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Episode 43 – December 8th Sermon Q&A

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Questions & Timestamps:

  1. @ 17:00 – Are there other instances in the Bible where “the satan” (as in Job 1 and 2) is referred to rather than the devil we know and hate? How do we differentiate between the two when we study on our own?
  2. @ 23:36 – There seems to be differences in the Gospel accounts of the resurrection. Mark says that Mary Magdalene, Mary the the mother of Jesus, and Salome found the tomb empty, with a single man (angel) inside (Mark 16:1-8). Matthew Says only the two Marys were present, it was an angel who told them about the resurrection and then Jesus Himself met them on the road (Matt. 28:1-10). Luke writes that there that there were two men inside the tomb (Luke 24:1-12). And finally, John seems to say that it was Mary Magdalene alone, and that she never saw Jesus at all, but thought his body was taken (John 20:1-18). Which are we supposed to believe? And how then are we supposed to take everything in the Bible as hard fact?
  3. @ 31:53 – What are your favorite podcasts that you like to listen to?
  4. @ 39:31 – In Revelation 1:20 It says “…The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches…”, Who/what are the seven angels of the seven churches?

    Then in Revelation 4:5 it says “…Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.” What are the seven spirits of God? Mr. Google is confused
  5. @ 46:53 Someone I know has been having weird experiences. He has had a couple strange dreams and then woke up to see something in his room. (Ghost, apparition?) There are a few other weird things that have happened to him as well. He is definitely not an enthusiast of supernatural things or doesn’t take an interest in that kind of stuff. I don’t know what to make of it, what advice can I give him? He believes in a higher power but not a Christian.
  6. @ 54:00 – I’m not sure I agree with what was said about the joy of giving to others the gifts God has given to us. It seems that you said that we give gifts because of the joy we receive in giving the gift to someone else. We are not responsible for the person receiving the gift with joy. We’re only responsible for giving the gift. Right?
  7. @ 1:00 – Is it worthwhile to interact with people through social media/online communication to challenge their wrongheaded ideas, or is it just “casting our pearls before swine?” And if we do interact with them, how should we do so to be the most effective?

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