Question: People tell me that Colossians 2:14 means that after Jesus died on the cross, we are no longer required to follow or obey the Ten Commandments. Is this true?
Answer: If this is true, then Paul made a mistake and contradicted his own words in Romans 3:31: "Do we then make void [cancel] the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law" (NKJV). Colossians 2:14-17 is not talking about the Ten Commandments! These verses talk about the Jewish temple laws that were meant to remind people of the great Sacrifice (Jesus) God promised to make when He would let Jesus die for their sins. Colossians 2:17 says that the food and drink, festivals, new moons, and sabbaths Paul was talking about in verse 16 were "a shadow [symbol] of things to come." Things to come are future things. "But the substance is of Christ" means the real sacrifice was not a lamb. The real sacrifice was Jesus Christ Himself. Therefore, continuing those offerings after Jesus' death would be denying that Jesus had come and died for us. The above quotations are from the New King James Version. You notice that the translators did not capitalize "sabbaths," in verse 16. But when any verse in the NKJV Bible talks about the Sabbath of the fourth commandment, the word Sabbath is always capitalized to separate the seventh-day Sabbath from the ceremonial rest days that are also called sabbaths. The food and drink mentioned were not things the people ate and drank. They were food and drink offerings. This becomes clear from carefully reading Leviticus 23:3, 13, 38, 40. Circumcision was also abolished [stopped] at this time. 1 Corinthians 7:19 says, "Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters."
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Question: I am so confused as I study different religions and the Bible. I cannot decide which religion I should join. What do you think of _________?
Answer: Many people are asking this question today. Why are there so many religions? Does it really make any difference which church we join? Do all roads lead to heaven?
The New Age Movement tries to combine all religions into one religion. Is that good or bad?
We all agree that religion is a way to worship God. But who is God? Some religions have many gods. How can we learn about God? We should study the oldest religious book in the world. That is the Holy Bible. The Bible tells us about God. The Bible explains who God is, and what He has done. The first part of the Bible was written about 3,500 years ago. The Bible explains how our earth was made, and about things that happened before the creation of Earth.
The Bible is the foundation of both Jewish and Christian religions. The Jews came first. Jesus said to the Samaritan woman, "You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews" (John 4:22, NKJV). Jesus gave a straight answer. The Jews had the truth. But the Jews refused to accept Jesus, who said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6, NKJV).
Hundreds of years before, the prophet Isaiah looked into the future and wrote about the Jews' sad future in Isaiah 65:15: "You shall leave your name as a curse to My chosen; For the Lord God will slay you, And call His servants by another name" (NKJV). This prophecy came true. God named His servants another name, Christians. Read Acts 11:26. The Jews never understood Isaiah's prophecy (Isaiah 53) because they were looking for an earthly Messiah king to come with glory and power. Jesus came to die for us.
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Question: Could a simple cell have started living by accident?
Answer: There are really no simple cells. Within a cell, there are thousands of parts that work together to keep the cell alive. And there is a genetic code string we call DNA. The genes in this string are arranged in perfect order which cannot be any different. For example, you mix ten pennies dated 1970-1979 in your pocket. Then you take them out one by one in exact order 0-9. That would be very difficult, wouldn't it? Now, suppose you had not ten pennies, but 3,000 in your pocket. Could you get them in the right order by numbers? You probably would say, "Impossible!" and you are right. That string of genes is the "blueprint" which controls how the cell is built and how many cells are put together to make a living person, animal, or plant. It takes a very smart designer to build a smoothly working machine such as a car or a plane. But no human designer could ever build a living, thinking person. That is God's job alone!
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Question: How were the layers of coal made?
Answer: A great many trees and plants, blown down by the waves and wind, became thick layers in the flood waters. They became soaked with water and sank. Then they were buried deep in the mud. Pressure crushed them together and turned them into black substance (material) called carbon. It takes 12 feet of wood to make one foot of coal. There are coal layers which are 60 feet thick. Today, there is no place on earth where coal layers are still being formed from plant life. Trees and plant life that fall on the ground decay (rot) and become part of the topsoil. The flood is the only thing that could have caused coal layers to be made.
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Question: Scientists say the earth is about 4,700,000,000 years old. Can this be true?
Answer: Several facts do not agree with the argument that the earth is several million years old. The facts are as follows:
Fact 1. The sun is becoming smaller at a rate of 0.1% every 100 years. 600 years ago, it would have been 6% larger than it is now. 100,00 years ago, the sun would have been much larger (two times as big). If it were true the earth was made several millions years ago, the sun would burn the earth.
