The conclusion of Scripture is that life begins at conception. Medical science supports this fact – an embryo has a separate heartbeat, brainwaves, and makes its own red and white cells. Therefore:
ABORTION IS MURDER!
ABORTION IS WRONG!
D. Is homosexuality a trait of birth or a sinful perversion?
“Alternate lifestyles” are being openly promoted in
today’s society. As nations increasingly forget God and turn their ears from the Truth, we observe their flaunted behavior – behavior that was at one time not tolerated. Homosexuals and lesbians are demanding total acceptance by, and integration into, the community, claiming they were born that way and as such are normal, though different! What does God say?
1. Read: 1 Kings ; ; ; and 2 Kings 23:7
What does the Bible call these so-called “Gays?” S__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
2. Read: Genesis 18:20
This Bible designation of the homosexual comes from the name of the city of
__ __ __ S__
3. Read: Genesis 19:24
What was God’s judgment upon
4. Read: Genesis 19:4,5
The crowd which gathered outside
Lot’s home consisted of both O__ __ and Y__ __ __ __ and people from every Q__ __ __ __ __ __.
5. Read: Leviticus 18:22
What does God call homosexuality?
An A__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __.
6. Read: Leviticus 20:13
What punishment does God decree for homosexuality?
7. Read: Leviticus 18:22-24
What is the effect upon a nation when sodomites are tolerated?
8. Read: 1 Timothy 1:9,10
This passage is the basis for using the Mosaic code as the foundation for righteous government of any society.
9. Read: Romans 1:26,27,32
a. God calls this behavior “against
N__ __ __ __ __” (verse 26) – that is, unnatural and therefore not a fact of birth or heredity.
b. God calls this practice “V__ __ __ affections” (verse 26) and burning “L__ __ __” (verse 27).
c. God says those who practice this “unseemly” behavior will receive “in
T__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ that recompence of their error which was meet [fitting]” (verse 27).
What are some examples of sodomites receiving God’s compensation for their behavior?
d. God says those who commit such acts are worthy of D__ __ __ __ (verse 32).
10. Read: 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
a. Verse 9 refers to sodomites as
“E__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __” and
“A__ __ __ __ __ __ of themselves with mankind.”
b. Verse 11 says: “And such W__ __ __ some of you . . .” (i.e. members of the church at
.) This clearly teaches that sodomites can be saved. Notice the past tense, however. Corinth
c. How is a homosexual saved? The same way you were saved – through repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ!
d. Verse 11 goes on to say: “ . . . but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”
Clearly, homosexuality is a perverted sexual
practice and one which God strongly condemns. It is destructive to any nation which tolerates it (let alone promotes it) – Proverbs – and eternally damning to anyone who practices it.
E. Is Hell a real place?
The doctrine of Hell and everlasting punishment is an unpopular subject today; most “cultured churches” (and cults) reject it.
1. Read: Luke 16:19-31.
Was the rich man conscious in Hell?
Could the rich man ever leave Hell?
2. Read: Matthew 25:41
a. Who was Hell prepared for?
b. Some say Hell means annihilation.
Matthew 25:46 calls it
“E__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __(unending)
3. Read: Revelation 20:11-15
a. The eternal region of the lost is called the “L__ __ __ of F__ __ __.”
b. Who are to be cast into this awful place?
4. Read: Matthew ; ; -42,49,50; ; Mark -49
Who spoke these words?
Do you REALLY believe in Hell?
QUESTION #1: Most Christians will emphatically answer “Yes!” But do they really? Do you? Do you believe in an eternal separation from God in a place of torment, burning, pain, anguish, and utter hopelessness and despair? Jesus did!
QUESTION #2: Do you warn lost people about it?
If you happened upon a burning house late at night, would you wake and warn the sleeping occupants? Or, would you sit outside to “watch the show?” The reality of the devastation would move you to action. Likewise, your belief in the reality of the devastation of Hell will move you to action. “Sitting outside” and watching people die without Christ must make you doubt whether you really believe in Hell.
