Facts About Abortion

  • Abortion stops a beating heart.
  • In the US, approximately 926,000 babies die each year from abortion.
  • An unborn baby’s heart begins to beat 22 days after conception.
  • Five weeks after conception, an unborn baby’s hands and legs being to grow.
  • Brain waves are detectable six weeks after conception.
  • By week 12, an unborn baby can feel pain as their nerves, spine, and thalamus
    develop.
  • Abortions can cause horrible pain to babies.
  • A baby can survive outside the womb just 23 weeks after conception.
  • Most mothers will go into labor between 38 and 42 weeks after conception.
  • Shockingly, late-term abortions are legal in some states, even 38-42 weeks
    after conception.
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Returning to God

Question from a reader:

Hebrews states that when man turns from God it is very difficult to return to God. God does not strive with man always also comes to mind. It is my feeling that any time you go to God he will accept you. Some say that God does not give second chances. How do you interpret this? 

Thank you for your question. I believe that the answers to your questions are centered around some key terms that you used:

– Indeed, it is difficult to return to God, but not impossible. Our sin hardens our hearts, but whenever we choose, we can return to God. He always accepts us, and it always pleases Him to do so, even in our sinful flesh.

– Although God does not strive with man always, man can stop striving with God. If our hearts remain hardened from sin, and we never stop striving with God, then He will not continue always to strive with us. However, if we make the slightest effort to turn from sin, then He is always there to forgive us and encourage us.

– I agree with you, in that any time we go to God, He will accept us. God does indeed give us second chances. The best example of this is that we were all separated from God by the acts of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Yet, God implemented a plan of grace, and we could think of this as a “second chance.” In fact, He gives us third chances, fourth chances, etc. I often see this in my own life, and I’m so grateful for this. I often continue to fail Him, yet Christ covered all of my failures (eternally) on the cross; and, when I confess (1 John 1:9), God forgives me in this temporal world.

Thanks,

Owen

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Taxpayer-Funded Abortions for Illegal Immigrants

A federal court in Washington has told the Trump administration that the government can’t interfere with the ability of pregnant immigrant teens being held in federal custody to obtain abortions.  The order, issued March 30th, 2018, bars the government from “interfering with or obstructing” pregnant minors’ access to abortion counseling or abortion, while a lawsuit proceeds.  The order covers pregnant minors being held in federal custody after entering the country illegally.

So, an undocumented person (illegal alien), cannot only come to the U. S. illegally, engage in further crime, and become pregnant, but also get a taxpayer-funded abortion while in jail.

I’m a conservative, and I don’t like unnecessary government interference, but we have this all backwards.  Of the few places where the government should “interfere,” this is one of them–interfering with taking an innocent life.  The truth is that the government has already interfered by making abortion legal.

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The Ten Commandments

Question from a reader:  

Were God’s Ten Commandments known before Mt. Sinai? Did the great forefathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, keep ALL of God’s Ten Commandment Law? Was God’s Sabbath instituted at Creation?

Thank you for your question. Although God’s Ten Commandments were not recorded on the stone tablets until the time of Moses, the preceding forefathers of the faith were aware of God’s laws of morality; i.e., they didn’t have the Ten Commandments in written form, but they did know God’s moral code which included the Ten Commandments. They knew the intent of the law if not the letter of the law. This is because of God’s fellowship with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Before the fall, God had fellowship with Adam and Eve, and He taught them His moral code. After the fall, this moral code was passed down through the generations through verbal instruction, so that people like Noah, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob knew it, even though it may not have been written down.

No, the forefathers of the faith did not keep all of these moral codes (Romans 3:23).

Yes, the Sabbath was instituted during Creation when God rested from His creation on the Sabbath Day.

Thanks,

Owen

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How Can God Send Anyone to Hell?

You’ve probably heard someone ask, “How could a loving God send anyone to Hell?” Indeed, Matthew 25:41 says, “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels.'” A place of burning with fire and brimstone? A place of excruciating constant pain? How could a god of love do that?

Well, He is a God of Love, but His love is conditioned by His justice. He is fair. He
gives you what His justice can approve. If you are a nice human being, who is depending upon your religion instead of your relationship to Jesus Christ as your personal savior, you are doomed to the lake of fire. Don’t even question it. Get ready to have a horrible forever. Hell is a place where the person is never consumed, and he his always reminded that the wages of sin is death and suffering. A “lake of fire” is probably the most accurate description of hell that we can understand–eternal separation from God.

This eternal doom of the devil was declared in the book of Genesis, following the fall of Adam and Eve in disobeying God by listening to Satan. God declared the judgment upon Satan in Genesis 3:15: “And I will put enmity between you (Satan) and the woman, and between your seed and her seed (your descendants and her descendant). And He (her descendant–Christ) shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.” The bruise to Christ’s heel is not a mortal blow, but the bruise to Satan’s head is a mortal blow. God says that Satan will receive a final blow from God, and he will be placed in this place of excruciating pain, and it will go on forever. Now the casting of the devil (God’s most magnificent angel) into the lake of fire brings no pleasure to God. In Ezekiel 33:11, God says, “I take no pleasure in the death and the punishment of the wicked.”

