1591. As Christians we often talk about how man and women are made in the image of God. Some see this as being or bodily form (which I think is ludicrous) or our mental faculties. My question is; What do you understand the human beings image of God to be?

Genesis 1:26
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.”

The image, or likeness, of God does not rest in bodily form, but in the immaterial parts of man. This is partially because God is not limited to a bodily form. “God is spirit.” However, Adam was created in the likeness of God in that he was created in perfect health and was not subject to death.

John 4:24
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Because mankind is created in the image of God, we are set apart from and greater than the rest of creation. We are intended to have dominion over the rest of creation.

Genesis 1:28
28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

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1590. What do you think about other people who are not Christian yet consider themselves to be religious, spiritual or close to God? For example, a devout and dedicated Muslim or a Buddhist who believes they have found enlightenment.

I think it doesn’t matter how religious or spiritual someone considers themselves, the truth is that we’re all sinners and all equally deserving of damnation in Hell as we inherently are, because imperfection cannot be mixed with perfection.

Romans 3:23
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

That doesn’t mean I think less or look down on anyone different though. I try my best to show the love of Christ to all people of all beliefs, as Jesus instructed us to do, and to preach the truth in love.

That being said, Jesus said it clearly.

John 14:6
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

No one gets to Heaven, no matter how ‘spiritual,’ without accepting Christ.

Here’s a different question I answered on Buddhism if you’re interested:

What do you think about Buddha and his teachings? I’m a strong Christian believer and I know that some of his teachings are world-oriented, health is very important, etc, but I still admire him. 

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1589. What species of human were Adam and Eve? Whichever species predated the others considering they were “the first” humans, or Homo Erectus?

I believe Adam and Eve were simply human as God intended humanity to be. Take from that what you will. God tells us that mankind was made in His image. God said his creation was ‘good.’ He didn’t make any mistakes. Whether or not we humans today are somehow ‘lesser’ than they were as the result of thousands of years living in a sinful, fallen world, or whether we’re identical to what Adam and Eve really were like, I do not claim to know. But I don’t ascribe Homo Erectus like some might as being some sort of a missing evolutionary link between ape and human.

“In the late 19th century, a Dutch physician trekked through the jungles of Java in Indonesia and found part of a skull cap, three teeth, and a thigh bone. Despite the facts that the skull and the thigh bone were found fifty feet apart, and there were human skulls in the area, the findings were compiled and (with the help of a talented artist) presented to the world as Homo erectus—a transitional species between man and ape. More likely, the skull fragment is from an extinct ape, and the thigh bone belonged with one of the human skulls. Even evolutionists now admit that specimens of Homo erectus are most likely just variations on normal humans.”

http://www.compellingtruth.org/missing-link.html

For much more in depth scientific articles on Neanderthals and concepts of human ancestors, I highly recommend these articles.

http://www.answersingenesis.org/contents/379/arj/v3/enigmatic-Neanderthals.pdf

http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/aid/v1/n1/worthy-ancestors

http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/aid/v2/n1/worthy-ancestors-2

http://www.answersingenesis.org/contents/379/arj/v3/hominid_baraminology.pdf

Ask me anything. 

The Truth About Assault Weapons

Borrowed from www.assaultweapon.info. All credit is due there.

This is an AR-15 rifle. It is the most popular rifle sold in the United States today. Millions have been purchased by American citizens since 1963.

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The AR-15 is the most common example of what are sometimes called assault weapons. But what does this term actually mean?

First, it is important to understand what an assault weapon isnt.

The terms “assault weapon” and “assault rifle” are often confused. According to Bruce H. Kobayashi and Joseph E. Olson, writing in the Stanford Law and Policy Review:

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If an assault weapon isn’t an assault rifle, what is an assault rifle?

This is a M4A1 carbine. It is a U.S. military service rifle. It is also an assault rifle.

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The M4A1 is fully automatic. This means it fires multiple rounds each time the trigger is pulled. The M4A1 can fire up to 950 rounds per minute. The M4A1 and other fully automatic firearms are also called machine guns. In 1986, the Federal government banned civilians from purchasing newly manufactured machine guns.

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1588. I read that if I let my children get an education, they will be liberals and atheists. Should I not let them go to college?

