by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Jude 1-10   I.         Why did you become a Christian?             A.        For most of us, we desired the promise – Ephesians 1:13-14             B.        We wanted forgiveness of our sins, but more importantly, we want to go home.             C.        Sadly, few actually make it – Matthew 7:13-14             D.        Paul sought heaven, but he realized it wasn’t…

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by Matthew W. Bassford Most of us have had an experience, invariably bad, with bitter people. Something has happened to them that they have continued to resent for years or decades, and they often take out their resentment on those who are closest to them. Frequently, we turn to Hebrews 12:15 for a Biblical condemnation…

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Question: Hello, I have a couple of questions. Does the movie “The Passion of Christ” violate Exodus 20:4-5? I understand that there is no idol worship here, but making images from that which is in heaven would apply, it seems. I read your article about the review of the movie and this issue was not…

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Question: Where do all prayers go? Does God answer all prayers, even those of Muslims, Hindus, etc. although they pray to false gods? I heard from someone that the Bible says all prayers and praise reach God only. Is there scriptural evidence for this? Thanks. Answer: There is only one God. The gods of other…

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Question: Will you explain Exodus 32:30 to me? Answer: “On the next day Moses said to the people, “You yourselves have committed a great sin; and now I am going up to the LORD, perhaps I can make atonement for your sin”” (Exodus 32:30). Israel had broken the first two commandments God had given them (Exodus 20:3-4)…

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Question: My grandparents are Hindu and very religious. They pray every day for 30 minutes and on the weekends they go to their church and stay there for hours. They are good-hearted, kind people. But can they still go to heaven if they don’t follow Christianity? It’s not like they don’t believe in Jesus, they…

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Question: I have a quick brief question: is numerology satanic or devil worshiping? Answer: Numerology is “the study of the supposed occult influence of numbers on human affairs.” Like astrology, numerology attempts to divine a person’s character and future. In numerology, it is based on numbers related to a person, wherein astrology is based on positions…

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Question: Could you help me understand what idolatry is according to the Bible?  I know it seems like a simple concept, but I have heard so much conflicting information on the subject.  For example, I heard one preacher complaining that being devoted to American Idol constituted idolatry (how about that?).  Another said that following celebrities…

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Text: Galatians 1:6-10   I.         What happens when man decides to worship God in his own way?             A.        We see among denominations thousands of varying beliefs, yet all claim to be worshiping God and using the Bible as their guide             B.        Some even abandon the Bible and use other books, such as the book of Mormon             C.        Could God…

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Question: Is having the name of Jesus displayed anywhere tantamount to idolatry, or is it a “denominational symbol”? [To clarify, I might ask, “Is the written name of Jesus equal to an idol, if displayed openly?”] Years ago, I bought a car from a young lady. On the trunk lid of that car was the…

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