The Challenging Bible Questions Asked in “The Big Book of Bible Answers” by Ron Rhodes In Ron Rhodes “The

Big Book of Bible Answers” hundreds of the most challenging questions e er asked by belie ers and unbelie ers of The !oly Bible are answered within this "#$ %age book& !ere is a com%lete list of all of questions asked and co ered in the %ages of “The Big Book of Bible Answers” by Ron Rhodes&

'art (ne) Questions about the Bible *cri%ture) +rom ,od to -s What does it mean to say that the Bible is “inspired”? In what way did the biblical authors use their own writing styles? To what extent were the biblical writers controlled by the Holy Spirit as they wrote? Were the New Testament writers aware that their writings were inspired by od and there!ore authoritati"e? What are some o! the incorrect "iews o! the inspiration o! Scripture? (b.ections to Ins%iration and Inerrancy Some critics #uestion the Bible$s reliability by arguing that the ospel writers were biased% How can we respond to this? Why did od allow !our ospels into the Bible that ha"e apparent contradictions? Is science the &udge and &ury o! the miracles in the Bible?

'an we trust that the biblical miracles really occurred? (re science and the Bible irreconcilable? How can we respond to the claim that some language in the Bible is scienti!ically incorrect? The Trustworthiness of the Bible Scholars say there is strong archeological e"idence !or the Bible% What is archeology? Is archeology a science? Why is archeology rele"ant to the Bible$s reliability? What ha"e archeologist disco"ered about cities in the Bible times? How do archeologists study such cities upon mounds? Is it true that archeological e"idence !or the Bible is presently !ragmentary? What are some examples o! archeological disco"eries related to )ld Testament cities and peoples? What are some examples o! )ld Testament archeological disco"eries related to !alse religions mentioned in the )ld Testament? What are some example o! )ld Testament archeological disco"eries related to language and writing? What are some examples o! )ld Testament archeological disco"eries related to ancient culture? What are some examples o! New Testament archeological disco"eries related to ancient cities? What are some examples o! New Testament archeological disco"eries related to !amous personalities? What are some examples o! New Testament archeological disco"eries related to notable locations? How many New Testament manuscripts ha"e been disco"ered? *o any early manuscripts contain signi!icant portions o! the New Testament?

*o any manuscripts contain all or most o! the New Testament? What about support !or the New Testament in the writings o! the church !athers? How many “"ariants” are in the manuscript copies o! the New Testament? What is the real signi!icance o! the "ariants in New Testament manuscripts? How does textual criticism help to assure us o! the reliability o! the New Testament manuscript copies? *oes good manuscript support exist !or the )ld Testament? What is an example o! a Bible boo+ disco"ered among the *ead Sea Scrolls? *oes any biblical basis exist !or the idea that od preser"es Scripture through the ages? The Books That Belong in the Bible What is the canon o! Scripture? Were any o! the New Testament boo+s recogni,ed as belonging in the canon when they were written? How did the early church +now which boo+s belonged in the Bible? What other considerations guided the early church on the canon? Why were certain New Testament boo+s doubted as belonging in the canon? What is the (pocrypha- and why do .oman 'atholic Bibles ha"e it? Why do /rotestants re&ect the (pocrypha? Is it true that 0ar+ 1234567 does not belong in the Bible? All About Bible Translations 'an we trust 8nglish translations o! the bible !rom the original languages o! Hebrew and ree+? Why do translations di!!er? *oesn$t each Hebrew and ree+ word ha"e one essential meaning with an 8nglish counterpart? Is it better to trust a translation done by a single scholar or one done by a committee o! scholars?

Because Bible translators are separated !rom biblical culture by thousands o! years- does that ma+e the translation process harder? How are 9ewish idioms or !igures o! speech translated? *id the ancient 9ews use euphemisms? How do Bible translators handle these? What is an example o! a way Bible translators handle poetic !eatures in the biblical text? Why do some translations seem to use more technical theological words- while others use easy language? Why are Bible translations di!!erent in how they handle money- weights- and measures? *o all Bible translations in"ol"e a certain amount o! interpretation among the translators? What is the !ormal e#ui"alence philosophy o! Bible translation? *oes the !ormal e#ui"alence philosophy o! the Bible translation ha"e any problems? What is the dynamic e#ui"alence philosophy o! the Bible translation? How do dynamic e#ui"alence translations ma+e the Bible easier to read? Is there any historical precedent in support o! dynamic e#ui"alence translations? (re there problems with the dynamic e#ui"alence philosophy o! Bible translation? 'an you gi"e an example o! how a dynamic e#ui"alence translation might subtly change the meaning o! a text? What is a paraphrase? What is the case !or utili,ing gender inclusi"e language in the Bible? (re there problems with gender inclusi"e language? *o gender inclusi"e translations change the Word o! od? What is your best ad"ice on Bible Translations? What about the :ing 9ames ;ersion? How can we respond to those who say it$s the only legitimate Bible? Inter%retation of *cri%ture) *ense and /onsense

