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This page is a listing of various questions on Doctrine, with links to the answers. Just click on the Question.

QUESTION 1:
Does predestination and election mean that some people cannot be saved?

QUESTION 2:
Among Christians there seems to be a more acceptable attitude toward cremation of the dead. Is this right according to the Scriptures?

QUESTION 3:
If God knew that the man He made, would sin; then why did He make him?

QUESTION 4:
Why would a loving God want a murderer put to death? Is capital punishment right?

QUESTION 5:
Many believe that the dead are annihilated and are later reincarnated. Is there any biblical support for such a belief?

QUESTION 6:
There are those that teach that the resurrection of Christ was not literal but spiritual. They say He just appeared and disappeared like a ghost. Did He rise bodily from the dead?

QUESTION 7:
How do I reconcile the fact that human souls can die at physical death when the Bible talks of slain souls seen asking for vengeance from God in Revelation 6?

QUESTION 8:
Many pulpits use modern versions of the Bible. Could these be used of Satan, as mentioned in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15, where he is spoken of as an "angel of light?"

QUESTION 9:
Does not the phrase "replenish the earth" in Genesis 1:28 prove that Evolutionists are right in believing in prehistoric man?

QUESTION 10:
Why are there so many different religions and which is the right one? I'm confused!

QUESTION 11:
If there is no future judgment for a believer's sins what happens when they sin?

QUESTION 12:
How is it that many religious leaders of our day accept homosexuality if the Bible says it is wrong? Could it be that things have changed since Bible days?

QUESTION 13:
Did the Bible come from the Church or did the Church come from the Bible?

QUESTION 14:
What about Church tradition? Is it not as true as the bible?

QUESTION 15:
Some teachers tell us that "hell" is down in the heart of the earth. Is that right?

QUESTION 16:
What did John the Baptist mean when he said, "He that hath the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice?" John 3:29.

QUESTION 17:
If there is a God, why does He allow so much suffering and evil to go on in the world?

QUESTION 18:
The Bible seems to be a book of misquotes and contradictions. An example is found in Matthew 27:9, where he writes "Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by the prophet Jeremy, or Jeremiah ..." This is not found in the Book of Jeremiah, but in Zechariah 11:13. Did Matthew misquote?

QUESTION 19:
How is it that many clergymen do not believe in the virgin birth of Christ?

QUESTION 20:
There are some ministers who tell us the Lord isn't coming again. Is it true He is coming to earth again?

QUESTION 21:
There are so many different Churches, who knows which one is the right one?

QUESTION 22:
Please explain Isaiah 45:7 where God says, "I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things?" How can a holy God create evil?

QUESTION 23:
We read in Ecclesiastes 12:7 that after death the spirit of man goes back to God who gave it. Does this mean that the deceased ceases to exist?

QUESTION 24:
What Bible support is there for having Easter on Good Friday?

QUESTION 25:
Does not Matthew 16:18 teach that Peter was the first pope?

QUESTION 26:
Which religion is right or are they all right?

QUESTION 27:
There is much confusion about what is the right Church. What is a New Testament Church?

QUESTION 28:
Why didn't God write the Bible in a way that we would all understand it?

QUESTION 29:
If there were no other people on earth, where did Cain get his wife?

QUESTION 30:
In Hebrews 6:4 we read about certain people who seem to have been saved and then were lost again. Does this not teach that a person can be lost again after they are once saved?

QUESTION 31:
In Hebrews 12:23 we read about the "spirits of just men being made perfect." Who are they?

QUESTION 32:
Are the many people who are being massacred in Rwanda lost eternally because they don't know Jesus?

QUESTION 33:
In the First Epistle of John it speaks about the "sin unto death." 1 John 5:16 Is this the unpardonable sin?

QUESTION 34:
How can a person who is spiritually dead be responsible for being saved? 1 Corinthians 2:14 reads, "..the natural man understandeth not the things of God." How can they?

QUESTION 35:
If God is so good to His people, why do the wicked prosper while they have their hardships?

QUESTION 36:
In 2 Timothy 2:26 we read about people being taken "captive by the devil and caught in his snare." Could this happen to a real Christian? Has not God promised to keep us?

QUESTION 37:
If God does not predestinate some to be saved and some to be lost how do you explain Jude 1:4 where, "certain men were ordained to this condemnation?

QUESTION 38:
In 1 Corinthians 13:10 we read "when that which is perfect is come." Does this refer to the second coming of Christ?

QUESTION 39:
In Hebrews 10:26 we read, "If we sin wilfully after that we receive knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sin" What does this mean?

QUESTION 40:
Is Christianity a religion that replaces Judaism?

