He who has ears, let him hear.

November 11, 2008

The Bible is our moral compass. As much as is possible we must read and understand God’s Word and what it is telling us.  In these Bible studies I take a look at various areas of life and show what the Bible says about them and what God wants you to do.  Every point is thoroughly researched and backed by words straight from scripture.  Verses are taken both in textual and historical context, and are as accurate as possible.

If you love these Bible studies as much as I do, please recommend them to your pastor to use in his Sunday sermons!

Psalm 137:9
“Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock!”

Does The Bible Encourage Suidice?

December 9, 2012

The Bible has some good things to say about suicide

If you are thinking of committing suicide — call some Godly folks and talk to them at 1-800-273-8255. Right NOW! The wise people on the phone are much smarter than I am.

I cannot say for sure whether or not the Bible exactly wants you to commit suicide. There seems to be much value in not killing yourself. However, according the Bible, there is nothing wrong with committing suicide. Some of our greatest Biblical heroes have committed suicide! You should always look to the example of such Godly men as Samson and Saul, who both killed themselves. The Bible is the infallible Holy Word of God and the Godly men in it should always guide our steps.

In this Bible Study we will open up His Word and look at exactly what the Bible has to say on your own suicide.

If you are thinking of suicide, you should certainly read our earlier Bible Study on how meaningless life is. That can give you information on what the great Father thinks of you. It’s good that the Bible makes no mistakes, it has no errors in it! I thank the father that he has given us sinful humans this Holy Word. We are filth in his sight.

Matthew 22:21
For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.

Romans 3:10
There is no one righteous, not even one

Certainly God does not think highly of us humans. He formed us out of dust [Genesis 2:7] and blessed us all with a sinful nature. We are sinful humans and we are dirt in the eyes of the wonderful Father. It is reasonable to think that ending your own life might be exactly what God wants you to do. He has blessed us with so much sin.

Romans 3:23
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

Job 7:15-16
15 so that I prefer strangling and death, rather than this body of mine. 16 I despise my life; I would not live forever. Let me alone; my days have no meaning.

John 8:34
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.”

When I was a child Samson was my favorite hero from the Bible. I looked up to this strong man who fought against the Philistines. Samson was such an example of what it is to be a Godly man. When Samson asked God to give him the strength to push over the pillars and kill himself and the Philistines — God did strengthen Samson so he could commit suicide! God himself helped such a great man to commit suicide.

King Saul was chosen by God to be king. Saul was anointed by the prophet Samuel, and Saul was loved by God. Saul too committed suicide.

1 Samuel 31:4-5
4 Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and run me through, or these uncircumcised fellows will come and run me through and abuse me.” But his armor-bearer was terrified and would not do it; so Saul took his own sword and fell on it. 5 When the armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he too fell on his sword and died with him.

The Bible shows us two suicides at the same time. Saul is surely in heaven right now smiling down upon you as you ponder if suicide might be right for you. I do pray that you can make a decision using the wisdom of the Bible. Always remember that the Bible is never wrong, even when it says that God is all-powerful.

In closing I’ll leave you with one last encouragement for your life.

John 12:25
Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

Should I Kill Gay People?

May 13, 2010

Does the Bible support killing gays?

This is another tough subject to conquer. Sometimes the Bible is hard to understand when it comes to knowing what a person can and cannot do. I do believe all answers to all of our hardest questions can be found in the Bible. We simply must come forward with an open heart and mind and be willing to listen. God will speak to us if we are willing to hear.

I think we all know there is a difference between murder and killing. Murder is done to innocent people who don’t deserve to die. That is a sin and should be punished. Sometimes though, if someone is going to harm you or your loved ones, you may have no choice but to kill them. There are rare times when killing is acceptable under God’s law. Time of war and battle fall into this category. But in what other situations is killing acceptable? When our moral foundations are threatened, is that something we can kill for? Let us open us the good word that the Lord God has provided for us and read what he has to say to us today.

Leviticus 20:13
If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.

I know this seems very straightforward. We sometimes have to think over the words of the Bible, and make sure they do not have hidden meanings. We must address spiritual and historical contexts. I know from my discussions with many other believers that often this is considered to be Old Covenant law. This may or may not be true, let us look at this at that concern. If this were Old Covenant law, there would be no supporting texts in the New Testament. So we must open up our New Testament and see how it treats this subject matter.
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According to the Bible, Should I Buy a Slave?