F. What did Jesus look like?
Nobody knows! Centuries after the New Testament era artists portrayed Him as a pale-faced, longhaired, effeminate, hippie looking Caucasian. This is erroneous – wrong race, wrong skin color, wrong subculture and definitely not effeminate!
1. Read: Isaiah 53:2. This prophecy of Christ says He had “no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no B__ __ __ __ __ that we should desire him.” There was nothing physically attractive about Him.
2. Read: Matthew 26:48. He did not stand out from the crowd. See also: John and Luke 24:15-18.
3. Read: 1 Corinthians 11:14. Did Jesus have long hair?
4. It is certain that Jesus looked like an average Jew. Olive complexion, dark short hair, and a beard (Isaiah 50:6) are more probable descriptions. The fact that no Biblical description is given of our Savior is no doubt meant to prevent idolatrous worship of images and pictures. See: Romans and 1 John 5:21.
G. Is it possible for me to reach a stage of “sinless perfection?”
1. According to Galatians , each believer experiences an inward battle between the
S__ __ __ __ __ and the F__ __ __ __.
2. According to 1 John 1:8–2:1, anyone who says they no longer sin has
3. One of the most victorious Christians of all time, the Apostle Paul, said that within his flesh “dwelleth N__ G__ __ __ T__ __ __ __” (Romans -21).
4. A Christian will not be perfect until he is delivered from the B__ __ __ (Romans ).
5. Nevertheless, according to Titus 2:12 and 1 John 3:3, what kind of life should a Christian strive to lead by God’s grace?
H. Should Christians observe Christmas?
The Christmas season has become a time of revelry and fleshly indulgence, and no Christian ought to join in such things. See Galatians -21 and 1 Corinthians 5:11. Christmas is also a time given over to many religious customs and ideas that have absolutely nothing to do with the Word of God. With these two cautions in mind consider the following:
1. Use this season for evangelism. According to John 3:16 the central message of the birth of Jesus Christ is God seeking the salvation of mankind. There are two things we strongly suggest:
a. When visiting family and friends, share with them the greatest of all Gifts – the Christ-child became the Savior. At least place a Gospel tract with every gift or card given.
b. Give sacrificially to God at this time.
A financial gift or time gift will be an added
blessing to others. Our church usually takes a special Christmas offering.
2. Keep the meaning and facts of Christmas undiluted with fiction.
· Jesus was not necessarily born on December 25th.
“It wasn’t until the sixth century AD that an attempt was made to develop a standard calendar for the western church.
January 1, 1 ADwas regarded as the new year of the new era and the December 25th immediately preceding it was designated as the date of Christ’s birth. To discuss the date of Christ’s birth historically rather than traditionally, we need to integrate many pieces of data. That includes both the infallible historical facts of Scripture and historical information found only in reliable secular sources (e.g., the death of Herod the Great, the census under Quirinus). Upon comparing and contrasting major milestones in the life of Christ with credible historical sources, the range for the year of Christ’s birth falls within 6 to 4 BC. By the same process, the time of year that is most credible is midwinter. Consequently, ‘although the exact date of Christ’s birth cannot be known, either December, 5 BC or January, 4 BC, is most reasonable.’” Chronological Aspects of the Life of Christ, Zondervan
· There were not necessarily three wise men. There was a company of Magi who brought three kinds of gifts – gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
· The wise men did not meet with the
shepherds in the stable. Matthew says they came to a H__ __ __ __ and saw Jesus as a Y__ __ __ __ C__ __ __ __ . Matthew 2:16 indicates the young child was almost
__ __ __ years old at this time.
3. Teaching our children in the myth of Santa Claus is not wise. We are in fact telling them a lie.
I. Should Christians observe Easter?
Easter is the most solemn religious observance in Christendom. “Easter” as found in the Authorized Version (KJV) is translated from the Greek term pascha which means Passover. However, the term Easter was actually derived from the Anglo-Saxon “Eostre,” the name of the goddess of Spring. By the 8th century the term came to be applied to the anniversary of Christ’s resurrection and was the word used for Passover in Acts 12:4.