I don’t think it’s any secret that our national public school system teaches a certain ideology. I’ll even provide some evidence for you.

This past Presidential election, there was a National Mock Election for American public school students that weren’t eligible to vote, from elementary through high school.

http://www.nationalmockelection.org/results/#national__p

The results were a staggering 460 electoral votes for Obama, compared to just 78 for Romney. Now, we know the actual election results were 332 Obama, to 206 Romney. But to show how skewed the results really were, we can just take a look at a few specific states. In the National Mock Election, Obama won in super-Conservative Texas by a landslide victory of 70.7% to 26.8% for Romney. Now, generally it has been thought that many children and students adapt a specific ideology from either their family/home life, or their education. We KNOW that 70.7% of Texas families are not Obama fans, and it is more likely the other way, so that leaves it up to the school system. You can draw your own conclusions.

As for religion in schools, I’ll just note a few facts. Did you know that the very first U.S. Congress printed the first Bible in America in 1782. In fact, they said it should be a mandated as a required educational tool to be used in all of the schools in America. The Congress also went as far to endorse the Bible to be used by every citizen in America. Just about all of America’s great Ivy League schools (Yale, Princeton, Harvard, etc.) also started out not Christian seminaries.

Now, I’m aware the government can’t endorse any particular religion today, although they certainly did at America’s founding. But it is a shame that Christianity is now shunned in the public school system. If one was to teach a class on Islam or Buddhism, it is called open-mindedness, but if God is mentioned, you’re a bigot and can lose your job. It’s a shame that varying religions are not taught objectively and comparatively as they once were.

It is also interesting to note that using the Bible as an education tool is banned in the public school system, but is highly encouraged in America’s prison systems. Ironic, no? Perhaps if more citizens had read it growing up, there would be less prisoners locked up today.

But I know that whoever asked this question may have just wanted to be snarky, but if it was a sincere question, it is up to your own judgement as to how you as a parent want to educate your child. I’m all for alternative learning styles (home-schooling / private schools / charter schools / etc). You as the parent SHOULD have the right to give your child the best chance to succeed at life as you can. No matter what you do though regarding education, the best thing you can do as a Christian parent is make sure your lives and your children’s lives are founded in the Word of God, and bring them up with it on a regular basis.

Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Ask me anything.

1587. Do you believe that everyone has the right to choose their stance on religion regardless of what they choose?

Of course, God grants everyone a free will and the capability/ability to do whatever they would like to do with their lives. Just also be aware that God also says that there is a single ‘right’ way, and many wrong ways, but there is only one path to Heaven. I can testify, as can millions of other Christians around the globe, that those who follow what God has outlined for us tend to be pretty happy folks!

John 14:6
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Ask me anything.

“God, can I ask You a question?

Me: God, can I ask You a question?

God: Sure

Me: Promise You won’t get mad

God: I promise

Me: Why did You let so much stuff happen to me today?

God: What do u mean?

Me: Well, I woke up late

God: Yes

Me: My car took forever to start

God: Okay

Me: at lunch they made my sandwich wrong & I had to wait

God: Hmmm

Me: On the way home, my phone went DEAD, just as I picked up a call

God: All right

Me: And on top of it all off, when I got home ~I just want to soak my feet in my new foot massager & relax. BUT it wouldn’t work!!! Nothing went right today! Why did You do that?

God: Let me see, the death angel was at your bed this morning & I had to send one of My Angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that

Me (humbled): Oh…

GOD: I didn’t let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that would have hit you if you were on the road.

Me: (ashamed)

God: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick & I didn’t want you to catch what they have, I knew you couldn’t afford to miss work. 

Me (embarrassed): Okay

God: Your phone went dead bcuz the person that was calling was going to give false witness about what you said on that call, I didn’t even let you talk to them so you would be covered.

Me (softly): I see God

God: Oh and that foot massager, it had a shortage that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn’t think you wanted to be in the dark.

Me: I’m Sorry God

God: Don’t be sorry, just learn to Trust Me…. in All things, the good & the bad.

Me: I will trust You.

God: And don’t doubt that My plan for your day is Always Better than your plan.

Me: I won’t God. And let me just tell you God, Thank You for Everything today.

God: You’re welcome child. It was just another day being your God and I Love looking after My Children…