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Is there any scriptural evidence that says the Holy Spirit is a separate person from God the Father? What if the Holy Spirit is actually God the Father's soul, therefore the same person?

Contrary to what a religion like the Jehovah’s Witnesses teaches, the Bible speaks of the Holy Spirit being a separate person of the Trinity. I would encourage you to look up Bible passages like these: Matthew 3:16-17; 12:31-32; 28:19; John 14:16; 15:26; 2 Corinthians 13:14. The Athanasian Creed states biblical truth when it says: “We Continued.

Could you please provide a biblical evaluation of John Piper's Christian hedonism?

I do not have any review to which I can point you, so let me offer a brief response. “Hedonism” is usually defined as the idea that “pleasure or happiness is the highest good in life.” If you are thinking that sounds like the ancient Greek philosophy of Epicureanism, you are on the right track. Continued.

How do I talk to a Muslim about Jesus?

Your brief, important question requires a lengthy response—and probably lengthier than appropriate for this forum. Probably the best help I can provide is directing you to a very useful book by the title of “Speaking the Truth in Love to Muslims.” There may be a copy in your church library. If not, the book and Continued.

Why did God choose Judas to betray Jesus?

Jesus’ foreknowledge that Judas would betray him (for example, Matthew 26:21-25) does not mean that Judas was chosen or forced to betray Jesus. There is a difference between foreknowledge and foreordaining. While the Lord knew what was going to happen, and while he was going to use that event for his plans, he did not Continued.

Help me clearly explain a Christian Baptism versus Jewish tevilah.

The difference is that one is a one-time, faith-working act on God’s part (Baptism), while the other speaks of ritualistic, ceremonial purifications that people perform (Jewish tevilah). Baptism joins people to Jesus in faith and gives them the blessings he won by his holy life, sacrificial death and glorious resurrection (Romans 6:3; Galatians 3:27). In Continued.

I have a friend who is encouraging her brother to "marry" his "partner." It's really weighing on me spiritually. How do I convince her that this is not the right path?

You may not be able to convince your friend, but God certainly can. He can do that through his word. What you want to do, then, is put your friend in touch with God’s word and let the Holy Spirit take over. What you want your friend to understand first is that God’s word is Continued.

Where in the Bible can I find out about ashes on Ash Wednesday?

While you will find references to “ashes” in the Bible, you will of course not find any mention of Ash Wednesday. Christians have, in God-given freedom, established a church calendar, including Ash Wednesday. As a church custom, the imposition of ashes (as it is called) is an adiaphoron. God has not commanded it nor forbidden Continued.

Should a Christian support the death penalty?

God has given his representatives in government the right to exercise the death penalty if they so choose (Romans 13:4). Christians who live in a state or country where the government carries out capital punishment will want to recognize that their government has authority from God to punish criminals that way. Christians who live in Continued.

How does the Holy Spirit dwell in us?

The Holy Spirit dwells in Christians through the saving faith he created in their hearts by the gospel. When God brings people to faith, he does so through his Holy Spirit, “whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior” (Titus 3:6). Twice in his first letter to the Corinthians the apostle Continued.

Does the WELS church accept LGBT individuals as members? Are they able to take Communion?

As your question has been asked more than once, allow me to pass along a previous response: “It depends on what the question implies. Could a church member experience homosexual feelings or temptation? The answer is yes. Our society loves to debate whether an inclination toward homosexuality is due to hereditary or environmental factors, but Continued.

I've done some research on why we include the "long ending" to the Lord's Prayer. I'm writing an article about this and want to make sure I state things as "WELS accurate." 🙂 Specifically, why don't Catholics include it and others do? I read one response that said at the time of the Reformation it was added so the Catholic church, not wanting to identify with Luther et al, made the decision to not include it when said during mass.

We find the Lord speaking the prayer that bears his name twice: in the sermon on the mount (Matthew 6:9-13) and on the occasion of his disciples asking for guidance on how to pray (Luke 11:2-4). The reality we face is that the original manuscripts of Matthew’s gospel and Luke’s gospel are not extant. That Continued.

Why should I be a Christian? Does Christianity provide answers to life? Would another religion provide answers to life? Is there any purpose to Christianity besides avoiding hellfire?

Why be a Christian? In spite of the false messages that permeate our world (that all religions lead to that same wonderful place, or that a loving God would never punish people eternally in hell), only Christianity provides a Savior from sin. Jesus said: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No Continued.

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