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apostles8/14/2015
  Q: Did any of the apostles who wrote the books of the bible actually know Jesus or actually listen to ...
  A: You ask a very good question. The apostles whose names are on the gospels did not actually write ...
Trouble understanding the Bible8/5/2015
  Q: I am reading the Bible and there was a section I didn't understand. Could you please explain it? The ...
  A: To get a clearer view of this passage, look at the beginning of Genesis 21. Sarah's having a child ...
truth or fiction? the unforgivable sin3/22/2015
  Q: yesterday, I came across a exchristian forum. I saw a person who still consider himself to be a ...
  A: If this person was talking about things like meteor showers, I suspect his story was far-fetched. I ...
Love your enemies psalm.2/19/2015
  Q: In the Holy Bible - Matthew - 5:43, Love your enemies, Forgive your enemies I have the following ...
  A: In faith, love is everything. It is how God relates to us and how we relate to God. It is the basis ...
How can we tell that the Bible is 100% true?2/12/2015
  Q: I am currently studying the question of whether the Bible is 100% true or not. I am having problems ...
  A: The differences in Genesis 1 and 2 are because of the original texts used. That I recall, there ...
belief and practice of exorcism and discernment of spirits1/30/2015
  Q: I heard that some catholic and Charismatic protestant Christians have psychic like ability to ...
  A: Things as discernment of spirits is part of charismatic belief and practice, both Catholic and ...
Birth date of Lord Jesus Christ.5/25/2014
  Q: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus We are in the 21st century current year being 2014. As ...
  A: Apart from what Wikipedia says, I really don't know Jesus' birth date. Scholars would agree, ...
Would Mary still have been stoned even if Joseph 'put her away privately'?5/24/2014
  Q: Considering that at the time it happened,Jewish betrothal was like marriage 'without the benefits', ...
  A: Whether or not Mary would have been stoned would depend on the ancient Jewish laws relating to ...
Lilith -12/19/2013
  Q: I am Rev. Murphy a fellow expert in the Bible studies category...I was reading through the questions ...
  A: I appreciate your insight. However, I checked a Strong's Exhaustive Concordance and I did not find ...
Lilith12/14/2013
  Q: can you tell me who is Lilith in Bible?
  A: Lilith is not mentioned in traditional biblical texts, but more in the "lost" books, or those that ...
Signs or coincidence10/7/2013
  Q: Do you believe in signs? I've corresponded with others who say that everything I see is mostly ...
  A: Faith is a certain understanding of life. It is not based upon signs, but the understanding--not ...
forgiveness8/6/2013
  Q: According to Vine's Biblical Dictionary, the new testament word for forgiveness is "Aphiemi." At the ...
  A: Jesus said that we should forgive others as God forgave us. The idea is that as God gave Himself in ...
what is the origin of gender segregationin abrahamic religions?5/23/2013
  Q: there are many rules that in islamic countries directly restrict women from being closed to men. in ...
  A: I would say that things as gender segregation in religions are more cultural than theological. It ...
monks writing the bible5/22/2013
  Q: I was told that the monks who made copies of the bible in ancient times would write notes or ...
  A: It is true that monks, as well as scribes, wrote their comments as they copied biblical texts. ...
truth or fiction? the danger of occultism4/15/2013
  Q: the Christian leaders who joint the countercult movement write a lot of books and make lot of ...
  A: Christians, especially those of an evangelical/fundamental persuasion, see "occultism" as evil, but ...
what kind of information do you have about this form of christian psychics?4/14/2013
  Q: many people on the Internet doing psychic reading while accept most fundamental tenets of ...
  A: I am not familiar with Christian psychics, though if you look at magazines as FATE, many psychics ...
Miracles of Lord Jesus Christ.3/15/2013
  Q: http:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracles_of_Jesus http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiWBMQAqfIY ...
  A: Miracles are usually signs of God's presence. They are not for themselves alone. It is possible, ...
Holy Bible Teachings.3/13/2013
  Q: 1. Do you agree on this point mentioned below ? The teachings of the Holy Bible - New Testament ...
  A: I'd generally agree with you on these issues. You speak of people "controlling and managing" ...
