Why Does God Permit Suffering?

What is the cause of our suffering What is the cause of our suffering and why Does God Permit Suffering to exist in His Creation?

 

The question of suffering is a common one, but the Bible has the answer. In short, the answer to why suffering exists is our sin. Sin is disobedience to God and a departure from living in the counsel of God’s word. When Adam decided to disobey God’s word in the Garden, he brought sin into the nature of mankind:

Romans 5:12 (NKJV)

DEATH IN ADAM, LIFE IN CHRIST

12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men because all sinned—

Adam’s decision to sin set in motion of chain of events that plunged the world into every suffering imaginable, as Paul explained:  Continue reading

What Does it Mean to Put on The Whole Armor of God?

The Whole Armor of GodWhat does it Mean We Need to be Strong by Putting on The Whole Armor of God?

Paul’s teaching in Ephesians 6:13-17 on the “whole armor of God”

This is a great passage of Scripture, one we need to understand and follow. First and foremost, we need to put this passage into context, so let’s look at the verses prior to this passage.

At the beginning of chapter 6 of Ephesians, Paul instructs us regarding certain relationships (children and parents, fathers and children, slaves and masters, masters and slaves). He then moves to verse 10, exhorting us to be strong in the Lord, and we do this by putting on the full armor of God: Continue reading

If One Comes to Faith Is The Whole Household Saved?

Whole Household SavedIn Acts 16 does God promise to save an entire household when one person comes to faith. How can I secure this promise for my family? The Whole Household Saved

In Acts 16 we read:

Acts 16:25-33 (NKJV)

The Philippian Jailer Saved

25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake so that the foundations of the prison were shaken, and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s chains were loosed. 27 And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. 28 But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.” Continue reading

Should We Show Forgiveness Toward Others?

forgivenessJesus said in Matthew 6:14-15 that if we aren’t willing to give forgiveness to others, He won’t forgive us. Aren’t we already forgiven by faith in Christ alone?

Regarding Matthew 6, Jesus is speaking temporally, not eternally. Notice the context:

Matthew 6:14-15 (NKJV)

14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Jesus said if we forgive someone, then the Lord will forgive us. Jesus equates the two types of forgiveness. God’s forgiveness of us is contingent on our forgiving others. As we try to understand Jesus’ words, we must first remember that we have no power over the eternal fate of another person, for Christ alone is our Judge: Continue reading