Q & A
1. WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT THE CREATION?
God has revealed in Scripture the authentic and historical account of His creative activity. He created the universe, and in this six-day creation the Lord made “the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them” and rested on the seventh day and called it holy.
He established the Sabbath as a memorial day of what He created during six literal days that together with the Sabbath constituted the same unit of time that we call a week. The first man and woman, Adam and Eve were made in the image of God. They were the crowning work of Creation and given dominion over the world, with responsibility to care of it.
When creation was complete, God called it very good.
(Gen. 1-2; 5; 11; Exod. 20:8-11; Ps. 19:1 6; 33:6, 9; 104; Isa. 45:12, 18; Acts 17:24; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:2; 11:3; Rev. 10:6; 14:7.)
2. WHAT HAPPENS AFTER DEATH?
We live in an mortal world where suffering, sickness, death and unexpected events are constant. God, who alone is immortal, has promised to grant eternal life to all those who believe in Him and His promises. According to Scripture death is an unconscious and short lived “sleep” until resurrection morning. “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.” Job 19:25-26
When Christ, who is our life, appears, the resurrected righteous and the living righteous will be glorified and caught up to meet their Lord.The second resurrection, the resurrection of the unrighteous, will take place a thousand years later.
( Job 19:25-27; Ps. 146:3, 4; Eccl. 9:5, 6, 10; Dan. 12:2, 13; Isa. 25:8; John 5:28, 29; 11:11-14; Rom. 6:23; 16; 1 Cor. 15:51-54; Col. 3:4; 1 Thess. 4:13-17; 1 Tim. 6:15; Rev. 20:1-10.)
3. WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF CHRISTIAN BAPTISM?
By baptism we confess our faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and testify of our death to sin and of our purpose to walk in newness of life. Thus we acknowledge Christ as Lord and Saviour, become His people, and are received as members by His church. Baptism is a symbol of our union with Christ, the forgiveness of our sins, and our reception of the Holy Spirit.
It is by immersion in water and is contingent on an affirmation of faith in Jesus and evidence of repentance of sin. It follows instruction in the Holy Scriptures and acceptance of their teachings.
(Matt. 28:19, 20; Acts 2:38; 16:30-33; 22:16; Rom. 6:1-6; Gal. 3:27; Col. 2:12, 13.)
4. WHY KEEP SATURDAY HOLY?
The gracious Creator, after the six days of Creation, rested on the seventh day and instituted the Sabbath for all people as a memorial of Creation. The fourth commandment of God’s unchangeable law requires the observance of this seventh-day Sabbath as the day of rest, worship, and ministry in harmony with the teaching and practice of Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath. The Sabbath is a day of delightful communion with God and one another. It is a symbol of our redemption in Christ, a sign of our sanctification, a token of our allegiance, and a foretaste of our eternal future in God’s kingdom.
The Sabbath is God’s perpetual sign of His eternal covenant between Him and His people. Joyful observance of this holy time from evening to evening, sunset to sunset, is a celebration of God’s creative and redemptive acts.
(Gen. 2:1-3; Exod. 20:8-11; 31:13-17; Lev. 23:32; Deut. 5:12-15; Isa. 56:5, 6; 58:13, 14; Ezek. 20:12, 20; Matt. 12:1-12; Mark 1:32; Luke 4:16; Heb. 4:1-11.)
5. SHOULD CHRISTIANS KEEP HARMFUL HABITS?
We are called to be a godly people who think, feel, and act in harmony with biblical principles in all aspects of personal and social life. For the Spirit to recreate in us the character of our Lord we involve ourselves only in those things that will produce Christlike purity, health, and joy in our lives. This means that our amusement and entertainment should meet the highest standards of Christian taste and beauty.
While recognizing cultural differences, our dress is to be simple, modest, and neat, befitting those whose true beauty does not consist of outward adornment but in the imperishable ornament of a gentle and quiet spirit. It also means that because our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit, we are to care for them intelligently. Along with adequate exercise and rest, we are to adopt the most healthful diet possible and abstain from the unclean foods identified in the Scriptures.
Since alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and the irresponsible use of drugs and narcotics are harmful to our bodies, we are to abstain from them as well. Instead, we are to engage in whatever brings our thoughts and bodies into the discipline of Christ, who desires our wholesomeness, joy, and goodness.
6. IS ABORTION WRONG?
Biblically, life begins at conception. If we are pronounced dead when our heart stops beating, then why are we not pronounced alive when it starts beating? Conception starts in the womb. Isaiah says:
The all-knowing God declares that he knows people even before they are born. He knows them personally, as he is their Creator, who is spreading his image through-out the earth (Gen 1:27). He knows our entire being (Psa 103:14; cf. Job 10:8; Psa 119:73; Eccl 11:5); which includes our very souls which are given at conception (Eccl 12:7). No matter what title a person goes under (mother, father, doctor, etc.), a person who aborts a child (fetus) is guilty of sin against God and the child.
A child in the womb is created by God in his image (Gen. 1:26-27). Jeremiah emphatically considered himself as alive in his mother's womb (Jer 20:17). To God, all children - even those yet in the womb - are living human beings (Psa 139:13-16).
The same Greek word brephos (meaning an unborn child, embryo, a fetus, a new-born child, an infant, a babe, or a child) is used to describe the unborn John the Baptist (Luke 1:41, 44), the newborn baby Jesus (Luke 2:12, 16), and the young (out of the womb) children who were brought to Jesus for his blessing (Luke 18:15; also 2 Tim 3:15). God makes no distinction between children which have been born and unborn fetuses. They are "all" his living creations (Psa. 127:3).
To willingly end life is considered to be murder!
7. WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT JESUS' RETURN?
The Bible does not specify an exact date of His return. One thing is for sure. We have to be always ready!