Is dependence upon the Holy Spirit necessary in order to rightly interpret Scripture? Why- then do Spirit5!illed 'hristians ha"e di!!erent interpretations regarding what speci!ic Bible "erses mean? )ne caricature people o!ten ha"e o! 'hristians is that we interpret the Bible with wooden literalism% How can we respond to this claim? What is the di!!erence between exegesis and eisegesis? What do you mean when you say that “Scripture interprets Scripture”? How important is biblical history and culture in rightly understanding the biblical text? What is the distinction between “descripti"e” and the “prescripti"e” "erses as we see+ to rightly interpret Scripture? *o you ha"e any tips on how to interpret the )ld Testament? 'an you gi"e an example o! how to interpret the )ld Testament according to the greater light o! the New Testament? (re the sayings in the boo+ o! /ro"erbs to be ta+en as promises !rom od? Was 9esus in 0atthew 1< supporting the idea that we should see+ a hidden- secondary meaning in Scripture passages? Why did 9esus engineer His parabolic teaching so that belie"ers could understand His teaching but unbelie"ers could not =0atthew 1<>? *oes the Bible teach “sola scriptura”? 'art Two) Questions about the (ld and /ew Testaments Common Questions about the (ld Testament In there any merit to the so5called “gap theory” regarding od$s wor+ o! creation = enesis 13156>? Were the days mentioned in the creation account literal 6?5hour days = enesis 13<563<>? enesis 631@ indicates that (dam and 8"e would die the day they ate o! the !orbidden !ruit% But they didn$t die- did they? Why was (bel$s o!!ering accepted by od when 'ain$s was re&ected = enesis ?3<5A>?

Where did 'ain get his wi!e = enesis ?31@>? Is it true that people in the early centuries !ollowing the creation li"ed incredibly long li"es = enesis A>? (re the “sons o! od” mentioned in enesis 236 e"il angels? I! the “sons o! od” in enesis 236 were not e"il angels- then who could they ha"e been? Was the !lood o! enesis 25B a uni"ersal !lood or a local !lood? Why did od command (braham to sacri!ice his son as a burnt o!!ering = enesis 6636>? Why was the puniti"e measure o! an “eye !or eye” re#uired in biblical times =8xodus 6136<56A>? Why did od order the extermination o! whole peoples =*euteronomy 6731251B>? What are we to ma+e o! 9oshua 1731651?- which spea+s o! 9oshua bidding the sun to stand still? *id 9ephthah sacri!ice his daughter to od =9udges 113<75<1>? What actually happened at 8ndor? Was the prophet Samuel actually summoned !rom dead by a witch =1 Samuel 6B3<56A>? Why did Solomon ha"e so many wi"es =1 :ings 11315<>? In one "erse we are told that Satan incited *a"id to ta+e a census o! Israel =1 'hronicles 6131>% In another "erse we are told that the Cord incited *a"id to ta+e this census =6 Samuel 6?31>% Which account are we to belie"e? Is it true that “where there is no "ision D!or the !utureE- the people perish” =/ro"erbs 6431B :9;>? *oes Isaiah A< teach that physical healing is guaranteed in the atonement? Common Questions About the /ew Testament Why would od gi"e special re"elation concerning 'hrist$s birth to astrologers =0atthew 63156>? 0atthew 67364 says 9esus healed two blind men as He le!t 9ericho% 0ar+ 173?25A6 and Cu+e 1B3<A5?< say 9esus healed one man as He entered 9ericho% How can we reconcile this apparent contradiction?

*id 9udas die by hanging or by !alling onto some roc+s =0atthew 6@3AF (cts 131B>? *oes 9esus ad"ocate hating one$s mother- !ather- spouse- and children !or His sa+e =Cu+e 1?362>? Who are the “other sheep” mentioned in 9ohn 17312? *id 9esus teach that human beings are actual gods in 9ohn 173<?? What did 9esus mean when He said we would do greater miracles than He did =9ohn 1?316>? *id early 'hristians practice communism =(cts 63??5?A>? In what way was 9esus “madeGto be sin” =6 'orinthians A361>? *oes 6 'orinthians B34 teach that !inancial prosperity is guaranteed in the atonement? What does Scripture mean when it says an elder o! the church must be “the husband o! one wi!e” =1 Timothy <316>? *oes .e"elation @3? teach that there will be only 1??-777 “anointed” belie"ers who go to hea"en- with all other belie"ers being assigned to li"e !ore"er on a paradise earth? 'art ") Questions About ,od The Trinity Was od lonely be!ore He created the uni"erse and the world o! human+ind? *oes the !act that the word Trinity is not in the Bible mean the doctrine in unbiblical? *oes the !act that od is not a od o! con!usion =1 'orinthians 1?3<<> pro"e that the doctrine o! the Trinity cannot be true- since this doctrine is hard to understand? How can we respond to those who claim that the doctrine o! the Trinity is rooted in Babylonian and (ssyrian paganism? What are some !alse "iews o! the Trinity? What biblical e"idence is there !or one od? What is the biblical e"idence !or three persons who are called od? What is the biblical e"idence !or three5in5oneness in the odhead?

How can three “persons” be in one od? *o e"en theologians struggle to understanding the Trinity? Some "erses say od the Hather is the 'reatorF some say the Son is the 'reatorF and some say the Holy Spirit is the 'reator% How do we reconcile these? Should we be cautious about ma+ing absolute distinctions between the creati"e roles o! the Hather- Son and Holy Spirit? The :ing 9ames ;ersion rendering o! 1 9ohn A3@ pro"ides clear proo! !or the Trinity% Howe"er- scholars now say the words in this "erse are not in the earliest ree+ manuscripts% *oes this mean the doctrine o! the Trinity is not true? Common 0rrors About ,od Is “9eho"ah” od$s true name? *oes the !act that od had to rest a!ter six days o! creation mean He is not all5power!ul = enesis 636>? Is it true that the od o! the )ld Testament is a od o! &udgment and wrath while the od o! the New Testament is a od o! lo"e? What is modalism? What is pantheism? How does pantheism deal with the reality o! e"il? Some cultists teach that in the )ld Testament 9esus is “Iahweh” and the Hather is “8lohim”% How can we dispro"e this idea !rom the Bible? *oes enesis 136256@ teach that there is more than one od? What are we to ma+e o! the plural pronouns used o! od in enesis 1362 and elsewhere? *oes /salm B631-2 indicate that there are many gods in the uni"erse? *oes 1 'orinthians B3A indicate that there are many gods in the uni"erse? How can we respond to the claim that 'hristianity sets !orth a “Hather” concept o! od and is there!ore sexist?

