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20 comments have been left.

  • Jutha left comment on December 9, 2013 at 9:55 am

    My boyfriend gave me a condition so I want to be sure about what to answer him. We live together and we are not married. On my behalf I want to move out and live on my own until we are married since we christians. So oneday we got into an argument that led me to be brave enough to tell him that I want to move and I am going to let the landlord knows about it so we can move out in 60days. He then thought about about it for days , I went aheard cancel our lease and ask him to sign and he did with difficulty.now after few days he came to me and said if I want to fix things between me and him I should not move out. And then he said if I keep the idea of moving out its over between me and him because he believes that things will not be fixed if we move apart. What do I do in order to retain my worth as a woman and give glory to God ? Am I making a right decision if I move out ?

    BSBS Response:
    Absolutely you are making the right decision! It may not be an easy decision to make. It may cost you financially and even, ultimately, the relationship with your boyfriend. You bring glory to God by doing the right thing – especially in circumstances such as this. Your worth as a godly woman is priceless. Read and mediated on Romans 8:28. This is God’s promise to you.

  • bunny left comment on December 4, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Would God forgive me about sexual life with my boyfriend even though I believe in him?
    It is a human nature thing right?

    BSBS Response:
    God forgives those that are truly repentant. Always.

    What does repentant mean? To turn around and go in the opposite direction, to turn away from wilful sin. That you are asking about forgivness means you know in your soul that what you are doing is wrong. This is not God’s plan for you and I believe you know this to be true. God can only forgive that which you confess. So, would He, YES! Will you let Him is the big question?

    “It is a human nature thing right?” Yes, but our nature became corrupted with the fall of mankind (read the Genesis account). If you are truly a child of God, a follower of Jesus, struggling with the [old] human nature is the biggest battle we face – and it is a lifelong battle – but we are assured of victory! Read the Book of Romans.

  • Karl left comment on November 16, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    hey, im transgender and i have two questions: if there is a god why would “He” do this to me? and two does god hate transgender and gay people? as i have been told in churches and services my entire life?

    BSBS Response:
    1. God loves you. He crated you SPECIFICALLY for you to have a personal relationship with Him.
    2. Why would “He” do this to me? “He” didn’t – we live in a fallen world (Read the Genesis account).
    3. Does God hate transgender and gay people. No. But, the question remains how does God want gay and transgender to relate to him and how they should express their love for Him.
    Please watch the following video by Ravi Zacharias and others by him. I hope this helps.

  • Marty left comment on May 9, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    What confuses me the most is how this can be the better religion. If I had been born into a Muslim family, I would probably believe that (as Muslims do) that is it their religion which is the best. If I am going to hell because I never found Jesus, how is that fair and just when I was never exposed to it, or was taught to follow another religion?

    BSBS Response:

    That is a pervasive question and one that needs to be carefully looked into. Please view the following video presented by Ravi Zacharias. I strongly urge you to watch as many of his videos as you can. He is one of the greatest reasoners on the matter of faith that I know of.

  • Michael Lang left comment on April 26, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    How do you find Gods purpose in life, if you do not know how to believe in him?

    BSBS Response:
    You can’t. You have to know God, that is to be in relationship with Him, in order to discern His will in your life.

    I will also point you to Psalm 37:4 “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

    The first instruction is to delight in the Lord. This can only come through relationship and must have pre-eminence over all.

    The second part ‘and He will give you the desires of your heart’ can be viewed two ways:

    1. Whatever your [personal] desires are [so long as they are in agreement with God’s sovereign will], God will give to you. If you are in intimate relationship with God it is natural to assume that you would not ask for anything that would be outside of His perfect will.

    2. The other viewpoint is that He gives [places within you] the desires of your heart. In this way His will will be your natural desire.

    But THE MOST IMPORTANT priority must be to ‘delight in the LORD’. You can’t have the latter without the former!

  • Michael Lang left comment on April 25, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    I am 33 yrs old, a not good life. but alive. why is it i cannot believe in god, i cannot allow myself to let his love in my heart. need some guidance as to how to proceed, to maybe find some peace.

    BSBS Response:
    Hi Michael,

    I was 35 when I ‘found’ God so I can relate to your statement.

    ‘Why is it I cannot believe in God.’ There is a one-word answer to this question. PRIDE. We live in a society that is so structured on self-reliance that we feel ashamed to acknowledge our need of God, while in reality we have no greater need. You simply need to agree in your heart that you have had enough of trying to do things your way and you are now willing to trust the God who created you – specifically to have a relationship with you! He loves you! Please see the page Can I find God.

