Global Warming

Global Warming

Date: 09/12/2010 
In August 2010, a large chunk of ice broke free in the waters of Greenland. Now this is not just any ice cube. This one’s four times the size of Manhattan or ninety two square miles—I guess you could land a couple of jumbo 747s on that.

Wisdom for Life: A 31-Day Devotional in Proverbs by Doug Batchelor

Wisdom for Life: A 31-Day Devotional in Proverbs by Doug Batchelor
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Hello, friends, this is Doug Bachelor. How about an amazing fact?

In August 2010, a large chunk of ice broke free in the waters of Greenland. Now this is not just any ice cube. This one’s four times the size of Manhattan or ninety two square miles—I guess you could land a couple of jumbo 747s on that. In addition, this is the biggest Arctic iceberg in nearly fifty years and it contains enough fresh water to supply the United States—the entire U.S.—for one hundred and twenty days. Naturally, many scientists are concerned about the breakup of Greenland’s ice shelf. It’s more evidence of global warming.

But did you know that Jesus said in the last days that the times would be characterized by global cooling?

Stay with us, friends, we’re going to learn more as Amazing Facts brings you this edition of Bible Answers Live.

[PROGRAM INTRODUCTION]

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Welcome, listening friends. We’ve been doing this for over sixteen years now—I guess that’s thousands of programs—inviting you to call in, Sunday evening, with your Bible questions. And if you have a Bible question—it’s our free phone call—we’ve got lines open and we are live. That number is 1-800—then we give you an acronym—GOD-SAYS,

1-800-GOD-SAYS or 1-800-463-7297, and give us a call with your Bible questions. Keep a pencil handy because we also have some other free offers and websites we want to tell you about to enhance your relationship with Jesus and your personal Bible study. I’m still Doug Bachelor.

Pastor Jean Ross: And I’m still Jean Ross. Good evening, listening friends. And Pastor Doug, let’s begin the program with prayer. Dear Father, once again, we thank you for this opportunity to study your Word and we ask that You’d be with us. Be with those who are listening where ever they might be. Father, we pray for wisdom as we search the scriptures for real answers. For this we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Amen.

Pastor Jean Ross: Well Pastor Doug, you opened with a fact concerning an iceberg that just recently broke off from the ice shelf. And it’s almost hard to imagine something that big floating out in the ocean. You mentioned part of the concern that some scientists have is they feel that because of the changing climate, there is more of this type of iceberg forming.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Yeah, of course, we hear almost everywhere we turn about concerns about global warming. And, you know, the debate is still raging about whether this is a natural cycle or if man is causing it, but people might be surprised to learn that the Bible actually predicts in the last days one of the signs is a global cooling. Now let me explain. There’s a prophecy in Matthew 24 where Jesus is talking about some of the events around the last days and signs of His return. And He says, “Because lawlessness will abound…”—Matthew 24:12—“Because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.” So here, the Lord predicts that—not necessarily what’s going to be happening in the atmosphere, but in people’s hearts. There’s going to be almost a universal cooling, and Paul talks about the same sign of the last days in 2 Timothy 3—I’ll read verses 1 to 3—“Know this in the last days—perilous times will come, for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers. These will be the anti-parents, un-thankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanders, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,” and it goes on. But it’s telling us that “…lovers of themselves, without this natural affection.”—The King James puts it. And, you know, one thing I think everyone can see that divorce has just, you know, been growing on an epidemic level. Virtually, every night, we got a call that really belongs on a marriage counseling program, but so many people are struggling for answers that a lot of families are breaking up. And Amazing Facts does have an offer—a resource—that we’d like to give away free for people that would like to know more about, you know, “What can I do to strengthen our family or marriages?”—and tell us about that, Pastor Ross.

Pastor Jean Ross: We’ve got a book entitled “Reconnecting The Family,” and it deals with some practical things that families, husbands and wives, parents can do to rekindle a true love and commitment and devotion within the home. You know, Pastor Doug, I’m also reminded of the verse in Malachi chapter 4 that says, “Part of the Elijah message in the last days is to turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children, hearts of the children back to the fathers.” There’s a very practical need today in society for families to be reconnected. And, of course, the Bible has the answers as to how you can have a healthy and happy home. The book again is entitled “Reconnecting The Family.” And if you’d call our resource line—1-800-835-6747—and ask for the book “Reconnecting The Family,” we’ll be happy to send that to you.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: And there’s no cost or obligation. Is that right?

Pastor Doug Bachelor: That’s right. The price is right. It’s absolutely free. Just give us a call and we’ll send that out to you. Well our first caller this evening is Woody, and he is calling from Georgia. Woody, welcome to the program.

Woody: Good evening and welcome. And thank you for having me on and good to talk to you, Pastor Doug.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: I appreciate your call, and your question tonight?

Woody: Well my question is—I’ve been studying—actually, I started in first of Genesis. I’m going to try to study all the way through the Bible, but I’ve come across something in chapter 18, Genesis—

Pastor Doug Bachelor: We might need to punch that again.

Pastor Jean Ross: Let’s try that again.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: One more time, on chapter—Genesis chapter 18, Woody?

Woody: Yes. Genesis chapter 18 and—“The Lord appeared before Abraham. And then he looked up and there were three other men.” So my question is, “Who are these three other men?” Are they angels? But then, along with that question, is—it said that Abraham had Sarah baked cakes and had a man killed a calf, and he brought milk and cream and things to the table, and they all sat down. So my question is, “Who were the three men that he saw with the Lord?” And, “Did the Lord sit down and eat meat these angels?” Is that true they are who were they? Did they eat meat?

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Alright. Well, first question. I think it was actually the Lord and two others. It’s not three angels plus the Lord. The reason I say that is—the Lord tarries behind afterward to talk with Abraham, and we know that it was then two angels that went on to Sodom and Gomorrah—and that whole episode there in the next chapter.

