Do all christians need to get married?
In short no, although it is the will of the modern day church for every single christian to be married–it is not Gods.
“Now as a concession, not a command, I say this. I wish that all were as I myself am. But each has has own gift from God, one of one kind and one of another. To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single as I am. But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.” 1 Corinthians 7:6-9 ESV
What is the will of God?
I believe that this is a question asked a lot by those new to the faith and there are many teachings on what this is and how it specifically relates to a person, but I believe the answer is more simple than many make it out to be.
The will of God can be boiled down to 2 categories, sovereign and revealed.
In 1 Corinthians 14:34 why does Paul say women should stay silent?
This scripture has caused a lot of controversy in the church and is one of the things that pushes non believers away, but it’s important when reading scripture to look at history and the context in which it was written. This is one the the scriptures that really requires a bit of research.
What does Peter mean when he said the gospel was preach to the dead?
“Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.” 1 Peter 4:4-6 KJV
Who were the spirits Jesus preach to in 1 Peter 3?
“By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.” 1 Peter 3:19-20
First of all the spirits referred to in this scripture were disobedient before the time of the flood, which means these are not the generation of humans post Noah. The Bible often says that humans have spirits, but does not refer to them as just ‘spirits’ or ‘spirit’, this description is used for another kind of creature.
What happens to those who have died without knowing Christ?
“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” Romans 1:20 KJV
Although this sounds harsh it is true. All have or will receive the knowledge of God before they die, wether it is from a missionary, by them observing an aspect of nature and receiving the inclination to acquire it’s origin, or by a divine intervention from the Holy Spirit. Even to those who are mentally ill, God has a way to get to their heart.
What does Paul mean when he mentions baptism for the dead?
“Else what shall they do which are baptised for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptised for the dead?” 1 Corinthians 15:29 KJV
In this chapter Paul is explaining the resurrection to the Corinthian church. Saying just as Christ rose from the dead, those in Christ will be made alive (1 Corinthians 15:22). Everything in this chapter is related to the resurrection, so the mention of baptism is to support the resurrection. Notice Paul says ‘they’ and not ‘we’ in the scripture above, this clearly indicates it is a not something that he practises or expects followers of Christ to do. He is most likely referencing the people of a town called Eleusis located on the north east of Corinth.
Why was Jesus baptised by John? He didn’t require repentance as no sin was in him.
“And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.”
Matthew 3:15 KJV
1–To ‘fulfil all righteousness’, he symbolised the baptism we need to take, putting our sins to death and rising in him a new creation. His righteousness fulfils all the requirements of the Law making us righteous before God.
1 Corinthians 15, Is ‘the Twelve’ just a figure of speech?
So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection.”
If someone is physically unable to understand the gospel, i.e they have a severe form or autism and are unable to respond or comprehend what is being told to them. What happens when they die?
Is anything impossible for God? No matter what sickness or condition, His Word can penetrate the heart of man (Hebrews 4.12).
Christ’s sacrifice is sufficient for all people – not just those who are well enough to comprehend. If God wants you He will get you. Nothing can oppose His will because He works all things out according to His own purpose (Ephesians 1.11).