Questions

Just a few questions that have bounced off my head at one time or another. I’ve figured out some Biblical answers to many of them, but figured I’d post them here in case you get insomnia. Some of the questions are whimsical, and suitable for all. However, some of the questions have some pretty severe implications and may very well challenge your notions about life, God, heaven and hell. If you are not the kind of person to want to kick the tires of your own faith, may I humbly suggest that you do not read this page. NOTE: By no stretch of the imagination should these questions be construed to suggest that God and/or His Word are problematic. Many of the questions here are satisfactorily addressed directly and/or indirectly in the Bible, so any perceived problem is not on the part of God. The problem always lies with the people trying to interpret Him (Is 55:8-9), especially when trying to ignore many of the things He says. So while these questions provoke thought, please see them as an appeal to make sure we’re drawing our conclusions from Scriptures and not unhinged traditions & commentators.

  • If satan is the prince of the power of the air, do people sin when they’re in outer space?
  • If God made hell for the devil and his angels (), does that mean He did not make hell for humans? And if He didn’t, is it an oversight that He is sending humans to a place not made for them? And if God isn’t prone to oversights, should we understand ‘angels’ to refer to anyone (human, angelic or otherwise) that serves the devil?
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  • Will we wear clothes in heaven? If so, what will we be covering up? And if we won’t wear clothes in heaven, why does God hand out robes in ?
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  • If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us (). What happens if we don’t confess our sins? If He doesn’t forgive, is there condemnation ()?
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  • If Moses, Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Malachi, Jesus, Peter, Paul, James and more called people names, can we?
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  • If Jesus taught and practiced shaking the dust off sandals (), and Nehemiah () and Paul (; ) practiced it, should we? If we refuse to follow His teachings on this, can we still say we’re Christ-followers?
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  • If the Authorized King James was finished in 1611 and authorized by the King James in 1611, how is it that the King James Version in common use today, thoroughly revised in 1769, is also the “Authorized King James Version” since the good king died in 1625, over 140 years prior to this major revision that’s in common use today?
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  • How many people do you think were alive when Noah’s flood hit? Like my 9th grade algebra teacher would say: “show your math”. (The Bible doesn’t say one way or another, but it’s not hard to do some reasonable math and come up with a number well into the millions, if not billions.)
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  • If John the Baptist knew that he would be beheaded for it, do you think he would have told Herod, a non-Jew, that it was unlawful for him to have his brother’s wife? () Should his actions have any bearing on how we talk to those around us?
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  • How did Jesus’ disciples recognize Moses and Elijah in the Transfiguration? ()
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  • Since  the Old Testament saints  born before Noah came from a cleaner gene pool, do you think they used ~85% of their brains, unlike modern humans who only (supposedly) use ~15% of their brains?  If so, how would this change what we understand about their behavior?
  • True or False: People who believe in free will have been predestined to think they have free will.
  • If God wanted everyone to be saved, couldn’t He have simply predestined everyone and not just a few? And since He didn’t predestine everyone, why did He make people He didn’t predestine for salvation?
  • If you found 50 verses in the Bible that directly oppose an opinion you have, would you change your opinion? 30 verses? 20? 5? What’s your number?
  • Considering the fact that there are probably several verses in the Bible that oppose your opinion on any given topic, why do you hold the opinions you do?
  • If Adam wrote a book on his life, his memoirs, the facts of Creation and whatnot, according to the Bible, what is the minimum number of people that would have passed the book onward as it made it’s way from Adam, down through the ages to, say, Moses?

 

Feel free to post any replies below. And don’t forget – many of these questions are answered directly (or indirectly) in the Bible.


41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. (ESV)


11 Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been. (ESV)


If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (ESV)


8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (ESV)


14 And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. 15 Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town. (ESV)


13 I also shook out the fold of my garment and said, “So may God shake out every man from his house and from his labor who does not keep this promise. So may he be shaken out and emptied.” And all the assembly said “Amen” and praised the Lord. And the people did as they had promised. (ESV)


51 But they shook off the dust from their feet against them and went to Iconium. (ESV)


And when they opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” (ESV)


14:1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus, and he said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist. He has been raised from the dead; that is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because John had been saying to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” And though he wanted to put him to death, he feared the people, because they held him to be a prophet. But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before the company and pleased Herod, so that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask. Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter.” And the king was sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he commanded it to be given. 10 He sent and had John beheaded in the prison, 11 and his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother. 12 And his disciples came and took the body and buried it, and they went and told Jesus. (ESV)


And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. (ESV)

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