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» I am too much configured. Whenver I try to understand our religion, its too much difficult to understand. Can anybody tell me? Are we free to do anything ? I mean can we think, can we walk or can we breath without his knowledge ? Is god know everything ? nothing can't be hiden from him ? Can he know end of things before he create ? can he know our each movement of our life from born to death ? is he know when we will wakeup or when we will talk or when we will be breath? Is he know what is next word on tounge ? - shailesh makwan
» Where do Indians come from according to bibilical geneology? - MacReynolds David
» When Peleg means division in hebrew was born, what happened? - MacReynolds David
» When God created Adam, was he a man or a woman? - MacReynolds David
» all churches are bilieved in holy sprit then why they protest pentecost church for they fill in holy spirit?
» God is love then why God guided His choosen one to attack and kill enemies. Killing is unloving whereas God is love.
» why we are doing 40 days fast at the tym of easter and good friday
» God is the giver of life and life abundant then why God advises the people how to kill enemies and conquer battles
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Who has given us the label “Christians”? From where and when the “Christian” word comes from even Jesus was a Jewish.. - Sagar Solanki

Answered by: Jayant Christian, "Tarnanand" (Australia)

“The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch” (Acts 11:26). Mark well, the disciples had not given that label to themselves; but other people called them Christians.

Our Lord Jesus was the promised Messiah. Messiah is the Hebrew word, meaning anointed. Its Greek equivalent is “Christos” from which the word Christ is derived. The Messiah was prophesied and promised in the Old Testament-the Jewish Scriptures. The promise is therefore of Jewish root. In fact, the Messiah was to come from Jews.

So Christians mean those belonging to Jesus Christ. Some say it is Christ-in! They are the disciples of Jesus Christ-those who learn of him and keep following Him.

How are we to know that we are His disciples- Christians? Jesus said,” By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another (John 13:34).

Again, If we are taking His name, we need to keep ourselves away from sin (2 Timothy 2:19).
 

- sagar solanki
» God is not the killer of man but God is the giver of life and abundant life then why God on many occasions in old testament guide and help people to kill the opponent army etc. etc.
» thank u for your answer on suffering believers. from your answer i learnt that believer has to suffer and die without asking god the question why. if other believers enjoy life the suffer has to just close the eyes until death because he has no option to question god or doubt god untill death. please let me know whether i understood correctly or not ? secondly how my name appeared when i choose the option not to public my name ?
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Mr. Jayant Sir,,
Thank you for your answer that God is just and not doing unjust. But one point is not covered, those believers who go on suffering starvation or poverty and at last die what about all such things and believers ?

There are many believers who are saved by the blood of our lord then why God does partiality; some are healthy and wealthy and well to do but others are poor or poorest financially, physically and in many other ways. Many spiritual people are found suffering a lot financially, socially and in other areas too. What is God's plan in such things! Some of such spiritual people have committed suicide. Why? Answer: I would prefer to take up the above two questions together. The fact that a man is saved or is spiritual gives no guarantee that there would be no suffering or sorrows. On the contrary, the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ are in fact called to suffer (Luke 14:27; 2 Timothy 2:3), that they have tribulations in this world (John 16:33), that they have to go through many tribulations to enter the kingdom of God (Acts 14:22), that they will for sure as they follow after godliness ( 2 Timothy 2:12), that as God's children they have to suffer to learn or get disciplined (Hebrews 12:4-11). They have suffer to get their faith purified and made more precious than refined gold ( 1 peter 1: 6,7) But the end result is that they will e rewarded with glory that outweighs all trials and tribulations ( 2 Cor. 4:17; Roman 8:18). God is sovereign and acts according to His foreknowledge, plan, purpose and pleasure. He cannot be labeled as partial. He is just and knows what He does. The saints are vulnerable and susceptible to fall and are hopeless and helpless without God' grace. They come to realize this when they face trials and temptation. They would then come to know that they do have some spiritual pride. God allows certain things in their lives not to humiliate but make them humble. We have some general principles in the Bible, but we do not know for sure why certain different things are allowed in the lives of the individual saints. If someone commits suicide, it indicates that he has no eternal life in him. (1 John 3:15)

Answered by: Jayant Christian, (Tarananad) - Sydney, Australia.

» there are many believers who are saved by the blood of our lord then why god do partiality. some are healthy and wealthy and well to do but others are poor or poorest finacially, phisically and in many other ways
» many spiritual people are found sufferred a lot financially, socially and in other areas too. What is God's plan in such things ! some of such spiritual people have committed sucide. Why ?
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In gospel of john the story of merry, martha and lazarus is recorded where things about ressurection are noted. Till that time, jesus was neither died nor resurected then how martha is sure about resurection? Question: (By Kanubhai Rana

Answer: (By Jayant Christian, Tarnanand)

In answering the above question, we may do well to consider the fact that John writes his gospel in a systematic and chronological manner. From the very beginning of his narrative, he uses the words 'the next day' 'the third day' etc. He in fact writes about the ministry of Jesus in Galilee and his regular visits to Jerusalem. We can therefore safely assume that the narrative given in different chapters is chronological too. Earlier in chapter 6, Jesus is talking about raising his own at the last day (vv.39-40). Martha too could have been the part of the great crowd that followed Jesus or she must have come to know his teaching from other people. The teaching and ministry of Jesus must have been the talk of the town in those days. So while talking about the general resurrection (Chapter 11:24), Martha uses the same words as used by Jesus in Chapter 6. Secondly, Jesus had been to the house of Mary and Martha and he did teach them in their house (Luke 10:38-42). Probably, Jesus might have taught them about the hope of resurrection. Thirdly, although not very explicit, there are in the Old Testaments references as to the hope of resurrection, such as, Job 19:25-26. As Jews, Martha and Mary might also have some knowledge about the resurrection. It seems to me that such reasons can be attributed why Martha is talking about the resurrection on the last day, even before the death and resurrection of Jesus.