QUESTION 41:
Since Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8), why can't He do miracle today?

QUESTION 42:
What about being "slain in the Spirit", is this of God?

QUESTION 43:
"An eye for and eye" is often quoted for capital punishment. Is this right?

QUESTION 44:
If God is merciful and wants to save people, why did He create hell?

QUESTION 45:
Are there extra revelations from God that we do not have a record of?

QUESTION 46:
Do you know where the Bible comes from? Only the Catholic Church knows for sure?

QUESTION 47:
Is the gift of tongues for today?

QUESTION 48:
I have a question, in Genesis 1:26, who does the "us" and "our" referred to in this verse?

QUESTION 49:
Man is a soul. At death the soul ceases to think or feel and returns to the dust from which it was made. Genesis 2:7, Genesis 3:19, Psalm 146:3-4, Ecclesiastes 9:5 Ecclesiastes 9:10, Ezekiel 18:4, Ezekiel 18:20, How can you teach life after death?

QUESTION 50:
What does it mean in Hebrews 2:7 and Psalm 8:5, when it speaks of man being crowned with glory and honour?

QUESTION 51:
Could you explain Matthew 16:19? Did Peter have the keys to heaven?

QUESTION 52:
What is the unpardonable sin or the blasphemy of Holy Ghost as mentioned in Matthew 12:31?

QUESTION 53:
I am perplexed by the scripture that says “...the dead know not anything" Ecclesiastes 9:5. Can you help me on this?

QUESTION 54:
I will assume that repentance for salvation is recognition that one is a sinner in need of a Saviour and that Jesus is the only way to be saved (through His death on the cross). One question I have, you said that turning from sin occurs after salvation. What if a person does not turn from sin after salvation?

QUESTION 55:
Does every Christian have the Holy Spirit or do they receive Him later?

QUESTION 56:
Who is the real "ME"? Who or what am "I"?

QUESTION 57:
How can a sinner get into heaven in the light of Revelation 21:27

QUESTION 58:
Where does it say in the Bible that God helps those that help themselves?

QUESTION 59:
What does it mean in the Bible when He says, "He was raised for our justification?" Romans 4:25.

QUESTION 60:
In Deuteronomy 18:15 we read, "The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him shall ye hearken." Who is this Prophet?

QUESTION 61:
Who or what is the elder of 3 John 1:1?

QUESTION 62:
How should a Christian act toward other Christians from a different denomination. Should they still have fellowship with them?

QUESTION 63:
In 2 Thessalonians 1:8 and 1 Peter 4:17, we read about "obeying the gospel." If the Gospel is how "Christ died for our sins and was buried and rose again the third day," how then can we obey that?

QUESTION 64:
In Matthew 16:28 the Lord said that some people there would not die until the Son of man came to set up His kingdom. They have died, and He has not yet come. Could you explain?

QUESTION 65:
What if I do good thing to myself, to everybody all of my life, but do not believe in God, where shall I go after life?

QUESTION 66:
The birth of Christ, was it not a natural pregnancy? What was so different about it?

QUESTION 67:
Who are the sons of God mentioned in Genesis 6:2?

QUESTION 68:
In 1 Corinthians 7:36 we read, "But if any man think he behaveth himself uncomely toward his virgin, if she pass the flower of her age, and need so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth not: let them marry." Does this not teach that sex before marriage is all right, so long as they later marry?

QUESTION 69:
It has been said, that the sin of Sodom was that of in hospitality toward the two strangers that visited them, and not homosexuality. Is this right?

QUESTION 70:
There are people that say we should not eat certain meats that are forbidden in the Bible. They quote Leviticus 11 as proof. Are they right in their interpretation?

QUESTION 71:
What does it mean in Romans 6:6 by "our old man is crucified with Christ? It this the old nature?

QUESTION 72:
Is it right to say a person has an "immortal soul?"

QUESTION 73:
In Isaiah 14:26 we read, "this is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations." Is not this verse saying that things are only going to be as God wants them to be?

QUESTION 74:
Do you believe that a Christian should have a T. V.?

QUESTION 75:
There are verses that indicate that Jesus didn't know everything, such as "But of that day and that hour knoweth no man ....neither the Son, but the Father." Is it true that Jesus didn't know?

QUESTION 76:
What does it mean in Philippians 2:7, where we read "made Himself of no reputation?"

QUESTION 77:
Did the Flood of Noah's day cover all the earth and did all die except Noah and his family?

QUESTION 78:
Should a Christian go to war to fight and kill people?

QUESTION 79:
Why does God let children starve like in third world countries?

QUESTION 80:
Some people tell us that Christmas is not in the Bible. Is not the true spirit of Christmas giving?

