Who is God? Did Jesus really exist? How could the story of Jonah possibly be true? Is there life after death? What is the way of salvation? Is hell real? Is the Bible really God's word? Why is premarital sex sinful? Who is the antichrist? Does Israel play a role in the end of the world? Will my pets go to heaven?

When S. Michael Houdmann set up a simple "question and answer" webpage ten years ago he had no idea it would turn into what it is today – www.GotQuestions.org, a massive website complete with over 4,100 articles and 250+ volunteer writers dedicated to answering every Bible-related question being typed into Google from computers all over the world. Watch a video about GotQuestions.org.

This blog, written from Houdmann's personal perspective, aims to give additional insight and perspective on the various questions asked and answered on GotQuestions.org. If you would like to ask a burning question of your own, please visit this page now!







The Lost Gospel  |  Nov 12, 2014
Does the "Lost Gospel" prove that Jesus was married and had children? How should Christians respond to the discovery of lost gospels?

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Can salvation be lost?  |  Oct 29, 2014
If salvation can be lost, can it also be re-found? What sins result in salvation being lost? How can I know if I need to be re-saved, or if I just need to confess my sin and repent?

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Is it wrong for a person to seek escape from a slow and painful death through euthanasia? Is it wrong to want to die with dignity?

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What is GotQuestions.org’s review of the 2014 movie Left Behind? Is Left Behind worth seeing? Does it accurately portray the biblical rapture?

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But it is for the children...  |  Sep 29, 2014
Why is "it is for the children" increasingly being used to justify things that, in reality, harm children?

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What is the poverty gospel?  |  Sep 24, 2014
What is the poverty gospel? Is the poverty gospel biblical? How does the poverty gospel compare with the prosperity gospel?

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God's Not Dead – A Review  |  Sep 19, 2014
God's Not Dead – A Review. Is God's Not Dead worth seeing? What are the pros and cons of the 2014 God's Not Dead movie?

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Does GotQuestions.org receive a lot of hate mail? What are some of the most egregious examples of people sending GotQuestions.org hate mail?

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The Christian and Depression  |  Aug 25, 2014
Shouldn't Christians be able to overcome depression, even clinical depression, through the power of the Holy Spirit?

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How should Christians respond to the "leave, convert, or die" warning from ISIS in Iraq? Can persecution actually be a good thing?

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Is anyone truly giving the news anymore? How can we discern the difference between news and propaganda?

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What does the Bible say about birth control? What is the real issue at hand with the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision?

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Why is plagiarism often a problem among Christians? Is plagiarism a sin? Why is plagiarism such a strong temptation?

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The most difficult thing about the illegal immigration debate is getting past the accusations of racism and discrimination so that the actual issue can be discussed. Until we can get past this mindset, nothing is going to be resolved.

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What is the difference between man being made in the image of God and God being made in the image of man?

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What is the value and importance of Christian music? Should Christians listen to Christian music instead of secular music?

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What is true poverty?  |  Apr 28, 2014
What is true poverty? What is mental poverty? What is spiritual poverty? Is poverty much more than the absence of money?

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What is GotQuestions.org's review of the 'Heaven is for Real' movie? What problems are there with the movie in comparison to what the Bible says about Heaven?

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In Matthew 6:5-6, Jesus tells us to pray in private. Does that mean we shouldn't share prayer requests on social media sites?

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What is biblical about the Noah movie? What is unbiblical about the Noah movie? Should a Christian see the Noah movie?

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How should a Christian respond to a failed adoption attempt? What should a Christian do when plans that appeared to be God's will fall apart?

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'Son of God' Review  |  Mar 3, 2014
Is the recent movie 'Son of God' biblical? What are the positives and negatives of the 'Son of God' movie?

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Does the Bible address polyamory/swinging? Are polyamorous relationships mentioned in the Bible? Is the idea of an open marriage biblical?

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Is the Bible trustworthy?  |  Feb 18, 2014
Is the Bible worthy of my trust? Can I trust the Bible on non-spiritual topics? If the Bible has errors in science and history, should I trust what it says about God, Jesus, salvation, etc.?

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Do Christians have to obey the Old Testament Law? Does God expect New Covenant believers to submit themselves to the laws of the Old Covenant?

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Who's godless now?  |  Jan 31, 2014
Is Vladimir Putin correct when he says the United States (and Western society in general) is godless? In comparison to Russia, is the USA now the godless nation?

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The fact that people donate to GotQuestions.org continues to amaze and encourage us. We love what we do and are therefore tremendously blessed to be able to serve God and earn a living at the same time.

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Should a Christian make a New Year's resolution? If so, what sort of a New Year's resolution should a Christian make?

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Why are some Christians Christmas haters? Why do some people who claim to be Christians seem to have a vendetta against Christmas?