Woody: Right.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: But, you know, I have no question that, you know, the Lord sat down with the two other messengers, and Abraham and Sarah extended their hospitality and they graciously received it. Now, you know, is this a problem? No, you know, the Lord—one time Gideon—I believe it was Gideon—made an offering to the Lord and the angel touched the offering—it kind of went up in smoke. You know, it didn’t give God any cholesterol. The Lord was really not there to lecture Abraham on the benefits or the dangers of meat-eating or vegetarianism—the same thing with the angels. You know, angels—I don’t think—need to eat human food. You know, the Bible talks about them being spirits. But they’ve often appeared to men and hospitality has been extended, and they probably graciously received it. I don’t know how they’re able to do that.

Pastor Jean Ross: You know, especially back in Bible times, an act of hospitality was providing someone a meal especially someone that was travelling, giving them something to drink and something to eat—and that was a sign of hospitality.

Woody: Right.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: And Abraham—you know, the fact that he tells his servant to—he went—he didn’t just go and get them some Drupati’s, you know. They killed the fatted calf. That’s something that was reserved for a celebration and a great honor, as when the prodigal son comes home, the fatted calf—I mean they used to have these calves that were young and tender and they’d fattened them up, and it was supposed to be just the very prime food for a feast. So Abraham, basically, he prepares a feast for them to show great honor. And, so—

Woody: And you believe that they sat down and ate with him. I mean I would—

Pastor Doug Bachelor: We could read what the Bible says and let everyone draw their own conclusion.

Woody: Right, right.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Yeah, and so, she prepared it. It says that, “...gave it unto the young men and he hasted to dress it, and they set it before them. Now, I don’t read anything here—

Woody: Now the version I’ve got is that—

Pastor Doug Bachelor: It says, “They did eat.”—Genesis chapter 18 verse 8.

Woody: Yeah. So, thus they ate.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Yeah. They did eat.

Woody: Yeah. Okay.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: So, I think that they enjoyed the hospitality and then they told what their mission was. That’s what they often did. Now, when Abraham sent his servant—Eliezer—to get a wife for Rebecca, they prepared a feast for him and he says, “Look, I’m not going to eat until I tell you my mission.” In this case, they ate and then they used to do their talking. They make a covenant or something. So that was just—it was a custom. God was very gracious. He accommodated with the customs, were as to the angels. I don’t think it had any impact on their life expectancy.

Woody: Right. And you believe the other two then, it’s—since he saw three, the other two were angels because they went on to—

Pastor Doug Bachelor: I think—you keep reading—yeah—in Genesis 19 and it tells that, “…two of these went on.” The Lord stayed behind, He talked to Abraham.

Woody: Yeah.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Abraham interceded for the city. The two of these angels went on, and they went into Lot’s house.

Woody: Right. Yes, yes.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: And I think Lot was preparing food for them as well.

Woody: Right. Okay.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: So, you have to read it for what it says. It’s hard to escape.

Woody: Yeah, it is.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: I mean even when Jesus rose from the dead, He ate fish—twice.

Woody: Right, right. Okay. Well—

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Yeah, but I don’t think we’ll be eating sardines at the table when the Lord serves us in heaven.

Woody: That was kind of my question. I was kind of surprise that He would eat His own creation. You know what I mean? Kind of in a way, but I—you know, that’s kind of—

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Let me give you something to think about—just want to tie it off with this thought—when God clothes Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and He gives them robes of skin, where did the skin come from?

Woody: Right you go, yeah.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Did God speak skin or did God establish the sacrificial system right there in the beginning? And God then sacrificed the first lamb to provide the robes for Adam and Eve.

Woody: Right.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: So, yeah, I know it’s hard. God doesn’t enjoy it, but, yeah, I think that it’s pretty clear. Hey, thank you, Woody. I appreciate your call tonight.

Pastor Jean Ross: Our next caller is Kristen, and she is calling from West Palm Beach, Florida. Kristen, welcome to the program.

Kristen: Hi.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Evening.

Kristen: Thanks for taking my call. My question is, “Does the Bible say anything about what happens to miscarried babies?” Will we see them in heaven or—what happens?

Pastor Doug Bachelor: You know, this is one of those questions—with your permission, all I can do is share my opinion. And it’s a very volatile question. I’ll tell you why. If I say—I’m just telling you upfront what the conundrum is—if I say, “Every conceived baby that, you know, dies before the age of accountability is going to be in heaven,” and then you do the math on how many miscarried and aborted babies there are. Heaven would be—we would be swimming in babies. It would be virtual nursery. At the same time, if you tell people that no babies aren’t going to be saved unless they go full term, it might leave someone with the impression that you don’t think that human life is sacred from the point of conception—which I do. I believe abortion is wrong.

There is one verse—first of all, there will be children in heaven and I do believe that the children of parents that are believers—the Bible talks in—is that 1 Corinthians 7 where it says, “The children are sanctified by the believing parents.” I believe Pastor Ross is going to try and find that real quick—it seems like believing parents have a sanctifying influence on their children even before the babies or the children reach the age of accountability. And through the prayers and intercession of the parents that they are saved until they reach that age, which would mean that babies that maybe die in birth or don’t go full-term would be resurrected and handed to the parents in the Kingdom. But at the same time, you know, I don’t want to put words in God’s mouth. Job does make a statement—and I think it’s in the third chapter. I can’t find it just yet—where it talks about—he prays that he could be like an unborn child that never saw the light of day, and he prays that he could be as though he had not been.

So it almost makes it sound like that there will be some of these, you know, miscarried babies or babies that don’t go full-term or that will be as though they had not been, neither mother or father is saved and—I don’t know. So, I guess the bottom line is—I’m just giving you both sides and you’re going to have to pray about your answer on that one. Does that make sense? By the way, did you find that verse, you know?

Pastor Jean Ross: I’m still looking.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Yeah. If you look up 1 Corinthians that talks about sanctified—I think even in the New King James, you might find it under that—does that help at all, Kristen?

Kristen: Yeah, that helps. I guess I’m just really trying grab and find out.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Yeah. Now, did you experience this?

Kristen: Yeah.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Based on what I said—if you’re a believer and you had a child that you had to later rest because it did not make it full-term—I’ve done funerals as a pastor for parents that lost a child in crib death. And I, you know, was able to assure them that they’ll have that baby in heaven. But, you know, I had to stop short of saying that I’m confident that every mother believer or unbeliever, that every conceived baby is going to be in the Kingdom. That’s why I’m saying I think that there are some difficult questions in there and I can’t give a quick answer on that one.

