Be sensitive to the circumstances in all your responses.
When someone loses a Christian loved one to death, some try to make the case that it should be a time of rejoicing as they are now with Christ, their sin nature removed, etc. This is technically true, and we are not to mourn as the world does.
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. —1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
However, the Bible teaches that we are to comfort those who are hurting, i.e. those who are mourning the loss of a loved one. There is a time and place for everything:
(There is) a time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance. —Ecclesiastes 3:4
So, offer comfort to those who need comforting, and share joy with those who are joyful.
My mother-in-law teaches history at a secular college here in Georgia. She has her doctorate and like most historians today, she teaches that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene. Is there any truth to this?
There is not a shred of evidence, either from scripture or historical writings, that even hint at this extremely offensive statement being true. To teach this falsehood as fact leaves us to conclude she has far deeper problems than historical accuracy. Therefore, arguing with her over this would be fruitless until her heart is changed. She brings a couple of verses to mind:
always learning (man’s knowledge) and never able to come to the knowledge of the (God’s) truth. —2 Timothy 3:7
. . . they exchanged the truth of God for a lie. —Romans 1:25
“One of my friends subscribed me to this e-mail and all I have to say is after reading your item on Santa Claus, I’ve never been so grateful that I’m Catholic. You people are just a bunch of fruitcakes. Please take me off your list.”
We gave Bible verses, showing beyond a doubt, that God hates ALL lying, yet she still thinks it’s ok to lie to her kids? We may be fruitcakes, but lying is still wrong 🙂
I was wondering what the Bible says about having a tubal ligation. Is this playing God in my life? I have had one but now feel a desire to have another baby. Am I crazy to want to have this procedure reversed? Or is it a selfish desire to have another baby and not God’s will at all?
First and foremost, if you’re a Believer, what is past, is past.
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead —Philippians 3:13
It only matters what you do in the future.
Regarding birth control, God is always 100% pro-life. He says children are a blessing from Him. Therefore, we know that you will be blessed ETERNALLY each time you have another child.
Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, and the fruit of the womb is a reward. —Psalm 127:3
May the LORD give you increase, you and your children. —Psalm 115:14
So we can think of no reason not to take God at His word, not to have as many children as possible. God promises to provide for them, and you get the eternal blessing. That mind-set, of course, flies in the face of 99.99% of all Christians today. Sadly, Satan has cunningly convinced us that having fewer children is usually better. He has gotten us to focus on today and this earth instead of our next life in the future. Temporal instead of eternal.
We encourage you, and basically anyone, to have as many kids as reasonably possible. We believe that if you have 20 kids, you will be forever grateful. So what if having lots of kids makes you have fewer toys and be more tired on this earth? Today’s material assets mean zero compared to eternity.
And do not seek what you shall eat, and what you shall drink, and do not keep worrying. For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. But seek for His kingdom, and these things shall be added to you. . . . For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. —Luke 12:29-31, 34
Regarding your question, “Am I playing God?” we think life and death should always be left up to God. Should you try to have more kids? We think that there is nothing more valuable in this life than to have more kids for eternity. . . . regardless of the cost, the struggle or time invested in this life. You will be blessed for eternity!
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