demonology3/5/2013
  Q: where is the Greek word "demon" from? was the word "demon" in ancient Greek mean inferior deity or ...
  A: Sorry this has taken so long. I just got my computer back from the shop. The Greek word for demon ...
Catholicism and Protestantism.2/18/2013
  Q: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholicism http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protestantism What are the ...
  A: This is a complex question. Both Catholics and Protestants are Christians and trace their faith to ...
does Isaiah 40:22 really say that the earth is a sphere?2/3/2013
  Q: Isaiah 40:22 said:"He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like ...
  A: Let's take a look at that passage, considering the Hebrew and different translations. My Strong's ...
Isaiah 1: Judah or Israel?11/29/2012
  Q: Is God's indictment in Isaiah Ch 1 primarily an indictment of the northern kingdom of Israel or the ...
  A: Isaiah 1 is directed to Judah, during the reigns of various kings of Judah. Perhaps the reference ...
pigeons or doves in the bible?11/24/2012
  Q: the Greek word "peristera" in john 2:14 translated pigeons,in john 1:32 translated dove. this ...
  A: In the King James text, it says that people were selling doves in the temple. The Greek word is ...
christian rituals and mysteries11/19/2012
  Q: was there any ancient mystery religion other than christianity had water immersion ritual (like ...
  A: Take a look at THE JESUS MYSTERIES and JESUS AND THE LOST GODDESS, both by Timothy Freke and Peter ...
salvation and hell11/11/2012
  Q: is there really any bible passages specifically mention that all non-Christians go to hell for ...
  A: In Mark 16:16 says, "Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe ...
praying in Jesus' name8/31/2012
  Q: There is something I found in scripture to be very interesting. Jesus asks that we pray in his name. ...
  A: It has been believed that prayers given in a particular name (i.e. Jesus) have a special power. It ...
Bible study guides5/14/2012
  Q: Joel, how do you do? I want to find the best or one of the top-rated Bible study guides being sold ...
  A: I think your best bet would be a study Bible. I would recommend a Rainbow Bible. It has different ...
the book of Isaiah4/18/2012
  Q: in the first chapter of isaiah what does the prophet consider the proper relationship between ...
  A: The basic gist of Isaiah 1 is that it does no good to do sacrifices or rituals if one does not live ...
Gen 151/23/2012
  Q: Sir, In Genesis 15 v9-13 could you please help to clarify the significance of the activities ...
  A: I think the essence of this passage is verse 13. God's word to Abram was, "Know of a surety that ...
How do we get to KNOW God?1/5/2012
  Q: "Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'" Matthew 7:23. In ...
  A: I think you're on the right track. You realize that faith is not an outward or occasional thing, ...
Spirits in Prison9/16/2011
  Q: Just wanted to know your thoughts on 1Peter 3:19. Our preacher said one thing and my Scofield study ...
  A: If we look at this verse in context, Peter is talking about having faith in the midst of difficulty. ...
effective prayer5/24/2011
  Q: I have been studying what the bible has to say about prayer and vain repettition. How can I make ...
  A: I believe that prayer is always heard because it touches in with the Spirit of God. You might ...
need answers to questions3/16/2011
  Q: If the catholic church is so perfect why do they have casino nights with drinking and gambling in ...
  A: First of all, neither the Catholic Church, nor any church, is perfect. The reason why Catholics ...

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I can answer general questions about the Bible and offer guidance in Bible study resources.

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I have education in Bible from Oral Roberts University, as well as an MA from McCormick Theological Seminary. I have written several articles on Bible study topics. I am an ordained, nondenominational minister.

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Articles in journals of the Foundation for Biblical Research, Personal Freedom Outreach, and Restoration Research

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BA, Oral Roberts University, Behavioral Science (included courses in the Bible and theology) MA, McCormick Theological Seminary Further study, Garrett-Evangelical Theological School Further study, Moody Bible Institute, Christian education

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