Yes, he is a God of love, but He cannot be false to his character of justice. His fairness
governs what His love is free to do. This is similar to a parent who is saddened by a child to whom he has given life, and then that child goes astray into the evil system of Satan’s world. That is a sad situation. God loved this magnificent angel whom he had created. He had a very special place for Satan in heaven at the very throne of God. Satan was so dear to Him like a child dear to a parent. And then Satan turned his back upon his Creator, as a child will turn his back and reach out to sin and reject his godly parents.

Although hell was “prepared for the devil and his angels,” the Bible says that it will also be the eternal destiny for all unbelievers. Matthew 25:46 says, “46 These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

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Bible Chronology

Have you ever wondered about Bible Chronology–the passage of time through, and since, biblical times?  We have compiled this data strictly from the Bible:  Bible Chronology

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God’s Omniscience

Question from a reader:

It is written that God is all-knowing. Can this possibly be true? Does God know his own future? What becomes of further interest in the concept of an all-knowing God is that God must therefore know the consequences that follow on from any action he might initiate. **He would therefore realize that his flooding of a sinful world (Noah’s Flood) would actually achieve nothing at all. The world is still most violent and sinful! *

Regards 

Thank you for your question. Yes, I believe that it is true that God is all-knowing. The Bible relates God’s omniscience to His omnipresence (Psalm 139). It has been said that omniscience is the omnipresence of cognition (Jeremiah 23:23). God’s omniscience is related to His eternity; i.e., in His eternity, His knowledge is not subject to the limitations of time and space (Isaiah 43:8-12).

So, back to the question, “Does God know his own future?” There is no “future” in eternity, at least not as we understand this word because there is no time in eternity. This is one of the great mysteries of the Bible; i.e., how “events” in eternity sort of all happen at the same “time.” As you can see, our limited understanding of eternity even prevents us from being able to adequately articulate it with words like “events” and “time.” So, there is no real way for us to express your question since we are indeed limited to a world of space and time. Suffice it to say that God is, in fact, all-knowing based upon the scripture passages noted above.

However, I believe that there is a more technical answer to your question, although it may answer a more subtle question than what you asked. God’s omniscience also, of course, extends to all of His own creation, including people, time, and space (Psalms 33:15; 97:9; 139:13; Isaiah 29:15). His all-comprehensive purpose forms the basis of His knowledge, not only of eternity, but also of all events; i.e., time, future, etc. (Isaiah 41:22-27; Amos 3:7). So, yes, even in our limited world of time and space, God certainly does know His own future. Although, His understanding of these things in our world does not begin to represent His all-knowing omniscience of the things of eternity.

I hope this helps.

Thanks,

Owen

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Christian / Hindu Marriage

Question from a reader:

I am a Hindu, whereas my girlfriend is a Christian. We have been in love for 2 years–love, I mean to say, without any bad intentions or desire (no lust). I just love her as a whole and like to share everything with her, care for her and make her happy. 

The question is, is there anything mentioned in the bible like No Love Before marriage? Moreover like you can’t marry a Hindu? 

There are things like family situations and all to be faced. But I want to know what the bible says. 

Thank you for your question. If I understand your question directly, you are asking what the Bible says about a Hindu marrying a Christian. The only passage that I know of that may be applicable is 1 Corinthians 7:10-16, although it is speaking to those who are already married. This passage reads as follows:

“10 To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. 11 But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.

“12 To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. 13 And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him. 14 For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.

“15 But if the unbeliever leaves, let it be so. The brother or the sister is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace. 16 How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?”

The words in verses 12-16 seem to indicate that there is some obvious tension when a believer (Christian) marries an unbeliever (such as a Hindu). Otherwise, this passage would not have had to qualify the command against divorce in verses 10-11. In other words, verse 15 seems to be saying that divorce is wrong, but if one spouse is an unbeliever, then it may be permissible. This would seem to serve as a warning about believers marrying unbelievers.

Old-school biblical scholars might also cite Leviticus 19:19 which says, “‘Keep my decrees. “‘Do not mate different kinds of animals. “‘Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed. “‘Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.” However, I’m not sure that we can apply this to the marriage of a believer and an unbeliever.

I wasn’t sure if you had an additional question about “no love before marriage.” If so, perhaps verses 36-38 of this same chapter are applicable.

I would also suggest that you read a few articles on my website so that you fully understand what Christians believe:

Evangelicals
Love and Marriage
Heaven

Please let me know if I did not understand your questions correctly.

