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.

DOES THE BOOK OF HEBREWS TEACH THAT A CHRISTIAN CAN APOSTATIZE?

The “falling away” recorded in the Book of Hebrews 5:11-6:6 refers to first century Jews who had been led by the Holy Spirit to leave Judaism and confess Christ, who are now in danger of resisting the Holy Spirit under pressure of persecution, and hardening their hearts against the conviction of the Holy Spirit and     go back to the “Elementary” or beginning and incomplete teachings about Christ under the Old Testament system of types and foreshadows.

They are warned in Hebrews 3:7-8: “So as the Holy Spirit says: ‘Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts”. They were led by the Holy Spirit to see their need of Christ, but after repeated resistance they were in danger of grieving the Spirit away: “If we deliberately keep on sinning (by hardening our hearts) after we have received the knowledge of the truth, (after the Holy Spirit convicts us of our need of Christ) no sacrifice for sin is left (If Christ is rejected, there is no other sacrifice for sin) But only a fearful expectation of judgment and a raging fire that will consume the enemies of God”.

In verse 29 these people are said to have “trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of Grace?

To harden our hearts to the Holy Spirit’s conviction of our need of Christ is to walk on the blood of Christ as a common thing, and insulting the Holy Spirit who has brought this conviction to us.

Christians who are truly born again cannot lose their salvation because the Holy Spirit lives in them. But unbelievers who are on the verge of receiving Christ can harden their hearts to the Holy Spirit’s conviction and “fall away” from receiving Christ.