Kristen: I know God is just. And however He sees it fit, will be good for me.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Well I can promise you, you won’t be disappointed. Just get there. I’ll make that promise, okay?

Kristen: That was good. Thanks.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Alright. God bless.

Pastor Jean Ross: Thanks for your call. Our next caller is Mark, and he is calling from Knoxville, Tennessee. Mark, welcome to the program.

Mark: Hi. I understand that people are cast into the “lake of fire” after the millennium in Revelation 20.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Yes.

Mark: But in Mark—I mean in Matthew 13 and in Matthew 25, it seems to say that they are cast into the “lake of fire” at the second coming prior to the millennium.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Well, there are two kinds of fire. If you read in 2 Peter chapter 3, it talks about the fire that devours the earth when Jesus comes for any who are alive. So when the Lord comes—you can also find this in 1 Thessalonians chapter 4—“When the Lord comes and the dead in Christ are raised and the living saved are caught up to meet the Lord in the air, the ones who are left behind are destroyed by the elements melting with fervent heat.” So the world is in kind of “purified” at that point by this fire when the Lord comes back. Then at the end of the one thousand years when the new Jerusalem comes down, the wicked are all raised, there’s a judgment, and that is the time when the devil and his angels and the lost are cast into the “lake of fire.” So I don’t know if—

Mark: So the earth will be burnt twice?

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Yeah, in a sense.

Pastor Jean Ross: Yeah. The burning that happens at the second coming, it seems to be that it’s not the final cleansing. It’s—“The wicked are destroyed at the brightness Christ’s coming.” There is a fire, but that would not be classified as—

Pastor Doug Bachelor: That’s not the—

Pastor Jean Ross:—the “hell fire”—

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Right.

Pastor Jean Ross:—for the second death. That’s something different at the end of the thousand years.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Yeah. The—

Mark: Why would there be a need for a “lake of fire” if the wicked are destroyed a thousand years earlier?

Pastor Doug Bachelor: It’s not all the wicked who are destroyed a thousand years earlier. All the wicked who are alive are destroyed. The wicked who are dead, they are raised and judged, and cast into the “lake of fire” at the end of the one thousand years. And that’s why it says in Revelation 20, “The rest of the dead live not again till the thousand years are finished.” So if all the righteous are the ones who are blessed, then who are the rest of the dead in Revelation 20? It’s got to be the wicked—only two categories.

Pastor Jean Ross: You know, in—

Mark: Okay. So the fire that destroys the wicked in Matthew is only for the living wicked?

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Well, yes. We told there are two—three places in Matthew. I think you’re talking about “when the Lord comes.”—Yes.

Mark: Yeah. The furnace of fire in the Parables of the Wheat and the Tares—and they have a sore

Pastor Doug Bachelor: The Wheat and the Tares.

Pastor Jean Ross: Yeah.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Yeah.

Mark: And then in Matthew 25, it says that, “You shall be cast into everlasting punishment, prepared for the devil and his angels.”

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Yeah. Now that parable there is talking about “at the end of the one thousand years.” You see, keep this in mind, Mark. When the Lord comes, everybody—the wicked who are destroyed by the brightness of His coming, their next conscious thought—even though a thousand years go by—I hate for you to think this way, but just supposed your one of those people—the Lord comes, you’re destroyed by the brightness of His coming, and then immediately you’re raised for judgment. A thousand years have gone by for the saved, but you don’t know that. And God doesn’t punish people before the judgment. You see what I’m saying?

Mark: Yeah. So in Matthew 25:46, that’s after the millennium?

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Yes, when the sheep and the goats are separated, that is after the one thousand years.

Mark: Even though it sounds like the second coming because part of theall of it at this course.

Pastor Jean Ross: Yes. Let me give you another verse. Jesus in John chapter 5 verse 28, He said, “Marvel not at this for the hour is coming in which all who are in their graves shall hear His voice and shall come forth. They that had done good, unto the resurrection of life—now, that would happen at the beginning of the thousand years—they who have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” That would happen at the end of that one-thousand-year period for the final great-white-throne judgment that we read about in Revelation chapter 20. So you have a fire at the time of the second coming, which destroys the living wicked. And then you have the fires of hell at the end of the thousand years, which completely destroys the devil and his angels and the wicked, and cleanses the earth.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: And we have a study on that, Mark. We’ll send you a free copy. And it’s “Is The Devil In Charge Of Hell?” And all you got to do is call and we’ll send it to you.

Pastor Jean Ross: The number to call is 1-800-835-6747 and ask for the study guide “Is The Devil In Charge Of Hell?”—1-800-835-6747. And we also have a website entitled “helltruth.com,” which also deals with the subject.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: That’s right, very simple—helltruth.com.

Pastor Jean Ross: Our next caller is Karen, and she is calling from Seattle, Washington. Karen, welcome to the program.

Karen: Hi. Good night.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Evening.

Karen: How are you?

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Doing well. How about you?

Karen: Fine. My question is—I’ve been reading Leviticus chapters 8, 18, and 20, which list the acts of immorality which is forbidden between different parties such as the father’s wife, and the mother and the sister, and the stepmother, granddaughters, and aunts. My question is, “Why isn’t the relation between father and daughter incest mentioned?” Because it seems to deliberately skip over it in both chapters.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Well I think it’s understood when it talks about the son and the mother, and it says in verse 9 of Leviticus 18, you know, “…to look upon the nakedness of your sister, the daughter of thy father, or daughter of thy mother, whether she be born at home or born abroad.” Now, there are so many different relations that could be mentioned that some of these are what you would call “self-evident.” It’s basically saying that it’s immoral, inappropriate, and unhealthy as far as offspring and genetic problems—

Karen: Yeah.

Pastor Doug Bachelor:—for there to be a relationship between father and daughter. Keep in mind, there’s a story in Genesis where Lot—I think it’s also Genesis 19—

Karen: Okay.