*oes the !act that 0oses spo+e to od “!ace to !ace” mean that od has a physical body =8xodus <<311>? *oes the !act that 0oses saw od$s “bac+” mean od has a physical body =8xodus <<36156<>? *oes the !act that human beings are created in the image o! od mean that od has a physical body li+e we do = enesis 136256@>? *oes the !act that 9esus said- “Whoe"er has seen me has seen the Hather-” mean the Hather has a physical body li+e 9esus does =9ohn 1?34>? -nderstanding the !oly *%irit *oes the Holy Spirit$s lac+ o! a name indicate that the Spirit is not a person? *oes the !act that the Holy Spirit !ills many people at the same time indicate that the Holy Spirit is not a person but is rather a !orce =(cts 63?>? What is some biblical e"idence that the Holy Spirit has a mind- and is there!ore a person? What biblical e"idence is there that the Holy Spirit has emotions- and is there!ore a person? What biblical e"idence is there that the Holy Spirit has a will- and is there!ore a person? *o the Holy Spirit$s wor+s con!irm His personality? *id the disciples recei"e the Holy Spirit be!ore the day o! /entecost =9ohn 67361566>? Was the prophecy o! 9oel 636B5<6 completely !ul!illed on the day o! /entecost =(cts 6312>? Is the baptism o! the Holy Spirit the same thing as the !illing o! the Holy Spirit? What does the Bible say about spea+ing in tongues? Is this a gi!t I should be see+ing? What is the di!!erence between natural talents and spiritual gi!ts? Is the practice o! being “slain in the spirit” a biblical practice? What is the sin against the Holy Spirit =0atthew 163<15<6>? !umanity of 1esus What does the name “9esus” mean?

What is the theological signi!icance o! 0atthew$s genealogy o! 'hrist =0atthew 131512>? What is the theological signi!icance o! the Cu+e$s genealogy o! 'hrist =Cu+e <36<5<B>? *id 9esus- who is eternal od- become !ully man? Was 'hrist in His human nature di!!erent in any respect !rom other humans? How can we answer the claim o! some critics that some e"ents in the New Testamentsuch as the "irgin birth- are rooted in pagan mythology? Why was the "irgin birth necessary? What was the “star” the magi saw when 'hrist was born =0atthew 636-@-4>? In what sense did 'hrist “ma+e himsel! nothing” in the incarnation =/hilippians 632511>? *id He gi"e up some or all o! His di"ine attributes? How can two natures55555a di"ine nature and a human nature55555be united in the one person o! 9esus 'hrist? *id 9esus in the incarnation ha"e contradictory #ualities? *id 'hrist mani!est both human and di"ine attributes during His three5year ministry? *oes 'hrist$s human5di"ine union last !ore"er? 'ould 'hrist ha"e sinned as a human being? 1esus and the +ather) 0qually 2i ine Is /ro"erbs B36656< re!erring to 9esus- and i! so- does this mean 9esus is a created being? *oes the !act that 9esus is called a “0ighty od” in Isaiah 432 mean He is a lesser od than “ od (lmighty” =the Hather>? Isaiah wasn$t teaching that there are two mighty ods in hea"en- right? Was 9esus implying that He was not good in 0ar+ 1731@51B? Is this an argument against His deity? *oes the !act that 9esus said no one +nows the day or hour o! His return except the Hather mean that He is less than od (lmighty =0ar+ 1<3<6>? How do we +now 'hrist was omniscient?

*oes 9ohn 131 in the ree+ say 9esus is od- or does it say He is merely “a god”? *oes the !act that 9esus is called od$s “only begotten Son” pro"e that 9esus is not od =9ohn <312 :9;>? What did 9esus mean when He said the Hather is “greater” than He =9ohn 1?36B>? *oes the !act that 9esus made re!erence to “my od” =9ohn 6731@> pro"e that He Himsel! is not od? In what sense is od the “head” o! 'hrist =1 'orinthians 113<>? *oes the !act that 9esus is called the “!irstborn” mean He is a created being ='olossians 131A>? Some say 'hrist is a created being because He is called “the beginning o! od$s creation” in .e"elation <31?% How can we respond to this idea? 0 idence for the 2eity of Christ (re the names o! deity ascribed to 'hrist? Is the di"ine name “I am” ascribed to 'hrist? *oes 'hrist$s role as 'reator o! the uni"erse constitute a proo! o! His deity? *oes 'hrist$s role as Sa"ior point to His deity? *oes 9esus ha"e the glory o! Iahweh? Will we witness 9esus$ di"ine glory in the a!terli!e? How can 'hrist as the “cruci!ied )ne” be od? *oes the !act that 'hrist is the gi"er o! li!e indicate His deity? *oes 9esus$ title as “Son o! od” point to His deity? Is 'hrist$s Sonship an eternal Sonship? What is the signi!icance o! 9esus pronouncing people$s sins !orgi"en? Why did 9esus always say “Truly- truly I say to you” =see 9ohn 13A1- !or example> instead o! “Thus says the Cord-” li+e the )ld Testament prophets did =as in Isaiah ?A31>?