QUESTION 81:
Do you think it is right to buy and sell in the church?

QUESTION 82:
What about the new sexuality that many churches are subscribing to, must it not be right?

QUESTION 83:
Is it really true that the days of miracles have past?

QUESTION 84:
Whose responsibility is it to spread the gospel, the minister or the Christians?

QUESTION 85:
In Romans 1:21, it seems to be speaking about somebody in the past. To what period of history does this refer?

QUESTION 86:
Christians are supposed to believe the Bible and yet many of them believe in the "trinity." Since the word is not found in the Bible how can they believe it?

QUESTION 87:
Could you please explain John 6:53, where it speaks of "eating the flesh and drinking the blood of Christ? It this not the Mass or Holy Communion?

QUESTION 88:
John baptised for repentance, and Jesus was baptised by John. I understand why, but if John did that type of baptism, wasn't it by sprinkling instead of immersion according to Jewish customs?

QUESTION 89:
Why is it that the preaching of the gospel is not producing results like it used to?

QUESTION 90:
How is it that the Bible claims to be the inspired word of God and yet is records the sayings and deeds of evil men?

QUESTION 91:
Did not the Lord Jesus come to establish a religion?

QUESTION 92:
In Philippians 2:8 we read of Christ and the death of the cross. In Colossians 1:20, we read of "the blood of His cross". Are those two phrases saying the same thing?

QUESTION 93:
Where is it found in the Bible that a non-Christian shouldn't be married in a church?

QUESTION 94:
Which version of the Bible should be used? Is it right for a minister to read out of another version?

QUESTION 95:
Who are God's chosen people?

QUESTION 96:
In Isaiah 8:20 we read, "To the law and the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." Does that mean these new translations?

QUESTION 97:
Who wrote the Bible down here on earth? And how do we know it is true?

QUESTION 98:
If man is totally corrupted by sin, then must not salvation be by God's sovereign electing grace?

QUESTION 99:
Does the word "hell," translated in Acts 2:31 refer to the grave? If not, what does it mean when it says, "His soul was not left in "hell" neither did His flesh see corruption"

QUESTION 100:
Who is the HOLY GHOST? How is he imparted, how is he received?

QUESTION 101:
I hear much about Calvinism; would you please explain what this means?

QUESTION 102:
What is the “blasphemy” against the Holy Ghost and can it be committed today?

QUESTION 103:
Why does our celebration of Easter change from year to year. Is the resurrection of our Lord governed by the moon?

QUESTION 104:
What does Genesis 6:3 mean; "My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years?"

QUESTION 105:
Some Christians say that every born-again believer has the Holy Spirit while others say He must be received after salvation. What does the Bible teach?

QUESTION 106:
In Revelation 6 and Luke 16 it seems that physical death does not terminate consciousness?

QUESTION 107:
Does the rest in Hebrews 4:11 refer to the Sabbath?

QUESTION 108:
What does 1 Peter 3:19 mean where it says, "Jesus preached to the spirits in prison?" Does this not teach a second chance?

QUESTION 109:
Mark 16:15 says "Go into all the world and preach the gospel.. those that believe shall (among other things) speak in strange tongues.." The word "shall" does not mean some, or a select few. It means everyone (i.e. "they shall speak in strange tongues"). Should this not be so today?

QUESTION 110:
What is the difference between Sheol, Gehanna, Hades and Tartarus? Are they the same?

QUESTION 111:
What does it mean in Psalms 139:22 where David says, "I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies?"

QUESTION 112:
Was Jephthah's daughter sacrificed as human sacrifice and was that acceptable under the old covenant?

QUESTION 113:
How many resurrections will likely follow the first resurrection and what is the order and time of each?

QUESTION 114:
Why in the four accounts of the gospel, do angels appears differently during the visits to the tomb?

QUESTION 115:
It is being said that God is cruel and wrong in destroying people, especially small children, who have never heard of Jesus and the gospel?

QUESTION 116:
The trinitarian concept of God is that He is a multi-personal God -- God manifested in three persons. Since God is not a man, Numbers 23:19, how do you discuss with someone who does not believe the Trinity?

QUESTION 117:
Would you be able to address the topic of the Holy Ghost? - the manifestation, speaking in tongues, the baptism of the holy ghost, and whether or not there is an ‘initial evidence’ (some believe that speaking in tongues is the initial evidence). Your help would be appreciated.

QUESTION 118: 
Will there be animals in heaven?


QUESTION 119: 
Will people suffer different degrees of punishment in hell?


QUESTION 120
How is it that  the magicians of Egypt did the same miracles that Moses did? (Exod. 7:22)

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Updated January 27th, 2014 by Sandra Felix