Pastor Doug Bachelor:—where Lot sleeps with his daughters and God speaks about this as a terrible sin.

Karen: Okay.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: And so—I think every Israelite knew that that was the first and foremost of forbidden relationships. So he or Moses now expands on that.

Karen: Okay.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: So it was sort of a self-evident truth.

Karen: I guess I was just kind of curious as to why it would be left out. It seems to just—I mean isn`t skips to granddaughters. It mentions the granddaughter, but not the actual daughter.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Yeah, well, you see fathers are very jealous to protect their daughters. There was a dowry for them. They would protect the virginity. So the father would be the very last one, you know, in a healthy society that would even consider that.

Karen: Okay.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: But I know it does happen. It’s a corrupt world we live in.

Karen: Yeah.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: So every Jew knew that.

Karen: Okay.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: And that’s why it was such a horrific thing when Lot’s daughters enticed their father when he was drunk. And so Moses, basically, he starts with that premise and he says, “Not only…” In other words, in the thinking of every Jew, they knew that was inappropriate. Not only that, but then he goes on and he expands on other relationships.

Karen: Okay.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: So you had the principle, certainly, there. But good question.

Karen: Okay. Thank you.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: I appreciate it.

Pastor Jean Ross: Our next caller is Roberta, and Roberta is calling from Columbia, South Carolina. Roberta, welcome to the program.

Robert: Hi, Pastor Doug and Pastor Jean.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Evening.

Roberta: I’m also thankful for your ministry.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Well thank you. Get real close to your phone. We can barely hear you.

Roberta: Okay. Can you hear me now?

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Well, we can sort of hear you. Go ahead. I’ll repeat your question and try to take a crack at it.

Roberta: Okay, okay. I would like to know what you think the Bible would say about Christians owning a gun.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Well, you know, a quick answer for that would probably be the same thing the Bible would say about a Christian owning a sword. And, you know, Jesus is very clear, He said that we should “turn the other cheek.” And the Lord—when Peter took up his sword to defend Christ—for one thing, it’s interesting the disciples had swords that night—so, you know, sometimes they use swords as self-defense. Christ talks about a man who was travelling from Jerusalem to Jericho and he got mugged. So, they didn’t always use swords for attacking, but sometimes they did for self-defense.

This was a big debate during the whole reformation. Now, Pastor Ross, this weekend I’ve been reading about John Knox and the reformers. And it’s interesting. Sometimes, they beget an army together to defend their right to preach and read the Bible from the oppression that came from the church in Rome. And, I mean, here there were Christians who were very zealous about the love of Jesus and they all would gather together an army to defend their right to worship. It seems like a paradox because you think of Christians “turning the other cheek.” You know the principle, Roberta, is that a Christian should not, I think, use a weapon to hurt somebody else. If a person has a weapon and they’re trying to defend their home against an intruder—Jesus talks about a strong man protecting his house.

So, you know, I wouldn’t fault anybody for that. Should a Christian have a lock on their door? I mean, so if it’s a deterrent, that’s one thing. But I also know that some Christians say, you know, “We just going to trust the Lord and we don’t ever need to do that.” And I respect that, too. So, biblically, you’ve got a lot of evidence in the Bible for Christians who are soldiers that did carry swords—the modern equivalent would be guns. And yet, others say, “Look, we’re just going to trust the Lord and we’re going to do anything to protect ourselves.”

Pastor Jean Ross: And you know, Pastor Doug, you mentioned some of the early reformers. This is a question that they were debating. On the one end, you have those who rallied armies to defend their religious freedom. And then on the other hand, you have groups that—

Pastor Doug Bachelor: God defended them.

Pastor Jean Ross: —felt so strongly that they will not do any violence, that they stood by that and many of them died for that position.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Yeah.

Pastor Jean Ross: Some of the early Puritans.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: And then, you know, we got stories of famous missionaries like—you think of a spouse and friends of Jim Elliot in South America. They knew there was a good possibility they’d be attacked by the Auca Indians and they said, you know, “If they attack us, we will not use our guns.” They carried guns because there were all sort of kinds of Boa constrictors out there. So they carried guns for the critters, but they said, “We’re not going to raise our guns against these men because that would ruin our chances of preaching the Gospel to them.” And they basically were killed even though they were armed when they were attacked.

They never fired their weapons. So, you know, this is a long-standing debate. I just have to give you a Bible answer. In the Bible, you do find examples of—Paul talks about the government does not bear the sword in vain, but at the same time—on a one-on-one relationship—we should, as far as possible, “turn the other cheek.” We got two minutes. Is that time for a quick question?

Pastor Jean Ross: Alright. Let’s see if we can get—

Pastor Doug Bachelor: And that’s two minutes for our break, friends, we’re not leaving.

Pastor Jean Ross: Alright. Let’s see if we can quickly get Gary’s question in. Gary is calling from St. Louis, Missouri. Gary, welcome to the program.

Gary: Yeah. Hey, guys, I’ll try to make it fast. A few weeks back, I asked you and you answered the question I had by telling me the good and the bad—when they die—they don’t know nothing. And I got that answer and I understood it. So now I hear Christian radio the other day and they’re talking about a rich man and a poor man, and they both die, and there’s a gulf between them—

Pastor Doug Bachelor: That’s in Luke chapter 16.

Gary:—and they’re talking. So now, that doesn’t jive with your answer.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Well, a quick answer for that is it’s called “The Parable.” It’s found only in the Gospel of Luke—it’s called “The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus.” A parable is a story that teaches a point. The point of that story is the last verse where Jesus said, “If they don’t believe Moses and the prophets—

Gary: Right, right, right.

Pastor Doug Bachelor:—they don’t believe the one should rise from the dead.” The parable is not saying the people in heaven and hell can talk to each other because—just think about that.

Gary: In the Bible, it says “parable?”

Pastor Doug Bachelor: No. It doesn’t use the word “parable,” but this is in a series of parables that Jesus is telling. And so it’s safe to assume it’s also a parable. You got “The Parable of the Prodigal Son” and a number of others. Hey, friends—I don’t mean to cut you off, Gary, but there’s a book I’ll send you that explains that whole parable and it’s called “The Parable Of The Rich Man And Lazarus.” You just ask for that. Call the toll-free number, we’ll send it to you.

