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SubjectDate Asked
24-Year Dilemma3/31/2017
  Q: We all know lives consists of peaks and troughs and way back in the mid-80's I went through a trough ...
  A: I know sometimes it helps just to get things out there and to know that someone, somewhere, is ...
USA Election10/17/2016
  Q: As a Christian, what do the upcoming elections foreshadow for the USA? I don't know who to vote ...
  A: Priscilla, for your excellent questions and for trusting me to answer them. There are so many ...
God's Hand on Earth9/12/2016
  Q: What do you do when your faced with the issue of Gods will or The Churches will. I mean at this day ...
  A: Toledo, for this question! Wow, I must say this ranks right up there with the hardest questions ...
Divorce9/5/2016
  Q: In the Torah, divorce is not a sin and easily acquired. Yet, Jesus states that divorce is a sin ...
  A: I love questions like this one! It brings back all the joy of the pop quiz and reminds me how much ...
dream explanation6/19/2016
  Q: i had a strange dream,i was travelling with my boy friend with his bakkie and what i noticed is that ...
  A: I wish I had a more satisfactory answer for you. I have not been gifted with the ability to ...
Staying focussed on the Lord5/16/2016
  Q: Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ! How can I best stay focussed on the Lord in my mind ...
  A: So good to hear from you! I think of you often and say those "arrow prayers" whenever I hear of ...
Harsh conditions10/27/2015
  Q: Sorry this is a bit long but I need a Godly woman's opinion. Usually I am a fairly strong and happy ...
  A: Good morning, Vicky! Thank you for trusting me with your question. First, let me say that you ...
City of Houston demands pastors turn over sermons12/1/2014
  Q: I must admit that I was deeply shocked to read this headline: City of Houston demands pastors turn ...
  A: it's good to hear from you. :) You're absolutely right. America used to uphold free speech as a ...
What can this refer to?5/10/2014
  Q: I do hope everything is going well with you. This is from a discussion between two Christians, one ...
  A: Simon. Iím quite well. Sorry it took me a bit longer to respond than usual. My daughter was ...
Did God speak to me2/23/2014
  Q: Last year I was struggling with my faith. After meeting a young women who's special to me, I ...
  A: I ask myself that same question rather often. There are some answers I'm still waiting to see ...
Comment on TSA post12/26/2013
  Q: Barbara, Good morning and I trust you had a meaningful Christmas season. This is more of a comment ...
  A: Joel, I hope you are having a blessed Christmas season as well. Thank you also for your comments. ...
spiritual TSA agents12/22/2013
  Q: I do hope all is well with you, and compliments of the season! My question today: what are ...
  A: Christmas Greetings to you and your family! Thank you also for your question. The article you ...
Conversion-becoming a Christian10/19/2013
  Q: Background - I've been in the 'Holiness Apostolic Pentecostal' church, a NON-Evangelical group, it ...
  A: I will give a short answer for tonight. If youíd like a fuller answer as to why there are ...
miscarrages9/14/2013
  Q: How do we respond to critics who say that miscarriages are God's abortions?
  A: you raise a very good question. It's largely a vocabulary issue, but there's also an issue of ...
non-christians8/15/2013
  Q: Do you believe that 2/3 of the world who are not Christians and who do not believe Jesus was the son ...
  A: It's one that many people ask about Christianity and one of the hardest to really answer. ...
Bible authenticity Heaven and hell6/23/2013
  Q: Going through most of the expert profiles, yours caught my attention and I am hoping you can help. I ...
  A: Good morning, Ron. I had to smile because your long winded question is no match for the long winded ...
2 Cor 10:65/3/2013
  Q: I do hope all is well with you and yours. I quote: And we will be ready to punish every act of ...
  A: Simon, we are quite well. I hope you and yours are also. It is good to hear from you. Interesting ...
Unforgivable?4/15/2013
  Q: I have a problem. I think that I have committed the unforgivable sin of blasphemy of the Holy ...
  A: rest easy my sister. :) The sheer fact that you regret it tells me that you didn't commit the ...
Abusive Adopted Christian mother3/20/2013
  Q: I was adopted by my blood uncle and his wife at age eight years of age out of a hospital where I had ...
  A: first of all please know that my heart goes out to you for the cruelty you've experienced in life at ...
Taking things personally1/1/2013
  Q: My husband and I are Christians, but when we talk about our finances, i feel so much guilt related ...
  A: Amy. Two quick things: First, the link to the 5 love languages ran over into the text. It's ...
Confused about my relationship!10/2/2012
  Q: I'll just set the stage and allow you to respond :) Thanks in advance! I'm a Christian, 31 years ...
  A: Trust me, you're not alone in this confusion about relationships. I sometimes chuckle that God ...
Faith9/27/2012
  Q: Barbara Shafer My name is Sonia i have been saved for about a year but I've notice before this i had ...
  A: I remember answering it because I thought about writing a post for my web site based on your really ...
Sin9/11/2012
  Q: I would like to ask for advice. I am tired of feeling bad about my life.I don't even know where to ...
  A: It sounds like a very painful situation and probably very confusing too. I am continuing to pray ...
Dating and knowing God's will9/4/2012
  Q: I am having a hard time identifying what God's will is in my dating relationship. I was previously ...
  A: I have been using my time to pray and ponder what God might have me say to you. You wrote: <<I am ...
A relationship question8/29/2012
  Q: Since you are a Christian female perhaps you can help with me with a bit of "womanly" advice. I ...
  A: Your story is far more common than you may think. There are plenty of people out there who believe ...
Is forgiveness impossible?7/28/2012
  Q: I'm not sure as to how to begin to ask this question. Its hard to convey how I feel fully about ...
  A: First, let me say that I'm so sorry you've had a life filled with treatment that seems so ...
