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Some Difficult Questions Answered
Using the Holy Bible

Copyright 2014,2016 by Robert Wayne Atkins, P.E.
All Rights Reserved.




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ISBN: 978-0-9850358-3-9
Type of Book: Paperback
Book Size: 8.5 inches by 11 inches
Number of Pages: 116
Number of Full Color Pictures: 52
Number of Sketches and Illustrations in Black and White: 9
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This book uses the Holy Bible to answer a few very difficult questions. This book only uses the Holy Bible nothing more nothing less.

The reason is simple. The Holy Bible is the Word of God and it contains the answers to every important question that has been asked by mankind.

It is relatively easy to support almost any point of view by carefully selecting one or two verses from the Bible that support that point of view, and then completely ignoring all the other verses in the Bible that are in opposition to that point of view. Satan tried this approach when he tempted Jesus in the wilderness. But Jesus used the Holy Bible to defeat Satan. In my opinion, we should follow Jesus' example and we should use the entire Holy Bible as our guide and not just a few random scripture verses from the Bible.

This book contains answers from the Holy Bible to the following questions:
  1. Is Salvation by Faith Alone or is Something More Required?
  2. What Does the Holy Bible Say About Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage?
  3. What Does the Holy Bible Say About Alcohol?
  4. What Does the Holy Bible Say About Giving?
  5. What Happens When a Person Dies?
  6. Will the Rapture be Before, During, or at the End of the Tribulation?
  7. What Actually Happens During the Seven Year Tribulation?
  8. How Can a Christian Survive the Tribulation?
If the above questions are ones that you would like to know the answers to, then perhaps this book will be of assistance to you in your search for the truth.



Preface to
Some Difficult Questions Answered Using the Holy Bible

In order to gradually mature in the Christian faith a person must develop a better understanding of what the Holy Bible does say, and what the Holy Bible does not say.

Christian maturity and Christian salvation are two different issues. Salvation is based on God's grace and it does not depend on anyone's understanding of the Holy Bible. A person is saved the moment he or she accepts Jesus Christ as Savior.

On the other hand, Christian maturity is normally proportional to the amount of time a person invests in reading and studying the Holy Bible. Even if a person invests most of his or her life reading and studying the Holy Bible, that person will not "perfectly" understand every scripture verse in the entire Bible. Fortunately, a person's salvation does not depend on his or her understanding of the Bible. Even if a person is mistaken in some of their interpretations of specific scripture verses, God still loves them. The important issue is that a person sincerely attempts to correctly understand scriptures, and he or she is willing to change a belief that he or she may have had for many years if God sheds some new light on those scriptures.

When I first became a Christian in 1976 I simply accepted almost everything I heard in church as being the truth. But as the years passed I gradually read the entire Bible from cover to cover several times. And eventually I realized that a few of the really "popular church sayings" are not in the Bible anywhere, and in some cases those sayings are actually misleading.

For example, the expression "Cleanliness is next to Godliness" is not in the Bible anywhere. However, there are several scriptures that say that we should be aware of how we appear to others and that we should strive to look, act, and behave in a manner that glorifies God.

Another example is: "Thou shalt not drink alcohol." This statement is not in the Bible anywhere. However, there are several scriptures that recommend moderation in the consumption of alcohol, and there are several scriptures that condemn the excessive consumption of alcohol. But there are also scriptures that say that the moderate consumption of alcohol has positive long-term health benefits. Finally, Jesus Christ never sinned and He never tempted anyone to sin. But Jesus' first miracle was to turn water into wine at a wedding feast that He was attending with His mother and some of His disciples. Since Jesus did create additional wine for the wedding guests to enjoy then we should be careful about what we say about the subject of alcohol, and about what we say about whether or not alcohol is acceptable at a wedding feast.

Jesus frequently criticized some of the religious people He met for being stubborn and for clinging to their religious traditions instead of accepting the truth of what He said. I have thought about this a lot over the years and I gradually decided that I wanted to know exactly what the Holy Bible said, and that I would accept whatever the Holy Bible said even if it was not popular among the majority of good Christian people.

This book is based on the Holy Bible. When a chapter begins a new topic, all the relevant scripture verses in the Bible that pertain to that topic are listed first. After "all" the scripture verses have been discussed, then a brief summary is presented that is consistent with "all" the scripture verses. No effort was made to force the interpretation of the scriptures to be consistent with current church traditions, or to match the statements made by some famous Bible scholar. The conclusions in chapters 5 through 15 are 100% based on the Holy Bible and nothing else. (Note: Chapter 1 is an introductory chapter and it contains a few scripture verses at the end of the chapter. Chapter 2 is also an introductory chapter but it does not contain any scripture verses. Chapter 3 is a summary of the major religions of the world and it does not contain any scripture verses. Chapter 4 is my personal testimony and it does not contain any scripture verses.)

Respectfully,
Grandpappy
June 17, 2016



Table of Contents

Page
Section One: Introduction
Some Very Important Questions about Eternity 1
Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People? 4
A Brief Summary of Some of the Major Religions of the World 7
The Reasons I Decided to Become a Christian 12
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Section Two: Salvation
How to Become a Christian 18
Is Salvation by Faith Alone or is Something More Required? 21
Can a Christian Lose His or Her Salvation? 26
What is the Relationship Between Works and Salvation? 29
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Section Three: Christian Principles
What Does the Holy Bible Say About Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage? 31
What Does the Holy Bible Say About Alcohol? 40
What Does the Holy Bible Say About Giving? 46
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Section Four: The End Times
The Rapture 55
The Tribulation (also known as the Apocalypse) 59
How to Survive the Apocalypse 73
What Happens When a Person Dies? 97
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Appendix A: A Comparison of Three Study Bibles 107
Appendix B: Are There Any Mistakes in the Holy Bible? 109
Index 110
About the Author 112

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