Was 9esus claiming deity when He said that He and the Hather “are one” =9ohn 173<7>? Was 9esus worshipped as deity in the New Testament? *id 9esus e"er attempt to stop or correct people !rom worshipping Him? What does 9esus$ acceptance o! worship re"eal about what He thought o! Himsel!? Christ in the (ld Testament Is there a re!erence to 9esus as the “Son o! od” in the )ld Testament? What is the case !or 0elchi,ede+ being a preincarnate appearance o! 'hrist in the )ld Testament? What is a “theophany”? Is the “(ngel o! the Cord” identi!ied as being Iahweh- thus distinct !rom all other angels? *id Iahweh send the (ngel o! Iahweh into the world? *o the particular ministries o! the (ngel o! Iahweh point to His identity as the preincarnate 'hrist? *oes the (ngel o! Iahweh appear in the New Testament? In what sense can 'hrist be called “(ngel” =“(ngel o! Iahweh”>? The Resurrection of Christ How important an issue is the resurrection? How did 9esus initially re"eal His resurrection to His !ollowers? How did 9esus continue to pro"e His resurrection to His !ollowers? What can we say to those who claim the disciples &ust made up 9esus$ resurrection? (re there any early written records o! 9esus$ resurrection? *oes 1 'orinthians 1A3??5A7 indicate that 9esus resurrected in a spiritual body? *oes 1 /eter <31B indicate that 9esus experienced a spiritual resurrection !rom the dead? What scriptural considerations support the idea that 9esus resurrected physically?

I! 9esus$ resurrection body was physical in nature- how could He get into closed roomsapparently by materiali,ation =9ohn 67314>? Is there any legitimacy to Hugh Schon!ield$s “/asso"er /lot” theory? How can we respond to the so5called “swoon theory” o! the resurrection? How can we respond to those who try to explain away 'hrist$s resurrection by saying the women and the disciples went to the wrong tomb? How could 9esus ha"e remained in the tomb “three days and three nights” i! He was cruci!ied on Hriday and rose on Sunday? 0rror About Christ Some claim 9esus was 0ichael the archangel in the )ld Testament- is this "iew correct? Was 9esus the spirit5brother o! Cuci!er- as 0ormons claim? New (gers say that a human 9esus became the 'hrist as an adult% How can we respond to this? *id 9esus go to India during His childhood years and study under Indian gurus- as New (gers claim? *id 9esus e"er get married? How can we respond to those who say that 9esus was &ust a good moral teacher? How can we respond to cults who teach that 9esus is the Hather and the Holy Spirit? *oes the !act that 9esus is called “8"erlasting Hather” in Isaiah 432 mean that 9esus is the Hather? *oes 9ohn 173<7 teach that 9esus and the Hather are the same person? *oes 9ohn 1?3@511 pro"e that 9esus is od the Hather- as some cultists claim? *oes 6 'orinthians <31@ pro"e that 9esus is the Holy Spirit- as some cultists claim? 'art 3) Questions about !umanity The (rigins of !umankind *o scientists belie"e our uni"erse had a beginning?

Is there e"idence that an Intelligent *esigner was in"ol"ed in the creation o! the uni"erse? *oes the !ossil e"idence support or contradict e"olution? (re dinosaurs mentioned in the Bible? Is e"olution$s dependence on ongoing positi"e mutations !easible? How do positi"e mutations relate to the in!ormation in *N(? *oes the second law o! thermodynamics contradict e"olution? *oes the second law o! thermodynamics indicate that the uni"erse had a beginning? *o e"olutionists ma+e !alse claims about ha"ing obser"ed e"olution in progress? Is theistic e"olution a biblical concept? Is man composed o! two aspects =body and soulJspirit> or three aspects =body- soul- and spirit>? What does the Bible say about the e#uality o! the races? What does the Bible say about male5!emale e#uality? !umans Related to ,od How can man$s !ree will be reconciled with od$s so"ereignty? What is the distinction between od$s so"ereignty and naturalistic determinism? How do the ma&or theological “camps” handle the issue o! od$s “predeterminism” as related to the doctrines o! sal"ation? I! it is true that od is so"ereign in all things- then why should we pray? What +inds o! things ought to be included in our daily prayers? How can prayer be bene!icial to my li!e? What guidance does Scripture pro"ide regarding getting our prayers answered? *oes od hear the prayers o! non5'hristians?

How can od say He lo"es 9acob but hates 8sau =.omans 431<>? It seems cruel that od hardened /haraoh$s heart =8xodus ?361>% Is that !air? Some Scriptures say that od does not change His mind =1 Samuel 1A364>% )ther Scriptures seem to portray od changing His mind =see "erse 11>% What are we to ma+e o! this? *oes od always heal when 'hristians as+ !or it? Should 'hristians who are hurting in their relationship with od or struggling with a beha"ioral problem see+ help !rom pastoral counseling- or is it better to &oin a reco"ery group? The !uman +all into *in What is “original sin”? Was death the result o! sin? *oes the Bible ma+e a distinction between mortal sins and "enial sins? *oes od punish children !or their parents$ sins =Numbers 1?31B>? Is it possible !or the 'hristian to attain sinless per!ection in this li!e? How can we respond to New (gers who say that 9esus taught that man$s basic problem is ignorance o! his di"inity? What is the “sin that leads to death” mentioned in 1 9ohn A31251@? 'art 4) Questions About *al ation The ,os%el That *a es (re the heathen really lost? Is it possible that the heathen can become sa"ed through other religions? Has od gi"en a witness to the heathen by putting His law in their hearts? Has od gi"en a witness to the heathen in the uni"erse around us? What it the heathen respond positi"ely to the “light” o! their conscience or od$s witness o! Himsel! in the creation?