  • Tishauna left comment on January 13, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    What proof is there that God exists? When I was younger, I used to pray every night, not really understanding what or who I was praying to. Once I hit high school I started to understand who God was because I had been invited to church. I went to two churches in grades 9 and 10. Both of those churches were full of hypocrites. I haven’t been to a church service to pray and worship since April 2011. Once we hit 2012, I kept saying to myself “If the world does end, God never existed.” And many others shared this idea with me, I also said that if the world doesn’t end, I’d go to church every Sunday and start believing again, but I can’t bring myself to believe in God again, I’ve always been taught that in order to believe something I have to see it. It also doesn’t help that I’m taking a religion course in school because the Muslim and Buddist kids are bashing Christianity left, right, and centre. I need to know if God exists, I don’t want to spend the rest of my life believing in someone who doesn’t exist, only to die and have nothing good happen. Please, I’m desperate to know.

    BSBS Comment: Dear Tishauna, We wish to encourage you by saying that your appear to be on the right track, that is a sincere desire to know the truth.

    There is a distinction between knowing God and simply having faith that He exists.

    Yes, one can find hypocrites in all walks of life – even in churches! They can be upsetting but don’t worry about them – that’s God’s problem to deal with. What God is most concerned about is YOU. Tishauna, God makes you a solemn promise, that if you seek Him with all your heart you will find Him. God wants to know that you’re serious though and, that if He reveals himself to you, you will not simply reject Him because the cost of following Him is too high.

    As for your Moslem and Buddist classmates, keep in mind that they don’t KNOW God. They may believe He exists and they may devote their lives to him but God wants something more, He wants a relationship and that is something they simply cannot comprehend, but He wants it on his terms – not ours.

    God’s love for you is beyond your wildest imagination; whatever your fears or doubts may be we can assure you that you can trust Him completely. God has great plans for you and they are only a step of faith away. And don’t worry if you don’t feel you have the necessary faith – God provides that too!

    Please read the page Can I Find God? It will provide you with some simple steps to follow. If you still have questions please contact us directly and we will we pleased to offer guidance and answer any other questions you may have.

  • Bob left comment on May 12, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    I’m gay and well does God and or Jesus kill me/ not like me???

    BSBS Comment: Your question is unclear but we will leave you with two Scripture references to mediate on: John 3:16 and John 8:1-11

  • Holly left comment on July 7, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Being gay has never been a choice or my own “free will”. If I had a choice to be straight and find true love with a man, I would. I do believe in God, and pray but will I still be saved in the end if I am gay?

    BSBS Comment: Regardless of whatever situation we find ourselves in there are two VERY important things to know:

    First, salvation [the act of being saved, being born again, etc.] comes through placing your faith in the Jesus Christ; believing that He died, taking the punishment for your sin and that He was raised to life. God’s Word teaches us that, “If you believe in your heart [which is where God looks] and confess with your mouth [tell others what you believe] that Jesus Christ is [your] Lord, you shall be saved.” Romans 10:9 Being good, bad, gay, straight or anything else has nothing to do with our salvation – it is simply recognizing the holiness of God and that before Him we are all sinners in need of forgiveness that only He can provide.

    Second, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord..” Romans 8:38-39 If you have received Jesus Christ as your Saviour YOU ARE saved and that can NEVER change.

    Beth Moore, in her book Believing God, teaches those of us who have placed our faith in Jesus Christ to remember five essential truths: God is who He says He is; God can do what He says He can do, I AM WHO GOD SAYS I AM, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me and God’s Word is alive and active in me. Study your Bible to see who God says you are (it’s a long list!) and let Him direct your life.

  • aman left comment on May 14, 2011 at 3:11 am

    Aman wrote: does god care for me being a gay? i never believed in god but if i believe then does god care for me being a gay/or bisexual?

    BSBS Comment: This proved to be something of a contentious issue when we previously posed such a question and attempted to answer it from a biblical perspective. So, rather than answering your question directly, you are invited on a journey of discovery so that in finding an answer to your main question you may also find God. In finding God, you will find the answer to this and all other life matters.

    You have effectively asked three questions; does God exist, does God care about me personally, and does God care if I’m gay or bisexual? The answer in all three instances is a categorical YES. Please refer to the following links as a start of your journey:

    Does God exist (Can I find God?)

    Does God care about me personally (God do you love me?)

    Does God care if I’m gay or bisexual (How free is my will?)

  • mini left comment on October 9, 2010 at 10:05 am

    plz answer me what for do we live?

    BSBS Comment: Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.

  • Alex McLeoud left comment on August 30, 2010 at 4:24 am

    Does god care if I’m gay? Or would that just be Leviticus?

    BSBS Comment: Jesus said, “For God so loved the world [that includes you] that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” NO exceptions!

