Leftover Questions, Part 1
Posted on February 13, 2012
Whenever we host an event at Riv, we try to do a Q&A session at the end. Unfortunately, we can only answer a small fraction of the questions we receive. After the God’s Not Mad At You event we hosted last weekend, someone asked me if I would answer the leftover questions on my blog. My first reaction was, “No way! There are too many!” After some thought, I decided to tackle a bunch of them in a series of posts this week (mostly by linking to great articles on sites I trust). I am also going to do a few 4 minute videos on some of the questions in the coming weeks.
Question: God has forgiven us for our sins, but the effects of sin are still around us. In fact, sometimes it’s the people around the sinner who pay. Why is this so?
Answer from GotAnswers.org: If you lived isolated on an island in the middle of the sea, then perhaps your private sin would not affect anyone but yourself. However, since the maxim is “no man is an island,” there is a good chance that you have a family or at the least friends and acquaintances that you come into contact with on a continual basis. All of them will be affected in some way by sin because sin has consequences (Romans 6:23). That is a principle that follows the pattern laid down at the creation. Everything created has a seed from which it propagates itself after its “kind” (Genesis 1:11, 21, 25). In other words, you do not plant corn and expect to harvest beets. You cannot “plant” sin—even in private—and not expect to reap a harvest of consequences. And consequences have a way of spilling out over everyone and anyone that comes into contact with us because of another principle called “association.” This means that those around you can be blessed or hurt by association with you and the choices and actions you make, both privately and publicly.(Read the rest of the answer here)
Question: Can God forgive you for sin that you cannot forgive yourself for?
Answer from TheResurgence.com: Sometime it is flat out hard to forget the things that should be forgotten and remember the things that should be remembered. I should forget the sinful things that have been confessed and forgiven and not let the devil rub my nose in it, but constantly remind myself of what is under the blood of Christ. (Read the rest of the answer here)
Question: How can people who commit adultery receive so much grace?
Answer from Paul Zahl: Grace is a love that has nothing to do with you, the beloved. It has everything and only to do with the lover. Grace is irrational in the sense that it has nothing to do with weights and measures. It has nothing to do with my intrinsic qualities or so-called “gifts” (whatever they may be). It reflects a decision on the part of the giver (the one who loves) in relation to the receiver (the one who is loved) that negates any qualifications the receiver may personally hold…Grace is one-way love. (Read the rest of the answer here)
Question: Should we be gracious to Steve Sommerlot because he’s old?
Answer: While this question was likely a joke, here is a great thought from R.C. Sproul: “When I last crossed a decade barrier in my own aging process, God was good enough to grant me this small bit of wisdom—the Bible honors age, not youth. I came to understand that the disappearance of my youth was something God thought a good thing, and if I were wise, I would agree. Now a decade later and I have been given this bit of wisdom—easier said than done.” (Read the rest of the answer here)
Question: If a Christian commits suicide, will they go to heaven?
Answer from GotAnswers.org: The Bible teaches that from the moment we truly believe in Christ, we are guaranteed eternal life (John 3:16). According to the Bible, Christians can know beyond any doubt that they possess eternal life (1 John 5:13). Nothing can separate a Christian from God’s love (Romans 8:38-39). If no “created thing” can separate a Christian from God’s love, and even a Christian who commits suicide is a “created thing,” then not even suicide can separate a Christian from God’s love. Jesus died for all of our sins, and if a true Christian, in a time of spiritual attack and weakness, commits suicide, that would still be a sin covered by the blood of Christ.
Suicide is still a serious sin against God. According to the Bible, suicide is murder; it is always wrong. (Read the rest of the answer here)