Confused about my relationship with my boyfriend7/26/2012
  Q: I have been dating this guy from my church for the past 3 years. In our relationship my boyfriend ...
  A: At the outset, let me state that I'm not Dr. Eddy, I'm Barbara Shafer, but in the event you've asked ...
Advise7/23/2012
  Q: I am a christian & iam in a relationship wth a christian guy & we have been staying together for 2 ...
  A: Good morning, Tel. Thank you for your question and Iíll do what I can to try to shed some light on ...
Love6/14/2012
  Q: This isnít easy for me to write about, I just donít know what to do. Well Iím in love with my ...
  A: Love is a powerful emotion, but love is also a Person: Jesus Christ. Perhaps when you see your ...
Real life guardian angels?5/29/2012
  Q: Recently, after the loss of a loved one, I came across a person that had quite an impact on my life. ...
  A: You raise a very interesting question. The Bible speaks of people showing extraordinary kindness ...
Break up5/25/2012
  Q: My boyfriend & I of 15 months just broke up over a week ago. It's been really hard on me because we ...
  A: If I might start by reassuring you that there is no sin so big that the love of God cannot overcome ...
How is this God's Purpose for Me?4/30/2012
  Q: My son nearly drowned a year ago while he was in the care of a child care provider. Before the ...
  A: First, Jessica, thank you for trusting me with this question. Let me say that my heart breaks for ...
A Stricter Judgment for Pastors/Teachers?2/26/2012
  Q: Hope all is well. Please, where does it say in Scripture that there will be a stricter judgement ...
  A: Great to hear from you! I was just thinking about you the other day when I was writing one of this ...
About criminal accepted God2/7/2012
  Q: 1 of the 2 criminals crucified with Jesus believed in God after being together being in the process ...
  A: Good to hear from you! In answer to your question, Scripture doesn't precisely say, but it's ...
Rapture Ready?1/21/2012
  Q: Is that true that in USA always steps are taken to engage one non Christian as a Pilot in airlines ...
  A: All kind of things get said in the context of "end times preaching"--some of which isn't as ...
Relationship question12/26/2011
  Q: Barbara, Why is it okay to have sex with your husband inside marriage but not outside of it, say, ...
  A: Of course, the short simplistic answer is: "Because he's not your husband... yet." But the ...
How to get over a boy?12/15/2011
  Q: I have a male co-worker in which I have developed feelings for. He is NOT a christian, and worse I ...
  A: Good morning, Sunny! Relationships are always complicated things so I can understand your dilemma. ...
Catholic & Baptist relationship12/7/2011
  Q: I am in love with this girl whom I have dated for 2 years now, and we are both in love with each ...
  A: Good morning, Seth. You and your girlfriend sound like you are both trying to lead God-centered ...
relationships10/5/2011
  Q: I am writing a paper for my class and we have to answer the following questions: How Christianity ...
  A: I'm happy to help you with the gaps in your paper. I think if I were to answer those questions in 3 ...
Act of Holy Spirit today7/13/2011
  Q: How do you explain the absence of gifted people like Peter so described in Acts 5:15 &16?
  A: Good morning, Nihal Thanks for your question! :-) You point to this passage: Acts 5:15 As a ...
The Origin of the Holy Spirit7/4/2011
  Q: Do hope all is well with you. What do we know about the origin of the Holy Spirit? I certainly ...
  A: Great to hear from you. And with an interesting question! I always wonder about the Holy Spirit ...
Born Again6/28/2011
  Q: Can a person be "Born Again" more than once?
  A: Good to hear from you! The short answer to the question whether someone can be born again more than ...
Bride of Christ6/26/2011
  Q: Which is bride the of Christ, The new Testament Church or the New Jerusalem?
  A: I love the imagery of the Bride of Christ! The imagery is used throughout the end of the book of ...
Divorce6/20/2011
  Q: My wife is no longer in love with me and wants a divorce. I'm begging her to stay but she won't. I ...
  A: I'm certainly sorry to hear that this has come upon you and you find yourself in this situation. ...
FALSE TESTIMONIES6/12/2011
  Q: It is seen as a common practice many Christians testify & praise God amidst gatherings Ė For ...
  A: I can easily understand how the false actions you perceive might be troubling to you. For ...
Deceiptive Spirits6/7/2011
  Q: after reading your responses to others I have decided to share my experience with you in an effort ...
  A: First off, Alice, thank you for reaching out to me. I hope to offer you reassurance that is ...
spirtual5/20/2011
  Q: Is it possible for an unbeliever to receive spiritual gift
  A: While each person is created with creative talents, abilities, perspectives, and personalities, a ...
My parents hate my tattooed boyfriend5/1/2011
  Q: First here is a little background on me- I am 22 and have already graduated college. I currently ...
  A: I will offer the best insight I can given that I can understand this situation from the Christian ...
Matthew 16:19 and John 20:234/30/2011
  Q: Matthew 16:19 and John 20:23 seem to say that the Church has the power to forgive sins Ė but how is ...
  A: It's always good to hear from you! :-) I think that since the context of both of these passages is ...
Who do we know is in Hell?4/27/2011
  Q: I think we need to be very careful about saying that someone is in Hell as we can never be sure what ...
  A: you are absolutely correct. We cannot know for sure who will be in Hell, unless Scripture states ...
Chronology4/25/2011
  Q: I seem to be full of questions these days! I note that, for example, the cleansing of the temple ...
  A: It is a curious thing that there are several versions of the temple cleansing and where they occur. ...
The cleansing of the temple4/25/2011
  Q: How are you? I do hope everything is going well. As for me, well, very busy, but the Lord continues ...
  A: Preach it, brother! :-) Good to hear from you, Simon, and I trust your Easter was wonderful. ...
