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1. What does the word 'Bible' mean?

2. I have found in the Bible several contradictions, can you explain to me why there are these contradictions?

3. I heard that in the Catholic Bible there are some books called 'Apocryphal', what are these books?

4. How do you explain the fact that in the book of Proverbs, first it is written: "Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him" (Proverbs 26:4) and immediately after: "Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit" (Proverbs 26:5)?

5. What did David mean when he said in the Psalms: "Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me" (Psalm 23:4)?

6. What do these words: "Unto the pure all things are pure" (Titus 1:15) mean?

7. Genesis 10:31. "These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, after their nations". This passage precedes the chapter where it is written about the Tower of Babel where God confused the language of the whole world. The question is this: why does the author speak about tongues? Did they have already a different tongue or was the confusing of tongues only for a nation?

8. Who wrote the epistle to the Hebrews?

9. Where in the Bible is the well-known maxim 'God helps those who help themselves'?

10. Your idea is based completely on the 'Holy Scriptures'. However, who can say that the events written in the 'Holy Scriptures' are real events?? Are there any real and I underline real testimonies?' Perhaps all was made and written and transmitted in order to give an answer to the things we can't know, that is, to the mysteries of life. What do you think?

11. Why do you believe blindly in what the Bible says? Suppose all is untrue; suppose atheism or any religion is true, but the religion of Jesus Christ is not true; suppose nothing or everything is right. Why do you continue to say that only you are right, criticizing those who don't believe?

12. I don't feel at all wounded by your words. Each one has his own opinion and must not force the others to have the same opinion. It is true, perhaps you are right and I am wrong, yet until I am not convinced I will keep my opinion. How can you say that only you have known the truth? Who says to you that God (if He exists) cannot lie?

13. Would you like to explain to me the following words of Peter (1 Peter 2:13-14), for we are studying the first epistle of Peter and there are various interpretations?

14. What is the mystery of Christ, about which Paul speaks in Ephesians 3:2-5?

15. I would like to ask you a question which I asked myself last night [on 29th November 2000] without finding an answer until now. Last night, while I was reading the first epistle of Paul to Timothy I stopped for a moment to consider the verse 20 of the first chapter: "Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme" and then I read also the reference, that is 1 Corinthians 5:5 which says: "I have decided that such a one ought to be delivered unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus" [translated from the IBRV]. What does the following expression 'delivered unto Satan" mean? Are there any similar events nowadays? And then, does the expression "for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved" mean that the flesh can sin and the spirit remain alive? I don't think so!

16. Could you give me an analysis of the first Psalm?

17. Is the following expression 'God put it in my heart to do this or that' a biblical expression? Is it confirmed by the Bible?

18. How was established in the Bible that Noah lived 950 years, since at that time people did not know the calendar? Was one year really composed of 12 months?

19. If God in the second commandment forbids us to make any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven or that is in the earth, why was there inside the tabernacle a curtain (the one which separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place) with cherubim worked into it by a skilled craftsman? We know that those images were not worshipped; however could we then justify the untrue answer given by the Catholics according to which there is a difference between the adoration to God and the veneration given to the saints, to the dead and to Mary? And could we justify also the making of carved images and sculptures which are put by the Catholics in their houses, and in their places of worship, as the two cherubim were put into the Most Holy Place?

20. What is the meaning of these words: "The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak"?

21. Could you explain to me Hebrews 7:4-10?

22. Could you explain to me Romans 10:6-8?

23. Why does the epistle to the Hebrews speak of "the doctrine of baptisms" (Hebrews 6:2)? Is it not written that there is "one baptism" (Ephesians 4:5)?

24. Why do we have the books of the Old Testament in our Bible, and not only those of the New Testament?

25. Can the Bible be understood by everybody?

26. The apostle John says: "if anyone comes to you and does bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him" (2 John 10); what is the doctrine the apostle refers to?

27. The apostle Peter says that the false teachers are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries; could you tell me who are these dignitaries?

28. Why does Paul say to Timothy that Jesus has destroyed death (2 Timothy 1:10), whereas he says to the Corinthians that the last enemy that will be destroyed is death (1 Corinthians 15:26)?

29. Will you please explain Romans 3:7 to me?

30. What is the biblical fast?

31. Is the laying on of hands a biblical practice?

 

 

 

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