Did Jesus die on the cross to provide healing for physical sicknesses as well as forgiveness of our sins? What is the meaning of 1 Peter 4:6, which states that “the gospel was preached even to those who are dead, that though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God does”? Since there are verses that call on us to seek God while He may be found, does that mean there are times when He will not be found? Listen live here 2-4 pm EST, and call into the show at (866) 348 7884 with your questions and comments.
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Dr. Brown, I have several questions that I hope you will answer for me. I appreciate all you do and would love to hear your answers to these questions.
1. In 2 Corinthians 3:13-16 it basically says that when a person turns to the Lord the veil is taken away. My question relating to this is “How could a person ever believe if they have a veil that keeps them from seeing the truth”. It’s great that it will be taken away if they believe, but I don’t understand how they could get to the point of believing if they can’t see the truth because of a veil.”
2. Also it seems like more Jewish people are accepting Jesus as their Messiah. I know that when Jesus returns that they will, but I thought that was after the Anti-Christ declares himself God in the Temple. Is there anything in scripture that talks about an increase of Jewish believers in Jesus prior to the Anti-Christ? Any increase because it is the end times (but before the 7 years of Tribulation)? Is there scripture that tells us?
3) Will the Jews in America return to Israel before the beginning of the Tribulation? Will the majority of American Jews ever return to Israel?
4) I know that God is speaking to many now in dreams and visions (including many Muslims). Is this happening to the Jewish community also because I haven’t heard of any accounts.
Thank you for all that you do. I have learned a lot from your teachings.
Regarding Dr. Brown’s answer about “momentary” sins vs. lifestyle sins. He specifically mentioned doubt.
Have you ever known an atheist who successfully chose to believe in God?
I mean an atheist who, through sheer volition of will, turned into a believer in God?
In all the evangelism I’ve done, I’ve never seen this happen.
Yes, I’ve seen atheists turn into believers and believers turn into atheists. But I’ve never seen it done by choice. Sometimes a “switch” seems to turn-on or off. Other times the Holy Spirit reveals himself.
Sadly, I knew a non-believer who dearly wanted to believe in God but just couldn’t. I’m convinced he was absolutely sincere. He had a lovely Christian wife and wanted to have what he saw in her. But he just couldn’t will himself into believing in God. And, if you don’t believe in God, you can’t believe in his son.
I counseled this friend to read the bible, go to church and pray to God as an act of faith and hoped that the Holy Spirit would make God real for him. He did this. It didn’t work. As far as I know, he died an atheist.
Since then, I have kept an eye out for people who willed themselves into not being an atheist. I can’t say I’ve seen it.
out of Curiosity…. are do you hold have a pre-destination view?
I only ask, because… if so the answer to your question will be they arent elect… so some are not capable.
I think Dr. Brown wife was an atheist… so that is one example I have heard about where a person rationally chooses God from atheism.
The only otehr example I have heard of are extreme… like a person has a near death experience… and thens thruthe grace of God finds faith.
I believe it’s entirely possible that Jesus presently does not know the day or the hour when he will return and judge this world, while at the same time he is in charge of everything of God, and has all authority and power.
It seems to me, it certainly would be like Jesus to live comfortably while not knowing some things which the Father might keep to himself for whatever reason he might have.
Should serve as a good example to me I think.
I sometimes differ with some trinitarians as to Jesus being God himself. I say it’s by comparison. I talked with one man who said that it isn’t by comparison, rather Jesus really is God.
I still believe John was making a comparison when he said “the same was in the beginning with God.”
It seems to me that by I Peter 4:6, that when I first had the gospel preached unto me, God did this for his purpose in Christ Jesus, that I would be judged by men in the flesh, and suffer their injustices, but have hope of eternal life in Christ, by the Spirit of God.
So it seems to me that those who hear the gospel preached unto them, being believers, have this, in order that they may abide still in Christ, and continue in him further than they have thus already been. And we are judged by men in the flesh, and suffer it, as well as even those who hear the gospel for the first time.
So it seeems to me that whether we believe the truth, or simply sit and hear it, we will be judged by men of this world, but have the oportunity of hope of eternal life in the Spirit of God by Jesus Christ, whose will it is, that all men everywhere receive the life that is in him, and continue in it, unto our full salvation, by the determined will and grace of God our Saviour.
I would like to hear testimony of an ex athiest, something about how he used to eat from the wrong tree, but then by the grace of God he came to a knowledge of Christ his Saviour.
There’s a footnote in my 1599 Geneva Bible at I Peter 4:6 which leads me to believe that the apostle Peter may be saying in effect that the hidden gospel of Christ had been preached unto the Jews who had lived before Christ came in the flesh, who are now dead, (for their time on earth expired) and that the hidded secrets of God pertaining to sin and the salvation from it, were preached unto them also, (by Christ in the Spirit, I presume) and being found to be men under the law, they were condemned by the law, which thing men had received by God who gave it.
would have loved to call in on this show. Video games. personally i don’t play GTA. but i have played it when i was a kid. one of the first few releases. can’t comment too much specifically on GTA. so let’s talk about a game that i love: Bomberman. do i go around putting bombs under peoples’ noses? do i want to do that? the thought never even crossed my mind. it’s a game, it’s got absolutely no relation to reality whatsoever.to go out on a limb and question peoples’ salvation because they like playing bomberman etc is quite a statement. these games are like meals, they are eaten and forgotten almost immediately.
i feel that those who morally oppose the playing of these games (bomberman in my case) draw too close a nexus between the game playing and reality, where to other peoples’ minds, none exists.
it no more affects one’s propensities to indulge in said activities than reading about the depraved acts people committed in the old testament.
No, I don’t hold to pre-destination, even thought I find it perfectly logical.
Pre-destination is the logical outcome of belief in an omnipotent, eternal and omniscient God. (all of which I believe!)
But that’s where I’m a biblicist more than a theologian.
There are simply too many verses in the bible where humans have agency and God responds to those decisions.
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As for Dr. Brown’s wife — do you know for-fact that she “intellectually” chose to believe in God?
(I have heard Dr. Brown mention her conversion but I don’t know the details.)
As for the deathbed conversions — I doubt that very many are a logical choice.
Weren’t you the one who offered to buy Dr. Brown’s book for me?
You might be happy to know that I am seriously considering reading it.
Do you think all “heck” would break lose here if I responded to it chapter-by-chapter as I read it?
I changed my mind about homosexuality years ago and it might be a good exercise for me to be challenged by Dr. Brown’s book and to re-visit my beliefs on the subject.
But I honestly worry that I stir up too much strife on this site already! I am a little surprised that Dr. Brown has tolerated me this long.
PS: Despite your generous offer, I think I can get my own copy.
>> it’s a game, it’s got absolutely no relation to reality whatsoever
I think there is a lot of research which would disagree with you on that point.
What we “consume” shapes who we are. Not just what comes in through the mouth but through the eyes and ears as well.
Consider the verse from Joshua — “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
There is a direct line from meditation to a changed life.
But, to be clear, most people who play violent or sexual video games don’t kill and rape. But, inevitably, some more fragile or unstable people do.
But do hours and hours of simulated violence shape you? I have no doubt that it does.
(Can you be a gamer and Christian? Maybe that could be Dr. Brown’s next book.)
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