Social Phobia4/23/2011
  Q: I am 31 year male and I suffer from severe form of social phobia. I am extremely embarrased with ...
  A: I am sorry it took me a bit longer than usual to respond. Easter is a particularly hectic time for ...
The Rapture4/4/2011
  Q: I do hope all is well. I've always believed in the Rapture, but someone called it into question ...
  A: I am quite well. Thank you also for asking about the Rapture. Yes, I do believe it will happen ...
Great in the Resurrection3/17/2011
  Q: Being from a country (Wales) which has had a difficult time politically but which has contributed a ...
  A: Good afternoon, Simon! Always good to hear from you. I wonder if we're using different ...
need prayer and advice3/8/2011
  Q: You may think Im crazy but I dont know what is happening with me, i live with my boyfriend and at ...
  A: Obviously you can count on my prayers for you. It sounds like it is worrying you and the Bible ...
The other side of the coin3/4/2011
  Q: I think this may be a bit of an unusual question, but, believe me, it's of great importance to me. ...
  A: It's a very valid question...and a hard one. I'm not particularly good at pithy statements, but I ...
how to recover after an affair3/3/2011
  Q: I've been married for 9 years. Have two children together. My marriage has been very troubled for ...
  A: While I'm not trained as a marriage counselor, I am happy to help to the best of my ability. I have ...
School, or Religeon?2/28/2011
  Q: Could you give me some advice? I'm in 11th grade. I want to recite scripture but I also need to ...
  A: All my best for your studies and applying for university! I understand what a strain that can ...
Are some sins worse than others?2/19/2011
  Q: This is a question I've been thinking about off and on for many years now. Sometimes Scripture seems ...
  A: Just wanted to let you know my web site ( http://seminarygal.com/ ) is finally up and running. Soon ...
Tricky relationship question2/7/2011
  Q: My name is Alistair, I am in a situation that is stumping me. I became a christian 4 years ago moved ...
  A: Relationships are almost always complicated. Add to the pre-existing complication that decisions ...
Ooops2/3/2011
  Q: Barbara, I'm sorry, a correction in my follow-up e-mail --- I reaccepted Christ back into my life on ...
  A: :-) You're welcome Tianna. I'm just really happy that you rededicated your life to Christ...whether ...
The harrowing/harrying of Hell2/3/2011
  Q: I do hope all is well with you. What do the actual Scriptures say about where Jesus went after His ...
  A: Iíve been thinking about the Harrowing of Hell and how it is wrapped up in other topics, too: ...
Remarriage after Adultery in Divorce1/30/2011
  Q: I am a Christian man that desires to marry my Christian girlfriend someday soon. I am 42 and she is ...
  A: While a simple one word answer would suffice, it would not protect you or give you the confidence ...
About marriage1/29/2011
  Q: I hope that you are having a blessed day. I have a few questions today, and I hope that you can help ...
  A: Your questions are wonderful and a joy to answer since the topic can be confusing, misunderstood, ...
My sister's struggle with unwanted pregnancy1/26/2011
  Q: I am hoping you may be able to provide some insight into a situation that is affecting my sister, ...
  A: She's blessed for your care and concern. I don't know if you live in the United States or not. ...
Separation1/24/2011
  Q: I wish to ask for your advice. I got married about 17months ago and been having problems with my ...
  A: I am sorry that this is the situation you find at present, but with God's grace restoration is ...
Is ANAL SEX between a Man and Woman allowed/legal in CHRISTIANITY?1/21/2011
  Q: Is ANAL SEX between a Man and Woman allowed/legal in CHRISTIANITY? Or is it a SIN which should never ...
  A: While I believe I've answered this question before, it's always worth pointing out that Christianity ...
the potters hand1/13/2011
  Q: what can be some personel awarenees that a perons is being clay in the masters hand? What point ...
  A: I love the references to the Potter's hand and our being like clay. Some of them are: Isaiah ...
About Acts 19: 1-71/9/2011
  Q: and a blessed Sunday to you. Today our pastor preached about the functions of the Holy Spirit. It's ...
  A: God is obviously doing a work in my life right now on this whole topic of the Holy Spirit, too. I ...
Spiritual Warfare1/9/2011
  Q: In an area resistant to the Gospel I am sure that spiritual warfare is of particularly great ...
  A: Regarding spiritual attack, I think Jesus gave us the very best model for how to handle it during ...
Scripture?1/9/2011
  Q: I have been searching for something I thought was in the Bible but I can't find it anywhere. ďLet ...
  A: and Happy New Year! Yes, it does ring a bell. Sometimes what makes it hard to find things in the ...
Mine and others Guardian Angels1/8/2011
  Q: I have a question about my guardian angel and others to, you see for probably about a year i've been ...
  A: Your question is a very interesting one. I have no doubt that angels exist because the Bible says ...
Assurance of Salvation1/3/2011
  Q: I was wondering how I can know for sure that I am saved? I am 21 years old and althought I was ...
  A: :'-) I can say that just about every Christian I know wonders from time to time that very sameAm I ...
About being born-again1/3/2011
  Q: and the most happiest New Year to you!!! I am most grateful for you helping me with a couple of ...
  A: :-) First, let me say that I commend you for the way you study the Bible. I think it's very ...
about the scary people12/18/2010
  Q: Please be very honest and forthright with me with these answers --- 1)does the false teacher reject ...
  A: let me begin by reassuring you with one thing the Bible says many times: Do not be afraid. :'-) ...
The capital of the separate kingdom of Israel in the Old Testament12/11/2010
  Q: Hope all is going well for you and that our wonderful Lord is blessing you Ė in fact I am sure He ...
  A: Merry Christmas, Simon! So good to hear from you. :-) Your question required a bit of research, ...
