Q. Why is Babylon such a big question in the Bible?
A. Babylon is, in fact, greatly emphasized in Scripture. It is mentioned over two-hundred times in the Bible which makes it the second of historys famous cities. The first is, of course, Jerusalembut Babylon was the biggest, best, and most beautiful city of its time. It had great wealth and prestige and was the master of everything. Before the Bible is finished, however, it tells us of the total destruction of Babylonboth in its religious and commercial forms. The best that earth could produce became a disaster. One more time will Babylon be presented in Scripture after which it will be destroyed totally and completely. Surely the world is supposed to learn from this that our human plans, however promising, without God, amount to nothing. Every aspiring human being should remember this. Total destruction is finally what will happen to the world itself.
Q. Is tithing presented in Scripture?
A. Tithing was a requirement under Old Testament law. It is not the law of the New Testament, however, but rather believers are admonished to give as God has prospered (I Cor. 16:2).
Q. What books should I read?
A. Most importantly, read the Bible. It tells us of all that pertains to life and godliness. Beyond that, Christian books abound in our time. C. S. Lewis, for instance, is a great author and his book Mere Christianity should be read by all. Everyone should also read Pilgrims Progress, the worlds most widely read Christian book. Because there are so many more, we recommend that you stop at your Christian bookstore and talk to the proprietor about what is available. Dont miss Discover Your Destiny.
Q. Should I become a prophetic scholar?
A. The Scripture says, We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well that you take heed, as to a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts (II Peter 1:19). The Bible, therefore, says that learning prophecy will be of tremendous value. Bible prophecy is the only way we can know the future and is, therefore, very valuable at retaining our sanity in the present. Reading and knowing the prophetic Word will be a constant reminder to you that God presides above it all and will not forget us.
Q. Is there only one way of salvation?
A. The Scripture says, Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12).
Q. Can a Christian go to heaven without receiving the Holy Spirit?
A. We would have to answer by saying that, without receiving the Holy Spirit, a person is not a Christian. But in saying this, we must also point out that receiving the Holy Spirit is not a separate experience from becoming a Christian. When a person comes to Christ as Savior, he is automatically indwelt by the Holy Spirit. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? (I Cor. 6:19). Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit (I John 4:13).
By reading these and other Scriptures, it is evident that anyone who has truly accepted Christ as personal Savior has the indwelling Holy Spirit, and will go to heaven.