What is uni"ersalism? *o those who teach uni"ersalism appeal to Scripture? How do we +now some people will be unsa"ed in the end? What is the gospel? *o people ha"e to plead !or mercy in order to be sa"ed? 0ust we success!ully !ollow 'hrist$s example in order to be sa"ed? Is prayer a re#uirement to be sa"ed? *oes /salm 1431 tell us the gospel o! 9esus 'hrist can be !ound in the stars =or the ,odiac>? What is the theological doctrine +nown as &usti!ication? What is the di!!erence between the .oman 'atholic "iew o! &usti!ication and the /rotestant "iew? *oes redemption ha"e an ob&ecti"e basis? Where does the word 'hristian come !rom? Why are 'hristians called “saints”? Is it possible !or a sinner to become sa"ed !ollowing the moment o! death? What about 1 /eter <31B514? *oes this "erse indicate that the gospel can be preached to the dead- implying a second chance? What about 1 /eter ?32? *oes this "erse imply a second chance? The *ecurity of the Christian5s *al ation Is it true that !aith in 'hrist alone sa"es a person? What does 9ames 631@-62 mean when it says that !aith without wor+s is dead? What about 9ames 6361? *oes this "erse teach that (braham was &usti!ied be!ore od by wor+s and not by !aith? What is the “Cordship sal"ation” issue all about?

What does the Bible say about our eternal security in sal"ation? *oes Hebrews 23?52 teach that 'hristians can lose their sal"ation? 'an a 'hristian ha"e his or her name blotted out o! the boo+ o! li!e =.e"elation <3A>? ,od5s 'art and 6an5s 'art What is the case !or election being based on od$s !ore+nowledge? (re there theological problems with the "iew that election is based on od$s !ore+nowledge? What is the case !or election being based on od$s so"ereignty? (re there theological problems with the "iew that election is based on od$s so"ereign choice? What !acts can we all agree on regarding the doctrine o! election? I$"e heard people describe .e!ormed theology with the acronym TKCI/% What does this mean? What do (rminians belie"e? What is the doctrine +nown as “limited atonement”? What "erses are cited in support o! the doctrine o! limited atonement? What are the primary arguments o!!ered in support o! limited atonement? What are the scriptural arguments that pro"e the doctrine o! unlimited atonement? *oes the doctrine on unlimited atonement !it well with the uni"ersal proclamation o! the gospel? How can we put the “limited” and “unlimited” "erses together so that- ta+en as a wholeall the "erses are interpreted in a harmonious way without contradicting each other? The Role of Ba%tism What is the case !or baptism by sprin+ling? What is the biblical case !or baptism by immersion? *oes (cts 63<B teach that a person must be bapti,ed in order to be sa"ed?

*oes 0ar+ 12312 teach that a person must be bapti,ed in order to be sa"ed? *oes 9ohn <315A teach that a person must be bapti,ed in order to be sa"ed? 'an we be sure that baptism in not necessary !or sal"ation? (re we to be bapti,ed only “in the name o! 9esus 'hrist” =(cts 63<B>- and not in the name o! the Hather- the Son- and the Holy Spirit? *oes the re!erence to “baptism !or the dead” in 1 'orinthians 1A364 mean that we can be bapti,ed on behal! o! our dead lo"ed ones? What is the case !or the baptism o! in!ants? What is the case against the baptism o! in!ants? Christians as 7itnesses Is there a sense in which all o! us are missionaries? Some people claim that 9esus is “one o! many ways to od”% (s witnesses o! 'hrist- how can we respond to this idea? How can we go about witnessing to 9ews? What broad and increasingly speci!ic messianic prophecies would you suggest !or my “circles o! certainty” in witnessing to 9ews? How can we arouse the liberal 'hristian$s interest in true 'hristianity? Witnessing to 0uslims? How can I ta+e to a 0uslim about 9esus? Will 9esus$ sacri!ice on the cross ma+e sense to a 0uslim? How can I tal+ to a 0uslim about the Islamic "iew that sal"ation hinges on good wor+s? Should I gi"e the 0uslim a Bible? Is there any other ad"ice you can gi"e? 7itnessing to Children

Is there an “age o! accountability” L that is- an age at which children become responsible be!ore od? Is it possible to e"angeli,e little children- or should we wait until they are older? How can gospel truths be shared with children? How can we explain to children what 9esus did !or us at the cross? How can we explain to children that sal"ation is a !ree gi!t? What i! my child has #uestions? I! my child responds positi"ely to the gospel- what next? All About the Church *oes being “sa"ed” ma+e you a part o! the uni"ersal church? Is it o+ay !or 'hristians not to attend a local church? Was the church existent in )ld Testament times? Is /eter the “roc+” upon which the church is built =0atthew 1231B>? *oes the Bible teach that the 'hristian church today can ha"e !allible prophets? How do we +now the New Testament prophets were on the same le"el o! in!allibility as the )ld Testament prophets? (re there apostles today? What is the case !or the ordination o! women in the church? What is the case against the ordination o! women in the church? What is the case !or worshipping on Saturday instead o! Sunday? When did 'hristians start worshipping on Sunday? (nd what was the main reason !or the switch? *o those who worship on Sunday belie"e they are !ul!illing the spirit o! the Sabbath by worshipping on the Cord$s *ay? What are some biblical and theological reasons !or worshipping on Sunday instead o! Saturday?