 

- kanubhai Rana
» regarding heritage to be given to children, is there any precedent, rules or any incidents mention in bible? As a christian father how i should give my property to my (A) First born son (2) to my daughters (C) Other sons, pl, elaborate giving examples only as per HOLY BIBLE.
» what is the importance of first born in bible, how he is above all sons?
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According to the Bible, Jesus has finished the task completely on the cross then why those who believe in Christ suffer. When God is omniscience, why does not he guide the person beforehand so that that person may not go in difficulties. Why God created the fruit in Eden garden which created all problems. If creation of the fruit was inevitable why God did not stop sought solution in His omniscience. To suffer for many generation because of Adam's eating fruit is not true justice. God is just, why he make such injustice to mankind for one man's fault.

Answer:

 
 At the outset it needs to be noted that our Lord Jesus finished the work of propitiation for the sins of man. He has paid the price of redemption on the cross. God accepted that work and is able to save to the uttermost them that go to Him through the Lord Jesus Christ. (Heb.7;25). The outworking of that redemption will be completed when we are resurrected and translated into spiritual bodies. Till then here on earth we are living in the body of death (Roman 8:11). Our old nature is still with us, trying to prevail over the new divine life given to us (Eph. 4:17-24).  We are living in the wicked world that is under the evil influence of the Adversary and is opposed to God and His Christ (Gal. 1;4; 1 Jn. 2:16). We do have tribulations in the world, but the Lord Jesus has encouraged us to be courageous as he has overcome it (Jn. 16:33). Temptations are there, but the way of deliverance is also provided (icor.10:13). Right now we are at war with the evil forces of the Satan (Eph.6:10-18). We have to enter into the kingdom of God through many tribulations (Acts 14:22). Those who want to live godly life are sure to go through persecutions(2 Tim.3:12). Again, we have to suffer as son as part of our disciplining9Heb. 12:7). Those who believe in Christ have no condemnation, but they are yet to suffer not for their sins forgiven by Christ, but for the various reasons given above. 
 If you are a believer, your faith is tested and purified by fire of suffering and is far more precious than the purified gold! (1 Peter 1:7)
 
Did not God guided Adam and his wife Eve beforehand not to eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil? But Adam and Eve didn't heed to the warning given. How can we then find fault with our great and glorious God?
 
God created man for His pleasure and glory. He wanted the man to be obedient to Him on his own free will. God didn't make him a robot! Otherwise what glory that would give to God? But free will also presupposes willful choice. Free will is to be exercised in making choice. But what is the use of free will if there is nothing to choose? Again, in the matter of choice, at least two alternatives should be there. For Adam there were two trees in the midst of Eden: The tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Adam should have chosen the tree of life first. he could have obtained strength to withstand the temptation of the devil. So God had in His own wisdom put the tree of knowledge of evil and good as well.
 
Yes, God is omniscient. He knows and foreknows. In His for knowledge he knew what was to happen and he predestined that to happen. He had warned Adam and Eve beforehand, but they failed. But God did give solution to the problem created by man. He gave His only begotten son to propitiate for the sin of man!
 
To say that a just God does injustice is absurd! It is to maintain His righteousness and yet show mercy to us that the Lord Jesus Christ died for us. Do we see injustice in that why should the just one die for the sinners like us? God did create man in His sovereignty, but has man no responsibility to His creator? One can see the consequences of sin and how grievous sin is. Adam sinned, but it brought death and death passed over to subsequent generations of mankind. Sinfulness spreaded and all sinned and came short of the glory of God! But again we thanked God for providing salvation for those who believe. By one man's sin, death has come for all, but by one Man's obedience all have obtained mercy! (Rom.5:12-21). Is the later position injustice as well?
 

-Jayant Christian (Tarananand)

» God's nature is to give life to people and not to take life but in old testament we find at many occasions that God guided his kings how to kill soldiers of opposite army. How it is ?
» Thank you Mr Jayanat Christian for your prophetic reply regarding salvation and Jesus as ticket to heaven. I personally belive that too. But to find answers to non christian community, how would they be saved if they died without knowing Jesus? Do non-Christians go to heaven? If they do then what is the point of conversion and new birth? I would apologize beforehand if I have make any unfavourable or unreasonable questions which may hurt the feelings of the readers and also the spiritual leaders.
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સાચું બદલાણ કઈ રીતે પામી શકાય અને જો બદલાણ થાય તો કેવી રીતે જીવન જીવવું?

Question: How to be truly saved?

Answer:

The above question is a Representative one from many a seekers of truth and life.

There are two sub-questions here. The first one is how can I get true conversion. Or to put it in other words," How can I get truly converted?" After waiting for some time for a response from other colleagues on the panel, I have taken up answering this all important question of life and death. I pray that the Lord may use it for His glory and salvation of many.

The word conversion in the religious field has got a negative meaning assigned to it. Again, mere religious conversion is only an outward matter, and in the matter of life it is not the external, but the internal that is of true value. Any forced conversion is of no value. We are against it. The matter may be left to the individual, although it can not be said that the individual will take a right decision or not. For a person to make a right decision, he must be well informed. It is like casting of vote (it is considered to be holy!) in an election. A person is sure that all the contesting members are not worth electing. He has to decide for a lesser evil. Even here, in a democratic set up, the contesting members work hard to make propaganda (This word has also now got negative meaning) whether true or false. In the realm of religion too, all the religions try to present their belief to win the conscience of man. But a man has to hear them all for a proper decision, and it is his own decision and he has to be responsible either for good or for bad for such a decision. But it would not be in any way democratic to put a ban in a very subtle way against the propagation on any or all religion. The question is however asked by a Christian and he surely means conversion the Bible way. The point I want to make is that here is a Christian who is concerned about having true conversion. He is surely aware of the fact that this is matter of heart and conscience and therefore having born in a Christian family will in no way suffice. Again, he is aware of the fact that there are cases when there can be fake conversion and that there is need to have true conversion and even after being converted one should live a life that would show that his is a true conversion. I congratulate the questioner for asking this question of paramount importance.