Need some help, please....11/28/2010
  Q: Barbara, hello and good day! Need some help today on the following questions:- 1. Please give me a 1 ...
  A: I am honored to help. I'll take them one at a time. <<1. Please give me a 1 sentence, brief ...
Demonic Forces/Evil11/24/2010
  Q: I'm 18 and I believe at least that I am a Christian, a disciple of Christ. My question is quite ...
  A: With the Thanksgiving holiday, I was out of town and didn't get an opportunity to respond until now. ...
Very concerned11/17/2010
  Q: Good day Barbara! I have a couple of concerns. This is my first time on this website so please be ...
  A: Welcome to AllExperts! I love seeing people finding a place to safely ask questions--whether ...
What is the meaningful of free will when god doesn't even open up doors for us to enter?11/8/2010
  Q: What is the meaningful of the freedom to choose, when god doesn't even give us the choice we are ...
  A: Good morning, Charles. You have raised a very complicated question that I will try to simplify at ...
Christian living11/7/2010
  Q: I finished reading the book of Colossians yesterday, but went back to reread chapter 2 because ...
  A: You're absolutely right, they were in the middle of a war of spirituality and had lost their focus ...
Our Christian faith.11/1/2010
  Q: Good day! My question today is how important is the deity and the humanity of Christ to the ...
  A: Both the humanity and deity of Jesus Christ are as foundational to Christian faith as the ...
The Gift of Mercy10/29/2010
  Q: Greetings from the growing Turkish and Iranian churches (I am blessed to be part of both)! Recently ...
  A: it's good to hear from you again! Glad to hear the church is growing even in areas where the soil ...
Movies10/27/2010
  Q: I saw one of your posts about movies, and music, I've been asking this question for awhile. I was ...
  A: Great question! And great verses! :-) It's interesting how Christians operate in the "gray areas ...
doctor assisted death for the terminally ill10/21/2010
  Q: I'm really struggling with feelings of confusion and fear when it comes to doctor assisted death.I ...
  A: Your question is a good one...and a hard one. Many of us struggle with where is God in the midst of ...
False Teachers - what to do?9/12/2010
  Q: Do you think that the (great?) falling-away (the Greek language simply calls it ďapostasyĒ) of 2 ...
  A: I always enjoy hearing from you. You always ask such good questions! :-) Yes, I do believe that ...
Till we cast our crowns before thee8/27/2010
  Q: I do hope you are well. Here things are most encouraging: good church growth, signs of spiritual ...
  A: I am pleased to hear that things are encouraging where you are and that you have asked such a ...
Life after death8/22/2010
  Q: Hey i am doing a research assignment on life after death in Christianity and wondering weather use ...
  A: I'm back with a little bit more information...just not sure how deep or how far you'd like for me to ...
Homosexuality And confusion7/10/2010
  Q: Today I sit in this chair now an agnostic person.... I used to be a christian, but that is less then ...
  A: Good morning, Anthony, Today is Sunday. This is the day I go to worship the Lord God, ...
chastity7/3/2010
  Q: I was wondering what the Bible says about marrying someone who is not a Christian. I'm in love with ...
  A: Good morning, Jess. Thank you for your question. First, let me commend you for the way you've been ...
The Occult7/2/2010
  Q: I am church of England but I would like to learn more about the occult (not practising it or taking ...
  A: The answer to your question will depend greatly on where you are spiritually. It's my opinion ...
Christian and Catholic Realationships5/20/2010
  Q: I'm 19 and was raised in a Catholic church, I took classes when I was younger, I was baptized and ...
  A: My heart always goes out to young people who are in the midst of questions of love and religion. ...
Marriage5/12/2010
  Q: What exactly does the bible say about marriage between cousins? I have been looking through the ...
  A: This is an interesting question. While the Bible doesn't address many topics directly, it does ...
Prayer Room at the Airport5/2/2010
  Q: There is a prayer room at the airport in my area. Once I went in there early in the morning and ...
  A: I must admit that I had four initial reactions to your question. My first reaction was that I fall ...
Christian Afterlife4/28/2010
  Q: I am doing research on Christian afterlife. I am doing a paper on The strengths and weaknesses of ...
  A: I'm happy to help. :-) I do not know much about the Muslim afterlife specifically. So, I'm going ...
Why, why, why?4/21/2010
  Q: Barbara: I am confused. I have a friend who was brought up as an Evangelical and continued as a ...
  A: You raise an excellent point about the importance of our not blindly following the word of other ...
abusive Mother3/16/2010
  Q: I am writing this in an effort to gain more of a biblical perspective as to my relationship with my ...
  A: I'm so sorry to hear of the difficult place in which you find yourself. I know of this type of ...
Feminine Spirit3/4/2010
  Q: My name is Michiru Kaiou & I have a real problem because I have transgender feelings & thoughts. I ...
  A: I can understand the kind of holy fear you have about Jesus returning as Judge. But those who live ...
Jesus turning water into wine2/17/2010
  Q: Why did Jesus turn the water into wine, as his first miracle. Was it not a sin or wrong to get ...
  A: You ask a very good question that draws the distinction between the same thing having the potential ...
Living the Life2/16/2010
  Q: I have a lot of friends who are saved and they go to the club and party and listen to the same type ...
  A: :-) I love questions like yours...because they offer the opportunity to clarify what "being saved" ...
in the world but not of it2/8/2010
  Q: First of all, what do you understand by this phrase? Secondly, do you agree with it? Thirdly, to ...
  A: It's good to hear from you. Another good question, too! <<First of all, what do you understand by ...
hi i hope you can help me with my report =)2/5/2010
  Q: 1.Is there any biblical passage that says that being a Homosexual is a sin? What verse/passage is ...