  • Jimmy left comment on August 25, 2010 at 2:22 am

    If the Bible is the literal word of God, then why are so few of its stories original?

    BSBS response: If by your comment you mean that many of the old ‘stories’ have origins in societies all around the world, e.g. Noah’s Ark, the flood, the names of Noah’s children, etc., then could it not be supposed that a multiplicity of independent sources affirms their veracity?

  • Zolu left comment on June 14, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    My Question:

    The Bible says honour your mother and father so that days on the surface of the Earth will be long. Pay your tithe so that there will be meat in the house of the Lord and I will blessed you . Be kind to others.

    Why things are difficult with me and I have give up on God some time. I have no future now, I pray since at the age of 13 to God, yet my heart desire has not materialized. Where is God, how long will he take to answer me?

    BSBS response: Zolu, you have asked the question that everyone will ask at some point in their life, yet some people with enormous physical and mental difficulties and challenges seem to be able to live a happy and contented life. There is no easy answer and one must look to God’s Word (what He says) for comfort and understanding and how these other people find fulfilling.

    1. “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.” Psalm 37:5 Here we find an instruction and a promise. First we must find delight in God; worshipping him and letting him be the sole focus of our lives. By drawing close to God our heart’s desire and his desire for our lives become one and the same.

    2. We live in a fallen world and because of this we may have to endure many hardships in this life. BUT, if we have committed our lives to God and accepted his free gift of forgiveness, we can look forward to a joyous life for all eternity in the very presence of God!

    3. God identifies with our suffering. He does not promise that our lives will be without suffering, what God does promise is that He will be with us in our suffering and not let us be tempted beyond what we are able to bear. When Jesus was on the cross He cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” God does understand what you are going through and He loves you very much.

    4. Make knowing God your focus and your heart’s desire. As you draw closer and closer to God you will be amazed at the transformation in your life. The change may not necessarily be in your circumstances. As the apostle Paul said, “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

    May we recommend reading and meditating on Psalm 91. Read it every day and tell God that you are trusting him to fulfil his promises in your life. When we trust God to have control over our lives amazing things can happen! Watch this amazing story of a man named Nick Vujicic and his attitude serve as a great examples of the celebration of life over limitations. The human spirit can handle much more than we realize.

  • Eric Traub left comment on June 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    God, if I kill in your name and it is righteous as you have shown me, why must I be subjected to the judgments of such heathens as the government? Why will you not give me the power to overwhelm them with brutal force as you have commissioned me? These people must be punished.

    BSBS Comment: Eric, what we have actually been instructed to do is this: “… go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:18-20

    And this is what was taught… “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.” Matthew 5

    Sorry Eric, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” God.

  • Dan left comment on June 8, 2010 at 11:49 am

    If I don’t believe in God due to lack of any solid proof, would he forgive me after I knew without a doubt that he exists and started to worship him?

    BSBS Comment: Dan, if we understand your question correctly, absolutely! As Bus Stop Bible Studies has endeavoured to emphasize throughout this website, God looks at the heart. God knows if one is sincere in one’s desire to know Him. If you have a heart to seek God and to know Him you have already covered 99% of the journey. The last 1% is a step of faith and, even when we lack faith in and of ourselves, God gives us the gift of faith in order to believe. In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesian church he wrote, “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this [act of faith]; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:8-10 NLT Our worship is a natural expression and outcome of knowing God – it is not a prerequisite to entering into a personal relationship with Him.

    In Paul’s letter to the Roman church he wrote, “But what does it say? [Scripture] “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,”that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” Romans 10:8-10

    A simple prayer [conversation with God] is all it takes…. “Dear God, I recognize that the life I have lived has fallen short of your perfect standard. I desire to have an eternal and personal relationship with you. By the gift of faith you now give me, I acknowledge that your Son, Jesus Christ paid the ultimate penalty for all my sin and I now accept your gift of forgiveness through Him. I believe in my heart that you raised Jesus from the dead and I now accept Him as my personal Saviour.” If you prayed this prayer with all sincerity, go and tell someone or call us [confess with your mouth]. You will KNOW that there is a God in Heaven and your life will never be the same again!

  • Mel left comment on June 2, 2010 at 4:28 am

    If you are a God of love, why do you allow men to kill and conquer in your name?

    BSBS Response: ‘Allow’, that is the definitive word in your question. To respond appropriately one must consider the many attributes of God and the ways of man. Yes, God is a God of love and is the primary reason He does not deal with us as our sins (rebellion against God, immoral acts, deceit, violence, etc.) deserve. In fact, God came to earth, in the person of Jesus Christ, specifically to take the punishment our sins deserve upon Himself. That’s love! For more detail please refer to God, do you love me?

