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Hot Button Questions
Q:This week I watched my best friend pass away. My question
is, does the spirit leave the body with the soul? Do the spirit
and soul stay as one?
A: The Bible says that when a person dies, their spirit goes immediately
“James 2:26 ...'For as the body without the spirit is dead, so
faith without works is dead also.'
The spirit is that part of us that is “dead in trespasses and sins”
(Eph. 2:1) prior to coming to Christ.
Then when we are saved, our spirit is made alive: “But because
of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us
alive with Christ even when we were dead in
The Bible teaches that when a Christian dies, their spirit immediately
goes into the presence of the Lord. “And the dust returns
to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who
gave it” (Ecc. 12:7).
Paul states that he is confident in his eternal destiny and longs
for the day when he can be “absent from the body” and be
present with the Lord he loves and serves.
To be “absent” from one’s body simply means the spirit is separated
from the body at death and moves into its eternal abode
—either heaven with the Lord or hell, separated from God for
When Jesus raised a young girl known only as “Jairus’s daughter”
back to life, the Bible says, “...he (Jesus) took her by the
hand and said, “My child, get up!” 55 Her spirit returned, and at
once she stood up” (Luke 8:54-55).
Where had her spirit gone? Well, since Jesus had not yet been
crucified and risen from the dead, we can only assume her spirit
had gone to the good portion of Hades. When Jesus touched
her, her spirit returned to her body and she was resurrected.
He will do the same thing with all believers that have died
when He returns.
“The dead in Christ shall rise first...” (1 Thes 4:16)
ILLUS: The glove
Q: The Bible says God created everything in the world. If this is
true, why is there so much sickness and human suffering? Has
creation gone wrong? Or has God forsaken humanity altogether?
A: First, yes, “God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen.
1:1). In the beginning, God created a pristine and perfect
world. After finishing His amazing creation, God said “it is
But the Bible reveals that the first man, Adam, sinned, and the
consequences were catastrophic: “...sin entered the world, and
death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because
all sinned” (Ro. 5:12).
When Adam sinned a terrible door was opened...the door of
death, and all things that cause death—sickness, disease, violence,
and so forth.
But even though Adam fell into sin and the whole world with
him, God has not forsaken us. The Bible says that God promised
a Redeemer immediately after Adam’s fall, way back in Genesis
3:15, “And I will cause hostility between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike
your head, and you will strike his heel.”
When God sent Jesus, this promise was fulfilled. On the Cross,
God not only showed us how much He loves us, He also dealt a
death blow to Satan.
So yes, the world is filled with pain and suffering. But no, God
has not forsaken the world, “For God so loved the world that
He gave His only begotten Son...”
And one of my favorite verses, “But God demonstrates his own
love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for
us” (Ro. 5:8)
Q: When reading the Bible, I always find myself stopping short
because it’s very difficult to understand. Is it possible to be
saved without knowing exactly who or what for instance Abraham,
Isaac, David, Luke, John, Joseph, James, Simeon, Judas
and many of the names of the Bible played parts in?
A: Absolutely! Most people know very little about the Bible
when they first come to Christ. Christianity is a faith in which
we all grow from spiritual infancy to maturity.
The Bible says, “Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit,
hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, 2 as newborn babes, desire
the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, 3 if
indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious” (1 Pet 2:1-3).
This means that God’s will for a new believer is to fill yourself
with the basic, foundational teachings of Scripture, listed in
Hebrews 6 as 1.) salvation by faith, not works, 2.) faith in God,
3.) water baptism, 4.) spiritual gifts, 5.) resurrection from the
dead, and 6.) eternal judgment.
Q: During the rapture:
1. Will the children of unaccountable age, believing wife, & unborn
child go in the rapture & the unbelieving father be left
A: The Bible is silent on children below the age of accountability
being raptured. My own opinion would be that they will. Who
would raise them if mom and dad are taken? Someone who
would encourage them to take the mark of the beast? Who
would raise them but a godless home? Does that sound like the
faithfulness of God? Based on His mercy, I believe God would
keep the family together, and that includes an unborn child.
As for an unbelieving father or mother, no, they would not be
2. If both mother & father are nonbelievers will their children
of unaccountable age & an unborn child go in the rapture leaving
both the parents behind? Or will the whole family be left
behind to go through the 7 year tribulation?
The NT is silent on this. But based on OT examples, I believe
the children of unbelievers will remain on earth at the Rapture
as they are the responsibility of their parents. When Sodom
was judged, young and old alike perished. In Noah’s day when
the flood came the entire earth perished, young and old alike.
Unbelieving parents will answer to God for how they raised
Q: The book of Daniel says that the Temple will be recreated in
the last days during the reign of the Antichrist. Currently the
Dome of the Rock is in the way of the area where the temple
originally stood. Is the removal of the Dome a necessity for the
temple to be rebuilt?
A: There are many theories on this. Some say the Dome of the
Rock is not actually standing directly where the original Temple
stood, so the Temple will be built elsewhere. Others believe
something catastrophic like an earthquake will occur, destroying
the Dome of the Rock and making room for the Temple to
One thing is certain: There will be a rebuilt Temple based on
Jesus’s words, “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of
desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing the holy
place” then let those who are in Judea flee to the
mountains” (Matt. 24:15).