Pastor Jean Ross: The number is 1-800-835-6747 and ask for “The Parable Of The Rich Man And Lazarus.”

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Yeah. We’ll be happy to send that to you. Sorry, Gary. Hey, friends, we’re not going away. We’re going to take a brief break here, and this is time for station identification. We’re going to take a drink of water. You might tell your friends, they could even be listening online. Just go to amazingfacts.org. We’ll be back in just a moment.

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Pastor Doug Bachelor: We’re back, listening friends. And we trust some of you have gotten onboard along the way. You’re listening to Bible Answers Live. This is a live weekly—I say weekly, but some stations air it—rebroadcast it through the week—it’s recorded live every Sunday night from Sacramento. We’re on about three hundred and fifty stations, inviting people to call in with their Bible questions from around the world. We’ve had calls from the Caribbean and from Australia, and all over the place. And so, if you got a Bible question, that call-in number is 1-800-GOD-SAYS.That’s 1-800-463-7297. And we’re also be giving away a resource number for the free offer and that’s 1-800-835-6747. Now, Pastor Ross, we’re live tonight. In a few weeks, we will be rebroadcasting because you and I are going to be in Michigan doing a live TV program for teenagers, and that’s called “Most Important Questions” or “MIQ.” It’s an Amazing Fact program for teens, and we’re calling it “Amazing Facts FAQs.”—Amazing Facts for teens. If you know any teenagers and they’d like to have some answers to the big questions such as, “If there’s a God, where’d He come from?” And, “Is the Bible trustworthy?”And, “What’s God’s plan for my life?”

Pastor Jean Ross: Are you going to ask that question, Pastor Doug, “Where did God come from?”

Pastor Doug Bachelor: “Evolution and creation.” I wish I have all the answers, but we’re going to talk about the big questions. And so, yeah, tune in. You want to hear the answers? But that’s going to be—it’ll be live on 3ABN and the Hope Channel, October 8th through the 16th, and it will be on the Inspiration Channel the week following. That’s in about eighty million homes across North America. So if you’ve got a satellite, it’ll be on G19. And that’s going to be on 3ABN as well as the Hope Channel—uplinking—and we’ll be in front of a live group of about two hundred and fifty teenagers. This is designed for young people from a like thirteen to eighteen. And there’s a website—we want to go back to your questions—so just write down the website and you can get more information, see our commercial there. It`s “miqteens.com,” “miqteens.com.” And e-mail that “link” to any teens you know, it might change their life. Pastor Ross—

Pastor Jean Ross: Okay. Well let’s go back to the phone lines. We’ll get as many calls in tonight as we can. We have Loretta, who is calling from Savannah, Tennessee. Loretta, welcome to the program.

Loretta: Yes. Thank you. Good evening.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Evening.

Loretta: I’ve got a question. Actually, I’ve got two. The first one is about the “first promise” in the Bible in Genesis 3:15, and it says, “I will put enmity.” What exactly does that mean?

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Enmity—it’s like—that’s why we get the word “enemy.”

Loretta: Okay.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: It’s related in that. It means there is an animosity. There is a division. There is a barrier. There is a polar, opposite forces. There should be enmity between a Christian and the world, according to James. If we love the world, the love of the Father is not in us. And so there’s a barrier. There’s an animosity between the two. There’s an incongruity between the two.

Loretta: And then it says, “Thou shalt bruise his head.”

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Yeah. Now this is one of the most important prophecies in the Bible because it starts out and it talks about, “that the seed of the woman…”—now the woman, Eve, her promised “seed” is talking about the Messiah. When you get through Revelation, it tells about a woman who brings forth a “man-child” who rules all nations with a “rod of iron” and he is the one who ultimately kills “the dragon” or “the serpent.” Revelation 12 talks about, “The devil is the serpent.” And the “seed of the woman”—see, the purpose of the church for the first four thousand years was to introduce the Messiah to the world—and that’s what the Jews did. The Messiah came through the church—the Jews. Of course, the church now is physical and spiritual Jew.

Loretta: Okay.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: And so, now, Christ bruised the head of “the serpent” when He died on the cross, which is a mortal wound—

Loretta: Okay.

Pastor Doug Bachelor:—but the church’s progress has been hindered—that’s when your heel is bruised, you limp along. So through history, there’s been this battle between “the serpent” and “the seed,” or the descendants of “the woman.”

Pastor Jean Ross: You know we have a verse in Galatians 3:16—that’s an important verse. This is the Apostle Paul and he makes reference to this verse that you’re mentioning in Genesis. It says, “Now to Abraham and his seed…”—where the promise is made—he said, “…not unto seeds, as in many, but as of one and thy seed.” And then Paul says, “…which is Christ.” So he makes the connection that this prophecy in Genesis is really referring to Jesus.

Loretta: Referring to Christ.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: That’s a “bull’s eye.” Good scripture. That makes some real time.

Loretta: Okay. Now just briefly, one reason that I’ve heard just recently. I’ve heard it in the past, but I seem to hear it more recently about why people don’t keep the seventh day Sabbath. And they say, “It’s because Jesus didn’t mention it in the New Testament.”

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Well that’s a myth. Sometimes, people get away with saying things that no one ever calls them on, but the Sabbath is mentioned many times in the New Testament. And Jesus said—for one thing, it says—speaking of Christ—it says, “That’s His custom was. He went into the Synagogue.”

Loretta: “As He went into the Synagogue on the Sabbath day…”

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Jesus said, “The Sabbath was made for man.” Now Christ knew how to spell the word “Jew.” He could have said, “The Sabbath was made for Jews,” but He didn’t use that word. He used the word “man”—

Loretta: Was that the—

Pastor Doug Bachelor: —like in “mankind.” Genesis chapter 2—before Adam and Eve—Well, I guess right after Adam and Eve were made, which are “parents” of us all—He then makes the Sabbath. And so Christ said, “The Sabbath was made for man.” He never said, “Now,it’s done away with.”

Loretta: Was that the only commandment that He never talked about?