The question does not identify explicitly to what conversion a reference is made. For we also use the conversion in many other usages, like conversion of money. I am not trying to find fault with questioner, but I am trying to address the issue that he has in his mind. I take it for granted that he has in his mind the conversion as the Bible teaches it: for this is a web site for the Christians from Gujarat, living in and out of Gujarat. I may point out at the outset however that the Bible doesn't use the word conversion for good reason. It speaks of a new creation, imparting of new divine life that a person has to get it." If any man is in Christ, he is a new creature." ( 1 Coir.5:17). Even Jesus while talking to Nicodemus emphasised the necessity of being born again. (John 3). Naturally it refers to the new creation in Christ. Now we will have to see what is involved here. Just open any page of a new paper and you will see the depravity of sinful nature of man. Even we ourselves know that our heart is deceitful above all (Jer,17: ) and we need not be deceived and look for some solid proof elsewhere that "All have sinned and come sort of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). And sin always pays. "The wages of sin is death," said Paul. (Romans6:23). The verdict is; "The soul that sins it shall die." (Ezk.33:13). Death is the opposite of life and a great separator from the living, especially from the Lord of the living (2 Thess.1:9).

So unless the sin is dealt with thoroughly and is done away with a proper and adequate propitiation, there can be no life. A sinner can at the most beg for mercy for being forgiven, but he in himself is incapable of making any propitiation that is acceptable to the holy God. Only God can therefore save us from our sin. If God forgives us straightway, His righteousness is put at stake. But He is God of Mercy and rejoices in forgiving the depraved sinner. God has to work in such a way that the requirements of both His righteousness and mercy are satisfied. God did this by providing a ransom price, propitiation in His Son Jesus Christ. It is here that the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God comes in picture. "Behold the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world!" was the witness of John the Baptist. (John 1:29) According to the Bible, Jesus took the responsibility of our sin and he died on the cross for us and in stead of us, the sinner ( 1 Peter 2;24).God is pleased with His son and has accepted his sacrificial death for the remission of sins of humankind. So Jesus is thus the Savior of the world and saves us from our sins. So now a way is opened for the sinners to be saved from their sins on the basis of the Saviour's sacrifice. This is what is called the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the good news of so great a salvation. When a man comes under the conviction of sins and turns to God in repentance putting his faith on Jesus Christ as the only Saviour from the sins, his sins are forgiven. John has said,” If we confess our sins, he is faithful to forgive our sins" (1 John 1:9) and that "the blood of Jesus cleans us from our sins" (1 John 1:7) Now when the man is forgiven, a ground is set up for a forgiven sinner to come in living relationship with the holy God and the divine life is imparted to the repentant sinner through the indwelling Holy Spirit. Thus man gets new life, becomes a new creature in Christ. There is no such thing as acquired citizenship so far as the kingdom of God is concerned. One has to be born anew, born from above. This citizenship is from heaven above (Philip 3:20). This salvation is based on the forgiveness of sins by the blood of Jesus Christ, indicating life made available through the sacrificial death of our Lord Jesus Christ. But it goes further. Now that a new divine life is imparted, the saved person has the power of God to overcome sin, Satan and the world. He is kept by the power of God for an incorruptible inheritance reserved in heaven. But to inherit the imperishable inheritance, it is necessary to be incorruptible. But man in his present bodily existence is bound to death and corruption. But because of the indwelling Holy Spirit of God, the corruptible will become incorruptible though resurrection (Rom. 8:11). No more hold of sin, Satan or death! In the resurrection of those made righteous by faith will be raised alive in a new spiritual body. The saved ones will be taken up to be with Lord forever. There is a complete victory over the power of Satan, sin and the resultant death, which in its ultimate sense is be separated from the glorious God forever. There is the deliverance from the past sins now forgiven, there is victory over present temptations to sin and lastly, away from the presence of sin. Neglecting this salvation means an eternal punishment of hell fire. This is therefore so great a salvation realised by so great a Saviour! (Heb.2:3). How can then a man be saved? How can he get that so realised salvation? The answer is faith: A true, real, living, unwavering faith based on the word of God! Faith is all that is required. But this faith comes through hearing the word of God. (Rom.10:10-15). It is through the preaching of the word of God that the good tidings of great joy are proclaimed. How can man know about this precious salvation without it being made known through preaching and propagation? Since this is the only God appointed way to get salvation, Jesus in fact commanded His disciples to preach the Gospel to all the nations (Mt. 28:19-20).