May 11, 2010

Does the Bible support slavery?

Are you in the mood to buy yourself a nice slave? Are you wondering what the Bible has to say about this important decision? There are legal and moral considerations to be made on this huge and life changing choice that is before you. Let us discuss what the Bible has to say to you.

Now obviously basically all societies currently on earth frown on slavery. In the United States where I live owning a slave is highly illegal. If a Christian should or should not obey the laws of their land is a complex topic and another study for another day. We do not have time to cover that issue today, but surely we should value Gods perfect laws over the laws of man.

Now one thing is for sure, the Bible speaks about slavery frequently. It covers instructions for slaves, instructions on how masters should treat slaves, the Israelites escape out of the land of slavery, metaphorical slavery, and how slaves can get to heaven. Slavery is mentioned many times in many different contexts. Without doubt this is a topic that is covered far and wide in the Bible.

So let us open up the Holy Word of God and see what is brings to us.
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The Bible Supports Legal Gay Marriage

October 11, 2009

Should gay marriage be legal?

Any honest reading of the Bible would indicate that same-sex marriage should be legal. In today’s study we will open up the Holy Work of God and read what he wants to say to us about gay marriage.

Romans 1:26-27
26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

The Bible does seem to condemn homosexuality as a sin. It’s hard to be clear on this; The parts of the Old Testament that condemn homosexuality also condemn eating shellfish. So it’s hard to know if that was Old Covenant or some sort of cultural laws that God had set up. There are a few verses in the New Testament that mentions homosexuality. They seem to refer to homosexuality as “shameful lusts”. Whether or not being gay is a sin or not is the subject of another study. It’s a very tough question, and one of the issues that the Bible is unclear on. Here today were are here to discuss law and marriage though, specifically gay marriage.
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Does The Bible Support Socialism?

October 1, 2009

Does God endorse socialism as his preferred economic model?

It is very easy to see that God wants us all to be Socialists. In today’s study we will open our Bibles and see how God has provided a clear answer to this question.

Somehow many of today’s Christians somehow have mistaken impression that Capitalism is the economic system that Christ would most endorse. Any examination of God’s holy Word will easily show that this simply isn’t true. Our heroes from the days of old endear themselves to Socialism, and it shows us that God’s love for us can shine even through economics. There is no doubt that the concepts of Socialism permeates both the Old and New Testaments. I have no idea where these false ideas of Capitalism being what God would want came from. As his children, we must end this! We must study his Word deeply and set straight the mindset of our fellow brethren.

So to get started, let us open up His Holy Word and learn what the Bible has to say on economics. We will begin in the Old Testament.

Leviticus 25:35-38
35If one of your countrymen becomes poor and is unable to support himself among you, help him as you would an alien or a temporary resident, so he can continue to live among you. 36Do not take interest of any kind from him, but fear your God, so that your countryman may continue to live among you. 37You must not lend him money at interest or sell him food at a profit. 38I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan and to be your God.

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Does God Want Me To be a Prostitute?

June 1, 2009

Prostitution is known as the worlds oldest profession. However, in many areas of the world prostitution proves itself popular and vital to this day.  Such a popular and enduring profession has not gone without controversy.  Presently prostitution is illegal  in many areas of the United States. But, as we all know, the United States was not founded on the Bible, so we cannot trust our laws for moral guidance (even though we should obey them).  Thus we should examine prostitution using his Holy Word, and see what God would have us do.

After a thorough examination of his holy Word, I believe the answer is clear. God approves of you offering yourself for sex in exchange for money.  But that is my interpretation, so let us open up the Good Book and you can make your own decision.

First let me state that nowhere does the Bible expressly prohibit or encourage prostitution.  So this is a bit of a gray area, where we need to examine closely the prostitutes that are in the Bible, and how the Bible addresses them.  Thankfully there are many prostitutes within the Bible and we have many points of interest to look at.

The Old Testament

Genesis 38 15-17
15 When Judah saw her, he thought she was a prostitute, for she had covered her face. 16 Not realizing that she was his daughter-in-law, he went over to her by the roadside and said, “Come now, let me sleep with you.”, “And what will you give me to sleep with you?” she asked. 17 “I’ll send you a young goat from my flock,” he said.