Thanks,

Owen

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Christian Responsibility in our Country

Question from a reader:

I have read what you had to say about: The Role of GovernmentHow Can We Please God?The Problems with Voting; and, What Does the Bible Say about Humility? I am working on a topic for discussion that addresses what our role as Christians are according to God. Now I know there are many but it seems that they boil down to live right and share the gospel. Now my question revolves around where we are as a country and how we are moving more and more away from Christian values in this country. The country as a whole seems to be moving in the direction of thinking of Christians as bigots and a negative to be a Christian. Now I know that we have the “Great Commission” to go out and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Is it the complete plan of the Lord to gain ground by just individual conversion, and one by one quietly winning the majority or winning the battle against evil or sin? This country is or was a country based on Christian values and we used to have the majority to keep the decency to a degree but little by little we are losing the battle and control of the country. Do we have any other responsibility other than living right and sharing the Gospel? Thanks for your writings and for your consideration of this question that has really been on my heart and mind in a big way lately. I feel like we should do more than most of my Christian brothers and sisters do but I wonder if I am wrong and all I should be concerned about is living right, voting and quietly sharing the gospel. So, again I ask: “Do we have any responsibility other than living right and sharing the Gospel?”

Thank you for your question.

I agree that we are supposed to live right and share the gospel. I further believe that our sole purpose is to glorify God, and I agree that this includes living right and sharing the gospel. Now, “living right” includes a lot of things, as outlined in the epistles. We glorify God by pleasing Him through right living, and this includes sharing God’s grace, being faithful in Bible study and prayer, giving to the needy, etc. Please see my e-Book entitled True Christianity. This covers the doctrines of the epistles, and it offers my views on what I believe “right living” to be.

Thanks,

Owen

I appreciate your response but I know what right living involves I just summed it up with living right to shorten my email and to get to the main question which I did not see a clear answer to. Can you answer the question more directly?

You asked, “Do we have any responsibility other than living right and sharing the Gospel?” If “living right” includes glorifying God, then I believe that this is correct. If we believe and share the gospel, and live the Christian life, this will bring the maximum amount of glory to God, so this is the extent of our responsibilities in this life.

So, the way you understand the scripture we are to quietly go about our God Glorifying lives and share the gospel and not fight to keep biblical principles as a guide for our country? I know that we can’t win the day without God but do we do nothing while the country goes down the toilet other than these things we have spoken of or do we do these things plus other things?

No, you have misunderstood what I said. Yes, we are to quietly go about our God-glorifying lives sharing the gospel. However, I do not agree with the rest of your statement, “and not fight to keep biblical principles as a guide for our country.” I said that we could bring the maximum amount of glory to God if we believe and share the gospel, and live the Christian life. I also indicated that the (God-glorifying) Christian life (“living right”) includes a lot of things, and I referred you to my free e-Book entitled True Christianity because it covers the doctrines of the epistles. It offers my views on what I believe “right living” to be; i.e., understanding and sharing grace and faith, pleasing God, being faithful in Bible study and prayer, giving to the needy, etc. Have you read this e-Book to help you answer your questions?

You also asked, “…do we do nothing while the country goes down the toilet other than these things we have spoken of or do we do these things plus other things?” If you are asking what our responsibilities are in the political arena, I believe that I have already covered these as well, in my articles on government and voting, which you indicated that you had already read. We should vote, we should support God-fearing Christian candidates, and we should support the Christian principles upon which the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were founded. For example, concerning social issues, we should not tolerate abortion, and we should insist on our right to arm ourselves.

If you’re asking about civil disobedience, I believe that those believers who feel led to do so should participate in orderly and non-violent civil disobedience, bearing in mind God’s instructions about this in Romans 13:1-7: “1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. 6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”

Thanks,

Owen

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The Book of Life

Question from a reader:

Dear Owen, We are having a discussion in our Sunday school class, of course with many different opinions. Can our names be taken off the book of life, if so what would be the reasons? Myself, I believe if we are truly saved it cannot. What I mean by that is that I feel that some ask forgiveness through emotions and are not truly saved. One must know that they are truly saved and walk in a new light and not have to feel saved all the time by an up feeling. What are some scriptures I can read on this subject? Thank you so much. 

Thank you for your question. You are correct that a believer’s name cannot be removed from the book of life. Revelation 3:5 says, “The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels.”

The judgment from the book of life applies only to unbelievers. Revelation 20:15 says, “Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.”

Revelation 21 speaks of the “Holy City, the new Jerusalem” (verse 2), and the believers who will inhabit it. Verse 27 says, “Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”

Psalms 69:28 does suggest that it’s possible for a name to be blotted out of the book of life: “May they be blotted out of the book of life and not be listed with the righteous.” In this context, it could be that the book of life originally contained the names of everyone, and the names of the unbelievers were blotted out.

Throughout the Scriptures, believers are called “children of God” (Philippians 2:14). This fitting analogy suggests the type of relationship that Christians have with God the Father. We are His children–his sons and daughters. Furthermore, just as we are naturally born as a product of our human parents, we are spiritually born as a product of God the Father and His grace. In both cases, the birth establishes a relationship which can never be altered. One cannot undo a physical birth, so neither can he undo a spiritual birth. I can’t decide that I no longer want my parents to be my parents; and, as a father myself, I cannot decide that I no longer want my children to be y children. The eternal security of the believer is thus demonstrated by this analogy of children.

I hope this helps.

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