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Why do Bad Things Happen to People?

Why do Bad Things Happen to People?

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Why do Bad Things Happen to People? by MATT SLICK   Many exert great energy in attempting to find the answer to the above question. This is especially true since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, when the Muslim terrorists attacked the New York World Trade Center and the Pentagon, resulting in thousands being murdered and many families losing husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, and children. Why do such things happen? Why is life often characterized by misfortune, sadness, untimely deaths and tragedies of all sorts? The answer, “bad things only happen to bad people who deserve it,” is obviously unacceptable and untrue (Lk. 13: 2-5). Bad things happen to all kinds of people. Let us now explore our question “why do bad things happen to people?” in more detail and see if we can find some answers. Two great sources of influence in this world. When some talk about sources of influence, they simply and only have reference to such matters as the moon, sun, stars, and other planetary influences. They ignore and are often ignorant of the two main sources of influence, God and the devil. Not only do God and the devil exert the greatest impetus over this world, but also their influence is totally opposite, God standing for good and the devil standing for the antithetical evil. Too often people want to blame God for everything that happens. As we shall see, such is shallow and totally incorrect thinking. Such thinking can and does result in blasphemy against the benign God who loves all men and desires man’s happiness. Any study of why bad things happen to people should start, I think, with the ancient case of Job, God, and the devil. Indeed, one of the paramount designs of the Book of Job appears to be to set forth for man the answer as to why adverse events take place. A brief look at Job. The Book of Job opens with these words, “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil” (Job. 1: 1). Job was enormously successful and wealthy, to the point that it...

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What is Salvation?

What is Salvation?

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What is Salvation? by MATT SLICK   Salvation is when God forgiveness a person of his/her sins and saves him from damnation — which is the righteous judgment upon all who have broken his law (i.e., do not lie, do not steal).  This judgment consists of God condemning the sinner to eternal punishment in hell (Matt. 25:46).  This is the destination of all who reject God’s provision for the forgiveness of sins. Being saved from this judgment is only accomplished through faith in Jesus as Savior who is God in flesh (John 1:1,14; Col. 2:9). He died on the cross for sins (1 Pet. 2:24; 1 Cor. 15:1-4). If you want salvation, you need to trust in what Jesus did on the cross, receive him (John 1:12) and turn from your sins (Acts 3:19). Only then can you have eternal life and be with God (Eph....

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What Happens to those who have never Heard the Gospel?

What Happens to those who have never Heard the Gospel?

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What happens to those who have never heard the gospel? by MATT SLICK   What happens to those who have never heard the gospel? I find it difficult to believe that a so called a loving God would send people to hell just because they didn’t hear about him. This is a very commonly asked question. There are two possible responses. First, it could be that those who have never heard the gospel of Jesus Christ will go to hell. Second, it could be that those who have never heard of Jesus Christ and the gospel will be judged in a different way than those who have heard of Jesus. The Bible does not tell us specifically about what happens to those who have never heard. But it does say that Jesus is the only way to salvation (Acts 4:12). If it is possible that someone who has not heard the gospel can be saved, it must be through Jesus Christ and him alone (John 14:6). But, it could not be that a person who is not heard of Jesus can make it to heaven based upon being good since that would violate the scriptural teaching that no one is good (Rom. 3:10-12). If all people who have never heard of the gospel of Jesus Christ end up in hell, then that would be right because God would never do anything that is improper. On the other hand, if any of them end up in heaven, then it would be the right thing to do for the same reason. But, if righteousness before God can be achieved through being good, or sincere, or by following various laws, then Jesus died needlessly: “I do not nullify the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly,” (Gal. 2:21). Because the Scripture does not specifically address this issue, we cannot make an absolute statement concerning it. However, since the Bible does state that salvation is only through Jesus and that a person must receive Christ, then logically we conclude that those who have not heard the gospel are lost. This is all the more reason to preach the gospel to everyone. “for Whoever will call upon...

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What Happened to the Trinity when Jesus Died?

What Happened to the Trinity when Jesus Died?

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What happened to the Trinity when Jesus died? by MATT SLICK   Jesus has two natures: divine and human. The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is the word (which was God) and became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:1,14). This is why it says in Colossians 2:9 that in Jesus dwells all the fullness of deity in bodily form. Therefore, we can see that in the one person of Christ are two distinct natures. We do not say that there are two persons, nor do we say that the two natures are mixed up, formed a new third thing, or are not related in the single person known as Jesus. When Jesus died on the cross, is human nature died. The divine nature did not die. Therefore, we see that the Trinity never ceased to exist and this critic’s question becomes irrelevant since he demonstrates he does not understand what has he is criticizing and is, basically, attacking a false concept of what the Trinity is. It is unfortunate that this individual seeks to curse me and, apparently, others who hold to the doctrine of the Trinity. Yet, he he does so by attacking a false concept and in pronouncing judgment upon those who hold that false concept. It would seem that he is unaware of his...

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Should Women Be Pastors and Elders?

Should Women Be Pastors and Elders?

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Should Women Be Pastors and Elders? by MATT SLICK   In a social climate of complete equality in all things, the biblical teaching of only allowing men to be pastors and elders is not popular.  Many feminist organizations denounce this position as antiquated and chauvinistic.  In addition, many Christian churches have adopted the “politically correct” social standard and have allowed women pastors and elders in the church.  But the question remains, is this biblical? My answer to this question is, “No, women are not to be pastors and elders.”  Many may not like that answer, but it is, I believe, an accurate representation of the biblical standard.  You make the decision after reading this paper. First of all, women are under-appreciated and under-utilized in the church.  There are many gifted women who might very well do a better job at preaching and teaching than many men.  However, it isn’t gifting that is the issue, but God’s order and calling.  What does the Bible say?  We cannot come to God’s word with a social agenda and make it fit our wants.  Instead, we must change and adapt to what it says. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, the garden of Eden, and Adam and Eve. He put Adam in the garden and gave him the authority to name all the animals.  Afterwards, God made Eve as a helper to Adam.1 This is an important concept because Paul refers to the order of creation in his epistle to Timothy when he discusses the relationship between men and women in the church context.  Let’s take a look. “But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but remain quiet.  For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve.  And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being quite deceived, fell into transg This passage has several interesting areas of discussion, but for our purpose we will focus on authority.  At the very least, there is an authority structure set up by God.  The woman is not to have authority over the man in the church context.  But this does not extend to the political/economic world.  In the Old Testament Deborah was a judge in Israel over...

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