1. The question is, does the Lord want us to set aside one time each year to remember His death and resurrection?
a. According to John 20:1, Jesus rose from the dead on the F__ __ __ __ day of the week.
b. According to Acts 20:7 and 1 Corinthians 16:2, churches began meeting on the
__ __ __ __ __ day of the week.
Thus we remember our Lord’s resurrection every Sunday! We remember the events of the Lord’s death and resurrection when we
meet to observe the L__ __ __’s
S__ __ __ __ __.
(1 Corinthians 11:24-26).
We remember these events when we witness
Scriptural B__ __ __ __ __ __ (Romans 6:4).
2. Do we celebrate the season with Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies, bonnets, and so on?
Baptists have distinctively held to Individual Soul Liberty, that is, each individual has the right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience. Eating chocolate, wearing hats, or coloring eggs is not a doctrinal issue; it is not false doctrine; it does not violate a command or principle of Scripture; it is not condemned in Scripture.
a. Does your conscience allow you to do this? Don’t violate your conscience.
b. Don’t allow these customs to overshadow and detract from the meaning of Easter. Use Easter to celebrate the greatest Person
(Christ), the greatest event (resurrection), and the greatest gift (eternal life) ever given to mankind!
J. What should I do about my worries?
Worry can give you ulcers, sap your strength, and put you in the grave, but it doesn’t eliminate problems. What is worry? What does God say about it? What can you do about it?
1. What is worry?
The words in the Bible for worry are care and taking thought. According to Philippians 4:6, we are to be “C__ __ __ __ __ __ for nothing,” that is, we are not to be “filled with care.” Matthew says, “Take no thought for your L__ __ __ ;” we are not to be filled with anxious thoughts.
Specifically, worry is concern over the future; it is being filled with care or troubled with thoughts over things we can do nothing about and over things that we can’t even be sure about. It is concern over the unknown and uncontrollable future.
2. What does God say about worry?
a. According to Psalm 127:2, worry is
V__ __ __.
b. Jesus made it clear that worry is a wrong focus on life. Read Matthew 6:25-34. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
c. Worry doesn’t accomplish anything (Matthew ). It doesn’t settle the problems of the future for the future is not here.
3. What can you do about worry?
According to Romans 8:28, God works A__ __ T__ __ __ __ __ together for our good; and in 1 Peter 5:7 we are instructed to cast all our
C__ __ __ upon Him.
Here is what you can do –
· Trust God working in your life.
· Redirect your concern. Pour all your concern, your efforts, and your energy into today.
With pen and paper in hand follow this simple procedure.
Write out and answer these questions:
1. What is my problem?
2. What does God want me to do about it?
3. When, where, and how should I begin?
Defining the problem often leads to a solution. Create an action list and begin working on those items. Don’t be satisfied with just defining the problem or with just creating the list. Be a Christian of ACTION! Those actions must conform to the Scriptures. Seek godly counsel if necessary. Even if you can’t change a thing outside of yourself, by the power of God your attitudes toward problems can be changed. You can change if nothing else will. When you submit to and accept God’s movement in your life, you receive the
P__ __ __ __ of God that passes all
U__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ (Philippians 4:7).
K. How should I prioritize my life?
No one can teach you how to have more time,
you have all there is. The Bible instructs us to “redeem the time;” we do this through managing ourselves. Be a good steward of (1) your walk with God, and your relationship with (2) your mate, (3) your children, (4) your church family, (5) your world.
1. Prepare a list of what you value most (your highest priorities of life).
2. Write each valued priority as an action statement. For example…
Daily walk with God
Love my wife as Christ loved the Church
Give my best at church
3. Prioritize this action list. These are principles to live by.
Benjamin Franklin said, “Dost thou
love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.” A poet wrote “Time goes,” you say; “Ah, no. Time stays; we go.”
4. Bring your performance in line with your principles.
5. Set goals. Four areas for goal setting are:
To Set Goals…
1. Write down specific goals.
2. Determine how you will benefit as a result of achieving your goal.
3. Make a deadline.
4. Identify the obstacles that have to be overcome in order to achieve your goal.
5. Make a detailed plan.
6. Ask, “Am I willing to pay the price?”
7. Resolve NEVER to give up (Proverbs 24:16)!