Q & A Friday – What about polygamy?

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Question:

With so many examples of men with multiple wives in the Bible how would someone who believes in marriage (one man and one woman) talk to a person who questions monogamous marriage?

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Question & Answer Friday – When Does the Soul Leave the Body?

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Question:

When does the soul leave the body at death?  Paul in his writings says that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, but when are we absent form the body?

Some background.  My wife has struggled with this trying to put her Christian faith together with her position as a medical professional.  In her role, she is at times required to discuss with families organ procurement for transplant.  There are state laws that require this.  If the heart and lungs are to be harvested for transplant, the patient is placed on machines to keep the lungs working and heart pumping until the transplant team arrives to remove them.  Is the person still alive?  The same question applies to a person on full life support.  When is it OK to remove them from life support?

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Question & Answer Friday – Internet Discernment Sites

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Question:

Does ‘Biblically incorrect’ equal ‘sin’? This is a quote from a letter sent to mature Christians to stop them from visiting ‘even the better discernment’ sites.  1. Does ‘Biblically incorrect’ mean ‘wrong’ and is the correct Biblical term for that ‘sin’? 2. Am I correct in my understanding that the paragraph lays down a law that Christians are forbidden to visit ‘these sites and blogs’? 3. Can Eph 2:19 and Eph 4:15-17 be used to teach that Christians may not visit ‘even the better’ discernment sites?

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Question & Answer Friday – Individually or Collectively? Both!

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Question:

Does God see and treat a believer as an individual person or as a part of a collection collectively with other believers (the church)?

Answer:

God saves people as individuals but once saved believers become a part of the body of Christ. So the answer to your question is yes God treats people as individuals in regard to salvation and collectively as a part of His body the church.  This corporate view of the church does not diminish an individual’s responsibility before God to live in obedience but does suggest that there is a sense in which individuals do grow in sanctification collectively as well as individually.

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Question & Answer Friday – How Do I Deal With Sadness?

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Question:

Is sadness a sin? Am I a bad person for being sad? And Envy… Am I a bad person if I am envious? Am I a bad person if I feel wrath when some fools take love as something easy?

Answer:

Why do you think sadness is a sin?  The Bible speaks of sadness as a normal human emotion. Consider for example the following passages that clearly describe sadness as a normal emotion: Psalm 61:1-2; 77; 103; and 143:1-4.

In each of these Psalms the writer is expressing sadness, some in the extreme.  Notice also the answer each writer finds – that God will bring comfort and peace in the midst of sadness or sorrow.

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