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Does God still speak?  |  Nov 25, 2013
Does God still speak to us today? Or, since the Bible is perfect and complete, is there no longer any need for additional revelation from God?

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What is the atheist church?  |  Nov 14, 2013
What is the atheist church? Why are atheists forming churches? Is the atheist church filling a genuine need in atheists, or is it entirely atheists mocking Christians?

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Why does God sometimes do things in ways that seem strange, illogical, or even backwards to us? Why do God's ways have to be so mysterious?

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How should a Christian respond to unanswered prayer? What should a Christian do if he/she asks God for bread and God gives a stone?

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How should a Christian respond to unanswered prayer? What should a Christian do if he/she asks God for bread and God gives a stone?

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Was Jesus invented by the Romans in an attempt to put an end to the conflict in 1st century Israel? Did the Romans invent a covert Messiah who emphasized peace to solve their problems with constant Jewish rebellion?

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Does Satan exist?  |  Oct 10, 2013
What are the implications of believing that Satan does or does not exist? How does belief in the existence of Satan impact how we view the world?

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The government shutdown demonstrates that our political system is broken and in need of significant reform. But, it is not a reason for fear. God is in control.

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What is the millstone award?  |  Sep 24, 2013
What is the millstone award? Why did Jesus speak so strongly against causing little ones to stumble?

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Do you have to believe in God to go to Heaven? Is it true that all you have to do is obey your conscience in order to go to Heaven?

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What are the signs of the end times? What world events would definitely be signs that indicate the end times are fast approaching?

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What's wrong with being a solo Christian? Can't I live the Christian life on my own? Why should I spend time with other Christians instead of going solo on my spiritual journey?

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What can we learn from church softball? What church softball has taught me about Christians being in the world, but not of the world.

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When we are presented with an opportunity to debate an issue, we almost always respectfully decline. Why? We are GotQuestions.org, not GotDebate.org.

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Surviving High School  |  July 24, 2013
What my 20-year high school reunion has reminded me about surviving high school. What happened to me in high school completely transformed my life, but it actually had very little to do with high school.

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If we are guilty of sin and worthy of divine punishment, how can God be just in declaring us not guilty

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Exodus International  |  July 2, 2013
What was the reason behind the closure of Exodus International? Is homosexuality something that cannot be overcome?

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Are there Christian themes in the Superman (Man of Steel) movie? What similarities are there between the character or Superman and the person of Jesus

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What lessons can we learn from a destructive wildfire? What I personally have learned from the 2012 and 2013 wildfires in Colorado Springs.

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Why do men cheat?  |  May 21, 2013
Why do men cheat on their wives? Why is the temptation for adultery a bigger problem for men than it is for women?

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Do you want to live a long life? What does the Bible say about how to guarantee yourself a long life?

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Do pets go to heaven?  |  May 1, 2013
Will my beloved pets be with me in heaven? Do pets have any sort of afterlife? Is it possible that God will allow there to be animals in heaven, and that some of those animals will be our pets brought back to life?

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The recent switch to "marriage equality" from "gay marriage" is nothing but a distraction. A homosexual union is not equal to a heterosexual marriage. It does not matter if the government legislates it or if society overwhelmingly supports it. Marriage is God's invention and only He gets to define it.

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With the recent resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the following election of Pope Francis I, GotQuestions.org has received a lot of questions about whether this is a sign of the end times of if the next pope will be the end times antichrist or false prophet. But there is a problem with all this speculation...

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The History Channel's "The Bible" television mini-series began Sunday, March 3, 2013, and will run for five 2-hour episodes. Are the episodes biblically accurate? What scenes are there in the television series that are not in the Bible?

Ep. 1: Beginnings | Ep. 2: Homeland | Ep. 3: Hope | Ep. 4: Mission | Ep. 5: Passion


A recent report anticipates that due to the rapid increase in technology demonstrated by NASA's Kepler spacecraft, alien life could be discovered within as little as ten years. This raises the question, how would the discovery of alien life impact beliefs about God, sin, Jesus Christ, salvation, or anything else we believe?

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There are a few things I have always appreciated about the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Now, don’t misunderstand. I strongly disagree with the Jehovah’s Witnesses on several very important doctrines, but that does not mean there is nothing to learn from them.

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Is there meaning in tragedy?  |  December 20, 2012
The horrific shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut have many people wondering about how to find meaning in tragedy. I am not even going to bother attempting to answer the “why does God allow evil?” question. But what does God wants us to learn as a result of this tragedy?

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I hope the Mayans were right  |  December 13, 2012
I hope the Mayans were right about the end of the world happening on 12-21-12. Don't get me wrong. I love my life, my wife, my family, my friends, my church family, and the ministry in which God has called me to serve. But in comparison to the glory and wonders of Heaven (see Revelation 21-22), why would I not want to escape life in this world?