How do churches di!!er on the issue o! what +ind o! music to include in worship ser"ices? What is the case !or using only traditional hymns in church ser"ices? What is the case !or using contemporary 'hristian music in worship ser"ice? What can all churches agree on- regardless o! the type o! music they use in church ser"ices? Why do some churches re!use to use musical instruments in worship ser"ices? What is the case !or using musical instruments in church ser"ices? What does the New Testament teach on tithing? Is the starting point !or ha"ing a right attitude toward tithing a gi"ing o! oursel"es to the Cord? Is church discipline a biblical mandate? What are the di!!erent "iews o! the Cord$s Supper? Should !oot washing be practiced in churches today? 'art 8) Questions About Angels and 2emons Angels Among -s Why are angels called “sons o! od” in the )ld Testament? When were the angels created? How many angels are there? What are angels li+e? (re angels personal beings? In what ways are angels “ministering spirits” =Hebrews 131?>? *o all angels ha"e wings? (re there ran+s among the angels?

*oes od need angels in order to accomplish His wor+ in the uni"erse? *oes od always answer our prayers by Himsel!- or does He sometimes use angels? *o 'hristians ha"e a single guardian angel that stays with them throughout li!e? How do we reconcile the doctrine o! guardian angels with the !act that bad things sometimes happen to us? *o humans become angels at the moment o! death? 'an angels ta+e on the appearance o! human beings? What is the distinction between e"il and elect angels? The 2e il and !is +allen Angels Is 8,e+iel 6B31151@ a re!erence to the !all o! Cuci!er? What descripti"e characteristics in 8,e+iel 6B31151@ lead Bible expositors to belie"e this may be a re!erence to Cuci!er? What does 8,e+iel 6B31151@ re"eal about Cuci!er$s actual !all? What does it mean that Cuci!er was “cast” down to the ground =8,e+iel 6B31@>? *oes Isaiah 1?31651@ re!er to the !all o! Cuci!er? Where did the demons come !rom? What do we learn about Satan !rom the titles used o! Him in the Bible? 'an 'hristians become demon5possessed? What can Satan and demons do to 'hristians? (re all sic+nesses caused by demonic spirits? *oes Satan ha"e the ability to read our thoughts? In what way is Satan a counter!eiter? What de!enses does the 'hristian ha"e against Satan and the powers o! dar+ness? *oes the re!erence to “binding” and “loosing” in the New Testament indicate that we ha"e authority o"er the powers o! dar+ness =0atthew 1B31B>?

'art $) Questions About 'ro%hecy and the Afterlife The 'ro%hetic +uture What is dispensationalism? What are all the dispensations in Scripture? What is the rapture? What is the biblical case !or the pretribulational "iew o! the rapture? Is it od$s typical pattern to deli"er His people be!ore &udgment !alls? *oes 'hrist$s second coming “with” His saints support the pretribulational rapture theory? *o pretribulationists belie"e there will be belie"ers during the tribulation period? *oes a pretribulational rapture relate to the apostasy that will come upon the earth in the end times? What is the posttribulational "iew o! the rapture? How do posttribulationists and pretribulationists di!!er on some o! the !iner points o! end5 times prophecy? *oes church history support posttribulationism? I! posttribulationism is correct- then who will populate the millennial +ingdom in mortal bodies? What is the biblical case !or and against the midtribulational "iew o! the rapture? What is the biblical case !or and against the pre5wrath "iew o! the rapture? What is the biblical case !or the partial rapture theory? What is the biblical case against the partial rapture theory? How is the rapture to be distinguished !rom the second coming o! 'hrist? What are some +ey "erses on the rapture and the second coming o! 'hrist? Is the rapture o! the church an imminent e"ent?

How does the imminence o! the rapture relate to the pursuit o! personal purity among 'hristians? In what sense is the rapture a “mystery”? What will the !uture tribulation period be li+e? 'an you explain the timing o! *aniel$s @7 wee+s =*aniel 436A56@>? What is “replacement theology”? What does 9oshua 613?<5?A ha"e to do with replacement theology? What is the problem with how replacement theologians interpret 9oshua 613?<5?A? (re there other "erses that argue against the replacement theology explanation o! 9oshua 613?<5?A? 'ontrary to the claims o! replacement theology- aren$t the church and Israel still seen to be distinct in the New Testament? *oes replacement theology go against a literal interpretation o! biblical prophecy? What is the case !or (merica being only indirectly mentioned in Bible prophecy? I! (merica is not mentioned in Bible prophecy at all- then why not? What is the biblical case !or premillennialism? What is the biblical case !or amillennialism? What is the biblical case !or postmillennialism? What is preterism? What are the two !orms o! preterism? *oes 0atthew 6?3<? support preterism? *oes 0atthew 1236B support preterism? *o prophetic "erses which say 9esus will come “#uic+ly” support preterism? What the boo+ o! .e"elation written prior to (* @7- as preterists claim?

