Can God create a rock so heavy that he can't lift it? I have heard this question several times before, and it seems self-contradictory, because since God is all-powerful he should be able to both make the rock and lift it.
You are correct in noting that this question is self-contradictory and illogical. Atheists have long asked this question to try to force Christians to concede that there is something incomplete about either God’s creative power or his providential power. God’s power cannot be limited by self-contradictory and illogical questions. The Bible explains that God’s power Continued.
After marital and Christian counseling, I have decided to file for divorce from my husband due to marital unfaithfulness and forms of abandonment. My question is, as I look forward, is it ever OK to date again? At what point would that be acceptable?
If your marriage ends because of your husband’s unfaithfulness and desertion, you would certainly be in a position to date again. There is no set time that would need to transpire between your divorce and dating again. I can say this: dating quickly after the divorce might raise questions in the minds of others, but Continued.
Since you have a campus ministry, we were expecting that you would be catering to college kids. However, our granddaughter came home this weekend and said that she attended your service last weekend and found the songs depressing and sad. It left her with a bitter taste in her mouth. She told us that she will now be attending the Free Church. What's equally sad is that she has two friends from our area whom I'm sure she'll persuade to go to the Free Church with her. What exactly are you doing to leave this kind of impression?
As WELS pastors coordinate campus ministries in hundreds of locations throughout our country, I do not have knowledge which campus ministry you are referencing. Regardless, you and your granddaughter want to forward any concerns you might have to the pastor who is responsible for that campus ministry. What I can do is encourage you and Continued.
In today's political climate the hate groups such as the Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists seem emboldened to publicly spew their hate. And the most concerning of it all to me is that they try to hide behind being Christians and that their way is ordained by the Bible and Jesus. So, can you please help me with Scripture to point out that they are not being Christians by what they believe? When I think of Jesus' example, he associated with people of all nationalities and sent his disciples out to all nations. I am just having a hard time putting my finger on some Bible verses to bring this message of treating all people with love regardless of their heritage.
The apostle Peter’s words in the home of Cornelius provide practical guidance to what you are asking. After receiving instruction from God that the Old Testament ceremonial laws were no longer in effect, Peter said, “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one Continued.
1 John 4:7b states: "Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God." I believe that Scripture is the perfect, inerrant Word of God and so I want to know how to understand these words when I know an atheist who shows a lot of love to people but does not know God.
Context provides the answer to your question. In 1 John 4 the subject is Christian love: Christians showing love to one another. In the verse you cited, the apostle John explains that Christian love is the outward evidence of Christian faith. When God the Holy Spirit changes hearts through conversion and gives people spiritual life, Continued.
The Jews forfeited that designation when they rejected the promised Messiah: Jesus Christ. God chose Israel as the people through whom he would bring Jesus into the world as true man. God wanted Israel and all people to believe in the Savior he promised and sent. That still is God’s desire today (1 Timothy 2:4; Continued.
I recently started dating a Jewish man. I grew up Lutheran and attend church often. If my relationship with this man continues, what options do we have to grow together in faith? If we were to marry and have children, is it possible to honor both religions? I have briefly discussed this with my family, and they are most concerned that he will not go to heaven. Is that entirely true?
If you are a Christian and the man you are dating is Jewish, there is no common bond of faith between the two of you. One of you acknowledges that Jesus is the Christ, the promised Messiah; the other—unless there is something I am unaware of regarding the man’s personal faith—belongs to a religion that Continued.
What is the best way for us to help our sister congregations and their members who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey? Of course we are praying and will continue to do that. What help is given in a disaster on the Synod level? Through congregations? Through individuals? Thank you and God Bless.
I can suggest that you consider making a donation to our synod’s Christian Aid and Relief. As stated elsewhere on this web site, “The mission of Christian Aid and Relief is to reflect Christ’s love and compassion to souls suffering from disasters and hardships. Because of what Christ has freely done for us, we eagerly Continued.
I'm attempting to write a devotion about prayer as an introduction to our group's prayer request cards. I'm a little stuck on this notion that I want to include in my devotion: What are the benefits of prayer to the person who is praying? And can you back it all up with Scripture references, please? I've been searching the web and finding discussions about prayer by many denominations, and I want to be sure I have something biblical. Thank you!
If we are going to think about benefits of prayer for the person who is praying, I could suggest the following. It is God’s will that Christians pray for others (1 Timothy 2:1). The new self in Christians desires to follow God’s will (Psalm 40:8). When we do pray for others, we can be reminded Continued.
I grew up going to the same WELS church for most of my life, but now I have moved to a new area and there isn't really a WELS church close enough. I have tried many different Lutheran churches in my area, trying to find one that felt right, but the one I have liked the best was an ELCA church. Is it a good idea to go there? Is there a big difference between the two? Or would it be better for me to just listen to WELS sermons online and read daily devotions on my own for now?
When there is doctrinal unity between churches, the members of those churches can express their fellowship by worshiping together. Doctrinal unity does not exist between WELS and ELCA. The church bodies are not in fellowship with one another. We would not want to pretend that there is doctrinal unity or that fellowship exists by worshiping Continued.
Why do we have we sin in us because of Adam and Eve's action? Why did God put the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden to provide the opportunity for man to fall into sin?
The Bible speaks of imputed guilt (Romans 5:12-19). You and I were not personally present in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s command, but God has charged you and me and all people as being guilty of sin. In addition, Adam and Eve have passed down through the generations a sinful Continued.
Psalm 17:14b seems to have two distinctly different meanings in the two different NIV translations. What is the reason and what is the most accurate translation?
Your question illustrates the challenges involved in Bible translations. Translating from the original biblical languages into English or any other language is not a matter of “this word means only that.” Words can have different meanings and shadings. Examining how biblical writers used the same words in different or similar contexts can help shape the Continued.