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Is speeding a sin?  |  November 28, 2012
Romans 13:1-7 says that it is a sin to break any law the government institutes. Should a Christian go through life obsessing over obeying each and every law? What if we aren't aware of a law but still break it? Are there any "outs" when it comes to obeying the law?

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Rocky Mountain High  |  November 14, 2012
The legalization of marijuana was a hot topic on the 2012 Colorado voting ballot—and it passed. Colorado does have a very unusual combination of progressive and libertarian politics. The question now is: How should Christians respond to the legalization of marijuana?

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Who are the true Israelites?  |  October 25, 2012
One thing that never ceases to amaze me is how many different theories there are in regards to what happened to the lost tribes of Israel. There are many different groups who claim to be the true descendants of the ancient Israelites. But who are they really?

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Nothing New Under the Sun  |  October 18, 2012
Theologically speaking, is there really nothing new under the sun? Are all the theological/biblical/spiritual trends we see today rehashes of the same stuff from the past?

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"I have no religion."  |  October 11, 2012
Why are more and more people declaring that they have "no religion"? Do these people truly have no religion, or is it simply an excuse to have it their own way?


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Why government is not the answer  |  September 13, 2012
Government is not the answer to all of our problems. There is no government capable of restraining immoral, ungodly, and selfish people.

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Should a Christian vote for a Mormon?  |  September 5, 2012
Is it wrong for a Christian to vote for someone who is not a Christian and/or has unbiblical beliefs? Does having aberrant theology impact a person's politics or integrity?

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Why am I a young earth creationist?  |  August 29, 2012
It is hard to be a young earth creationist when it makes most of the world think you are a backwards, ignorant caveman. Why should we fight the temptation to compromise with evolutionists?

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Funny Bible Questions  |  August 2, 2012
What are some of the funny Bible questions GotQuestions.org has received over the years? What is the funniest question you have ever received?

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Gun Control  |  August 2, 2012
Does that Bible say anything that would apply to gun control? Should ordinary citizens have the right to own guns? How should a Christian view gun control?

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Theology in the Face of Reality  |  June 28, 2012
In the face of disaster, tragedy, and suffering, how do you get your theology from your head to your heart? How does the truth that God is sovereign, good, loving, and merciful match what we see in the reality of the world around us?

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What were the first ten years of GotQuestions.org like? What were the highs? What were the lows? What were the challenges? What have you learned? Did you have any idea what God had in mind when you launched GotQuestions.org?

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Is it possible that even with all the different viewpoints and interpretations about the end times that no one has everything completely correct? Why isn't the Bible more clear about what is going to happen?

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Why do some people, Christians and non-Christians, try to avoid, at all costs, doing business with Christians? Shouldn't Christians conduct themselves in such a way that they are pillars of business integrity?

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What is the Golden Rule?  |  May 16, 2012
What is the correct understanding of Jesus' command to ‘do to others what you would have them do to you'? How is the Golden Rule being misused/misapplied today?

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Why is Pride a Sin?  |  May 9, 2012
Why does the Bible teach that pride is a sin? Why is it a sin to feel proud of something you have accomplished? Is there a good pride and a bad pride?

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What are the consequences of believing in naturalistic evolution? Are evolution and Christianity compatible? Why do many Christians reject the theory of evolution?

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How did the traditions of the Easter bunny and Easter eggs get added to what is supposed to be a celebration of Jesus' resurrection? Can Christians participate in the aspects of Easter that have pagan origins?

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Is it ever right to discriminate against a person due to the color of his/her skin? Why has racism been such a huge problem throughout human history? How can I overcome being prejudiced towards certain people?

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Why does God allow people who are horrible parents to continue to have children when there are so many people who would be excellent parents who are unable to have children? How can a Christian continue to trust God while struggling with infertility?

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What is Calminianism?  |  February 28, 2012
What is Calminianism? Is it possible that there is a lot of truth in both Calvinism and Arminianism? Why are there so many different positions in between full Calvinism and full Arminianism?

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How can a Christian determine if a form of medicine or type of medical treatment is ungodly/unbiblical? What does the Bible say about alternative medicine?

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Politics is always going to be a difficult issue for Christians. We are in this world but are not to be of this world. Should Christians be involved in politics? Should Christians be politically conservative or liberal/progressive?

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Is it okay for a Christian to skip church in order to watch the Super Bowl? Does watching the SuperBowl instead of going to church mean you are not a good Christian?

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Is the 'Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus' video biblically sound? What are the pros and cons of the 'Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus' video? Is it biblical to say 'I hate religion, but love Jesus'?

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The recent success of quarterback Tim Tebow of the Denver Broncos has a lot of people asking questions about God and His interest, or lack thereof, in football. Does God determine who wins football games? Does God even care about football?

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Should a Christian celebrate Christmas? Why is there even a controversy over Christians observing Christmas? Is Christmas something a Christian should participate in? Why or why not?