Faith is based on the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is worthy of all acceptance (1 Tim. 1:15). For it is what God has proclaimed and he is not mortal man that he should lie! (Numbers 23:19). It is therefore impossible to please God without faith (Hebrew 11:6). But what then is the faith about? Firstly, a man is awakened to his depravity as a sinner, He comes to a stage when is convinced that he going on a path of ultimate and eternal destruction and that he himself or some other person cannot save him except the Lord Jesus Christ, the only Saviour of the world. He therefore goes to God through the mediatory all role of Jesus Christ, repents and confesses all of his sins and asks forgiveness of sins on the basis of the propitiatory work of Lord Jesus Christ. Not only the Lord Jesus suffered sacrificial death for the sins of the humankind, but he also rose again from the dead on the third day for their justification (Rom. 4:25). Now He ever lives to intercede for them. The repentant sinner is therefore required to put his faith on the Lord Jesus Christ, confess all his sins for forgiveness by believing in the sacrificial death of the ever living saviour Jesus Christ. It is therefore said, "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." (Romans 10: 9) He indeed rose from the dead, and he died for our sins and then rose again for our justification. So to be saved it is necessary to believe with your whole heart that Lord Jesus is your personal saviour and you to accept and acknowledge Him as such. For a true conversion, or to put it rightly again to be truly born again, it is necessary to put forward the full Gospel and man should come to know it for a real faith. Some times external things are emphasised on the traditions of man, some times miracles, physical healing etc are only put forward and are given priority. They may follow but may not precede the new birth. If you assign wrong priority, your work may prove to be hay and grass. Sometimes there is lack of true conviction and lack of repentance. Sometimes faith ( On God, on His word and on His work) itself is absent. Sometimes there is lack of repentance produced by godly grief, leading to salvation. (2 Cor. 7:10). It may be proper to to note here that the Lord Jesus Christ while proclaiming the Gospel put forward the need for both faith and repentance.(Mk.1:15). If one doesn't believe the gospel is not convinced about his need for forgiveness, he would neither call on the Lord, nor accept the free gift of salvation. So there has to be genuine repentance. True repentance will show itself forth in good works. And faith without works is dead. The living faith would therefore be accompanied by good works, which is the result of true repentance. So lack of true repentance will be evidenced in the lack of true confession of sins. And without confession it is not possible to get the freely given forgiveness. Thirdly, Jesus Christ is at the centre of all this as the saviour. His is the only name whereby we can be saved( Acts 4:12). We put our implicit trust in Him as our Lord and Saviour. Faith always obeys or surrenders. It is the obedience of faith which shows that we acknowledge the Lordship and Saviour hood of Jesus Christ. Both of these acknowledgements are inseparable and go together. If he is saviour, He is our Lord too. So we conclude that by hearing the rightly preached Gospel according to the word of God- the Bible and after being convinced that we are sinner and in need of the only Saviour Jesus Christ and that we put our implicit faith on Him as our Lord and Saviour and that we with true repentance confess our sins before Him with true repentance and commit ourselves to Him fully that we can be truly saved, truly born again and truly converted. It is however not possible or even wise to set down some norms or formula for being born again. It is the work of the Holy Spirit done through the seed of God's word. But anyone who sincerely wants to be saved and diligently seek the Lord He will certainly be found. He is the God of love and mercy who takes delight in forgiving our sins. If you cry unto Him, He will surly respond in abundance of His grace, for He is faithful God. Why wait? It is never too early to do it. It could perhaps be too late. For now is the day of salvation.

 The second half of the question will be taken up hereafter.

- Jayant Christian, "Tarananand," Sydney, Australia

Question asked by: - wilson macwan
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The original answer to the question of adultery of king David with Bathsheba answered by Dr. Immanuel and further reply given by Mr. Jayant Tarnanand is really admirable. I appreciate the efforts made to give due justice to the answer. But at the same time the confusion still not cleared, as to why God deals differently with the people of OT and NT. For God there should not be two rules for mankind generation to generation and For Him king and layman should be equal.

Further comments/query on the question regarding David's adultery is as follows:

"The confusion is still not cleared as to why God deals differently with the people of the OT and NT. For God there should not be two rules for mankind from generation to generation and for him King and layman should be equal".

Response:

Earlier the focus of the question was on the issue of David's adultery. Now it is on a more general level. I have studied and try to answer as I understand it. The Bible says that God is not respecter of any person (Acts 10: 34; James2: 1). Some rules were laid down for kings to follow (Deut.17:14-20) so as to ensure that he is loyal to the authority of God and that he rightly judges and protects the people. Since the Israelites rejected God as their king, they were also told of the harsh treatment they would receive from their own asked for kings. (1 Samuel 8:10-18) These are not rules, but the outcome of their rejection of God. We can see that God rightly judges David's sin. His first born son dies. Sward remains in his family. Absalom, his son rebels against him. He is not allowed to build the temple. He was confronted by Nathan the prophet with unequivocal judgment: "You are the man, the culprit!" Though he repents, the far reaching consequences of his sin are not averted. We see that God does not tolerate the sin of His own anointed king! So God always metes out equal treatment both to kings and layman alike. In the Law of Moses, for both the kings and laymen, polygamy is not banned in some clear cut words, but then it is not allowed in clear cut terms. The more is the privilege, the greater is the responsibility. The more is the light, the more severe is the punishment. Now about the general question as to the differential treatment in OT and NT, with observation that God should not have different rules for different generations. Perhaps the case here is that of appropriate rules for appropriate time. Even parents do not have detailed expectations from their child in the early age of infancy. We see that in Leviticus 18 sexual relations with the near relatives is banned. Had these rules been brought in force from the beginning, Adam's son and daughters could not have married without transgressing such laws! Thus we see that God does work in His wisdom and sovereignty. In studying the Bible, theologians have seen some approximate divisions of the scriptural history. There are two schools of thought in this regard. The covenantal theology sees three main different periods:

  1. The Covenant of Redemption done between the Father and the Son before creation.

  2. The covenant of works from creation until the fall of man.

  3. The covenant of grace from the fall till the second advent. (Some detailed divisions of covenants like Covenant with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Israelites, David, New covenant made by Christ etc are also discussed)

The dispensational theology sees the divisions of the scriptural history as dispensations of:

