Last night we finished-up our BEST BOOK EVER series through the Doctrine of Scripture with a Q and A Session. We asked our students to text all of their tough questions to a specific email address where our audio/video guys received them in our booth, and put the best/toughest questions on the screen for me to answer off the cuff. We told our students that their questions would remain anonymous just to make sure they knew that they could ask whatever they wanted to and not be scared. We tried to answer the questions that went best with the BEST BOOK EVER series we had just finished, but then any question was fair game. Here’s the questions that we got to cover:
Why are there so many different versions of the Bible and not just one?
How can I persuade my friend about God and about how the Bible is His true and perfect Word? Should I use the Bible for this even though they don’t believe in it?
I am someone who went through something terrible emotionally and physically. I feel like I’m called to forgive this person and help them. Should I? Help!
How can Christians say they have a loving God when they are so against homosexuals loving each other?
What verses do I turn to in the Bible when I’m struggling with depression?
What happens to a person when they die? Does their soul go to heaven/hell, or their body too?
There were other questions, that I just can’t think of right now. So feel free to check out the mp3 to see how we handled these biblically, Christocentrically, and personally.
I was thinking this morning on how many people tell me that even though the believe God has forgiven them of their sin, they just can’t seem to forgive themselves. Does the Bible talk anywhere about forgiving ourselves? Not at all that I know of. It only speaks of God forgiving us, us forgiving others, others forgiving us, and us asking for forgiveness from both God and others. Feeling the need to forgive yourself is a lot like feeling the need to give yourself money. If you don’t have money, you can’t give it to yourself. If you’ve got the money, then you already have it and you don’t need to give it to yourself. So in the same way, God is the one who gives us full forgiveness only through the bloody death of Jesus on the cross. If we don’t have His full forgiveness through our confession and repentance, then we couldn’t even forgive ourselves. But if we already have his forgiveness, then we don’t need to give it to ourselves. Read Psalm 32 and 51 for two of the most powerful chapters in all the Bible on confession and forgiveness!