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Is the President and Founder of Got Questions Ministries, S. Michael Houdmann, a false teacher / false prophet / heretic / apostate?

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Is looking at pornography a sin?  |  October 21, 2011
What does the Bible say about pornography? How can I overcome an addiction to looking at internet porn? Why is looking at pornography a sin?

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Why are some believers so fiercely loyal to the King James Version? Why do KJV Onlyites have such hatred for all of the new translations?

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What is wrong with liberal Christianity?  |  September 28, 2011
What is liberal Christianity? What is wrong with being theologically liberal? Why are so many Bible scholars so liberal in regards to how they view the Bible?

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What is a Christian worldview?  |  September 14, 2011
Why is having a Christian worldview important? What exactly is a Christian worldview? Does the Bible tell us anything about how we should think and act in this world, beyond spiritual matters?

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Why do some Christians focus so strongly on one particular issue? How do hobby horses / soap boxes / pet issues become so important to some Christians?

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Does the Jewishness of Christianity need to be restored and emphasized? Is the problem with the Hebrew roots movement that it takes a good idea way too far?

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Why are Seventh Day Adventists and other Sabbatarians so strongly focused on Sabbath observance? Why are Sabbatarians on the list of GotQuestions.org's biggest haters?

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Why is GotQuestions.org so strongly opposed to Roman Catholic doctrine and practice? Does the staff of GotQuestions.org hate Catholics? Why can't we all just get along?

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What differences in beliefs are there between GotQuestions.org and the Church of Christ? Why are Church of Christ advocates the most hostile and vehement of all GotQuestions.org haters out there?

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Under what circumstances does the Bible allow remarriage after a divorce? Why is the divorce rate as high among Christians as it is among non-Christians?

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Why does the Bible say so little about the time in between Jesus' death and resurrection? What was Jesus doing? Did anything of great significance happen during that time?

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Does the Bible specifically mention premarital sex? Why are Christians so opposed to premarital sex? Beyond "because the Bible says so," why should I not have premarital sex?

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Does the Bible teach the Trinity?  |  June 17, 2011
How could God be three persons but only one God? Why is it important to believe in the Trinity? Does the Bible teach the Trinity?

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Is gambling a sin? Should Christians gamble? What does the Bible say about gambling? Why doesn't God cause Christians to win the lottery so they can use the money for good?

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What is Christian baptism? What does the Bible say about baptism? What is the biblical understanding of baptism? Is baptism necessary for salvation? If not, why is it so important?

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Is it a sin to drink alcohol?  |  June 7, 2011
Should a Christian drink alcohol? What does the Bible say about alcohol? Is it a sin to drink alcohol? When Jesus and the disciples drank wine, were they violating a biblical principle?

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Does the Bible mention dinosaurs? Why is there so much interest in the dinosaurs and their relationship to the Bible?

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What was the spiritual gift of tongues in the Bible? Why is there so much debate over the nature and purpose of the gift of tongues? Is the gift of tongues still active among believers today?

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Is tithing biblical?  |  May 25, 2011
Is tithing biblical? Where does the idea of giving 10% of your income come from? Does God curse those who do not tithe?

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What happens after death?  |  May 20, 2011
What happens after death? What does the Bible say about the afterlife? Can it be proven that there is life after death?

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What is the biblical basis for predicting an end times event on 05/21/2011? Is there anything in the Bible that would enable the date of the end of the world to be discovered?

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What does the Bible say about suicide? Is it a sin to commit suicide? Is suicide an unforgivable sin? Does everyone who commits suicide automatically go to hell?

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Who was Cain's wife?  |  May 11, 2011
Who was Cain's wife? Why does the question as to the identity of Cain's wife matter? Why doesn't the Bible give us more information about the first generations of humanity?

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Is it okay for a man and woman who are different races to get married? Why are some Christians so strongly opposed to interracial marriage?

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Is masturbation a sin?  |  May 3, 2011
Is masturbation a sin? What does the Bible say about masturbation? Why are Christians so prudish when it comes to the subject of masturbation?

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Once saved always saved?  |  April 28, 2011
Once saved always saved? Can a Christian lose salvation? Is eternal security a biblical doctrine? What is the key issue in the OSAS debate?

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Are tattoos a sin?  |  April 27, 2011
Are tattoos a sin? Is it a sin to get a tattoo? What does the Bible say about tattoos? Why are some Christians today getting their bodies tattooed?

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Is homosexuality a sin?  |  April 23, 2011
Is homosexuality a sin? What does the Bible say about homosexuality? Why are Christians so opposed to homosexuality? Why do Christians hate homosexuals?

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Can women serve as pastors?  |  April 20, 2011
Does the Bible really place restrictions on women in ministry? What are the biblical arguments against women serving as pastors? If God does not call women to be pastors, why are so many women pastors leading strong and growing churches?

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