  1. Innocence: from creation till the fall of man ( untested holiness)

  2. Conscience: from the fall to the flood.

  3. Government: From the covenant of Noah till the tower of Babylon.

  4. Promise: From the call of Abraham to the Exodus of Israelites from Egypt.

  5. Law: From giving of Law to Moses to the second advent of Christ

  6. Grace: From the day of Pentecost till the rapture

  7. Kingdom: Millennium rule of Christ. This is called progressive revelation.

 Although some people do not believe in the clear cut periods of dispensations (Like period of Innocence creation of Adam till his fall, Conscience from fall of Adam till Moses, Law from Moses to Christ, Grace from Christ and continuing, and the last period of eternal reign of Jesus Christ), one would certainly see from the Bible that there is such thing as God working progressively towards the original goal. So although some approximate divisions of the scriptural history have been seen as mentioned above, the Epistle to the Hebrews mainly discuss about the Old Testament vis-ŕ-vis New Testament. As has been observed by some one, the Old is in the New explained, while the New is hid in the Old. The Old is about the shadow of things to come, the New is about the substance and reality. And thus the Old has made way for the New and the New has taken place of the Old. In the Pauline theology of redemption as explained in the Epistles to the Romans and to the Galatians in particular, the distinction is mainly made between the Law covering the period of Old Testament, whereas Grace pervading the New testament.. In any case, one would come to see that God has dealt with differently in different period, but it is to the realisation of the one single ultimate goal. God works according to His will and His pleasure and carries out His purpose in His own time. He has a goal and He works toward that end. (Ephes. 1:10). God is the sole and ultimate authority. He alone is worthy of all worship. But the angelic rebellion led by Lucifer tried to usurp the authority of God and the worship due to Him. So God decided to put the coming age not under the angels, but under man. It was therefore that God created Adam allowed him to exercise authority over the earth. But he sinned and subjected himself to the authority of Satan, the adversary. It was therefore necessary for God to restore the position, meeting the originally contemplated goal in Jesus Christ. Sin had to be done away with and man needed to be redeemed. God wanted to show forth His grace that was predestined. But before the grace could be shown and be appreciated, it was necessary to give the Law. For where there is no Law, sin cannot be accounted for, as sin is dead without Law (Rom.7:8). Sin was to be shown in all its sinfulness- how dreadful and devastating it is! (Rom. 7:13) It was necessary that all are condemned for the sin (Rom.3:19) before they are redeemed. Although the Law is good, spiritual and beneficial (Rom. 7:12), man's depravity renders him incapable of receiving the benefits of the Law. On the contrary, man is condemned by the Law to the death (Rom. 7:13) Man is convicted and convinced that he can not save himself and needs therefore to cast upon the sheer mercy of God. God who is righteous and holy ensures that the requirements of the laws are fulfilled in the life and death of Jesus Christ. What the Law or man cannot do, God did. He made His own son propitiation for sin. Now the redemption is contingent upon the finished work of redemption by Jesus Christ. Man is not saved by his works, but by faith alone. Paul says that the Law was given as our custodian to bring it to Christ. (Gal. 3:24) From the beginning, God's ruling has been that man should be saved by faith alone. Even Abraham was declared righteous by his faith. But God reveals his plan fully when the time comes. Now that He is working toward bringing every thing under the headship of Christ and establishing his authority in Him as man, as per His original goal. So we see that why the OT is ruled by law, while in the NT grace reigns! God is not only working differentially, but progressively and also consistently. We cannot ask "why?" to the sovereign Lord who is said to be non-respecter (Rom. 9:20). God has worked out our salvation by showing His grace that man is saved by faith and not by works. The goal is to give authority to man in Jesus Christ, who is to bring all of the sons of God into glory. They are to be brought under the Lordship, kingship and headship of Christ. Even when the Law was given, the detailed sacrificial system was also given, because God knew that people are sure to transgress the Law and they were to be in need of propitiation. In fact, the whole sacrificial system pointed toward Christ and His redemptive work. True, they were shadow of the reality to come (Hebrews 10:1), God was doing something progressively, the whole of which was and is consistent. Again, with a view to carrying out His original plan and purpose of redemption and restoration, God sought to reveal Himself to one person Abraham and then through the Nation of Israel. Christ came as of the Jewish stock and brought blessings for the whole world. God has now in view the Church under the head ship of Christ, but he has not done away finally with His people Israel. In God' consideration, there are Israel, Church and Gentiles (1 Cor. 10:32). Overwhelmed by the unsearchable knowledge of God, Paul cries out: "Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!" (Rom.11:32) In any case, we have to accept what Paul says that we see dimly as in a mirror now, but will see clearly when perfection comes. We don't know any thing fully now but will know everything fully then. (1 Cor. 13: 9-12). How do you understand and would explained the question?

Answered by: Jayant Christian (Tarananand), Sydney

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Is there a salvation outside of Jesus Christ. I know St. Cyprian, said that there is no salvation outside of Church. I wanted to know about the eschatological question on Is Jesus Christ is the ticket to heaven?

 - Question asked by Avani Christian

 

Here are the two interrelated questions.

Saint Cyprian is a third century Christian writer. Born some time at the close of the second century in a well- to- do non Christian family, he embraced Christianity and within two years he became the Bishop of Carthage, North Africa. His Latin name was Thascius Caecilius Cyprianus. He had a ministry of some ten years and died as martyr on 14th September, 258 during the persecution of Christian by the Roman Emperor Valerian. Outstanding among his writings is "the Unity of the Catholic Church." Following among others are his famous statements: "There is no salvation outside of the Church." "You cannot have God for your Father if you do not have the Church for your mother". "God is one and Christ is one, and his Church is one; one is the faith, and one is the people cemented together by harmony into the strong unity of a body". " If we are the heirs of Christ, let us abide in the peace of Christ; if we are the sons of God, let us be lovers of peace" But we can understand any quote only with reference to context within which it was spoken and written.