    Lest we would say to ourselves, “But I’m a good person.” No we’re not. Because of God’s attributes of perfect holiness, no sin, no matter how small, can come into his presence, and because of his perfect righteousness every sin must be dealt with and punished. Please see Is every one forgiven?

    Throughout human history people, in their arrogance and pride, have determined that they need to defend God, that somehow He seems incapable of defending his Name himself. This is not limited to Christianity – look at all the religiously motivated wars and terror around the world today. Consider the Crusades – judging by the outcome it would seem apparent that the Crusades were not of God – the crusaders were ultimately defeated. As you will note in the Old Testament narratives, if God sanctioned a military action the final outcome was never in question. For an exciting read see Judges chapters 6 and 7.

    There are many instances recorded in the Old Testament of God instructing his chosen people to invade and destroy other nations. These nations are typically recorded as being evil and ungodly, e.g. ‘Now the men of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the LORD.’ Our logical reaction to such situations is to exclaim “Yes, but what about the righteous people in those towns and cities!” Again, one must go to Scripture to see how God deals with those situations; for example the narrative of Abraham pleading to God to spare the towns of Sodom and Gomorrah. Similarly, when the Hebrews, God’s chosen people, turned their back on him He allowed them to be defeated and taken into captivity as a means of punishment.

  • Gal left comment on June 1, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    God, why did you cause the Holocaust?

    BSBS response: One must never assume that because bad things happen that God caused them. It is perhaps more appropriate to ask the question, “Why did God let the Holocaust happen?” This question is broadly addressed on the page ‘Why does evil exist?’ When we see and experience such terrible tragedies it can be very difficult to comprehend that God is even aware of such evil, yet He is. We strongly recommend reading the autobiography of Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place (available from your local library), who was herself imprisoned in the notorious Ravensbrück concentration camp where her sister Betsie died. It is an amazing story of God’s grace even in the presence unimaginable suffering.

  • Laurent Wada left comment on June 1, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Why would God create dinosaurs, and then man? Why would he create big, dumb, lumbering monsters, kill them off, and then create man?

    BSBS Comment: This question includes four unproven presumptions that are contradictory to Scripture: God created dinosaurs before man, they were dumb, they were lumbering and that God killed them off. For a detailed and reasoned response to this question please click on the following link. Many additional FAQ’s concerning dinosaurs can be found here.

  • 21stCentury left comment on May 16, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I really want to know why an all-loving omnipotent God would create a creature devoid of free will for the express purpose of opposing him so He can then punish it and make it punish others. Why did God create Hell and the Devil if he is all-loving?”

    BSBS Comment: The author has asked a valid question but, in the same sentence, made a number of mostly incorrect, or partially correct, assumptions: 1. God is all-loving and omnipotent. 2. God created a creature devoid of free-will. 3. God created that ‘creature’ for the express purpose of opposing Him. 4. God created the ‘creature’ so that He can punish that creature. 5. God created the ‘creature’ so that it can punish others. 6. God created Hell.

    1. God is all-loving [full of grace and mercy] and omnipotent [can do or create anything]. This is perfectly true. God is also eternal [without beginning or end] and He is omniscient [eternally present throughout space and time] BUT there are three attributes of God that are frequently overlooked; He is perfectly holy, perfectly righteous and perfectly just.

    2. God created a creature [the devil] devoid of free-will. This is a factually incorrect assumption. God created the chief angel, who would come to be know as Satan, in perfection. He is described in the Bible as the most beautiful of all the angels, the ‘morning star’ and ‘son of the dawn’. Pride got the better of him and he was cast out of Heaven.

    3. God created that ‘creature’ for the express purpose of opposing Him. This is an irrational statement and not supported by Scripture. To often one assumes that because God allowed something to happen that He is in fact condoning it. This is not the case. However, God can, and often does, bring about an ultimate benefit or good out of a bad or evil action.

    4. God created the ‘creature’ so that He can punish that creature. The contrary argument is the truth. The same goes for all mankind – “God is not willing that any should perish…”

    5. God created the ‘creature’ so that it can punish others. Likewise, this assumption is supported nowhere in Scripture. God has allowed Satan to have limited sway on mankind but ultimately God is in control. The story of Job is an excellent example.

    6. God created Hell. The short answer to this, as it applies to us personally, is no. As darkness is the total absence of light, so Hell is the total absence of God. Hell is anywhere that God isn’t. Heaven, or paradise, is to be in the very presence of God. As Jesus said to the penitent thief, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” The opposite of Paradise is a place, as Jesus described it, where there will be darkness, weeping and gnashing of teeth. That is Hell!

    Why did God create Hell and the Devil if he is all-loving? He didn’t – God created the opposite, in perfection. God, in his infinite grace, also gave us freewill.

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