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.

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT INTERRACIAL MARRIAGE?

The Bible is silent on interracial marriage. It is not clear what this question is asking. Is it asking if it is forbidden? No, the only marriage forbidden in the Bible is in II CORINTHIANS 6:14: “Do not be yoked together with unbelieves” and verse 15 gives the reason: “What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?” Marriage should consist of a partnership with both pulling in the same direction. An   unequal yoke means both pulling in opposite directions, with different purposes and goals in life.

Sometimes a believer will go against God’s direction and marry an unbeliever thinking they can bring them to Christ after they are married. But usually the opposite happens and the believer backslides to get along with his or her mate and never accomplishs God’s purpose in their lives.

Marriage according to the Bible is meant to be permanent. He was intended to be the head of the household while she was to be loved and cherished. The man is to love his wife as Christ loved the church and died for her. This means that while he is the head of the relationship, he is accountable to God to love her as Christ love the church and must be willing lay his life down for her. Every decision he makes must be for her benefit as well as his (Ephesians 5:22-25).