There arose two controversies in the time of Cyprian. The first was during the time of "Decius persecution," when many Christians fell away. When it was over some Christian who had lapsed asked to be to be received back into the Church. Cyprian and other clergy at Carthage insisted upon earnest repentance before such lapsed Christians are taken back in to the Church, while some from liberal groups favoured the lapsed to return to the Church without such demand. While Cyprian was in seclusion, a schism broke out in Carthage. One Felicissimus who had been ordained deacon by the presbyter Novatus during the absence of Cyprian, opposed all steps taken by Cyprian. Felicissimus was upheld by Novatus and four other presbyters, and a determined opposition was thus organized. When Cyprian returned from the seclusion, a council of North African bishops at Carthage was called in 251 AD to consider the treatment of the lapsed and the apparent schism of Felicissimus. The council decided that Christians who had lapsed were to be restored at once upon sincere repentance; but such as had taken part in heathen sacrifices could be received back into the Church only when on the point of death. Eventually the tone was slowed down.

Cyprian had another controversy in 255 AD and it was with Pope Stephen who held the efficacy of baptism in the conventional accepted forms in the name of Christ or the Holy Trinity, even when it was administered by heretics. Cyprian, on the other hand, believing that outside the Church there was no true baptism, regarded that of heretics as null and void, and baptized as for the first time those who joined the Church. When heretics had been baptized in the Church, but had temporarily fallen away and wished to return in penitence, he did not re-baptize them. It was in the background of these two controversies that Cyprian had ventilated his feelings in his writings. Although the supremacy of the Bishop of Rome came to be established later on, the Church was at that time only one Church and any schism was to be opposed. Baptism is surely a sign that a person who has learnt from Christ and has started following Him (Matthew 28:19-20). So it is a person who has become a disciple of the the Lord Jesus Christ or to be brief, a Christian, can be baptised. To Cyprian, a baptism ministered by an heretic, outside of the Church is no baptism at all, even if it is done in the name of triune God. No repentance, no baptism was his stand. It was in view of this that he emphasized that baptism should be done within the compass of the Church, a company of the people who follow Christ. Though opposition to the Bishop of Rome had started, there were no denominational or institutional churches as we know them today. One can be sure that the one true church is the one that is invisible and is known to Christ Himself (2 Tim.2:19), although the New Testament does accept the existence of the visible Church as well. By the time of Cyprian the doctrine of baptismal regeneration seems to have been accepted, so they have come to equate baptism with salvation. It is in view of the controversies and the position arising there from that Cyprian has stated that there is no salvation outside of the Church. But the valid Christian faith is based on what the Bible says, and not on the Church History or traditions. God loved the world and sent His son Jesus Christ to make propitiation of our sins. (John 3:16, 1John 2:2) He has paid the penalty and his sacrificial death is accepted by God the Father (Hebrew 10:12) and His is the only name given to us whereby we may be saved (Acts 4:12). The Church is from the Lord Jesus and not the other way round. Though, those who are saved become the members of the Church, (This is the meaning of the word "Church"- " that which belongs to the LORD"), salvation is not by the church. The Church is the object and not subject of the salvation Jesus Christ alone is the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but by Him (John 14:6).But it is the Church which is entrusted with the preaching of the Gospel and it is in the Church that the saved are put and it is in the Church that the saved are to grow in Christ (Eph.4:16). So the author of salvation is the Lord Jesus Christ (Hebrews 2:10; 12:2), but it is worked out in sphere of the Church. Yes, Jesus Christ is the ticket to heaven is the testimony of the Bible.

Replied by: Mr. Jayant Christian ("Tarnanand")

- Avani Christian
» Dr. Imubhai has replied that king David and Bethseba had adultary but for other hebrew leaders God overlooked having more wives, though God's original intention was one man and one woman. . If God overlooks, then God is doing partiality. But Bilbe says God is the same forever then how he can do partiality? K. Rana
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When I go to heaven What I have to do?

Whatever else may be the needs of man, his basic inevitable need is God Himself. There is a God-sized vacuum in the heart of man, for "God has put eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from the beginning to end." (Eccles. 3:11) God has done it, "so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out to Him and find Him." ( Acts 17:27)

People long to find God and so they seek Him to see Him and to be with Him. God has His throne in heaven. Whatever else heaven may be, it is where the presence of God is. If God is not there, it is no heaven. For many a people, heaven is the blissful place to enjoy and be satisfied. But there is no true satisfaction apart from God. David knew this and therefore he said," Whom I have in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you." (Ps.73:25-NIV) See his longing to be in the presence of His God! "As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God! My soul thirst for God, for the living God, when can I go and meet with God." (Ps. 42;1,2-NIV)What did he ask from God? "One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple." ( Ps. 27:4) Again, "my heart says of you,' Seek His face'.' Your face, O Lord, I will seek.'" If the light of the face of God shines upon us, we are really blessed. (Numbers 6:25) What in heaven are we going to do? The answer is:" They will see His face." (Rev. 22:4) They will be in the presence of their Lord, the object of their longing and the satisfaction of their soul. True there will be no pain, no tears, no death. But the main benefit would be that of being in the presence of our God. We will continue to gaze upon Him and will be ever in an astonishing knowledge of the one who is glorious in the beauty of His holiness. The whole eternity will be required to know this eternal God.

The resultant response will be that of praising Him who is worthy to receive all honour, glory and power. In a sense therefore heaven is not a place of doing, but one of reposing, resting in our Lord, whom we shall see as He is. The matter of worry is therefore not what we shall be doing, but if at all we shall have find our place there.

