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What does Matthew 11:12 mean?

In Matthew’s gospel the words “Kingdom of Heaven” mean the same as Kingdom of God. When we think about a kingdom we often have in mind a geographical location such as a nation or a state.

Will there be a rapture?

The concept of the rapture is usually based on 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 where it is argued that there is a gap of some considerable time between the events of verse 16 and those of verse 17.

Why did Jesus say "Get behind me, Satan!" to Peter?

Jesus often used strong language when those he was speaking to were clearly in error! See Matthew 23:27 for example:

Free will or predestination?

There are many scriptures that speak of Christians being chosen:

Should women cover their hair in church?

The Apostle Paul writes about head-coverings in 1 Corinthians 11. As we try to apply his teaching to our own time it is very important for us to understand the culture that the apostle Paul was writing into.

In Greece during the 1st century the clothes men and women wore were very similar in style apart from the head-covering which was only worn by women. The uncovered hair of a woman was considered sexually arousing and was believed to provoke lust in men. So it was normal, dignified and socially appropriate for women (especially married women) to wear the head-covering.

Should women keep quiet in church?

In 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 the Apostle Paul addresses a particular problem in the Corinthian church. He cannot mean that women should always be silent in church as he has already mentioned women praying and prophesying in 1 Corinthians 11:5.

What does the Bible say about polygamy?

God's plan for marriage

Before exploring the question of polygamy (being married to more than one person at the same time), it is important to understand God’s intention for marriage.

The biblical pattern for marriage is that it is between one man and one woman. In Matthew 19, Jesus quotes from Genesis Chapters 1-2 to see God’s intentions for marriage:

Can I Claim the Old Testament Promises for my Life Today?

The Old Testament promises were often made to specific people, at a specific time, for a specific purpose.

What does the Bible teach about serving your country?

The Bible does speak about serving in the military, and the Christian can be assured that being a soldier is highly respected throughout the scriptures.