There can’t be a “holy place” without a rebuilt Temple. And
let’s remember here, the holy place was the ‘holy of holies.’ It
was the sacred, innermost room in the Temple where only the
ark of the covenant sat.
The ark was a gold-covered wooden chest 3 3/4 feet long, 2
1/4 feet wide, and 2 1/4 feet high. Inside the ark were three
items—a golden jar containing manna (representing God’s provision),
Aaron's rod which budded (representing God’s choosing),
and the tablets of the covenant (the 10 commandments).
On top of the ark was the Mercy Seat. The mercy seat was a
gold lid with two cherubim formed at each end to create the
space where God’s glory and Presence would appear.
Let’s consider what this represents. Inside the ark were the 10
commandments that God’s people, no matter how hard they
tried, could not perfectly obey. They represented God’s requirements
for righteousness, and man’s endless frustration
and inability to live them out.
And on top of the ark was the mercy seat representing the
mercy and grace of God.
Once a year, on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the high
priest was permitted to enter the holy of holies to burn incense
and sprinkle the blood of a sacrificial animal on the mercy seat
of the Ark.
By doing so, the high priest atoned for his own sins and those
of the people.
How thankful I am that mercy was placed above failure and
judgment. God’s mercy was manifested in the shed blood of a
sacrifice lamb! And that is where the shekinah glory of God was
manifested—in the place of shed blood and mercy!
Thank God that while we were yet sinners (breaking God’s law
continually), God sent His only begotten Son to shed His blood.
And after Jesus’s sacrifice on the Cross, the Holy Spirit fell
upon His brand new church just like the shekinah glory had appeared
on the mercy seat!
As James wrote, “Mercy triumphs over judgment”(James 2:13).
Q: What is the easiest way to explain the Trinity? I was always
taught about the Trinity, but need a little more explanation.
When it says God is 3 persons, but one God, does that mean we
will stand in front of 3, or 1?
I know I’m probably over thinking it, but I want to know how
to understand it so I can explain it. I was witnessing to someone
at work, (who is Pentecostal oneness) and realized its very
confusing. I don’t believe what they say is correct but not sure
where to start.
A: Ok, let’s begin with the Pentecostal oneness belief that she
mentions. Pentecostal oneness is the belief that the Godhead
consists of only one Person and deny the traditional doctrine of
They maintain that the only real "person" in the Godhead is Jesus.
Thus, they are often referred to as the "Jesus Only"
They maintain that God exists in two modes, as the Father in
heaven, and as Jesus the Son on earth. Nevertheless, they are
the same person, not two separate persons. The Holy Spirit is
not regarded as a person at all, merely a manifestation of Jesus'
power or a synonym for Him.
Several verses are quoted to establish this view, such as Colossians
2:9 (NKJV), "For in Him (Jesus) dwells all the fullness of
the Godhead bodily."
Oneness theologians would argue that if the Father and the Son
were separate, then the Godhead could not fully dwell in Christ,
but would be divided amongst the three—Father, Son, and Holy
My response would be that Colossians 2:9 does not teach that
the totality of the Godhead was in the body of Jesus, but rather
that Jesus embodied the totality of the divine nature and God is
totally revealed in Him.
If the Father and the Son are the same person, then the Oneness
teachers have a difficult job explaining how the Father
and the Son can love each other (See Matt. 3:17; 17:5; John
3:35; 5:20; 2 Pet. 1:17), talk to each other (see John 11:41-42;
12:28; 17:1-26), and know each other (see Matt. 11:27; Luke
10:22; John 7:29).
Now, as for the Trinity, the Bible teaches that the Father is God,
that Jesus is God, and that the Holy Spirit is God. Yet the Bible
also teaches that there is only one God. “Hear, O Israel: The
Lord our God, the Lord is one” (Deut 6:4).
So there is one God comprised of three distinct persons.
God is three persons.
Each person is divine.
There is only one God.
In Genesis 1:1 it says, “In the beginning, God created the
heavens and the earth.” Now, the word “God” is the Hebrew
Elohim and it’s in the plural form.
Then in verse 26 God speaks to Himself saying, “Let Us make
man in Our image...”
After the fall of Adam and Eve, God again addresses Himself
saying, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us” (Gen.
Isaiah the Prophet had a visitation from a Seraphim during
which time he heard God say, “Whom shall I send, and who will
go for Us?” (6:8)
When Jesus was baptized by John, the Bible reveals all three
Persons of the Trinity in one setting: “16 As soon as Jesus (God
the Son) was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that
moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God (God
the Spirit) descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And
a voice from heaven (God the Father) said, “This is my Son,
whom I love; with him I am well pleased” (Matt. 3:16-17).
And then for me the indisputable home run hitter verse for the
Trinity is Matthew 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of
all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of
the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
So while it’s difficult to grasp, the Trinity is essentially one God
consisting of three coeternal persons—the Father, the Son (Jesus
Christ), and the Holy Spirit. He is one God in three Divine
Persons. The three Persons are distinct, yet are one substance,
essence or nature.
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