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Go Ahead And Ask 3

Genesis 9:22-25; Proverbs 10:12; Matthew 5:29-30; Romans 6:23; 1 John 5:16-17; Isaiah 59:2; Revelation 21:3-5; Deuteronomy 18:10-12; Leviticus 19:31

June 24, 2020

 

 

  1. Pastor Jeff: Please reconcile some timelines. You talked about eyewitness descriptions of dinosaurs in the books of Job and Ezekiel, who lived in the thousands of years before Christ. Yet scientists would have us believe that dinosaurs roamed the earth hundreds of thousands of years or more in the past. Were they around for all those eons before God made Adam and Eve? Thanks for clearing this up!

 

Answer

A: The secular dinosaur timeline begins about 220 million years ago and has them going extinct about 65 million years ago. The Biblical timeline, however, places them at the very beginning of creation, about 6,000 years ago, with almost all of them going extinct about 4,400 years ago in Noah’s Flood. Dinosaur fossils reveal their rapid burial, and the preservation of the original organic material from dinosaurs. Fourteen biomaterials found in dinosaur bones and horns reveals that they died out thousands and not millions of years ago. They have even found soft tissue in some dinosaur bones. 

As for carbon dating placing the dinosaurs millions of years back in history, radiocarbon ( 14 C) dating has traditionally been done with assumptions outside the Biblical framework, namely this: Interpretations have been without any consideration for the possibility that the Flood of Genesis was an actual event. When we consider the worldwide flood of the Old Testament as part of actual history, the raw data will be seen to be highly inflated for the ages of living things further back in time. 

For more extensive reading on this I would refer you to the website https://www.floodofgenesis.com/pterosaurs/?p=3156. This address can be found in our archives by going to the TPC website and clicking on “resources.”

 

  1. Genesis 9:22-25 “And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brothers outside. 23 Then Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned backward, and they did not see their father's nakedness. 24 When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him, 25 he said, 25“Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.” What did the youngest son do to Noah?

 

Bible Verse

Genesis 9:22-25 (NIV)

22Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father naked and told his two brothers outside.

23But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father’s naked body. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father naked.

24When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him,

25he said, “Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers.”

New International Version (NIV)

 

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Answer

This event took place following the flood and is the first mention of drunkenness in the Bible. Noah had planted a vineyard. Apparently, some of the grape juice he collected fermented. There is no reason to believe he intentionally got drunk. His drunkenness resulted in disrobing and essentially passing out in his tent. What Ham did wrong was to mock his father’s condition. Rather than respectfully cover him, he immediately went out and derided Noah to his two brothers. Note how Shem and Japheth went into the tent backward and covered Noah. It says “their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father’s nakedness. The reaction of the two boys compared to Ham’s reaction is stark. What Ham had done was to reveal his heart’s attitude toward his father. It was of disrespect and loathing. The other two boys fulfilled the Scripture which says, 

 

Bible Verse

Proverbs 10:12 (NIV)

12Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.

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Answer

It may seem a small thing to us what Ham did, but to God it was a big deal. We note that Noah cursed, not Ham, but Ham’s son Canaan. No doubt Noah, who walked with God, was speaking prophetically over Canaan’s descendants, knowing by the Spirit what they would become. Indeed, the Bible reveals that it was the descendants of Canaan that became the giants of the land of Canaan Israel was called to drive out and exterminate. Ham had four sons in all and only Canaan’s descendants experienced this curse.

 

  1. I was brought up to believe you are physically buried when you die. Does the bible say anything about cremation? Is there anything wrong with being cremated?

 

Answer

One rule of Bible interpretation is to never speak where the Bible is silent. There is no Bible verse condemning cremation. We find the OT patriarchs and NT saints practicing burial, but no Bible verse condemns other options. If you think about it, cremation only accelerates the process of what happens to bodies that have been buried. We say at funerals: “Ashes to ashes. Dust to dust,” which is exactly what happens with time to all bodies. We return to dust; dust that Jesus will resurrect into a brand new, glorified body at his return!

 

  1. What did Jesus mean in Matthew 5:29-30, when he said, "If your eye causes you to sin pluck it out, and if your hand causes you to sin cut it off and throw it away?”

 

Bible Verse

Matthew 5:29-30 (NIV)

29If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.