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Oh but He does talk about it.

Loretta: Oh.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Not only does He talk about it, but He lives it.

Loretta: Yeah. Well that was my response.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Yeah. Well, not only that, there is another commandment. As a matter of fact, the commandment—it’s not reiterated in the New Testament. It’s not the fourth commandment, it’s not the Sabbath. It’s the third commandment where it says, “You’re not to take the name of the Lord in vain.”

Loretta: Oh, okay.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: I invite anybody to show me where it states that commandment in the New Testament.

Loretta: Oh.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: But I never hear Christians—a lot of Christians are trying to sort of script the Sabbath truth and they say, “Oh, yeah, He never talked about it in the New Testament.” That’s not true. And then I want to say back to them, “Now, Christ never mentioned ‘Don’t take the name of the Lord in vain,’ can Christians break that?” and say, “Of course not. That’s ridiculous. That’s ludicrous.”

Loretta: Oh, okay.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: But He never mentioned that in the New Testament. So, silence—

Loretta: Well, thank you very much.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Yeah. When God speaks His law from a mountain top and writes it with His finger and He never resends it, then silence for a couple of chapters doesn’t mean, “Well, He didn’t mention it again. It must be okay to break it now.” So, the Ten Commandments are eternal.

Loretta: Well my thoughts were the same as Pastor Ross’, “He lived it.”

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Yup.

Loretta: He went into the Synagogue as His custom was.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: That’s right. So whenever you are in doubt, you do what Jesus did and you’re safe. And you don’t have to worry about that.

Pastor Jean Ross: You know, we got a study guide dealing with the subject the Ten Commandments, and I believe the Sabbath is also dealt with in there. It`s called “Written In Stone.” And for anyone listening who wants more information about that, just call our resource line—1-800-835-6747—and ask for the study guide “Written In Stone.”

Pastor Doug Bachelor: You know, also, we have a website if you want quick information. It’s not only in English, it’s in Spanish. It’s called “sabbathtruth.com.” As a matter of fact, we’re always very thankful for this, but if you type in “Yahoo”—“Yahoo”—“Google” or “Yahoo”—“Yahoo.” We need to get a new website because I was yodeling—it’s called “Yahoo.” If you type in to “Yahoo” or “Google” the word “Sabbath day,” out of like, you know, ninety million possible websites, this is—I think—third place. It’s called “sabbathtruth.com.” And if you want to send this to your friends in Spanish, it’s “sabadobiblico,” “sabadobiblico.com.” And it just got all the Bible and history information about the Sabbath that gives pretty powerful evidence on what the Bible says, and we invite you to look at that.

Pastor Jean Ross: Alright. Our next caller is Jim. Jim is calling from Ohio. Jim, welcome to the program.

Jim: Hi, pastor. You know, once again, I like to say, “I really appreciate your ministry.” My question today is dealing—I believe it’s Matthew 7:30 where it talks about, “Enter by the narrow gate…”—

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Yes.

Jim: —“for it brought us away that leads to destruction.” I was studying with a friend of mine and He was telling me that the word “gate,” it actually means like “enter by the strict church.” Is he correct on that?

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Well, not exactly, but he’s not all wrong. Well first of all, it’s not the word “gate,” it’s the word “strait” that you’re talking about.

Jim: Right. That’s what I meant. I’m sorry.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: The word “gate” there, it just means “gate-gate.” But the word “strait” there, it doesn’t mean “straight” like we think in English of a straight line. You can see it’s spelt differently. It’s “S-T-R-A-I-T,” and that means—when a person says, “I’m in dire straits.” A “strait” was a passage that was difficult. And so it’s talking about, “Enter through the difficult gate.” And the word “difficult” there—it doesn’t mean that’s impossible. When you enter the city in Bible times, they usually built them up on a hill, and they would build a wide road through the main gate that had switchbacks. It was a level-grade. It was easier to get in—the wide gate. But up to the steep sides, you can make a “strait” path and it was steep. Meaning it was more difficult and it was narrow. So when word “narrow” there—that’s when you get into dire “straits,” or the Straits of Gibraltar.

Jim: Okay.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: So it doesn’t mean “strict” as much as it means “difficult.”

Jim: Okay. That’s what he said while were talking. He was talking like the “strait”—actually, he should have meant the “strict” church. And, in a way, it kind of—I don’t know—it kind of makes sense. I mean the way you explain it, it makes a lot more sense. But the way he was explaining it, you know—to me “the strait entered by the narrow gate” means, you know—to me, it’s kind of more like—it’s going to be difficult to be found—

Pastor Doug Bachelor: It will not be popular. The truth will not be popular because it was not in Christ’s time—he said that—and it’s probably going to be. You know, it’s not the broad, easy way.

Pastor Jean Ross: You know there’s an added thought here. The gates were closed in ancient times at sunset. And if you want to get into the city, you had to go up the narrow road to get to the gate, but you needed to get there before sunset—before they close the gate. And, you know, that idea is portrayed in Luke chapter 13 verse 24 where Jesus said, “Strive to enter into the strait gate for many, I say, will seek to enter in and shall not be able to.”

Pastor Doug Bachelor: They waited too long.

Pastor Jean Ross: The gate will be closed. And that, of course, will be the door of probation.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Now we do have a study guide we can send you and it talks about the church—and there are so many different churches, we were just discussing that—it’s called “Search For The True Church.” It gives Bible criteria—“How do you pick a church?” “Search For The True Church,” and we’ll send a free copy of that if you’d like. So give us a call, Jim.

Pastor Jean Ross: It’s 1-800-835-6747 and ask for the book “The Search For The True Church,” for anyone wanting to know more about the church that God has raised up to do a special work in these times that we are living in. Our next caller is Mary Anne, and she is calling from New Jersey. Mary Anne, welcome to the program.

Mary Anne: Hello. Good evening, gentlemen.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Evening.

Mary Anne: I have a question, “Does the child in the womb have a soul?”

Pastor Doug Bachelor: According to the Bible, when you combine the “breath of life” with the human flesh, it is a soul. And babies do breathe through the oxygen they receive through their mothers. And so, they are souls.