Will the second coming o! 'hrist be a physical- "isible e"ent- or will it be a spiritual e"ent- as some cultist argue? Should 'hristians be in"ol"ed in setting dates !or the rapture or the second coming o! 'hrist? The 7onder of !ea en What actually happens at the moment o! death? How long will people remain in a bodiless state? The Bible spea+s o! three di!!erent hea"ens% What are we to ma+e o! this? Will our present earth and uni"erse be destroyed? I! so- why? What does the Bible say about the new hea"en and new earth? Will we li"e !ore"er on this new earth? *oes the !act that “!lesh and blood” cannot enter into od$s +ingdom mean that our resurrection bodies will not be physical? What will worship be li+e in the eternal state? Will we ser"e od in the a!terli!e? Will we be able to study od$s glorious nature throughout eternity? *o babies and little children go to hea"en at the moment o! death? Will we recogni,e our 'hristian lo"ed ones in the a!terli!e? Will our children still be our children in the a!terli!e? Will husbands and wi"es still be married in the a!terli!e? Is it possible that animals ha"e an a!terli!e li+e humans do? How can we be happy in hea"en +nowing that some people are su!!ering in hell? The 1udgment of !umankind Is it true that 'hristians will stand be!ore the &udgment seat o! 'hrist? Will the 'hristian be &udged on his or her actions while on the earth?

Will our thoughts come under scrutiny at the &udgment seat o! 'hrist? Will the words we spo+e on the earth be &udged? What +inds o! rewards will belie"ers recei"e at the &udgment seat o! 'hrist? (re our “crowns” intended to glori!y us or od? How can we be happy throughout eternity i! we don$t !are well at the &udgment seat o! 'hrist? What is the great white throne &udgment? Is there really such a thing as hell? Why is hell sometimes called ehenna? *oes od really send anyone to hell? Is the !ire o! hell literal- or is it a metaphorical way o! describing punishment? (re there degrees o! punishment in hell? Will the punishment o! the wic+ed in hell be an eternal punishment- or is it &ust temporary? What is the “intermediate state” li+e !or the unsa"ed? I! they$re not in hell yet- are they in a place o! su!!ering? Will unbelie"ers be resurrected as belie"ers will be? 0rroneous 9iews of the Afterlife What is annihilationism? How do we +now annihilationism is not correct? Is it correct to say that annihilationism is ultimately un&ust as a punishment? *oes annihilationism ultimately pro"ide an escape !rom punishment? *oes consciousness "anish at the moment o! death? What is purgatory?

Is purgatory a biblical doctrine? What is reincarnation? What are some practical problems in belie"ing in reincarnation? What are some biblical problems with the doctrine o! reincarnation? Why do New (gers say that 0atthew 1131? pro"es that 9esus taught reincarnation? Why do New (gers say that 9ohn <3< pro"es that 9esus taught reincarnation? /ear:2eath 0;%eriences What +inds o! things happen in a so5called near5death experience =N*8>? *o all people who claim this experience ha"e all these characteristics? 'an near5death experiences be explained as a result o! a lac+ o! oxygen to the brain? 'an near5death experiences be explained as a deeply embedded memory o! the birth experience? 'an near5death experiences be explained in terms o! trauma to the brain? But how are resuscitation attempts to be explained? Is satanic deception a possible explanation !or near5death experiences? What +inds o! psychic powers might de"elop in a person who has undergone a near5death experience? Who is the “being o! light” o!ten encountered in so5called near death experiences? Is it 9esus 'hrist? What +inds o! things does this “counter!eit 9esus” teach during near5death experiences? Is it possible that the “9esus” Mbeing o! lightN o! near5death experiences is actually a lying spirit? Is there such a thing as a hellish near5death experience? 'an you gi"e an example o! a so5called near5death experience? *o these near5death experiences in"ol"e actual deaths?

(re there any near5death experiences in the Bible? 0ust all near5death experiences be re&ected? So- should we accept what best5selling 'hristians boo+s say about "isits to hea"en !ollowing alleged near5death experiences? 'art #) Questions About A%ologetic Issues A%ologetics and the Christian Should e"ery 'hristian be in"ol"ed in apologetics? How do we +now it is od$s will !or all 'hristians to be in"ol"ed in apologetics? What are the bene!its o! apologetics? Why is the relati"istic "iew o! truth wrong? What are some examples o! sel!5de!eating arguments when it comes to the issue o! truth? What is agnosticism? What$s the problem with agnosticism? What is s+epticism? What$s the problem with s+epticism? How can we respond to critics who argue that the miracles recorded in the Bible are the !antasies o! ignorant people in biblical times who did not understand the laws o! nature? What is the cosmological argument !or od$s existence? What is the teleological argument !or od$s existence? What is the ontological argument !or od$s existence? What is the moral argument !or od$s existence? What is the anthropological argument !or od$s existence? (re these +inds o! logical arguments con"incing to unbelie"ers? What can we say to the atheist who !latly asserts that there is no od?

What can we say to the atheist who claims there can$t be a od because so much e"il is in the world? How does human !ree will Land the !ree choice to sin Lexplain e"il in our world? 'ouldn$t od ha"e created human beings so that they ne"er would ha"e sinned? Since od ga"e human beings !ree will- isn$t od then responsible !or e"il? Wouldn$t a good od get rid o! all e"il right now? When will od deal with e"il de!initi"ely? Is our discontent with the problem o! e"il partially rooted in our limited understanding? 'an od strengthen a 'hristian$s !aith through e"il and su!!ering? 'an od bring about sa"ing !aith in many people by allowing e"il and su!!ering? *oes od sometimes allow e"il and su!!ering as a means o! engaging in character de"elopment in our li"es? 0eanwhile- what is od doing to +eep e"il !rom mushrooming out o! control? A%ologetics and Intelligent 2esign Theory What is intelligent design theory? (re there any "erses in the Bible that support the idea o! the uni"erse being created by intelligent design? 'an we really recogni,e signs o! intelligence in the uni"erse? What is “irreducible complexity-” and how does it help us recogni,e signs o! intelligence in the uni"erse? What is an example o! something in the world o! nature that is “irreducibly complex-” thereby pointing to the existence o! an intelligent designer? Is there another good example !rom the world o! nature that illustrates “irreducible complexity”? What +ind o! irreducible complexity do we see at the molecular le"el? Is intelligent design e"ident in *N(?

