Last week, Brady and I took a look at your questions concerning religion and the Bible. There were some GREAT questions asked – many of which could be entire life-long fields of study. Some of these questions deserve to have an entire class series. And we will go in depth on some aspects of these questions in coming classes, so stay tuned!
As always, give the class a listen if you missed it, follow along with the Scriptures, and then check out our answer video at the bottom for even more answers.
Why do some religions who worship the same thing always fight/argue?
Philippians 2:3-4 | Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
James 3:14 | But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.
Galatians 5:15 | If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
2 Corinthians 12:20 | For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be. I fear that there may be discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder.
How do we know our image of God is right with so many other religions? Are we only Christians by culture?
Deuteronomy 10:17-19 | For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.
1 John 4:7-16 | Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
Is the Old Testament necessary?
Romans 15:4 | For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
John 5:39-40 | You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 | For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…
Acts 8:35 | Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
Acts 17:11 | Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.
2 Timothy 2:15 | Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
It can be really hard to believe in the Bible sometimes when it starts talking about multiple-headed crazy animals and all kinds of things like that. How do you take those types of things?
Daniel 7 & Revelation 12-13