Pastors from Beaverton Foursquare Church field your questions about the Bible.
I often see Jer. 29:11 quoted with the implication that it's a promise for all people. However, since the context is God's promise to the exiles from Jerusalem to Babylon, is this really applicable to you and me?
Can you explain BFC's (and, perhaps, the Foursquare movement's) position on whether someone can lose their salvation? If so, what are the circumstances under which that might happen?
How does the commandment to "remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy" apply today?
First, let me preface this as saying that I haven't been in a church since high school and was not a "church goer" before that time even having attended a private Baptist grade school for a year. My only real exposure to Christianity was probably 2 summers worth of Son City raft rally back in '92/'93.I have lately been studying religion on my own and while never having read the bible, I believe that I have gleaned a decent amount of knowledge though other books and Wikipedia. I honestly find the Bible a bit difficult to understand properly.My questions are these:Q. In the days of Jesus, the hand of God seemed to be plainly visible on the Earth. Why did God need to make His presence seen more then He does now? Where did God go?Q. In addition to Earth, is there any belief that God created other worlds?Q. What is the reasoning behind going to church instead of learning of and worshiping God in your own way?Q. I'm unemployed and don't have much money. If I came to church would I still need to pay a tithe? What is the purpose of tithing besides supporting the church? Is there a religious reason?
Travis, Thanks for your questions. As a former "Raft Rally Raft Captain" I will do my best to answer your questions soon.
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