  A: Great to hear from you! I'm very happy to get you started with your report. If you have any more ...
Divorce1/31/2010
  Q: I am a Christian as well as a newlywed, one of my concerns are, if my husband lost his wife of 2006 ...
  A: Good morning, Ro, I have just posted an answer regarding the Biblical background on divorce and so ...
Divorce1/30/2010
  Q: Where in the bible does it talk about divorce?
  A: Divorce is certainly an important topic and one in which there is significant disagreement on among ...
Is watching a secular movie sin?1/10/2010
  Q: I know you've answered questions on glorifying God before and I really agree with your viewpoint. I ...
  A: I am probably the least legalistic Christian I know. I watch plenty of secular movies and listen to ...
Divorce1/9/2010
  Q: My husband of almost six years walked out on me 5 days before Christmas. He wants a divorce. I do ...
  A: First off, please know how sorry I am that you're going through this and how awful it must be this ...
Can living in sin ever be made up for12/28/2009
  Q: I have always had Christian beliefs but for the past 15 to 20 years I have not lived my life as I ...
  A: I wanted to thank you for your question and to give you a quick answer before I head out of town at ...
Zechariah 12:1012/16/2009
  Q: I hope all is well with you and yours. Zechariah 12:10 is, of course, extremely moving. But when ...
  A: Advent greetings to you! :-) Great question! I find prophecy one of the hardest aspects of the ...
Being converted to witchcraft12/10/2009
  Q: I have a strong belief that all religions lead to 1 god and 1 creator but this is a confusing point ...
  A: :-) I hope to shed some light on this because there is great misunderstanding in our culture of what ...
gay12/6/2009
  Q: I am gay but I want to change and be saved. I am afraid that after I am Saved I will continue to ...
  A: I can only imagine the weight of the concerns you've faced as you have arrived at this decision. ...
Spirits11/22/2009
  Q: First of all since thanksgiving is coming up I like to say I thank God for family,friends,and ...
  A: An interesting question as usual! I firmly believe that the physical world is only one part of the ...
I am very confused...11/20/2009
  Q: My name is Olivia. I just turned twenty-four a couple of weeks ago and have been struggling with ...
  A: Sorry for the delay in responding. I've been reassembling my office post-construction and my ...
God's will about future spouse11/18/2009
  Q: I have a question that's been on my mind for a while. I recently went through a very painful ...
  A: I now have Internet up and running (a service call and a new modem later!) I think part of why I ...
Does a Christian have to be Conservative?11/12/2009
  Q: Here is something that I have always, wondered. I am a Liberal and I believe that Jesus died for our ...
  A: Here is something that I have always, wondered. I am a Liberal and I believe that Jesus died for our ...
Judgment Day11/9/2009
  Q: What is the judgment that Christians will face on Judgment Day? I've read Scriptures pertaining ...
  A: I think it's pretty interesting that I'm getting this question everywhere right now. God is at work ...
Relationship quality concern11/8/2009
  Q: Sometime last year i have been involved in intense prayer meetings with a group of brothers and ...
  A: There is nothing unbiblical about taking time to see God's view of the situation. In your question, ...
Training as a Pastor?11/3/2009
  Q: I do hope all is well with you and yours Ė may God richly bless you and your ministry. I like the ...
  A: Simon. It's always good to hear from you! I wholeheartedly believe we are on the verge of a ...
im 19 gay and im scared that when i die im going to hell11/2/2009
  Q: i was brought up in a house hole with a dad that hates gays and a mum that never under stood gays so ...
  A: First off, thank you for deciding to write to me. I can understand that it must be a difficult ...
witchcraft10/23/2009
  Q: I have a question (obviously).if a person is converted to Christianity and practices witchcraft at ...
  A: I'm glad to be of service to you. :-) Well, the first thought I have with regard to your question ...
break up10/11/2009
  Q: . i am a born again believer, and recently i had a break up with my girlfriend. She was very nice ...
  A: It sounds like you're handling the situation very well, especially considering how painful breakups ...
How can I be sure?10/9/2009
  Q: There has been prophecy after prophecy of a massive awakening starting in Izmir and spreading ...
  A: Good morning, Simon. Regarding where to serve, I think that God allows us to develop discernment as ...
Repentance10/9/2009
  Q: My understanding of Scripture is very much that no matter what you've done, if you turn to the Lord ...
  A: As I promised, here are some Scriptures that upon further reflection were on my heart to share. I'll ...
Demoniac deliverance10/6/2009
  Q: Gadarenes is the decendants of Gad one of the tribes of jacob. Mark 5 My question is If they were ...
  A: I'm now ready to do my "gut check". :-) My first gut reaction was that the word Gadarenes is also ...
Forgiveness9/21/2009
  Q: The Bible says that Jesus asked his Father to forgive those who crucified him when he was on the ...
  A: Good to hear from you again. Hope you've been well. Great question as usual! When I first read ...
Leaving own-strength-performance behind.9/15/2009
  Q: I got saved out of very fanatical Islam about 25 years ago. Islam is very works-based, so the Lord's ...
  A: Simon, you have such a wonderful testimony! I love hearing how people have come to follow Jesus in ...
evangelicals8/22/2009
  Q: I am not religious at all and realize it can be a touchy topic. There is a woman I work with who is ...
  A: You're welcome, Lee. Obviously you and I are not alone in our thought. As evidence, I offer a ...
Unity8/19/2009
  Q: Since Christ is in us and we are in Christ. Can we say that we are one with him? 2. Since Jesus and ...
  A: I love your question! It goes straight to the heart of the unity among believers that the church is ...
Where do you draw the line?8/13/2009
  Q: I have a question. My wife is on a "prayer chain" which I think is great. You don't see many of ...
