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Frequently Asked Questions - Doctrines

FAQs - Doctrines

When God created all things there was no sin. Genesis 1:31 -- "And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good." But He made man and angels like Lucifer who became Satan [which means the adversary when he rebelled against God’s authority (Isaiah 14; Ezekiel 28] to have their own free will to choose to obey Him or disobey Him. Sin came into the universe when both Satan and man chose to disobey God on their own will. Hence God did not create sin.

No, Adam and Eve were not apes, but were exactly like all people living today. The fossil evidence that is alleged to prove that man came from apes is not convincing. Some have been proven to be the remains of extinct species of apes; other fossils have proven to be the remains of people who lived a long time ago. There are scientists who have shown that there is no link between man and apes. Only man is created with the image of God in him. All other creatures do not have this image of God which consists of Knowledge, Righteousness and Holiness. "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." (Genesis 1:26,27)

God never makes mistakes. He cannot, since He already knows the future and the outcome of everything. "for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:" (Isaiah 46:9,10)

God does all things with one purpose -- to glorify Himself. Even the Flood was designed to accomplish that purpose. "What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?" (Romans 9:22-24)

He is both. The title ‘Son of Man’ shows that he is a full human being, like all of us (Hebrews 2:14 -- " Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;") The title ‘Son of God’ shows that he is God Himself -- (read Hebrews 1:5-8)

The Bible clearly tells us that God loves the world (John 3:16,17 - "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved."). But when God began to reveal his plan of salvation, he began with one man -- Abram (Genesis 12:1-3 -- "Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed." - Notice that even here, he already revealed His plan to bless all families of the earth.). Out of that man came the Jews, to whom God entrusted all the teachings of Himself and the writings of Scripture. Through them God brought Jesus into the world, as Jesus was a direct descendant of Abraham.

Jesus said - " But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." (John 4:23,24) We are worshipping the right God if we worship Him in spirit (i.e. not thinking of God as being found in some stone idol or physical object) and in truth (i.e. according to the truths about Himself that He alone has revealed to us in the Bible).

Christ has borne the punishment for all the sins of God’s people on the cross at Calvary. If born again Christians have been living in disobedience to God, the difficulty may be a chastisement from God. Chastisement is different from punishment - Chastisement is meted by God out of love with the purpose of drawing the disobedient person back to God (Deut 8:5; Prov 3:12). Sometimes it is difficult for us to tell if God is chastising us or simply testing us. The Bible shows us that Job did not know until everything was over. But one thing we know: "...all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28)

This is not due to any negligence or inconsistency on the part of God. If our prayers are not answered it may be due to one or more of the following reasons: We ask for the wrong things or for selfish reasons (James 4:3 -- "Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts."); We are living in sin and disobedience to God and have not repented (Psalm 66:18 -- " If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:"). Sometimes it God answers our prayers but we do not perceive it -- His answer may be: ‘No’ or ‘Wait and be patient’.

The process of testing if for our benefit -- it refines our faith, and draws us nearer to God. (1 Peter 1:7 -- "That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:")

God does not ordinarily speak to His people in an audible voice today. Those who claim to see visions of God or hear Him speaking to them all the time may be misled by their own imagination or even by some deception of Satan. God has chosen to speak to His people through His written Word, the Bible. (2 Peter 1:16-19 -- "For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:")

When a born again Christian reads the Bible, the Holy Spirit takes the words he reads and personalises it to him. As a result, he becomes deeply convicted that the words he reads are meant for him personally. In this sense, a Christian can say, "The Lord spoke to me."(1 Cor 2:10-16).

Vision & Mission

 

To build a united church family that is committed to making disciples through Salvation, Sanctification and Service, to the glory of God.

Verse for the Week

November 19 & 26 - The End of the World

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 2 Peter 3:10