I would rather live my life as if there is a God, and die to find out there isn’t, than live my life as if there isn’t, and die to find out there is!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Does God Listen to non-christians?

Does God listen to the prayers of non-Christians?

I think what you are really asking is "Does God respond to the prayers of non-Christians." Nothing escapes God's attention. Clearly, God being omniscient hears every word uttered by every human being throughout the world; but does He respond?  There are times when God does respond to the prayers of non-believers. For example, God hears the prayer of acceptance whenever a non-believer prays to accept Jesus into his/her life.  I believe God also answers prayers of non-Christians as part of the process leading to their acceptance of Christ. God may answer some of these prayers to show that He is there, He is real, and that He is the one true God. However, only Christians -- those in the family of God -- can go before God and call Him "Abba." Galatians 4:6  Only Christians can claim the many promises God makes to those in His family. 2 Peter 1:4
O Lord, you have searched me, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord. Psalm 139:1-4


Friday, February 10, 2012

Did God make Dinosaurs?

Why does the Bible make no mention of dinosaurs?

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The Bible makes no mention of many specific animals, i.e.: Elephants, Hippopotamus, Rhinoceros, Apes, etc. I don't think we can assume anything very meaningful from that. Dinosaurs are simply one of many specific animals not mentioned by name. As His second act of creation God created all animals. "God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth." Notice that the first animals mentioned are "great whales."  This is the Hebrew word "tannin," which, in many translations is "great sea monsters."  It is significant to note that this same word is frequently translated "dragon." Evidently the term includes all large sea-creatures, even the monsters of the past that are now extinct. Frequent references to dragons in the Bible, as well as early records and traditions of many past nations, cannot be shrugged off as mere fairy tales. Most probably they represent memories of dinosaurs handed down by tribal ancestors who encountered them before they became extinct. Some Christians believe the behemoth referred to in Job 40:15-24 is actually a dinosaur. Though not mentioned by name, God created the dinosaur.

So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.  Genesis 1:21  NIV

And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:21 KJV

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Friday, February 3, 2012

How Many Archangels are there?

Michael is referred to as "archangel."  How many archangels are there?

The word "archangel" appears in scripture only two times. In 1 Thessalonians 4:16 and Jude 9. Both times "archangel" is applied to Michael. You will notice as you read these two verses that in each Michael is referred to as "the" archangel, not "an" archangel.  The prefix "arch" means "first," so it would seem there could not be two first angels. I think the only reasonable conclusion in Michael is the only archangel.

And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back.  Revelation 12:7

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