  A: You raise an excellent question! I have struggled with this same issue myself...on both ends. ...
Question on marriage7/24/2009
  Q: I was wondering if you could tell me what is wrong wtih people of the same sex getting married. I ...
  A: I really appreciate your honest searching to understand both sides of the argument. Yours is a very ...
Why does God allow this?7/20/2009
  Q: I hope this message finds you doing well. I have done a lot of things wrong in my life, maybe I have ...
  A: First off, I'm glad you chickened out in 1984...because you're here with a valuable story that ...
Sex7/20/2009
  Q: I am married but have experienced a painful divorce where my first husband was addicted to ...
  A: ..which has a simple answer and a complicated answer. The simple answer is that Yes, sex is meant ...
christian faith and the after life7/7/2009
  Q: I am currently in a Faith and Contemporary Issues class and we need to talk to someone about how ...
  A: I would be happy to answer any questions you have. If you'd direct them either here or at my e-mail ...
Fake Divorce & Commercial Marriages7/6/2009
  Q: I am a Christian woman whose husband traveled to the U.K. A short while after he traveled, he ...
  A: As I read your question, my heart goes out to you because it seems like a very difficult and ...
angles6/30/2009
  Q: where is it mention in the bible where one angle kill ten thousand people?
  A: I don't know if anyone already answered your question. Could it be the verse you are curious ...
Christian Marriage Problem6/17/2009
  Q: What can I do now? My husband has been emotionally absent since we signed the papers to be married. ...
  A: My goodness, it sounds like you have a very complicated and difficult life right now! :-( I'm SO ...
moderation6/5/2009
  Q: pls, what do you know about moderation in christian living.
  A: Good evening, Innocent. What an interesting question! I took some time to ponder it today since ...
divorce5/31/2009
  Q: I just read one of your answers regarding divorce. My husband left my girls and I 9 months ago ...
  A: As I read your question, a few things come to mind. First, I am so sorry that you are finding ...
Romeo and Juliet4/17/2009
  Q: I am a high school English / Latin teacher in a conservative Christian school, in the Northwest ...
  A: I'm in the NW suburbs, too! How cool is that? :-) I apologize, it's been many years since I saw ...
christainity4/5/2009
  Q: greetings and permit me ask 3 pertinent questions. 1. what is Christianity all about. This because ...
  A: Good morning, Emmanuel :-) Wow, those are three huge topics! All of them are important in their ...
Proper attire for Christian children and youth d4/1/2009
  Q: I am a mother of three boys aged 10, 7 and 5 years. I have a daughter aged 1year 7 months. I am a ...
  A: you raise every mother's nightmare! :-) Questions about how to dress as a Christian kid. I assume ...
when to move on?3/24/2009
  Q: I'm struggling with a decision here, but first let me give you a bit of background... I have been ...
  A: Well, I can sure resonate with what you're saying! I've been part of churches and small groups ...
A lost soul3/21/2009
  Q: I am a Christian girl and I truly love the Lord. I am however in a relationship with a very special ...
  A: I believe God is truly honored by our desire to see our loved ones come to a relationship with ...
how to live3/21/2009
  Q: I have several questions for you. I have been struggling recently on the subject of how to live as ...
  A: I think all Christians, who are honest about their faith journey, find that discipleship is hard. ...
a BIG decision3/17/2009
  Q: Barbara, My questions today are very simple. I am in a position in my life where i have choices to ...
  A: Simple questions...not such simple answers perhaps. Relationships can be very confusing and ...
itimacy2/26/2009
  Q: I have been married to my husband for almost 15 years. He thinks oral sex is ok. I'm just not sure. ...
  A: I thank you for your question though it is one that the Bible never directly addresses. However, I ...
Teen Relationship2/22/2009
  Q: I'm Neisa and I am 17. I have been dating my boyfriend for over a year now. We have grown very ...
  A: I'm glad to hear that your boyfriend wants to wait on considering marriage until after you're ...
how to let go2/2/2009
  Q: i am a born again christian and i love God with all of my heart and my mind,but from last year until ...
  A: Without a doubt, relationships are very difficult. Sometimes, Christian relationships are even ...
Some Christian Apologetics1/21/2009
  Q: I have some questions that I am hoping you can help me with. My brother lives in the midwest in a ...
  A: Good morning,R. Wow, what an amazing story! I apologize in advance for the length of my ...
Attitude1/18/2009
  Q: What sort of an attitude should I have when facing trials in life (especially with recurring ...
  A: You ask great questions! I struggle with these myself, so I can readily attest to how hard it is to ...
Heaven12/19/2008
  Q: I'm a member of an internet Christian Fellowship Group and recently there has been the topic of ...
  A: The subject of heaven is actually an interesting one. You're right, there are different schools of ...
being blessed by someone in error12/11/2008
  Q: My former pastor was a good man but has changed. I left the church when I witnessed numerous ...
  A: I've never had a question like this before so I haven't really thought about it previously. I'm ...
Was I molested or something?12/5/2008
  Q: Okay well did I ask you the question of whether or not I was molested or something?
  A: This is the first time I recall seeing this question. I'm so sorry, Corrina. I have no answer for ...
Am I a lesbian or am I not?12/3/2008
  Q: Okay.But the thing is that if I am bisexual or a lesbian,then I can't live with myself.I refuse ...
  A: I hope you're finding yourself encouraged today. I'm praying for you. As I promised, here are a ...
Am I a lesbian and am I saved?12/2/2008
  Q: I'm 13.I'm a girl.I feel that I'm overeffactuated with breasts.I searched on the internet about ...
  A: I wish I could offer you some good advice. However, I am not in a position to know whether you are ...
Mark 9:2311/1/2008
  Q: Mark 9: 23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that ...
