Category Archives: Answering Your Questions

Is Reincarnation in the Bible?

Question:  Does the Bible teach reincarnation?  For example, wasn’t John the Baptist the reincarnation of Elijah?

My Answer: A brief answer is simply, no.  But let’s explore this a little bit. Continue reading

Are All Sins the Same?

Question:  “I have often heard that all sins are the same.  There is no such thing as big sins or little sins.  Is this true?  Are all sins equal?” – B. in Charlottesville, Va.

My Answer:  The idea that all sins are basically the same is commonly asserted today.  We often see this stated when a person is criticized for committing a particular sin.  I have heard people say things like this, “You can’t judge me for this sin.  My sin is no bigger or worse than the sins that you commit.  I’ve seen you lose your temper or speak sharply!”  They may tell you that Christians have no right to label a certain sin as more offensive than any other sin.  To give but one example, they may say that sexual immorality is no worse than gossip or selfishness.  Their obvious attitude is this, how can you judge an adulterer, fornicator or homosexual if you, yourself, are guilty of being unkind or sharp tongued?  After all, sin is sin.  All sin is equally wrong, or so they say. Continue reading

Of One Blood

Question:  Where did the various human races come from?

Answer:  According to the Scriptural account, there is actually only one human race.  Biblically all humans are part of is one family.  We are all descended from Adam and Eve.  This is plainly taught in the Scriptures.  Indeed, Eve’s very name means “mother of all living” (Genesis 3:20), thus indicating her as the primal ancestors of all men.  We are also all descended from Noah.  During the Flood, all human beings were destroyed on the earth, leaving only Noah and his family (see Genesis 7:21-23 and 1 Peter 3:20).  This is why the New Testament says that God has made all the peoples of the earth from one blood, one human stock (see Acts 17:26).

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How Wacky Are the Seventh-day Adventists?

Who are the Seventh-day Adventists?  This question has arisen recently in national politics.  Someone in our offices here at Advancing Native Missions brought this to my attention.  He then asked, “Who are the Seventh-day Adventists?  And how wacky are they?”  Good question. Continue reading

The Lost Tribes of Israel

 

Question: “What are the Lost Tribes of Israel?  And why were they lost?”

Answer:  One of the common myths arising out of biblical studies is that of the Ten Lost Tribes.  The myth goes like this:  When Assyria conquered the northern kingdom of Israel in 721 b.c. they sent most of the Israelites into exile.  These exiles were scattered throughout the Assyrian Empire.  Some were apparently assimilated into the Assyrian culture. Others became wanderers.  In general, the northern Ten Tribes of Israel were lost to history.  No one knows what became of them.  However, there are abundant legends about them.  Some think they traveled north and west, and became the ancestors of the Celtic, Nordic, Germanic and English peoples.  Others think they ended up in the East, in China or India.  There are even people groups in Africa that claim they are the true descendants of ancient Israel. Continue reading