Q&A Left-Overs, Part 4
We’re doing a series during the month of July called Q&A. We’re answering any and all of your questions about the Bible, religion, our personal testimonies, etc.
Lex is answering one big question every Friday night, and then a panel of our leaders are fielding questions live as you text them! We don’t have time to get to all of them on a Friday night, though, so the left-overs are going to be answered here on the blog during the week.
Here are some we didn’t get to last Friday:
Can God UN-pop already-popped popcorn?
Yes. He’s outside of time. Before and after are nothing to Him.
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Is it bad to wear skulls and/or black?
If all you wear is black and skulls … and images of death, etc. – then you need to re-examine your wardrobe choices. You’re called to be salt and light in the earth, to represent Jesus, and to display the love of Christ to everyone around you.
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Can you leave your body and enter the spirit realm? If so, how do you do it?
It’s possible, people do it all the time, but you shouldn’t.
If you lived in a place that was at war, would you leave your house for the day and prop all the doors and windows open? Of course not. And why not? Because anyone could tell you weren’t at home, and your enemies could easily come in, steal all your good stuff, and destroy the house.
Same scenario. You live in a spiritual war zone. If you belong to Jesus, everything you have is His and you are taking care of it – your body included. Don’t leave it open to theft and destruction just because you think you want to have a cool spiritual experience. You will be cleaning up that mess for a long time.
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Why would God create someone if they end up murdering people or something?
Why would God create you?
You sin. You lie to God. You gossip. You disrespect your parents. You talk badly about other people. You live a double life. You don’t love your neighbor as yourself. Why would God create you, just so you can break His law and hurt people?
In Jeremiah 29:11, God tells a young man, “I know the plans I have for you …” Earlier, He tells Jeremiah that He knew Jeremiah, and called him to be a prophet, before he was even in his mother’s womb. In Psalm 139:14, the Psalmist praises God because he is, “fearfully and wonderfully made.”
The same is true for you, and for crazy murderers. God knew you before He made you. Each person is a unique expression of our Creator, each one is a representation of a little piece of His heart.
Which is why the devil hates each one, why he fights and rages and does everything he can to destroy each one.
And each one has a free will, because that’s God’s heart. Each one chooses what to do with the life he or she is given. Some choose better than others, but no one chooses very well, because we all sin.
But our choices don’t diminish our potential, or who we could be in Christ. That’s why Jesus warns not to judge people, in Matthew 7:1-2. He’s not saying that we shouldn’t discern whether a person’s actions are good or bad, or that we shouldn’t try to help another Christian who is struggling. What we can’t judge is a person’s value, based on his decisions or actions. Christ died for everyone – that means everyone – even the murders, even the teenagers who lie to their parents – are worth it.
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Are angels also considered God’s people?
The bible makes some pretty clear distinctions between humans and angels:
- There is no savior for angels who sin.
2 Peter 2:4 tells us that God did not spare the angels who sinned. When people sinned, God paid a huge price to redeem us from our sin. He didn’t do that for angels. He just let them fall.
- You will judge angels.
1 Corinthians 6:3 tells us that someday, when Jesus has come back and creation is restored, people will judge angels. That puts people in a higher authority than angels.
- Angels work for people.
Hebrews 1:14 tells us that angels are ministers sent to help “those who will inherit salvation” (that’s you). That tells us that angels don’t, “inherit salvation,” which makes them different from God’s people.