Replied by: Mr. Jayant Christian, ("Tarnanada") from Sydney

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The relation between King David and Bathsheba is called adultery, then what Bible says about King David's relation with other many women? (Identity of the inquirer not revealed upon request)

Answer:
The relation between king and Bathsheba is called adultery, then what bible says about king David's relation with other many women?

David's adulterous relation with Bathsheba was the only incident where he committed adultery.

Other than Bathsheba he had three wives, formally married and so it was not adultery. One was Michal, Saul's daughter. Another was Abigael, Nabals' widow whom he married after Nabal died (1 Sam. 25:42). Third was Ahinoam whom he had married (1 Sam. 25:43).

God' ideal was one man and one woman from the beginning. But in the Old Testament times most of the Hebrew leaders had more than one wife and God overlooked.

David had other "concubines" (2 Sam 16:18-23). But "concubines" in that culture was a woman who was legally united in marriage to a man in relation that was inferior to that of a regular wife. Hagar was Abraham's concubine with whom he can legally have a child and he was not committing any adultery there. Jacob's Moses had made special provision for these kind of women and how hey should be treated (Exodus 21:7-11; Deut. 21:10-14. And so David was not committing an adultery with these wives.

During his last days his court people brought a young lady named Abishag (1 Kings Chapter 1) to "warm the king". But David did not have a sexual relation with this lady.

-Dr. Imubhai Christian

In addition to above Mr. Jayant Christian (Tarnananda) wrote:

 

David's affairs with Bathsheba was adultery. For the Law of Moses was in force at that time. David, in fact, broke not only the commandment about committing adultery, but also about killing and coveting. (Exodus 20:1-17) The Ten commandments were the covenant of and with God. (Exodus 24:6-8). Breaking of one or more of the commandments amounted to the breaking of the whole Law and therefore of the covenant. God took His covenant and its breaking very seriously.

 God's original intention was to have one man and one woman. Though the the Law of Moses does not put a specific ban on polygamy in a very clear terms, telling plainly that a man cannot have more than one wife etc. Nor does it make for a specific allowance for it telling that a man can have a specific number of wives, thus encouraging polygamy. But keeping in view of the social system obtained at that time, it gives some rules to make some adjustment.(Deut.17:17 and 21:15). It is simply said that a king should not have many wives. He can have some, but no number is specified. Again, it is not written that a king should be the husband of one wife! The commandment here is to see that that the mind of the king does not go after other gods. But in that it makes allowance for the king that he can have more wives from amongst Israelites.

David had other wives thus legally obtained and married. Saul had decreed that he would give his daughter in marriage to whosoever killed Goliath(1 Sam. 17:25). David killed Goliath, but Saul did not keep his word to give his daughter Merab to be David's wife (1 Sam. 18:19).Again, David had to pay the price of killing two hundred Philitinians, to get married to Michal, And he must have put his own life in danger for that (1Sam.18:22-29) ! So David had married Michal by paying price, legally. David was doing nothing wrong therefore in claiming restoring Michal as his wife.(2 Sam.3:14-16) David had other wives legally married to him, (2 Sam. 3:2-5) In those days, whenever a king win another king, the defeated king would prefer to give his daughters in marriage alliance with the winning king. These were politically motivated marriage alliances. (1 Kings 11:1-8) Again, the soldiers used to take girls from the defeated kingdom as loot. (Judges 5:30). This was also accepted as their share! When David was in his death bed, as a last resort, they brought Abishag Shunamite to warm him. David was too weak to have sex with her and warm up. But after all she had become his wife and so later on when David's son Adonijah asked to marry Abishag, Solomon ordered to kill Adonijah, for sin thus marrying Abishag, wife of king David, his intention was to claim the kingdom of David (1King 2:13-25) So the definition of adultery as per law seems to be taking another man's wife illegally. If some one legally marries more wives, there is no specific total ban as stated above. We can therefore see why David's affair with Bathsheba was adultery. And David had to suffer punishment for it.(2 Sam. 12;9-15). "Can a man scoop fire in his lap without his clothes being burnt? Can a man walk on hot coal without his feet being burnt? So is he who sleeps with another man's wife; no one who touches her will go unpunished." Proverbs 6:29-35).

David committed adultery even when the husband of Bathsheba, his faithful solider Urijah the Hitte, a gentile, was living. David misused his divinely given powers to get killed Urijah to cover up his own sin! David did repent of his sin and was forgiven, but he could not undo the results of his sin! His son by Bethsheba died and his own sons did bad things and revolted against him. The sword never departed from his house! Oh for such sins of the persons in the high places! God cannot allow them to go unpunished. Abraham and other patriarchs who had more wives are not condemned as committing adultery, as in their time the Law was not given then. And where there is no law, there is no sin (Roman 5:13). They were following the social rules of their time coupled with their rule of conscience. We always try to see the shortcomings of those men of God, but God in His sovereign mercy honored their faith (Hebrews 11), as they were following the light they had in the given social set up. Say for example, it was quite acceptable to have maid servants (slaves) and they were considered to be the property by those owning them. In a given social set up, Abraham was doing that which right his sight, especially when there was no law forbidding it. Even keeping of slaves girls was not totally banned in the law of Moses. Israelite were not to be taken as slave, and even if one becomes slaves willingly due to his economic conditions, he was to go free in the year of Jubilee etc. So these things have to be evaluated accordingly.

What Imubhai has said that God overlooked, is in fact, His tolerating mercy till the appointed time. (Acts 17:30-31) Yes, God has designed marriage of one man and one woman from the beginning, but think of the situation what would have happened had there been the commandment of not marrying one's own sister as given in Deut. 27:22? The sons of Adam and Eve could not have married at all without committing sin! So God had not put the dispensation of the law of Moses from the beginning. He is all wise God. But the Gospel of Jesus Christ puts the spirit of the law in its true sense (Math. 5:27-32 and Mk.10;!-2). Thus, as far as we are concerned, the position is made more clear, stringent and specific. Paul puts it in no uncertain terms: Flee fornication. For other sins are outside of the body, but fornication is related to body. Our body is the temple of God. We cannot misuse it, but should keep it holy for the glory of our God. ( 1 Cor.6:18-20) May the Lord be merciful to me and you all!

