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Today I am giving you Part two of Our Church's FAQ series.
See Part One here.
Video of Week Two.
Week Two Questions: - Should Christians have Tattoos? - Is it okay for people to live together without being married? - Is Gambling a sin? - Are Ghost real? - Why do I feel overwhelmed when God says He won't give me more than I can handle? - If God forgives your sins, why is He going to judge us for our sins after we die? - Who do I vote for with Obama being Muslim and Romney being a cultist? - Does the Bible forbid interracial marriages? - Do pets go to heaven? - Why would God allow bad things happen to good people?
Scripture References: Should Christians have Tattoos? - Leviticus 19:28 - 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 - Romans 8:11 - John 3-5 - 1 John 2:27 - Acts 2:17-41 - Micah 3:8 - Romans 15:16 - John 14:16-26 - Romans 14:17 - 1 Corinthians 2:10-16 - Galatians 5:22-23 - 1 Corinthians 12: 3-11 Is it okay to live together without being married? - Hebrews 13:4 Is Gambling a sin? - Matthew 25 Why do I feel overwhelmed when God says He won't give me more than I can handle? - 1 Corinthians 10:13 If God forgives your sins, why is He going to judge us for our sins after we die? - Revelation 20 - 2 Corinthians 5:10 Why would God allow bad things happen to good people? - John 16:33
Key principal: when you read something out of the old testament interpret it through the new testament.
Should a Christian have tattoo's? Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord. Leviticus 19:28 From that scripture its pretty clear that you should not. BUT Leviticus also says not to cut your hair on the sides or the end of your beard...Bottom line if you have a tattoo or piercing, God and his people love you. A tattoo is FOREVER, just remember that. Whatever you do to your body, eating, exercising, piercing, cosmetic surgeries....etc....or whatever you don't do for your body, remember its not only your body, your body was bought by the blood of Christ. "Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 He lives inside of you!
Living together before married, is it OK? 'Marriage is just a piece of Paper' 'Its just a contract'.....Marriage is a covenant! This is a FOREVER commitment. "Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral." Hebrews 13:4 .... If you are a Christian you should honor this. ( I was present for this sermon, but it is hysterical the way he preaches! His facial expressions and jokes!) If your acting like your married and your not its the sexual act that is immoral.......
Is Gambling a sin? Matthew 25 Be careful with frequency and intensity.
Are ghosts real? If by ghosts you mean demons, then yes. The Bible says 1/3 of the demons fell with Lucifer, that they are loose on the earth, that they will only be taken care of completely at the final judgement.
Why do I feel overwhelmed when God said that he won't give me more than I can Handle? 1 Corinthians 10:13 , We're all tempted but He will always give us a window to escape from it - This was based on sexual temptations, He will give you circumstances in your life that are way bigger than you can understand or handle - sometimes they are designed for us to fall to our knees and go to Him and need him as our Saviour.
If God forgives us for our sins, then why is he going to Judge us for them when we die? Revelations 20 , The great white throne judgement, If you are a non believer (you reject God, you do not accept him as your saviour) your name will not be in his book and it will separate you from Him for all of eternity. That judgement is for the non believers, there is another one, its called the Bema (sp?) judgement, its for believers, they are not judged on their sins, because in Christ you are freed of them, but its more like a commendation service...Jesus is handing out gifts to people who have served him...."You did an awesome job, here is your key to the mansion, thank you for serving me". 1 Corinthians 5:12 'For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.'
True Question asked exactly how it was said: Who do I vote for with Obama being a Muslim and Romney being a cultess? (Pastor's Reaction: "Sweeeet" (LOL)) He can tell anyone ever who to vote for I am here to tell you HOW to vote. Persons and people and Parties and platforms don't last, follow the Lord, vote for whats in the Bible...or civilization will end. Harsh but true. Make it known! The Bible will not go anywhere, it is fixed in eternity. Vote based on the Bible not on Man, Follow Jesus.
Does the Bible forbid interracial marriages? No it does not, the issue for God is not color, its whether or not you believe in Him. (Prayer pastor said, its kinda like having two shades of chocolate in the same box (LOL).
Do pets go to Heaven? AGAIN he teases us, OK next week.
Why do bad things happen to good people? WHY??? God says he will be with you and present in your time of needs. Life is better with Jesus Christ. Define Better the right way, Better is not being the one to always be promoted or never getting sick, never having money troubles, if you define it that way you will be let down...God says be patient and I will walk with you and explain it to you in Heaven. 1 John 3:15 Four things: Free Will, without free will you wouldn't have the ability to love. If you were God, would you create a Truman like world? Where everyone loves you and its 'boring' (my word) or would you let them choose? One: Choosing to love God. Two: Testing us, its because your loved and your to play a great role. Three: If your a Christian you do have an enemy, Satan. Four: Because our world is stained with sin and death. We all inherit a sin, nature, if we got what we deserve we wouldn't spend eternity with Christ. Jesus dies for our sins, a man who NEVER sinned, paid with his life to Free us of our sins, that's NOT fair. God Loves YOU.
Again, I totally recommend viewing this...He goes fast but he's good!
Next Week: Masturbation, Social Drinking, Abortion, Dinosaurs....Pretty light topics right?