Christopher000 wrote: Thoughts Wrote: "I'd question whether you've understood the Bible right!" No need to question...I def don't get some things. I wouldn't say I don't understand the Bible as a whole though just because I had trouble with this particular issue, although, it is a big issue. The other guys helped me to make sense out of it though, so...thanks...great comments.
Sorry Chris, I should have been more clear by adding 'on this issue'. I didn't mean for you to question your understanding of the whole bible.
John UK wrote: It's a very fair point Mike. The eunuch and his entourage would no doubt have had much water on board for their long trip home. Yet this was insufficient for what Philip obviously preached as mode of baptism, or they could have stopped anywhere for a sprinkle.
The way the Presbys speak, if you lacked all water, you have the option of spraying spit and this would still be a valid baptism!
Christopher000 wrote: ...When Christ talked about what we could accomplish if we had even a tiny amount of faith, I really thought it was true for everyone...such as these people. How can we continue to have blind faith when those things we exercise blind faith in don't come to pass? In this case, their child died even though their faith was so strong that God would heal him...they had no doubt whatsoever, yet the child died. I know God answers prayer, of course, but I don't get situations like this and I never hear of bonafide, verifiable healings...
The bible does not teach the power of positive thinking. Faith means trust, and trust does not throw a tantrum or disappear when things go counter to our hopes and wishes.
I'd question whether you've understood the Bible right!
Christopher000 wrote: When God said, "I create evil", did he create the boy to be an evil puzzle piece in His master plan because he was needed to make everything else come together? Or, when God said, "I create evil", did he simply mean that since the boy turned out to be evil, God is saying that since he created the boy, and the boy grew up to be evil, then he created the evil, because he created the boy, but the boy made his own decision to become evil, even though God did not intend for him to be evil. So, God created the evil, only by default, because he created the boy who chose to become evil. Ha-ha...oh brother, anyone understand that mess?
No Christopher0000. The verses do not mean that God is the author of sin.
The evil referred to is circumstantial IOW bad things will happen and God will be the author of these for judgement or chastisement.
Of course, is a person is obstinately evil God can as a judgement abandon them to the natural outcome of their foolishness (viz. hardening of the heart, the consequences that flow from their foolish actions etc.).