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Does God exist?
How do we know that God exists? As Christians, we know God exists because we speak to Him every day. We do not literally hear Him speaking to us, but we sense His presence, we feel His leading, we know His love, we desire His grace.
Yes, there is a God, but of course simply saying that God exists does not mean that He does. However, Genesis 1:1 tells us that "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth". Psalm 14:1 tells us: "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good". This scripture is repeated in Psalm 53:1.
People claim to reject God’s existence because it is “not scientific” or “because there is no proof.” The true reason is that once they admit that there is a God, they also must realize that they are responsible to God and in need of forgiveness from Him. If God exists, then we are accountable to Him for our actions. If God does not exist, then we can do whatever we want without having to worry about God judging us. That is why many of those who deny the existence of God cling strongly to the theory of naturalistic evolution—it gives them an alternative to believing in a Creator God. God exists and ultimately everyone knows that He exists. The very fact that some attempt so aggressively to disprove His existence is in fact an argument for His existence.
What is the difference between a talent and a spiritual gift?
A talent is the result of genetics or training and can be possessed by anyone, Christian or non-Christian; while a spiritual gift is the result of the power of the Holy Spirit and are possessed only by Christians. Both are gifts from God. Both grow in effectiveness with use. Both are intended to be used on behalf of others, not for selfish purposes. While both talents and spiritual gifts should be used for God’s glory and to minister to others, spiritual gifts are focused on these tasks, while talents can be used entirely for non-spiritual purposes.
Why did Jesus teach in parables?
Matthew 13:10 - And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand” (Matthew 13:11-13).
Jesus spoke in parables not to hide the wisdom, but to explain the powerful truth in a way that was easier to grasp. There are no hidden meanings or codes in Jesus' words. In the parable of the prodigal son, the son got into a terrible situation, but he realized that he had nothing to lose and everything to gain by attempting a reconciliation with his father. In the parable there was a happy ending. If you should ever find yourself in a desperate situation similar to like this, and you remember this parable, you might realize that even if the reconciliation doesn’t come off, you’re still no worse off. So by remembering the parable, you might attempt a reconciliation that you otherwise wouldn’t think of.
How can I be saved?
Salvation is available to everyone. John 3:16 says "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten [uniquely born] Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. The Bible states clearly that except you repent, you shall perish (Acts 16:31). Romans 10: 9, also tells us that if we confess that Jesus Christ is lord and believe with all our hearts that God has raised in from the dead, then we shall be saved.
Ephesians 4:14-16- That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.