IS GOD THE AUTHOR OF SIN?

No, God is not the Author of sin, yes God is sovereign, and yes man has free will.

God is sovereign while granting mankind free will. While God could dictate all human events that will take place, He chooses not to. The reason for this should be obvious. God did not create mankind as robots, but as free individuals. God’s sovereignty means that God can do whatever He wants to. He is all powerful, and all knowing and His purposes cannot be overcome.

However, God is also love and His purpose is that mankind has free will to love Him or reject Him. To say that God’s sovereignty means that whatever happens is God’s will makes God partaker of our sins, and this is impossible! Why? Because God’s holiness prevents this! God cannot go against His own nature.

God’s nature is love and the love He wants in return is genuine not like a action figure who string He pulls and the dolls says “I love you daddy”. Of course mankind’s freedom is necessary for the real love that God wants. And while giving us genuine freedom to love Him He must allow us NOT to love Him. To truly be able to respond to His love we must be able to NOT respond to His love.

Love that is forced is not truly love. Love can only be voluntary not forced. God does not break our stubborn will by sheer raw power, but by love! Mankind has free choice and God has not surrendered His sovereignty. His sovereign plan takes into account our fee will.

Some teach that if mankind has to so much as believe (rather than being                                                                                         sovereignly forced to believe) then he is contributing to his salvation. But that’s like saying that if a man gives a beggar money and the beggar holds out his hand to receive the free gift, that the beggar earned the money!

But there is no merit in believing in Christ. Believing in Christ is simply the hand that receives to free gift from God. Christ went to the cross to purchase our salvation, for which He gets all the glory, but which we are responsible to receive.

QUESTION: IS IT WRONG TO HAVE TATOOS?

That would, of course, depend on the tattoo. A well placed tattoo saying “mom” or “Jesus” or “America” ETC. would be appropriate. Of course if you are a Christian then the rule of thumb would be I Corinthians 6:19-20: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body”.

And I Corinthians 10:31: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God”.

If we make these two verses rules for our lives we will not go wrong.

“HOW DID NOAH FIT THE MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF SPECIES ON THIS PLANET INTO HIS ARK”?

First of all, experts in this area say there are no more than 18,000 species. How big was the ark? The dimensions given are 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits high. To calculate this we must know the length of a cubit. The cubit was of varying lengths in the ancient world. But to be safe we will take the shortest cubit, which was 17.5 inches. In which case the ark would have been 438 feet long and 72.9 feet wide and 43.8 feet high.

It had three platforms or decks, 10 cubits high that were to be divided into rooms or stalls (“nests” in the Hebrew,) meaning each stall was to be the appropriate size for each animal to inhabit.

The holding capacity of the ark was about 1, 400, 000 cubit feet, which is equal to the holding capacity of 522 standard boxcars for livestock as used on modern American railroads. The average animal is about the size of a sheep. Large animals such as dinosaurs and elephants and other very large animals would have been young and much smaller. 240 sheep can be transported comfortably in one stock car; 125, 000 sheep could have been carried on the ark.

It was to be made waterproof by covering it with pitch inside and outside.

The window or opening was to be one cubit from the roof running all around the circumference of the ark for light and ventilation and for gathering rainwater for drinking and washing.

As the flood neared, God sent the animals to the ark: “Noah was six hundred years old when the flood waters came on the earth. And Noah and his sons and his wife and his son’s wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood. Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground, male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark, as God had commanded Noah”.

At the proper time God brought the animals to Noah and Noah placed them in the ark in their proper places. And as a built in protection against extreme weather and other severe climate changes God gave animals the ability to hibernate, thereby suspending all bodily functions, and pass winter in confined areas.