Archive for July 2020

STRask - July 30, 2020

Questions about whether it’s wrong to pray for death, how to respond to a challenge to the personhood of the Holy Spirit, and whether demons are real and here on earth.
  • Is it wrong to pray for death to be with Jesus and end extraordinary physical suffering?
  • How would you respond to the claim of Jehovah’s Witnesses that personification language does not mean the Holy Spirit is a person?
  • Do we have reason to believe demons are real and here on earth around us?

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STRask - July 27, 2020

Questions about a zygote twinning, marrying when you don’t plan to have children, an apparent contradiction in Acts 21, and whether one ought to say something when a family member is making an unwise decision.
  • Since a zygote can divide into two separate individuals, how could a zygote be a human being?
  • Is it wrong for a man and a woman to marry if they don’t plan on having kids?
  • Can you explain the apparent contradiction in Acts 21 where it seems the Holy Spirit is saying two opposite things?
  • Do you have a moral obligation to say something when a family member is making an unwise decision?

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#STRask - July 23, 2020

Questions about the comparison between giving someone a love potion and the Holy Spirit’s work in the elect and what “knowing Jesus” entails.
  • If giving someone a love potion isn’t a loving act, why is it loving when the Holy Spirit causes the elect to love God?
  • Where in the Bible does it discuss the fate of those who don’t know Jesus, and what does “knowing Jesus” entail?

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STRask - July 20 , 2020

Questions about the mark of the beast, whether Ezekiel 28 is an account of Satan’s fall, and whether being self-serving or selfish is ever an objective good.
  • What exactly is the mark of the beast?
  • Is Ezekiel 28 an account of Satan’s fall?
  • Is there ever a time when being self-serving or selfish is an objective good?

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#STRask - July 16, 2020

Questions about whether it would be wrong to pray to ask God to save everyone and whether or not God promises to bless us if we give back to Him.
  • Would it be wrong for me to pray to ask God to save everyone?
  • Does God promise to bless us if we give back to Him?

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#STRask - July 13, 2020

Questions about the name “Jesus,” whether the Godhead is no longer immaterial, why Jesus sometimes told people not to tell others about Him, and whether Matthew was proof texting when he applied Old Testament passages to Christ’s birth.
  • Why is the name “Jesus” only mentioned in the New Testament?
  • If Jesus has a physical body, then is the Godhead no longer immaterial?
  • Why did Jesus sometimes tell people not to tell others about who He was or the miracles He did?
  • Is Matthew proof texting when he applies certain Old Testament passages to Christ’s birth?

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#STRask - July 9, 2020

Questions about being sent to Hell for not believing in God, Joel Osteen’s teaching, and a Christian response to absurdism. (Tim fills in for Amy.)
  • Do you think I’m going to Hell if I don’t believe in your God?
  • What in Joel Osteen's teaching is wrong?
  • What is a Christian response to absurdism?

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#STRask - July 6, 2020

Questions about the fine-tuning argument, whether 2 Peter 3 contradicts Hugh Ross, and why a relationship with God seems one-sided. (Tim fills in for Amy.)
  • There were a lot of factors that led to your birth, but you don’t call that intelligent design; you were just lucky.
  • Is 2 Peter 3 contrary to the view of Hugh Ross?
  • If we have a relationship with God, then why does it seem one-sided?

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#STRask - July 2, 2020

Questions about whether Acts 15 contradicts Paul’s instructions, theology that can be learned outside the Bible, and why we don’t think there are nine persons in the Godhead. (Tim fills in for Amy.)
  • Does the mandate not to eat meat sacrificed to idols in Acts 15 contradict Paul’s instructions in 1 Corinthians?
  • Is there theology that can be learned outside the Bible?
  • Why don’t we think there are nine persons in the Godhead?

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