Fact 2. The moon is moving away from the earth at a certain rate. A million years would have moved it much farther out than it is now.
Fact 3. The moon's pull on the earth's tides has been slowing it down. Again, a million years would not fit into the small drop in speed.
Fact 4. When we were planning to send men to the moon, scientists worried that the men would fall deep into moon dust that had been building up from space for 16 millions of years. But they discovered that there was very little dust.
Fact 5. The earth is a magnet. And its magnetic pull is getting weaker rather fast. In Christ's time it was twice as strong as it is now. This means a recent beginning for the earth, not millions of years ago.
Fact 6. Several scientists who believe that God made the earth show rocks that have rings in them called "pleochroic halos." These rings testify to the fact that these rocks were made very quickly, not by slow cooling.
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Question: How do you know there was a worldwide flood?
Answer: Have you had the experience of driving through the country? If so, you will notice the layers of rock in the road cuts, and in the canyons. See how sharp the separations are. Only water could do that! These rock layers were once layers of sand and clay. Later they became rock.
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Question: Some people teach that God the Father created Jesus Christ first, before He created other things and the angels. Then the Father gave Jesus the job of making all other created things. Is this true?
Answer: There are several good reasons that this idea cannot be true.
1. Jesus never corrected His disciples when they worshiped Him and called Him God.
"And Thomas answered and said to Him [Jesus], 'My Lord and my God!'" (John 20:28, NKJV).
"And they [disciples] worshiped Him [Jesus], and returned to Jerusalem with great joy" (Luke 24:52, NKJV).
2. God the Father commanded all His angels to worship Jesus. The command to worship shows that Jesus is God, the same as the Father.
"But when He [Father] again brings the firstborn [Jesus] into the world, He says: 'Let all the angels of God worship Him [Jesus]'" (Hebrews 1:6, NKJV).
Only God may be worshiped. The highest angel (created being) did not allow the prophet John to worship him.
"And I [John] fell at his feet to worship him. But he [the angel] said to me, 'See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren'" (Revelation 10:19, NKJV).
3. Jesus can forgive all sins. Only God could forgive sins.
"But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins" (Matthew 9:6, NKJV).
4. An angel could not die to save people because both angels and people are created beings. Therefore, Jesus was not a created being. He lived in eternity in the past, the same as the Father. "Whose [Jesus] goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting" (Micah 5:2, NKJV).
Jesus has "neither beginning of days nor end of life" (Hebrews 7:3, NKJV).
5. The disciples were commanded to baptize people in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Read Matthew 28:19. So all three persons of the Godhead are God. Therefore Jesus is God.
Paul says in Philippians that Jesus is God. "Who [Jesus], being in very nature God" (Philippians 2:6, NIV).
6. When Jesus said to the Jews, "Before Abraham was, I AM," the Jews picked up stones to throw at Him. They knew Jesus was using the same name that God gave to Moses at the burning bush. Compare Exodus 3:14 with John 8:58.
"God said to Moses, 'I AM WHO I AM'" (Exodus 3:14, NKJV).
"Jesus said to them, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM'" (John 8:58, NKJV).
Also Paul says that Christ went with the Israelites in their wilderness wanderings. Read 1 Corinthians 10:1-4. The Old Testament says Jehovah was leading the Israelites. God, Jehovah of the Old Testament, is Christ before He humbled Himself to become a man so He could take on Himself people's sins.
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Question: Does the Bible clearly say that God made the earth?
Answer: Yes! Let us read Isaiah 45:18 in Today's English Version (TEV): "The Lord created the heavens - he is the one who is God! He formed and made the earth - he made it firm and lasting. He did not make it a desolate (barren) waste, but a place for people to live. It is he who says, 'I am the Lord, and there is no other god.'"
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Question: How Can We be Saved from Sin?
Answer: First, we must know how bad sin is. We must know that we are sinners; we must know that we have sinned and that we need help. In the Bible, the Apostle Paul says his sins were the same as dragging around a dead body.
"What an unhappy man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is taking me to death?" Romans 7:24, TEV
Hundreds of years ago a man killed another man. He was given a strange punishment. He was tied to the dead body of the man he had killed. Wherever he went, the body of the dead man would go with him. This was a slow and horrible way to die. The dead body would make the man sick and then he would die, too.
If we stay tied to our sin, we are like this man. One day our sins will bring us eternal death. To be saved, we must stop sinning. We need help to stay away from sin. When you know you need help to stop sinning, you have taken the first step toward being saved. Jesus helps those who know they need help.