Judah is the father of the Tribe of Judah, one of the twelve Tribes of Israel. As shown in Genesis 49 he is clearly a blessed man by both God and Jacob. This holy man named Judah obviously had no problem hiring a prostitute. But I want to examine something here. As shown in verse 21, he actually thought Tamar (his daughter in law) was a shrine prostitute. It was the practice at the time that having sex with a shrine prostitute (either male or female) would bring blessings from God. I do not know if this practice continues today. The possibility is there! Try going to a church and offering yourself up as a temple prostitute. Perhaps others will receive blessings from God because of your faithful act.

As a young child Sampson was my favourite hero from the Bible. God blessed Sampson with the strength of many men. Sampson was faithful to God, and for that God did bless Sampson. Truly he was a man to be looked up to. So let us look at the example that a Godly hero like Sampson sets for us all.

Judges 16:1 One day Samson went to Gaza, where he saw a prostitute. He went in to spend the night with her.

And if such a man of God as Sampson is visiting prostitutes. Surely this profession is something God would approve for anyone.

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The Bible Supports Bestiality

May 21, 2009

Of course God wants you to have sex with animals.  It was part of his original design. When we look closely at the Bible we can see several places where support for this behavior is shown.  God wants all his children to be happy, and when we are happy so is he.  He shines his love down upon us in everything we do.  We need to look critically at this one.  The secular world of looks down upon some of the wonderful things that God has designed for us.  Many countries have gone so far as to even make bestiality illegal! Always the outside world is trying to destroy the Holy Word of God.

First it’s clear to note that there are places The Bible strictly forbids bestiality.  It’s very clear on that in several places.  There is no question that God did not want the his chosen people having sex with animals.

Exodus 22:19
Anyone who has sexual relations with an animal must be put to death.

Leviticus 18:23
Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.

Deuteronomy 27:21
“Cursed is the man who has sexual relations with any animal.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”

And that was right and good.  God knew what he was doing and he was looking after his chosen people. Those laws were there to protect them, whether they knew it or not.  The Lord is and was wise.

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Women Are Inferior To Men

December 4, 2008

According to the Bible, are women inferior to men?

The Bible certainly tells us that women are the lesser sex and that men are in charge of women. This is a recurring message throughout both the Old and New Testaments. The Bible has again provided us with such wonderful insight and inspiring words with which to guide our lives!

I Timothy 2:11-14
11A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. 12I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. 13For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. 15But women will be saved through childbearing–if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.

The Apostle Paul, one of the great warriors for God in the Bible, has written these words. His letters have become words to live by. He was always bold and strong in his word, even here he does not speak lightly. Women must keep quiet and cannot teach men. They are weak and easily deceived and brought into sin. Paul knows what he is talking about!

1 Corinthians 11:3
Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.

Ephesians 5:23
For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.

He has again established a mans superiority over women, so there is no doubt. My wife must keep silent and do what I say. Men of God rejoice that the Bible has established this things. But can we only listen to the Apostle Paul, are the words of this blessed man enough for us? They are indeed words to live by, but it cannot hurt to look elsewhere in the Bible for wisdom.

Genesis 3:16
To the woman he said,
“I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing;
with pain you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you.”

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The Bible Says Life is Meaningless

December 3, 2008

Does life have no meaning to it?

The Bible very clearly communicates that life has no meaning. There are many verses which state this, and most of these passages are found in the wisdom of Ecclesiastes. Let me quote some of the more straightforward verses for you. The following several verses are all from the wise and wonderful book of Ecclesiastes.

1:1 – I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

11:8 – However many years a man may live, let him enjoy them all. But let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. Everything to come is meaningless.

9:9 – Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun— all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun.

7:15 – In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these: a righteous man perishing in his righteousness, and a wicked man living long in his wickedness.

These are incredible verses that speak such truth, as the Bible always does. I would really encourage you to open up your Bible and read Ecclesiastes for yourself. It is just a book full of wisdom and knowledge. If I could put the whole book into this study, I would. These studies are intended to be short, but you really should read it on your own.

Ecclesiastes 2:17-23
17 So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. 18 I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. 19 And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the work into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless. 20 So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. 21 For a man may do his work with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then he must leave all he owns to someone who has not worked for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune. 22 What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun? 23 All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless.