  A: Great to hear from you! You're definitely on the right track to the distinction. Jesus meant that ...
Devout Christian parents upset over tattoo10/21/2008
  Q: I just turned eighteen and decided to get my first tattoo, which I have been wanting for a long ...
  A: Your question made me smile because I have a daughter also. She just turned 23 and she's been all ...
Faced with perpetual symptoms of social phobia10/2/2008
  Q: Barbara I'm a young man of 23 and would like you to advise me on how I deal with perpetual symptoms ...
  A: How are things in S. Africa? It was 4 years ago that I went on a mission trip to rural Pretoria. I ...
Hey just a quick question9/11/2008
  Q: I have been a christian all my life and I truly love jesus christ so before I went to university I ...
  A: Good morning Benjamin! Your question is wonderful and goes straight to the heart of what it means to ...
realtionship/prophet8/3/2008
  Q: when we meet we hit it off so well, everything was so perfect for months. we both really like each ...
  A: Good morning, Brian. Thank you for your question. It actually has several parts and if I may, I'd ...
New Age Church6/7/2008
  Q: I lead a youth group at our church in South Africa. Recently I have discovered serious issues in the ...
  A: Sorry for a bit of delay. We've had severe thunderstorms and tornados the past couple of days and ...
Fear of Death....!!2/21/2008
  Q: ..Let me admit in first place that I belong to "Hindu", yet wish to ask this under faith of ...
  A: Good morning, Raj from India! That's one of the things I love about the Internet. We are a global ...
Opinion1/2/2008
  Q: What do you think about kent Hovind. There are lots of people who hate him think he is a fraud and ...
  A: I must admit, I haven't followed the Kent Hovind case as closely as many others probably have. I ...
unbelievers12/13/2007
  Q: Will believers be able to recognize their loved one if they are unbelievers in the end times. I have ...
  A: You asked: <<Will believers be able to recognize their loved one if they are unbelievers in the end ...
jesus11/10/2007
  Q: if jesus is God, why would he come for jewish people only as mention in text, i came for lost sheep ...
  A: I think it's great that you are asking some important questions about the Bible. It is the world's ...
keeping faith11/8/2007
  Q: why is it so hard for me to keep faith, my brother, cousins walk in christ. But I keep falling. I ...
  A: Ready with Scripture now and some practical advice! :-) Thanks for your patience. First, in the ...
Does christianity ruin your life?10/1/2007
  Q: I guess I should provide some background, I want to be a christian but it seems like I am the one ...
  A: I have good news! You're 22 and completely normal. And sometimes we all probably wonder if ...
my daughter9/24/2007
  Q: I have a wonderful daughter. She was developmentally behind for many years and her social ...
  A: It's hard to be a mom and to watch helplessly as our children find their own way. The teenage years ...
Different Beliefs9/9/2007
  Q: ) I'm sorry if this seems to much like a rant, but it's really bothering me I've had a few ...
  A: Good morning, Nikki, I can certainly understand why it would bug you to see one group passing ...
Your conversion6/17/2007
  Q: I found in one of your past answers the following brief account of your conversion to Jesus Christ. ...
  A: Aren't you wonderful! Thank you for asking me about my conversion. It was undoubtedly the most ...
Belief6/5/2007
  Q: I am sorry, but I'm compelled to ask how people (especially women) can rationally believe in a God ...
  A: I can rationally believe in a God who loves the fallen human race so much that He willingly paid ...
religion5/1/2007
  Q: I am a cathloic and my wife is a prostant. I am divorced from my first wife, and she from her first ...
  A: You ask a very good question. Even scholars are all over the place on answering it. Perhaps that's ...
God' s Return4/30/2007
  Q: In revelations the end is spoken of, and the end represents and new beginning. The Devil and his ...
  A: You ask a great question! The passage of Revelation 20:1-10 is probably the best known passage of ...
God spoke to me last night4/13/2007
  Q: Last night, God said to me "you have to die to teach others how to live." What does this mean?
  A: While I am not an interpreter of dreams or visions, I can point you to some biblical principles that ...
Help1/2/2007
  Q: I have been a christian for 6 years now and through the years, there are ups and downs in my walk. ...
  A: Every Christian has ups and downs in his/her walk of faith. But the resource each Christian has to ...
Death, Life after Death12/7/2006
  Q: I am researching how the Christian view of life after death motivates actions in this life. I would ...
  A: I would be pleased to help you with your research. The short answer I would give is that the ...
The problem of evil12/3/2006
  Q: How can we reconcile the concept of an all loving and all powerfull God with the presence of real ...
  A: You ask a wonderful question. One that goes to the very heart of the gospel. You see any god other ...
Spiritualism12/1/2006
  Q: I need your help/advice concerning my neice. She has become what she calls a spiritualist. Her last ...
  A: I'm happy to try to help. First, it is lovely that you care so much about your niece and her ...
dating11/18/2006
  Q: grace be with you. I am presently separated from my wife. She is a non-believer,who I feel is close ...
  A: While I'm sorry to hear of the circumstances that led to your separation, I am happy to hear of your ...
I need a christian lifestyle and life plan10/4/2006
  Q: I was abused in different ways from childhood, then i became a v crazy young woman and led a strange ...
  A: I am praying for your peace and healing. My goodness, your question was a reminder of the difficult ...
christian worship9/21/2006
  Q: "all christians worship the same." how do you think a christian might respond to this statment. give ...
  A: Jack. Sorry it took me some time to get back to you. I was out of town and received your message as ...
rejected by the church8/11/2006
  Q: I have sent this question to another "expert" 3 days ago and I am still waiting for an answer. ...
  A: Parcel. :-) Rejection by a pastor or by a church is a very painful thing, indeed. It's an ...