What is the most important question in the world? What is the answer to this great question?
In the Bible, there is a story of a prison guard who knew he was a sinner. He knew he was not saved. He knew he needed God to help him. Because he knew he needed a Saviour, he asked Paul, "What must I do to be saved?" Jesus, our loving Saviour, always hears prayers like that.
"The keeper of the prison ... came trembling ... and said, Sirs, WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED? And they said, BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, and thou shalt be saved." Acts 16:27-31.
Paul gave the answer. It is the only answer to this question. He said, "Believe on JESUS and you will be saved." Only Jesus can save.
What is the next step in being saved?
"Repent, then, and turn to God, so that He will forgive your sins." Acts 3:19, TEV
Many people had heard Peter preach about Jesus. They wanted to know how to be saved. Peter told them to "repent." This is the next step in being saved.
"Repent" means to turn from your old ways of sin. Sin leads to death. Romans 6:23 says, "The wages of sin is death."
When you choose Jesus for your Saviour, you have a change of heart, a change of thinking. You turn around and go in a different and better way. You think about eternal life. It is easy to repent if you have Jesus' help. Choose to obey God and do what is right, then Jesus helps you to turn from your old ways of sin.
After we repent, what should be our next step?
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just [right] to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9
Confess your sins to God. Tell God the things that you have done wrong. Ask Him to forgive you. He promises to forgive every sin. He will make your life clean and right.
Maybe you have never confessed your sins before. You can bow your head or kneel in prayer NOW. You do not have to wait. You do not need another person to help you. God will forgive you now ... just ask Him! This is a very important step in being saved.
If we have done something wrong to other person, what should we do?
"CONFESS your faults one TO ANOTHER." James 5:16
If you have stolen anything from a person, or if you have told lies about someone, or if you have hurt somebody, you must confess that you are wrong. Go to the person you have stolen from, lied about, or hurt, and tell them what you have done. Say you are sorry and make it right with them. Give back what you have stolen. Tell the truth. Try to make everything right. Ask the person to whom you have done something wrong to forgive you. Ask God to forgive you for doing wrong to this person.
What does God promise to do with the sins we confess?
"You [God] will throw all our sins into the bottom of the sea." Micah7:19, NIV
Yes, God loves you. He promises to forgive your sins. He remembers your sins no more. It will be the same as if He had thrown your sins into a very deep sea. In some places the sea is seven miles deep! If things were dropped into a deep sea, they cannot be found. He forgives you and takes your sins away.
How can we KNOW our sins are forgiven?
"We have been made right with God because of our FAITH. Now we have peace with Him because of our Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 5:1, NIV
By faith we know our sins are forgiven. God says He forgives them. We have faith when we believe that God has done what He says. Believing God is faith. Jesus says He will forgive your sins. Believe this!
Some people ask God to forgive them. Then they say, "I do not feel any different."
It does not matter if you do not feel any different. God says, "I forgive you." It is His promise to us. We are to believe His promise to us. God always does what He promises. We may not feel different when we confess our sins. But God has promised to forgive us. You have to believe that promise.
When you repent you are forgiven. Don't let Satan make you think that your sins are not forgiven. God will forgive any sin that we confess to Him. God promises to forgive you.
Will Jesus save anyone who repents?
"I will never turn away anyone who comes to Me." John 6:37, TEV
This is a very important Bible verse. Any person who comes to Jesus will be saved. If you want to come to Jesus, then come to Him and He will welcome you. He forgives the past and makes you strong to live right and do better in the future.
A lot of people think there is no hope for them. They think that their sins are too bad or too many. They pray, but they feel God has not heard them because their sins are so bad.
But God does hear them. If a person wants to come to God, then God will accept him/her. It does not matter how bad their sins have been.
Jesus says, "Anyone who comes." It is Satan who says to us, "You are bad. Jesus will not forgive you." Do not believe Satan when he says these things to you. Jesus says to you, "Give Me your heart."
Give your heart to Jesus now, and let Him guide your life. He will help you do what is right.
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Question: But how could a serpent represent Christ?
Answer: For He (God) hath made Him (Jesus) to be sin for us
who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God
in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21
Jesus on the cross was being punished for our sins and by His death
He paid the penalty of our law-breaking. He was treated as we deserve
so that we could be treated as He deserves. He traded his righteousness
to us in exchange for our sin. Such is the love of the Father and Son
for you and me and all other humans.
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