30And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

New International Version (NIV)

 

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Answer

Jesus would often use exaggeration to make a point, as He did here. For instance, He said that we could speak to a mountain and it would be removed. That is not LITERALLY going to happen. He was making the point that large obstacles can be moved by faith in God. In the same way, these verses are not to be acted upon literally. Jesus is illustrating the need for us to sometimes be very severe with sin.  

For instance, if something or someone in our life is causing us to stumble we should remove them from our life. Let’s make this real. If your computer is making it too easy for you to stumble into pornography—pluck it out. Remove it. Whatever you must do to deal with the sin, do it. Or, say you have a weakness with alcohol and are working someplace that makes it available and it’s causing you to stumble—pluck it out. You should as God to help you find a job that won’t bring temptation to you. Jesus says it’s far better for you to go through the necessary pain of ridding yourself of it than that you be carried into hell (literally or figuratively) because of it.

 

  1. Is there a measure of sin to god?

 

Answer

I assume this person is asking whether some sins are worse than others. Although all sin merits the death penalty (“the wages of sin is death”—Ro. 6:23), and all sin requires the blood of Christ for forgiveness, God’s Word reveals that some sins are indeed worse than others. 

 

Bible Verse

Romans 6:23 (NIV)

23For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

New International Version (NIV)

 

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Answer

First, some sins have greater consequences to the sinner, as well as to those their sin affects. If a person loses his or her temper and says things hurtful to another, it is a sin. But it is not nearly on the same level as if he or she loses their temper and kills someone. THAT level of sin will bring far worse consequences in every way. The apostle John speaks of how some sins do not lead to death and others do: “If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death.” Here John is talking about one who is repentant. If the sinner in mind is repentant, then his sin will not lead to death (spiritual). Yet John says, “There is sin leading to death: I do not say that he should pray about that. All unrighteousness is sin: and there is sin not leading to death” (I John 5:16-17).

 

Bible Verse

1 John 5:16-17 (NIV)

16If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that.

17All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.

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Answer

It does no good to pray for forgiveness with someone who is not repentant. The best you can do is pray that God grants them repentance, not forgiveness. We can never ask for forgiveness on someone else’s behalf. THEY THEMSELVES must repent! If they don’t repent, their sin will indeed lead to death, both spiritually and sometimes physically. The bottom line is—ALL sin separates us from God! Isaiah writes, 

 

Bible Verse

Isaiah 59:2 (NIV)

2But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.

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  1. If there are no tears in Heaven how can that be if you have family members that might not be there?

 

Answer

The Bible does not reveal what we will know or not know, remember or not remember in heaven. John tells us in the Revelation, Since there will be no tears or pain in heaven, it must be that nothing will be there that could cause pain, like the absence of lost loved ones. Whether that means some kind of merciful amnesia, I just don’t know. But I do know that God can be trusted to totally fulfill His Word. Heaven will be a place of perfect joy, peace, bliss, worship, and fellowship with Jesus.

 

Bible Verse

Revelation 21:3-5 (NIV)

3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.

4‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

5He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

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Answer

Since there will be no tears or pain in heaven, it must be that nothing will be there that could cause pain, like the absence of lost loved ones. Whether that means some kind of merciful amnesia, I just don’t know. But I do know that God can be trusted to totally fulfill His Word. Heaven will be a place of perfect joy, peace, bliss, worship, and fellowship with Jesus.

 

  1. Can you speak to a decreased loved one. Can you communicate with them?

 

Answer

The Bible issues grave warnings about attempting to literally communicate with the dead. It warns against consulting with mediums and psychics in several instances.

 

Bible Verse

Deuteronomy 18:10-12 (NIV)

10Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft,

11or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.

12Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord ; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you.

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Bible Verse

Leviticus 19:31 (NIV)

31“ ‘Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.

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Answer

 When a medium claims to have contacted the spirit of a deceased loved one, you can be sure that: 1.) They’re phony and are manipulating you. 2.) They have contacted a demon spirit masquerading as the loved one. People who involved themselves in these things very often experience depression, oppression, and torment. It opens a psychic doorway to hell that can only be closed by the power of God. In short, don’t do it! Trust your departed loved ones to Jesus and trust God to carry you on after their death.

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