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Frequently Asked Bible Questions
by Brian P. July 2009 (Updated 10/26/2013)

1. "Wasn’t the Bible written by men?"

Answer:
"And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, WRITTEN WITH THE FINGER OF GOD." - Exodus 31:18

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." - 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

"After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and WRITE it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people." - Jeremiah 31:33

This question is a common one used by skeptics to destroy the faith of believers. The intent of this question is to plant the seed of doubt that God did not inspire the writings of scripture. The truth is that the Bible was written by men AND by God. The Bible says, “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,” - 2 Peter 1:16. “Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word…” - Luke 1:2. “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life…” - 1 John 1:1.

When someone says that the Bible was written by men, that is only a half-truth. The whole truth is that the Bible was written by men AND God. The Bible literally was written with the finger of God, but he used men as his finger to write it.

2. "What about the people who live in the jungles of Africa, and have never heard the gospel?"

Answer: There are two answers to this question, and it all depends on two things. 1) The severity of the crime. 2) And how much knowledge the individual had at the time when the offense was committed.

"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." - Hosea 4:6
First, we see here in the book of Hosea that God plainly says that his people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. It is plain to see that despite a lack of knowledge on the part of the people, they are still destroyed. One might say that ignorance of the law is no excuse. In Latin it is known as "Ignorantia juris non excusat," which means ignorance of the law does not excuse. It is essentially a legal principle holding that a person who is unaware of a law may not escape liability for violating that law merely because he or she was unaware of its content. (See Wikipedia's article - Ignorantia juris non excusat)

Such cases that would not excuse being punished by the law would be things like murder, rape, molesting little children, etc. Under certain circumstances, an argument for not knowing that these things were illegal would be looked at as inexcusable. However, in regards to other sins, one may find that there is a possible "loophole."

"And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. BUT HE THAT KNEW NOT, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more." - Luke 12:47-48.
In this particular instance, Jesus clearly says that a person who commits things worthy of stripes with no knowledge may qualify for a lesser punishment. Whether that punishment entails a lesser sentence, or a sentence equal to a time suitable to the crime (lesser than eternity, if you will), it would all depend upon the nature of the crime, and whether the perpetrator had full understanding (or knowledge).

This may seem like a stipulation, or an exception to the rule, however, there is an example in scripture where the trespassers in Noah's day were given the opportunity to hear the gospel after they were already dead.

"By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water." - 1 Peter 3:19-20

"For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit." - 1 Peter 4:6

The Bible gives us a small glimpse into what appears to be an opportunity for a second chance for people who had perished in the days before the law of Moses was given. Since the Bible plainly says, "For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead," we can make the safe assumption that the dead here in this context refers to those souls that perished in Noah's day, which were identified in the previous chapter in which it says that these spirits at one point "...were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah," (vs. 20). Otherwise, if the scriptures are not talking about souls that were deceased, the question then becomes, "If this is not talking about people who are dead, then who is it talking about?" Certainly, the Bible would not say that the dead had the gospel preached to them unless it was referring to souls of the departed.

So it is certainly possible that those who have never heard the gospel will be judged by the law despite their ignorance, and leniency may granted to them depending on how much knowledge they had, and how severe their crimes were, and perhaps also if they responded to the gospel after they had died (assuming it is still preached to them that are dead). Taking all of these things into account will lead to the Judge making the final decision to carry a proper punishment or vindication. A good example can be found in the parable of the remorseful publican:

"And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted." - Luke 18:13-14
Despite the fact that this publican did not pray in Jesus' name, per say, we can see that Jesus certainly did declare him justified when he said, "I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other." Some may argue that this publican prayed prior to the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and therefore the prayer would only be acceptable then. But one could also argue that had this publican prayed this same prayer after Jesus arose, and if he did not have knowledge of the gospel, then it may be possible that Jesus would have given the same verdict to declare him justified.

His justification would be based upon the fact that 1) he had zero knowledge of the gospel, and 2) he acted in faith using the only knowledge he had available at that time. In certain situations, it may possible that God will justify certain people despite them never hearing the gospel.

3. What kind of God would put people in hell?

Answer: The same God that is going to put you in hell if you don’t repent. The Bible says, “And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish,” - Luke 13:2-3. Your question implies God hates people and wants to send people to hell. Quite the contrary. “For God so LOVED the world…” - John 3:16. “Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?” – Ezekial 18:23. God has no more desire to put a murderer in hell than he does to put one into heaven.

4. How can you prove God exists?

Answer: The Bible says, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” - Hebrews 11:3. As you just read, things which are seen, like trees, were not made of things which do appear, like rocks. Rocks did not make trees. Likewise, trees did not make rocks. “For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.” - Hebrews 3:4. “Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” - Psalms 100:3.

The Bible says that every house was built by somebody. You take that by faith. Ever met the builder of that computer screen? Neither have I. But we can both agree that someone built it. Likewise, by faith we understand that God made everything you see.

5. What about all the other religions of the world? Like Buddhism, Islam, or Hinduism.

Answer: There is only one true religion. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” - John 14:6. And speaking of Jesus Christ, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” - Acts 4:12. That means Buddha can’t save. Muhammed can’t save. Mary can’t save. Only Jehovah God can, by the name of the Lord Jesus. Besides that, did you know that Buddha lived at the same time as Daniel? Daniel was just ONE of the many children of Israel who wrote one of the 66 books of the Bible. The Bible is much older than Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and every other religion. And even the Koran itself says that Jesus is the Christ (Quran, Surah 3:45). The Bible is also the most widely read book of all time. So it must be important. Not only so, but Moses lived approximately 1,961 years before Muhammed, and even he wrote about Jesus! (See John 5:46)

6. Do children go to hell?

Answer: NO! Jesus said, “Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.” - Mark 10:15. ‘Nuff said.

7. Aren’t atheists smarter people?

Answer: You tell me. “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.” - Psalms 14:1. The Bible says those who don’t believe in God are FOOLS. The reason why is because they are doing themselves a disservice. They are sinning against their own souls by sending themselves and their children to hell through unbelief in God. Because you have to remember, that whatever path you go down, your children are likely to follow you. And just because some person has a degree from Harvard, that doesn’t mean he’s necessarily smarter. It was said of Jesus that he “never learned,” which means he never went to school. And yet, at age 12, Jesus was sitting in the temple, and having a theological conversation with the doctors of the Old Testament law! “And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.” – Luke 2:46-47. Astonish means to strike with sudden and usually great wonder or surprise. In other words, those that heard Jesus had their socks blown off when they heard the things he said!

8. Why doesn’t God just show himself to us?

Answer: Because he wants you to believe his words first. “Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour,” - Isaiah 45:15. “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” - Matthew 4:4. Besides that - what if God did show himself? Would you then repent of your pornography addictions, or repent of your adulteries? I think not. The Bible says that Jesus did things only God could do. He gave sight to the blind. He raised the dead. He walked on water. “But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him.” - John 12:37. It would not make a bit of different if Jesus Christ walked right up to you, told you to forsake your sins and follow him. You’d still spit in his face. And if you wouldn’t, then you can be rest assured someone out there would. “And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him.” – Mark 15:19.

9. The world would be a better place without religion. Isn’t religion the reason why we have wars?

Answer: No. Men are the reason why we have wars. Every war of every century has had one thing in common. Men. Men started the wars, and men fought in the wars. It is Christianity that is the answer to end all wars. True Christianity teaches that he that taketh the sword shall die by the sword (Matthew 26:52). And he that sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed (Genesis 9:6). If every person on the planet was a Christian, the problem with war would be solved.

Contact Brian:

brian@valueoftruth.org

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