Question: Thank you for this article on Hell. I’ve been trying to explain to a Jehovah’s Witness guy at my school why there is a hell and this will really help. Thanks and God Bless!!
Answer: Thank you for your kind words. We are glad when we can be of help. This is why we have the website. There are many Christians who do not know the Word of God well enough to find all that they want to know about any given subject.
According to Dr. Richard Pratt, Jr. there are even more than two million pastors around the world who have no training in the Bible and theology.
This is why we have the websites; they are dedicated to giving solid Bible teaching worldwide.
Often we get Bible questions like we did recently, though, that asked questions that could be found in a Concordance at the back of a Bible. By the way, make sure when you buy a Bible that you find one with a nice Concordance. I can’t imagine being a Christian for any length of time and not having a Bible to read and study. Then you look for the ‘key’ word in your question; I will show how this works:
The first question goes like this: “What book tells us about when God turned water into blood?” The answer to this is Exodus, now I know this from studying the Bible, but if I didn’t know the exact reference I would look up the word “blood.” In my Concordance it says, “water turned into [blood], as a sign.” (Exodus 4:30 with verse 9; as a judgment. Ex. 7:17; Rev. 8:8; 11:6.)
Those verses were taken out of my New Scofield Reference Edition of the Holy Bible. There are many other good Bibles you can get that have fine Concordances, like the New Spirit Filled Life Bible, The New Defender’s Study Bible, and The NIV Study Bible. All of these Bibles will have good study notes besides Concordances.
If you were into looking at a complete Concordance of the Bible with every reference in it, you would want something like Young’s Analytical Concordance to the Bible, which I have used for many years. Also, you might want to look at Strong’s Concordance of the Bible.
Someone else asked: “Please give me the scripture where Paul anointed cloths to send to sick people.” No doubt this person is having a little trouble finding this in a Concordance because several things are wrong with the question. Paul did not anoint the cloths. Second, the word ‘cloths’ is not used in the reference. Third, a better word to look for would be ‘miracles.’ Using The NIV Study Bible Concordance, I found the reference using the word ‘miracles.’
Now, I already knew the answer because, I use our daily Bible reading (meditation) chart to read through the Bible every two years. Besides that, I have been a Christian for more than fifty years, so I already know where the reference is. I would suggest, also, that you can get on line and there are whole sites that have quick references, or you can buy these at your local Bible bookstore. If I were you, I would make it a top priority in my life to make regular visits to the local Bible bookstore. Or, for that matter, most good bookstores will have Bible Study books, even if there is not a Bible bookstore in your town.
Now back to your question: The reference you are looking for is to Paul doing his missionary work in Ephesus, where there was a lot of demon activity, so the Lord did special miracles through Paul. Here is the reference: “Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.” (Acts 19:11-12) If you are interested in more study on this, we have a whole commentary on the book of Acts. In this study we go into great detail about this sort of subject.
Many people just look at our Questions and Bible Discussion answers, never realizing there are other sections on the site. We have many good links to sites besides our own too that will help with Bible questions like: Answers in Genesis by Ken Ham and Institute for Creation Research. We have many other doctrinal articles on Creation, books of the Bible, Prophecy, and so on, you just need to click on “Christian Literature” at the bottom of all the answers.
The quickest way to get answers back from us on any topic, including questions like, where is this found? is by using our email me. address. We will try to reply to your questions almost immediately in this manner. Otherwise, it takes days, at least, to get back to you on the websites, and we can’t always respond to every question in that format. Keep the questions coming, and we will put them on as quick as we can.
I hope this helps, and God bless you as you study His Word!
Gary T. Panell
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