What is the anthropic principle- and how does it relate to intelligent design? What are some examples o! how things are !ine5tuned !or li!e on the earth? What can we conclude !rom such !ine5tuning o! our uni"erse? Ha"e any scientists come to !aith as a result o! e"idence !or intelligent design? Answering (b.ections *oes intelligent design theory sti!le scienti!ic in#uiry by attributing what may not yet be understood to an un+nowable cause =that is od>? I! intelligent design Lwhich re#uires the miraculous Lis true- does this dependence on the miraculous rob the uni"erse o! regularity and uni!ormity- thereby ma+ing true science impossible? *o those who hold to intelligent design theory ha"e a creationist bias in their examination o! the data? *oes the reality that the uni"erse has apparent design !laws pro"e that an Intelligent *esigner does not exist? A%ologetics and 2anger <one Issues Is it o+ay !or 'hristians to get hypnoti,ed? What is “holistic” health care? Is there a danger to “holistic” health care? Is it o+ay !or 'hristians to practice meditation? Is it o+ay !or 'hristians to read horoscopes? What$s wrong with “positi"e thin+ing” or “possibility thin+ing”? Is the phenomenon +nown as “holy laughter” biblical? Is it o+ay !or a 'hristian to become a 0ason? What do you thin+ about the appearances o! the ;irgin 0ary in such places as HatimaCourdes- uadalupe- and 0ed&ugor&e? Was Nostradamus a 'hristian prophet?

-nderstanding -+(s Is it possible that there is li!e on other planets? Why would od create such as "ast uni"erse i! He didn$t intend to populate other planets? How could un!allen aliens li"e in the same uni"erse as !allen earthlings? *oes 8,e+iel 1 ma+e re!erence to a KH) landing? What are some o! the natural explanations o! KH) sightings? *o some people today claim to recei"e messages !rom “space brothers” aboard KH)s? Is it true that many alleged KH) abductions ha"e been or are presently in"ol"ed in the occult? A%ologetics and the Cults What is a cult? What do cults teach about new re"elations !rom od? What are some examples o! cults that deny the sole authority o! the Bible? What are some examples o! cults that distort the doctrines o! od and 9esus 'hrist? What are some examples o! cults that deny sal"ation by grace? What are some examples o! how cults can be authoritarian? What are some examples o! how cults can be exclusi"ist? What are some examples o! how cults engage in extreme dogmatism? What are some examples o! cults that are isolationists? *o cults sometimes threaten satanic attac+ !or o!!enders? (re sincere cultists lost? *oes Scripture say we should ne"er let cultists into our houses? *o the Scriptures teach that human beings are =or can become> “little gods”?

*oesn$t human ignorance o! alleged di"inity pro"e that human beings are not od? Contro ersial Issues Related to Cults Is it wrong to wear a cross- as the 9eho"ah$s Witnesses claim? Is it wrong to celebrate birthdays- as some cultists claim? (gainst the cultic "iew- aren$t birthdays portrayed in a positi"e light in the boo+ o! 9ob? *o the 9eho"ah$s Witnesses teach that it is wrong to recei"e a blood trans!usion? Why did od prohibit the eating or drin+ing o! blood? Is “eating” blood the same as a blood trans!usion? Is it against od$s will !or 'hristians to celebrate 'hristmas? Is 'hristmas based on the date o! a pagan ritual? 'art =>) Questions About 0thics 0thics and the Christian ?ife What does the Bible say about charity? Is it e"er right !or the 'hristian to lie? What does Scripture teach about obedience to the go"ernment? Is it e"er right to disobey the go"ernment? What does Scripture say about drin+ing? What principles can guide us regarding whether or not we should drin+ wine? (re there any commandments in the Bible against smo+ing cigarettes? What does Scripture say about premarital sex? Is homosexuality acceptable to od? Is it permissible !or the 'hristian to get di"orced? *oes the Bible support sla"ery?

0thical Issue Related to 2eath What does the Bible say about suicide? How does the sixth commandment =o! the Ten 'ommandments> relate to the issue o! suicide? *id people in Bible times e"er thin+ about suicide? Is suicide an un!orgi"eable sin? Is capital punishment supported by the Bible? Is cremation !ollowing death permissible !or 'hristians? Christian 9iews of 7ar What is the case !or the acti"ist "iew o! war? What$s the problem with acti"ism? What is the case !or the paci!ist "iew o! war? What$s the problem with paci!ism? What is the case !or the selecti"ist "iew o! war? Is there a case !or sel!5de!ense in the Bible? What are the principles o! a “&ust war”? Res%onding to the Arguments for Abortion How can we respond to the claim o! abortionists that the baby in the womb is not really human until it is born? How can we respond to the claim o! some abortionists that because the unborn baby is not conscious- abortion is acceptable? How can we respond to the claim o! some abortionists that because abortions are going to occur anyway- whether we li+e it or not- we might as well legali,e them? How can we respond to the claim that ha"ing an abortion is more merci!ul than gi"ing birth to a child with birth de!ects?

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