General Skepticism Problems!7/25/2006
  Q: my name is Johnny and I'm a 20 year old college student who's having a very hard time reconciling ...
  A: Good morning, Johnny, I love your question! :-) Been there. Doubt that. Just like you. And ...
Relationships between Baptists and Catholics6/6/2006
  Q: I am very in love with a boy. We have been in love for nearly two years now. We are not officially ...
  A: My son is graduating from high school today and life has been a bit crazy. Sorry for not getting ...
the love of God on earth2/4/2006
  Q: Greetings Barbara, What are your inspired thoughts about the oneness of all believers? Jesus ...
  A: Good morning, Christopher! Yours is an excellent question. While I don't think I have any ...
Glorifying God1/19/2006
  Q: The Bible says that we are to glorify God in everything that we do. If this is the case, is it a sin ...
  A: I am so thrilled you wrote with such a wonderful question. I truly believe there are many ...
faith11/24/2005
  Q: explain your conversion and what your christian faith means to you.
  A: :-) I love reflecting on my conversion. It was the most amazing moment of my life! My conversion ...
Love... Again8/21/2005
  Q: Greetings again Barbara, Recently, I asked you what your opinion on what love was was, and your ...
  A: I've been thinking while at work about your question and I'm ready to give another short answer as a ...
Christian Living8/7/2005
  Q: I am contacting you because I have a concern that needs attention from an expert, such as yourself. ...
  A: You have an excellent question...one that missionaries, in particular, struggle with. I will begin ...
Love7/26/2005
  Q: Greetings Barbara, So it looks like you are quite knowledgeable in numerous areas of life, so I ...
  A: Josh, seriously :-) You have a great question--one that people have been trying to answer for ...
Being a Christian, NOT a Republican!!6/29/2005
  Q: I am a born-again Christian. Jesus is my personal saviour. But politicaly, I am a progressive and a ...
  A: James, thank you for a marvelous question....interestingly enough, timed in a way to affirm ...
Possibly and odd question4/25/2005
  Q: I am a new Christian and I am trying to do things as I think God would want me to. I understand I ...
  A: This isn't an odd question at all. In fact, these types of things are the "rubber meets the road" ...
divorce4/15/2005
  Q: My husband and I are trying to help a friend - his wife has left him, says there is no hope of her ...
  A: How wonderful that you're reaching out to help a friend! I think it's times like this that prove ...
past sin3/3/2005
  Q: You helped me with my other problem so I hope you can help me with this one. I was raised in the ...
  A: Good evening, Kay, I'm glad you followed up with this question. I only have a few moments tonight, ...
child abuse3/3/2005
  Q: I am a Christian and believe in the Bible. I just read a book about a girl named Ursala and how she ...
  A: My heart breaks as I read your question. It seems as though your spirit is clearly very sensitive ...
christian's reaction to fear1/31/2005
  Q: I'm working on a personal inquiry project on phobias and fear. A thought came to me. Does the ...
  A: I've done a bit of research on this really, really, REALLY interesting topic. :-) First, if you'll ...
Touching1/26/2005
  Q: I have recently started touching myself in a way that feels good, but my friends say that if i do ...
  A: There is a longstanding misconception about masturbation and hell. Truly, I don't know of any ...
Evangelical Christian1/4/2005
  Q: What are Evangelical christian? Whats their beleives and history ? what branch of christainity ...
  A: You ask a lot of really good questions. I'll do my best to answer them one at a time. First, ...
Sex or violence11/17/2004
  Q: I would like to know what is worse in life, sex or violence? I see many Christians decry the lack ...
  A: Your question is a very valuable one. Unquestionably violence is worse. Sex was designed as a ...
Very sad girl here.8/13/2004
  Q: I am a 25-year-old who sometimes wonders why we all continue to go through the motions. Let me ...
  A: You sound like a very sweet young lady who has a huge, huge heart! I'm glad you decided to send me ...
Science of Minds6/29/2004
  Q: Just a few days ago, my grandmother passed away and since that day I've been learning quite alot ...
  A: :-) First, let me say I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother's passing. It's always hard on a ...
christian / quasi-christian relationship5/27/2004
  Q: quote: "Question I am not Christian, but my Boyfriend is. We've recently gotten into a very happy ...
  A: I love being able to talk through the practical issues of faith in life with people. I have a good ...
Jesus4/20/2004
  Q: I have a boyfriend of 2 years who considers himself to have faith, and he believes in God, but he ...
  A: It's so hard when people we love don't see Jesus as being necessary for eternal life. You write: ...
Christian/non-Christian relationship1/31/2004
  Q: I am not Christian, but my Boyfriend is. We've recently gotten into a very happy romantic ...
  A: I got sent two copies of your question and I didn't want you to think I was rejecting you. If you ...

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Barbara Shafer (Seminary Gal now also at http://seminarygal.com ) I am an Evangelical Christian who is willing to answer faith questions in a thoughtful, researched manner. In particular, my heart`s desire is to assist those who need answers regarding suffering and those seeking to reconcile the Christian faith with the field of science. SeminaryGal.com

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I have a Masters of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. I particularly enjoy apologetics (defense and explanation of the Christian faith) and systematic theology (understanding how the Bible itself supports various aspects of Christian doctrine). Both of these play a vital role in the "nuts and bolts" of evangelism... but the heart of Christian evangelism is love and compassion. A turning point for me was when I experienced the loss of my daughter Julia. Since then, my heart has been to help people who struggle to understand the Christian faith (and those who may be questioning the goodness of God) in light of the problem of evil and suffering. I've been informally answering Bible questions via other Internet avenues for over 10 years- to skeptics and believers alike. Thank you for blessing me with these opportunities.

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