Mary Anne: Alright.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: When Bathsheba found out she was pregnant with a baby from David—and this is probably very early in the pregnancy because she tried to make it look like her own husband was really the father—David tried—she doesn’t say, “I’m with fetus.” She says, “I’m with child.” And so even very early on, she referred to her baby as a “child.”

Mary Anne: And as the child was born dead, where does it go? Because my understanding is that you can’t get into heaven not having been born again.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Well, obviously, children reach an age of accountability. That’s why, you know, the Bible teaches you—you shouldn’t be baptized as a baby. You should be dedicated as a baby and baptized when you’re old enough to understand the principles of the Gospel. And that age of accountability—the Bible doesn’t give a hard and fast age. You know, some have speculated anywhere from seven to fifteen. It depends on what part of the world you’re in. Jesus went to the temple—you weren’t considered a boy in the Jewish culture until you were twelve or thirteen. The varmints for today is thirteen.

Mary Anne: Alright.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: But you know, obviously, the Lord can save a child before they reach the age of twelve. And so, you know, they’re generally saved by the intercession and influence of the parents if they die before the age of accountability—I believe they’re saved.

Pastor Jean Ross: You know, Jesus has baptized and He had no sin within Himself, but He said to John the Baptist, “Suffer to be so for thus we fulfill all righteousness.” And so Christ’s baptism—and He sacrificed accounts for those who cannot be baptized. And in this case, it would be children that haven’t reached the age of accountability or babies.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: And you know what? We have a book that deals with the subject of baptism and it talks about some of these issues. So, we’ll—“Baptism: Is It Biblical?” or “Is It Necessary?” We’ll send you a free copy of that, if you’d like, Mary Anne. Just call.

Pastor Jean Ross: 1-800-835-6747 and ask for the book on “Baptism: Is It Necessary?”—

1-800-835-67478. Our next caller is Carol, and she is calling from the Virgin Islands. Carol, welcome to the program.

Carol: Hi, again.I’m calling from the Caribbean—St. Croix.I listen to WGOD. I have a question.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Okay.

Carol: Why is it so important to hear about the ancient texts of the Bible such as in the day of Solomon? To me, the emphasis should be on the Ten Commandments. For one to ten commandments, we have a code to live by and I think we’ll have a beautiful world.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Well, you know, the stories in the Bible also have tremendous meaning because they tell us about Jesus. And it’s only through the love of Jesus that we really can obey God. But you look into stories in the Bible like when Abraham offered his son, that’s a picture of when God offers His Son. Or you look at the story in the Bible where Joseph is sold by his brothers, and it reminds us where Jesus was betrayed by His own people and yet He forgave them just like Joseph forgave his brothers. So the stories in the Bible are telling us different facets of the character of God. And all of it, of course, is in the context of the Gospel and the love of God and the law of God, too. But, interesting in thought, I appreciate that, Carol. And you tell all our friends there in St. Croix said, “Hello.” God bless and good evening.

Pastor Jean Ross: We’ve got Delroy who is listening on the internet from Florida. Delroy , welcome to the program.

Delroy: Hello, Pastor Ross, how are you doing?—and Pastor Doug, of course. My question was—Isiah chapter 19. Can you give me a little bit of insight into that? Did some would differ something that’s to come? But in other verses seeing the difference of something that has passed.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Well, you know when someone asks a question and they say, “Can you give me some insight on an entire chapter?” Normally, we try to like budget about three minutes or four minutes per question—we’re not doing very well tonight—but I can tell you I’m not going to get through all of Isiah 19. Basically, this is a prophecy about Egypt. And I think this has been fulfilled.

Delroy: Okay.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Now maybe not every facet of it, but great judgments came on Egypt after Isiah made this prediction. And you know, the glory of Egypt—but if you had been in Egypt back in the days of Isiah, the pyramids still had golden caps on them and they were plated with marble. That was all taken away years ago by people who are pilferage them for their houses, but Egypt was still in its glory during that time. And so, you know, it talks about great judgments coming on Egypt. Some of these, I think, are maybe prophetic about the future as well.

Pastor Jean Ross: I mean, especially when you look in verse 1, it talks about, “The Lord will ride upon a swift cloud.”

Delroy: Yeah.

Pastor Jean Ross: That gives you the idea that it’s referring possibly to the second coming of Christ. It’s also interesting to note that Egypt in the Bible also represents atheism—all those who are opposed to God. The pharaoh said, “Who is God that I should hear Him?” And so, we find at the end of time, this application to atheism in the world today—judgment will come upon atheists, symbolized here by Egypt.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Now there’s one verse that I’m looking at that many believe came true literally. If you look in Isiah 19:18, it says, “In that day, five cities in the land of Egypt will speak the language of Canaan.” You know, at the time of Christ, there was a great Jewish settlement in Egypt—in Alexandrian medieval surrounding cities—and they spoke Hebrew. And so some of these prophecies literally came true between the time of Isiah and Christ, so that’s why I’m saying—I think it’s Pastor Ross who says, “Some of them have a dual application.”—fulfilled historically and yet, there’s also a spiritual application for the second coming.

Delroy: So the chapter is definitely not chronological then.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: What’s that?

Delroy: The chapter—it doesn’t speak chronologically.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: No. Many of these prophecies of Isiah—like Revelation and Daniel—they back up and move forward and overlap.

Delroy: Okay.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: And a lot of the apocalyptic prophecies are that way. Hey, I appreciate that. I have togo home now. You made me—I haven’t read Isiah 19 in a while. I got to read that again.

Pastor Jean Ross: Our next caller is Lenny, and he’s calling from Michigan. Lenny, welcome to the program.

Lenny: Hello.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Evening. I appreciate your calling.

Lenny: Thank you. Pastor Doug, I was wondering if it’d be alright with you if I switch my question. I actually—I had spoken to you two times before and I have two follow up questions I asked before.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Well why don’t we start one at a time. What‘s the first question?

