Questions From Readers

Healing Videos on YouTube... New Age?

Written by Juli Camarin on .

Hi Juli,

I see a lot of YouTube footage of people laying on hands and healing in Jesus name, how can I know if these people are new age with it please?

Dave


Hi Dave,

Well I would say both laying on of hands and praying in Jesus' name is very scriptural. I do believe God heals today and I believe without a doubt that it is His will to heal. 

Can You Recommend Good Study Tools?

Written by Juli Camarin on .

Dear Juli,
I am interested in learning the historical context in which the Pauline epistles were written & learning what was going on in his world at the time. What order were the new testament books written in? Have you any suggestions for some good sources (which I can afford) from which I can research this?

Any help will be such appreciated!

Suzanne


Hi Suzanne,

I think the best resources for historical information and details about each letter; when it was written, who it was written to etc. is a study Bible and also Bible commentaries. The Life Application Study Bible is one I used several years back and enjoyed. And for commentaries, I have also used the Believer's Bible Commentary and I've also used the McArthur Bible Commentary. I don't always agree with him on doctrinal stuff (like gifts of the spirit, etc, He believes all of that has passed away) but the background information is always good. I used both of these resources for years. 

Why is God Vengeful in the Old Testament?

Written by Juli Camarin on .

Why is God Vengeful in the Old Testament?

Dear Juli,

I am trying to figure out something. I have a friend who seems to be searching. She reads the Bible a lot. But she seems to think God is a bigoted angry meanie in the OT & a nice softie in the NT. She even teaches a Bible study at her church! Bev is in Exodus. She cited 32:27. She asks me, "Why did God tell these guys to kill their own families? The law He just gave said not to kill & then He turns around & says to do it to folks that they love, not even in a war with or anything!” Sadly, I could not answer her. Stuff like this confuses folks.

Hoping for an answer,
Suzanne


Hi Suzanne,

Yes, this is something that many struggle with and are confused about. It is easy to misunderstand God’s actions in the Old Testament unless we understand a few things...

I'm Struggling With The Premise That Our Sin Nature Is Removed

Written by Juli Camarin on .

I have read your article "Romans 5:16-19 - The Sin Nature, The Source of All Grief, is Defeated in the Born Again Believer" and am struggling with the premise that our born again experience has removed the sin nature. Your statement "The sin nature has been completely destroyed and removed. God's abundant grace overwhelmed and overcame it much in every way" is not a reality in the life of the believer.  Romans 7 speaks to the nature of sin living right in the midst of our born again lives. In other words, God has given us the power OVER SIN with our new nature, but not the removal of the PRESENCE of sin. If the sin nature was removed, we would never sin again, and therefore would have no need of 1 John 1:9.  

Please respond....
Philip


Dear Philip,

Thank you for taking the time to read this article and pose a question. First, you have to understand that we are made up of 3 parts according to I Thessalonians 5:23, A spirit, a soul and a body. Our spirit is our life force. It is the part of us that was born again when we put our faith in Jesus. The default sin nature was taken out and we were give a new spirit that is identical to Jesus (Romans 6:6-7, Ephesians 4:24, Colossians 1:13, I John 4:17). Which is why were are a new creation in Christ (II Corinthians 5:17). The believer’s spirit is the part that has been sanctified, sealed and redeemed (Ephesians 2:13-14, Romans 8:15-17). The spirit you have now is the same spirit you will have for all eternity, it is perfect because it is identical to Jesus, therefore no sin can exist in the born again spirit, because Jesus was sinless (Romans 8, Hebrews 10:10, Hebrews 10:14).