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Why did Christ descend into hell?

Question: In the Apostles Creed we say “He descended into Hell”. What are the Scripture verses that indicate Christ descended into Hell, and for what purpose?  A few of us have had several discussions about this and we would appreciate your insights. Answer: To begin with it is important to note that Christ’s descent into hell is…

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Is Jesus an angel?

Question: In our Bible Class we were talking about whether or not Jesus made appearances in the Old Testament.  Someone in the class said that he had heard that the “angel of the Lord” was actually Jesus.  I asked how Jesus could be an angel. No one knew.  Can you help us? Answer: This statement by Luther…

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Was Jesus ever called God?

Question: Did the followers of Jesus ever just call him God?  He is part of the Triune God, but did they ever address him as just God? Answer: The “easy” answer is that as far as we know they did not.  There is no recorded instance in which they addressed him in that way. My…

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Does Babylon refer to America?

I Have two Questions: 1) Is it true that the “Babylon” in the book of Revelation is really referring to America? 2) Are the chosen people now those who believe in Jesus and not the Jewish nation? Question 1: Revelation 1:1b “… He sent this revelation by way of symbols…” (NET)  The Babylon that your…

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A Misplaced Comma?

Question for Dr. Saleska: Jesus told the dying thief: "Verily I say unto you, today you will be with me in paradise-" (Luke 23:43) or did he? Jesus descended into hell and rose the third day. Was the thief with Jesus? I don't think so. The statement should read, "Verily I say unto you today,…

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Is the Earth only 6000 years old?

Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” This implies at least two heavens – the vast empty heaven surrounding planet earth, and God’s heavenly realm. Planet earth was without form or void. Were these created only 6000 years ago? Most likely they were created at a time when there was no time. But 6000 years ago, God separated the sea from the dry land and formed the mountains, hills, deserts, lakes, rivers, etc. on earth. Is earth only 6000 years old?

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Are Body and Soul Separate?

Question for Dr. Saleska: When the Bible uses the terms "body" and "soul," it seems to use them interchangeably and usually to refer to the whole person or to one's entire being - like bodies being a living sacrifice in Romans 12. Are these separate entities, like, for instance, the soul leaving the body at…

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God Appeared in the Flesh in the Old Testament?

In one of our Bible classes at church someone said that in the Old Testament God sometimes appeared in a physical body. We also talked about the angel of the Lord who came to Abraham as being Christ. Could you explain this? Also, in Acts 23:11 it says that the Lord stood by Paul. It seems as if Paul could see him. Do you think he could? Dr. Saleska Responds.

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Let there be Light: What was the Light?

Question for Dr. John Saleska: Genesis 1:3, "And God said, 'Let there be light': and there was light."  What was the light? Response from Dr. John Saleska: This is a very good question for which there are very few "scientific" answers.  Scripture does not give us any additional information about this light.  We know that…

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