Lenny: The first one was speaking of—in Matthew 24—when Jesus was telling to the disciples about signs of the end of times and He had said, “The Gospel we preached to all the world…” then the abomination of desolation, and the time of tribulation. And I have mentioned that desire of ages that led me to call our sins, where Paul had said “The Gospel had been preached to all the nations.” Then if that’s a dual application prophecy and there is an immediate fulfillment, and then an ultimate fulfillment later on. I was wondering if—when Paul wrote that in Colossians—if that could have been part of the initial fulfillment in that, the Gospel was preached to the Jews first and then later to all the Gentiles. Am I reaching that?

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Well, I think I understand what you’re saying. My belief is—that when Christ said, “The Gospel will be preached in all the world and then the end will come.”—in Matthew 24:14. Well the end hasn’t come yet. And so, now the Gospel was preached throughout the land of Israel during the first three and a half years of Christ. It says, “There are thousands who are getting baptized.” And the end did come for the Jewish nation in 70 A.D. It doesn’t mean that God’s done with the Jews, but there definitely was a dismantling of them as a nation. And so that was fulfilled in that sense. And Paul, of course, made his statement in Colossians, “The Gospel being preached to every creature.”

I think he’s also speaking in general terms. They had some of the Apostles had gone into India. Some of them had gone to Africa, of course in Europe. Paul was hoping to go to Spain before he died. There is no record that he had made it, but I don’t think they had made it yet to all the islands of the Pacific or North and South America. I know our Mormon friends will disagree with that. So Paul is speaking in general terms that throughout the Roman Empire—which they felt was a world empire—the Gospel had been going everywhere through the caravans and the shipping. And so, he’s making a generalization.

Lenny: Okay. And then my second part of the question was—I had spoken to you a few weeks ago about some theorythat there were two Bible stories that kind of wrapped up in one in chapter 7 there. And looking at further—more stories where people had shown examples of that at all. Its seems to be—

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Chapter 7 of what?

Lenny: Of Genesis.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Oh.

Lenny: I think there was—showing different texts where it said, “They went in two by two, but then they went in by sevens.”

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Yes, I remember that.

Lenny: —and the flood was forty days and—but it rained for forty days. And I was noticing the examples they were giving me. They also showed some other writings, mostly within the writings of Moses. It really looked to me like it was just like a repeating of information like—and I’ve heard you say something about this before. So I was wondering if you could just explain it again for me, where you’ll say something and then you’ll kind of go back and give you a little more detail.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Yes.

Lenny: I’m going to actually hang up because I’m sure I’ll be tempted to try and squeeze in another question.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Okay. Thanks.

Lenny: Thank you very much.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: You’re welcome. Yeah, the principle in Hebrew was—they often give the sweeping panorama of a topic, then they go back and they fill in the detail. The opening of Genesis, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Well that’s a very sweeping statement. Then it backs up and then it tells about the days He created, then it backs up and it tells about Adam’s creation, naming the animals, creation of Eve, and it keeps backing up and gives you more detail. That principle goes all through the Bible. It was just the way Hebrews think, and I never had trouble understanding that because all my Jewish friends still talked that way. They give the big picture and some kind of headline, and then they go back. Can we get in a couple more questions?

Pastor Jean Ross: Sure. We got Andrew, calling from South Carolina. Andrew, welcome to the program.

Andrew: How are you doing, Pastor Doug?

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Good, and your question?

Andrew: Yeah. I believe everything that’s in the Bible, so that’s not going to be a problem. But I want to know as far as professional sports—would that damage being a good witness for the Lord, as far as, you know, there’s so much cults involved, the entertainment, and egotism, and things as such?

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Well—

Andrew: Anything biblical, whatever you think—it’ll be against that because, you know—I know how you like to say, “Well, would Jesus do this?” and “Would Jesus do that?” which are a great statement.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Yeah. Well, let me just tell you some of the—well, first, let me preface my statement by saying, “I have no doubt that there are and have been wonderful committed Christians in various branches of professional sports.”

Andrew: Okay.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: I think it is very difficult to be a committed Christian in today’s world in professional sports because there’s a tendency that almost deifies the sports players. I mean, let’s face it—some of them get paid millions. You continually hear on the news about these, you know, popular successful sports idols that their marriages fall apart, they get in problems with, you know, anything from driving too fast, to drugs, and all kinds of problems because the temptations when you have that much influence, power, and money—and there are a lot of partying that goes on, a lot of fans—that it’s the same kind of problems that they face in Hollywood. So, you know, it’s a—not to mention just the issues of competition. So, it’s very difficult. It’s like people say, “Can you be a Christian in the military?”

Absolutely. Is it difficult for a Christian when they deliberately, you know, enlist in the military? Well, sure. If you’ve got some else running your life for you, it’s hard to follow your convictions. So, I don’t know if that’s a convoluted answer.

Pastor Jean Ross: It’s maybe—if somebody becomes a Christian and—for example, they’re professional sports player—that might be a little bit different than somebody who is a committed Christian who chooses to go into that line of profession.

Andrew: Right. That’s exactly what I’m forgetting about, Pastor Ross.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: Well, you know, you’ve got the story of Eric Liddell who—they made a whole book and movie about him called “Chariots Of Fire” because he ran for his country in the Olympics and they thought he had a great future in sports. But you know what, he left sports. Of course, he took a stand. He said, “I’m not going to run at all if I’m going to be forced to run on the day that I deemed to be the Sabbath.” And so, I think the Lord honored him for that commitment. But as soon as he won that, he left sports. He got married and he went to the mission field, and he actually died during World War II in a concentration camp—became a very committed Christian. He just saw the world of sports was sapping his Christian experience.

Andrew: Okay.

Pastor Doug Bachelor: And I think that that’s experience of a lot of people. But, anyway—hey, we sure appreciate your questions, friends. If we did not get to your question tonight, please forgive us. We do our best. Give us another chance. God-willing, we’ll be back again for another live broadcast this coming week. Don’t forget—it’s really easy, two words—Amazing Facts. You can just type that in to “Google” or “Yoggle,”or “Yahoo”or “Yoddle,” and you’ll find all kinds of information—that we have available videos and radio programs, and books and free things. And find out about the “MIQ” programs for teens that are coming up. Don’t forget, the website is “miqteens.com.” God bless, friends. We’ll be back next week.

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