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Q. Why is the Bible hard to understand?
A. When we are children, everything is hard to understand, some things are impossible. As we grow, however, we are to exercise our minds so that we can become intelligent. The believing Christian will become progressively more spiritually intelligent.

Q. Who will be the queen of heaven?
A. Heaven has no queen. However, when Israel forsook the Lord, the Bible says of them, “The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings to other gods, that they may provoke Me to anger” (Jer. 7:18). The worship of anyone save God Himself is forbidden in Scripture. Even so, the worship of the mythical queen of heaven appears now and then in apostate churches in our time.

Q. How can I believe in something I have not seen?
A. The most important things in life are the things that we have not seen. This includes love, truth, fidelity, high purpose and other great qualities. The things that we can see are relatively unimportant. It’s the things that we cannot see that really count, so the Apostle Paul said, “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (II Cor. 4:18). Many things which are today invisible will soon be seen through the eyes of faith.

Q. How can I be controlled by the Holy Spirit?
A. It is never the intention of the Lord that you be controlled by the Holy Spirit. Rather, the Scripture teaches that we are led by the Spirit, saying, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Rom. 8:14). The Spirit, rather, would teach us that blessed quality of self-control. We are not marionettes pulled by strings from heaven. No, we are free moral agents and the Christian grows more free every day.

Q. How can I get over being afraid to speak of Christ?
A. In the Scriptures we notice that most of the time the disciples had no such problem. About them, the Scripture says, “So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them, 'Whether it be right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard'” (Acts 4:18-20). The disciples saw Christ, they heard Him preach and the balance of their lives was spent telling the world about Him. Nevertheless, the Apostle Paul asked for prayer, “that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the Gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak” (Eph. 6:19,20).

Q. Is unconditional election true?
A. The Bible says that we are “elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, to obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ” (I Pet. 1:2). Therefore, election has a condition. We are “elect according to the foreknowledge of God.” God, in His wisdom, foreknows that we will accept Christ. As a consequence, we are elected, which means that we are guaranteed eternal life unconditionally. But notice, election is not unto eternal life, but unto obedience. God, therefore, foreordains that we will arrive at heaven and be perfect in eternity, conformed to the image of Christ. The doctrine of unconditional election is interesting philosophy, but poor theology.

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