It should now be 100% clear that the Bible says that life has no meaning. Ecclesiastes is very clear on it’s statements that life has no meaning. 3:20 reads “All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return.”, and there is strong suggestion in that statement that there is no afterlife and no meaning. We are just dust, and we return to dust after we die. That verse is open to interpretation though, so do ponder what it means to you.

The insightful author of Ecclesiastes complains aloud in 2:21 that is it a misfortune that he will have to leave everything to someone else. A vain life with no meaning is hard to cope with, I know. The shock that nothing you do has any meaning or long lasting repercussions really rattles the system at first. You spend your whole life knowing that the good things you do in secret will be rewarded after you die. It is hardy fair that some spend their time doing horrid evil deeds and their fate is no worse than your own. It just seems wrong. As per Eccl 8:14, your good deeds go unrewarded and, the evil deeds of others go unpunished. Life is just vain.

The great and wise King David would seem to agree.

Psalm 39:6
Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro:
He bustles about, but only in vain;
he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it.

The Bible teaches many things, and we can learn much from it. We can learn about everlasting life offered to us, and about salvation and how we can go to heaven. Also, we can learn how life has absolutely no meaning and when we die we turn into dust. It is a very wise book to teach us so many things.

The Bible Supports Abortion

November 20, 2008

Does the Bible support having an abortion?

The answer is an unequivocal yes! But don’t take my word for it, let us actually open up the Bible and read it’s words.

Numbers 5:20-22
20 But if you have gone astray while under your husband’s authority, and if you have defiled yourself and some man other than your husband has lain with you”— 21 then the priest shall put the woman under the oath of the curse, and he shall say to the woman—“the LORD make you a curse and an oath among your people, when the LORD makes your thigh rot and your belly swell; 22 and may this water that causes the curse go into your stomach, and make your belly swell and your thigh rot.”
Then the woman shall say, “Amen, so be it.”

In this first section God himself (also known as the Lord) performs the abortion at the request of the priest. Make no mistake about it, “your thigh rot” can certainly be translated to read “causes you to have a miscarrying womb and barrenness”. You can look it up in the NIV translation, it’s a footnote on the bottom. Thigh can also be read as “uterus”, since obviously there are no thighs in the belly.

So the Bible actually says that God himself is to perform the abortions in these cases. I know you are well convinced by now that since God is performing abortions that it is ok for you to have one. But, it is not a problem to look at some other verses just to re-assure ourselves. After all, Focus on the Family says abortions are bad, and they have read the Bible, haven’t they? No really, have they? Ever?

In Hosea there are more abortions performed. These ones are performed by soldiers with swords though. I suppose a sword is a bit harder to use than a coat hanger, but they get the job done. The context of this verse is that it is in the end of a command from God in judgment against Israel.

Hosea 13:16
The people of Samaria must bear their guilt,
because they have rebelled against their God.
They will fall by the sword;
their little ones will be dashed to the ground,
their pregnant women ripped open.”

And I suppose the fact that the mothers are likely also being killed is a technicality. A fetus is a fetus and killing it is an abortion whether commanded by God or not. There is one other place where the fetus is commented on directly in relation to the law. Let us look in the good book of Exodus.

Exodus 21:22-25
22 “If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. 23 But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.

This is another time where you have to open up your NIV and look at the footnote. “gives birth prematurely” can also be interpreted as “she has a miscarriage”. So that would mean that the Bible does not consider a fetus a life. The same passage that demands life for life of the mother does not demand life for loss of a fetus. The Bible is clear on this. A fetus is not a life.

Now before we finish lets us discuss abortion for a moment. Those who would want one performed are seeking quality of life for themselves and the possible child. They cannot support the child financially or it gets in the way of their career or they just are allergic to babies. In short: if quality of life is lost, perhaps they will have the abortion. So to further add to the fact that the Bible openly supports abortions, there are a few places where quality of life is discussed. See Ecclesiastes 6:3-5, Job 10:18-19, and Ecclesiastes 4:1-3 for verses where the person wishes he had been aborted. These last few are just small examples, but clearly they show that the Bible is concerned with quality of life for the born child, and adding the the fact that the Bible does support having abortions.


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