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How can I ask God to take away a desire to be rich?

You say How can I ask God to take away the thought of wanting to be rich? I have struggled financially all of my life and I have gotten to the point where I pray for winnings in the lottery. I don’t like thinking like this, so can you suggest a verse or prayer? Probably […]

After someone is baptised, will they continue to have battles with the devil and its temptations for the rest of their lives?

Yes. When someone becomes a Christian they still face difficulties and temptations like they did before they were a Christian. James, who was writing to Christians, makes it plain that they were still going to face temptations: Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be […]

If you fail to stop sinning after becoming baptised, can you still be forgiven? How do you deal with sexual desire?

Wrong behaviour needs to be avoided. Gal 5:19-21  Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,  (20)  idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,  (21)  envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will […]

What was the first temptation Jesus faced in the wilderness?

It is possible that the first temptation Jesus faced in the wilderness was the temptation to turn stones into bread: both Matthew and Luke have this as the first mentioned temptation in their narratives (see Mat. 4:3 and Luke 4:3). However, the order of the second and third temptations in Matthew and Luke is reversed, […]

If angels have no free will, they are robots; if they have free will, why wouldn’t they be able to sin?

All our temptations come from the natural instinct of independent biological organisms to self-optimize; that is, to improve their standard of living, to reproduce, and to take steps to survive (Genesis 3:6, Romans 7:23, James 1:14). Angels are not biological organisms (in the sense that they are not made of fallible biological material like we […]

Is there a Bible story where a brother rapes his sister?

The record of Amnon raping his sister is in 2 Sam. 13:1-22. Basically, Amnon falls in love with Tamar, and his desire grows until he concocts a plan to try to have sex with her. Tamar is a better person than Amnon, and she resists the seduction, so Amnon adds more sin to his list […]

What does ‘lips drip honey’ mean? (Proverbs 5:3)

Proverbs 5:3-4 says: {3} For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil, {4} but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. This is warning us that an adulterer or an adulteress is pleasing to listen to (their words are pleasing to […]

Who is the woman in the nether-world and why is she there?

This question is based on Proverbs 5 from the JPS translation: Proverbs 5:3-5 (JPS) For the lips of a strange woman drop honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil; But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on the nether-world; […]