- Jayant Christian

 

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Question: Can a man return from heaven? (The pastors tell about some one who has died that the deceased is in the bosom of God. How can a deceased person return from heaven?)

પ્રશ્ન: શા માટે પાળક લોકો એવુ કે છે કે (મરી ગયેલી વયકિત માટે) તે ઈશવર પિતા ની ગોદ મા છે. જો આ સાચુ હોય તો મરી ગયેલી વયકિત સવર્ગમાથી પાછી કેવી રીતે આવી શકે?

Question asked by Mr. Kevin Christian

Answer: This question seems to have been worded on the basis of the parable of Lazarus and the rich man as found in Luke chapter 16: 19-31. Surely the Lord would not tell anything, even by way of a parable, that may carry a wrong implication or interpretation. He is the Son of Man who is in heaven and has descended from heaven (John 3:13) and is therefore qualified to tell us about the life hereafter. Both Lazarus and the rich man died. Lazarus was in the bosom of father Abraham and the rich man was in the place of burning. The rich man pleaded with Abraham: Firstly, to send Lazarus to him. The reply was : It cannot be done and moreover there is a chasm fixed which cannot be crossed over. Here the request is of changing the destiny that has already been finalised. Such transposition is not in the hand of Abraham. Here the implication is not of sending Lazarus on earth. Secondly, the request is to send Lazarus to the brothers of the rich man. This request was not granted either. Why? Not because Lazarus cannot not be sent to his brothers, but it was not necessary. His brothers have already with them the books of Moses to heed to. Moreover, even if some is resurrected, they won't believe. The Lord Jesus was, in fact making a reference to his own yet to be resurrection after death. For although he rose again the third day, his own people did not believe on him. Instead, they fabricated wrong stories about his resurrection. Here the implication is that some one can come back to earth by being resurrected. The point of the state of the dead is a long issue, but the statements of Paul "For me to die is gain," and " I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far."(Phil.1:21-23) and "longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling," a reference to resurrected body- (1Cor.5:2), show that we are to be resurrected in glorified bodies. The intermediary stage for all those who die in the Lord is of rest. (Rev. 14: 13). So there is no need of doubting that those who have died would not be coming back to earth. In fact, those who are resurrected on this earth will be taken up to the Lord and so shall they ever be with Lord.(1Thess. 4:13-18) One note: The word bosom (lap) is Kolpos in Greek and carries the idea of nearness or intimacy. (See also John 1: 18)

Replied by: Mr. Jayant Christian "Tarnananda"

- kevin christian
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ગુસ્સો ખુબ જલ્દી આવે છે શું કરુ ?

I GET ANGRY VERY OFTEN? WHAT TO DO?

It is natural for all of us to be angry. It is a way to express our displeasure to what we don't like. When we are in a position to vent our feelings of displeasure it turns out to be in anger, and if not, it is fear. There are times, when it is necessary to be angry and there are times when it is not.

It requires Solomon's wisdom for one to be angry or not. The wrath of God is the other extreme of His love. When man fails in fidelity towards Him he gets full of furry as His love is turned down. But being all wise God, he is slow to anger. His wrath is holy anger. The wrath of a king dispels the wicked! At times, parents have to be angry upon their children to discipline them; but it should be done with love and proper limitations, otherwise it would do more harm than good. It is the man of conviction who shows his displeasure against sin, against all that is against God.

Even the Lord Jesus Christ had to be angry upon the people who were engaged in merchandise in the house of His Father. He did it as He was jealous and zealous John 2:13-17) for His Father. But there is an anger that is sinful, in that it arises from the sinful nature of man. One would do good to control such anger. It doesn't fulfill the righteousness of God. James 1:20). Jacob did abhor the wrath if his sons Shimeon and Levi (Genesis 49:4-7) There needs to be no compromise against sin. It is to be opposed to the uttermost. Such fleshly anger is not good. There are a number of verses in the book of Proverbs against such anger. (Please look up,12;16;14:17,19;15:18; 16;32; 19:11,19;22;24;27:4;29;22;30;33).

Fleshly anger would lead us into sin and all the negative effects it brings. In the case of such anger the good advice is: "Be angry, but let not the sun go down upon your anger"( Ephes.4:26) It means it is better to control our anger as soon as possible on the same day and thus show the spirit of forgiveness. It is very hard to really forgive those who offend us without cause or just for promoting their own cause. But in being angry, we also get hurt and damage ourselves. It is better to resolve the contention by way of discussion either directly or through some intermediary. We would be enabled to control our feelings of anger and show forgiveness, if we are spiritual; that is, if we have the Spirit of God, we will get much help from God. For carnal anger is the work of the flesh, whereas the fruit of the Spirit is love. We should therefore seek to be born of God, by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, so that the wrath of God is averted and we find merciful forgiveness from Him. If we know how great sinners are we and how much God has forgiven us, we would be ready to forgive others. In fact, we are enjoined to forgive others, so that we are forgiven by our Heavenly Father. We have to forgive as Christ has also forgiven us. Yes, to control our anger is far more difficult that to take hold of a castle. But if we are not to be destroyed by the Enemy of our soul, we must fight to finish! May our loving God who is slow to anger grant us all His enabling grace for that.

Answered by: Mr. Jayant Christian ("Tarnanand")

- nimesh christian
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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