Welcome to our bi-weekly post where we provide Bible verses, answers and advice to the questions and concerns you have. During the course of the last two weeks readers have submitted their questions and today we are going to answer some of them. So please join us and feel free to chime in on the discussion in the comments section below this post.
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Name: Cayla (8 years old)
Question: We have been Christians for a year now and we are so sad Arnold Murry passed away. My mom watches Shepard’s Chapel a lot. But my question is, why doesn’t God talk to us like how he did with Noah and Jonah. Thank you for the answer. God bless!
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Cayla thank you for the question and how impressive to see someone just 8 years old writing in on our Q&A segment. I am very proud of you.
I am sure you and your mother have learned quite a bit the last year studying with the Shepherd’s Chapel. Don’t forget those who have passed on like Pastor Murray are with our Father in Heaven (2 Corinthians 5:8). Keep studying and always pray for wisdom and understanding from our Father.
To answer your question, in times of old the Word of God, His instruction to us was being revealed through the prophets of old. The book we call the Bible is complete and we now await the fulfillment of those words so nothing more needs to be said. I think Jesus Christ said it best in Mark 13:23, “But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.”
Christ and the prophets have already told us everything we need to know. Now it is up to us to read it for ourselves share it with our fellow man and watch the rest of prophecy unfold.
While God has not spoken directly to us, neither do we witness miracles as in the times of old we all still believe. What did Christ say about that?
29 “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”
Question: First off I would like to say that I am new to the word of God. I had this immense desire one day to study his word. I found Pastor Arnold Murray and have been studying the bible chapter by chapter, verse by verse. This website is incredible and I cannot thank you enough for helping those of us who want to learn. I am very sad to learn of the Pastors passing but I understand he’s with God and in heaven.
One quick question – what is Diya? I saw this on your site and listened to the President on YouTube. Please explain. Thank you and God Bless all of you.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: A diya is an oil lamp made of clay. These are lit to celebrate the Indian holiday of diwali which you read about in this article.
Thank you for the question and keep on studying Patty, good job!
Question: My question is about the 1000 year rule of Christ here on earth, the millennium. As we will all be in spiritual bodies during this time, will the 1000 years FEEL like a thousand years as we know it now, or will it pass by quickly since we’ll be in spiritual bodies.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Jack. I do not believe we can document that in the scriptures. We simply know the day of the Lord is one thousand years long. Further, 2 Peter 3:8 documents one day with the Lord is as a thousand years to man.
Whether it will feel like a thousand years or not, we can take comfort knowing we will be with Christ in our true bodies, our spiritual bodies which feel no pain and fail to see the effects of age. That sounds outstanding to me!
Question: I am a committed believer in Christ; however, I am concerned that because of family, I, along with my husband, feel forced to celebrate “Christmas” which we know is a pagan holiday (no way was Christ born on December 25! But I know a lot of false gods were). We have stopped going to church for that bogus holiday (as well as Easter), but still I give presents, get presents, and have dinner over this. Paul in several Epistles warns against eating and drinking to idols. My concern is that I and my loved ones who are all believers in Christ, by partaking in these so-called holidays, will be damned. Am I being paranoid, or am I rightfully concerned? With Christmas coming up soon I want to know.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Deb that is a great question and I am glad you brought this up. I am going to disagree with you that Christmas is a pagan holiday, though elements of paganism now dominate our Holy Day (I completely agree with you about the false holiday of easter, instead we should celebrate Passover).
However, I do agree with you that Christ was not born on December 25th. Instead, Christ was conceived on December 25th and with that Isaiah 7:14 was fulfilled. On December 25th Christ did dwell with mankind as He was in the flesh in Mary’s womb. To our audience, we do not have a study on this topic at this time. However, Dr. Bullinger did an outstanding job of documenting the true birth date of Christ in Appendix 179 of the Companion Bible which is September 29th.
You or anyone else having a dinner and giving gifts are not damned neither are you partaking of idols. There is only one unforgivable sin, that is to refuse the Holy Spirit. No one is in danger of committing the unforgivable sin until they are delivered up to Satan and his councils during the Tribulation. We spoke about this in our last Bible Q&A.
Please turn your Bible with me to,
1 Corinthians 8:4
4 “As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.“
As Christians we know there are no other gods and idols are nothing more than sticks or stone, they mean nothing to us.
I do recognize where you are coming from with your question though. Christmas has become materialistic in nature. It is a time when stores turn their profits and when we hear about Christmas trees, Santa and reindeer. What happened to Christ? Did Christ say to put up a tree to honor Him? Please turn your Bible with me to,
2 “Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.”
3 “For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.”
4 “They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.”
That is describing what we call decorating the Christmas tree today. When Christians decorate the tree they do not think of it as an idol, they do this to honor Christ. However as verse one said, “the customs of the people are vain”. And what did Christ tell us Himself?
7 “Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”
“In vain they worship me” Christ said. The people love to follow the traditions of man don’t they? Some may comment that it is ok to put up a tree and give a load of gifts to each other, but that is not what God said. Christmas has become commercialized, but this does not mean we cannot have a nice dinner with our family, enjoy each others company and remember Christ.
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