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Is it okay for a soon-to-be-married couple to live together?
Can Satan read our minds?
Why doesn't God destroy Satan?
Will we eat food in our resurrected bodies?
Email W.P.T. Bellgamin
|Larry writes: Is shacking up wrong??? I live with my girlfriend and I plan to marry her soon. Can you lead me in the right direction?
Bible Bell's reply
Marriage has two aspects...
In a holy marriage, the Bible says that God Himself joins together husband and wife (Mt 19.6).
There are several reasons why God holds the marriage union in such high and holy estate. These include but are not limited to the following...
Now, let's get to your question. As I understand it, you are asking how God might feel about your living together with the person you intend to marry.
In the final analysis, this issue is between you and God. Since you are the man in this relationship, be aware that God holds YOU primarily responsible for the spiritual leadership of your family, and for protecting your family from sin.
You need to discuss this matter with God right away.
May God bless you and your intended spouse, and grant you the knowledge of His will (and the strength and love to obey it).
|W C writes:
I have read and heard that Satan cannot read our minds. That when we resist him, we should say it out loud. Is this true?
If Satan can't read our minds, isn't it better to not pray out loud? So that we do not give Satan free information to our mind?
Bible Bell's reply
The Bible does not directly answer your question. However, consider the following...
Based upon the above references I conclude that Satan does have some degree of ability to know and influence our thoughts. However, I remind you that the Bible does NOT specifically say this. It is just my OPINION.
Praying aloud does not open up a weakness for Satan to attack. To the contrary, praying -- whether you do it aloud or silently -- is your great strength and defense against the forces of evil. Remember...
|Neale writes: Can you please tell me why God doesn't just destroy Satan and his angels and get it over with?
Bible Bell's reply
God will never out-and-out destroy Satan. Instead, God will imprison Satan forever...
|And the devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. (Rev 20.10, NKJ)
|Why doesn't God imprison Satan right now? The Bible doesn't directly answer this question. In other words, God has not seen fit to reveal His reasons...
|The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. (Deu 29.29, NKJ)
|Genesis 15.16 may offer a clue. In essence, this verse seems to say that God gives sinners a "certain amount of rope." Perhaps this applies to Satan as well...
|(God said...) But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete. (Gen 15.16, NKJ)
|God endowed us with the ability to make DECISIONS (Deu 30.19). To test
our decisions, God has always presented us with CHOICES between good and evil, obedience or disobedience, and love
for Him or hatred.
Consider the fact that there were two trees mentioned as being in the garden of Eden -- a tree of life, and a tree of death. Thus, it may be that God has not yet imprisoned Satan so that, even today, we are confronted with two primary choices -- God and life, or Satan and death...
|(God said...) I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days...'' (Deu 30.19-20a, NKJ)
Physical bodies build strength & stamina by lifting weights. Our faith builds strength & stamina by resisting temptation. Perhaps Satan functions as barbells??? :o)
NOTE: For a later, more thorough study of this topic -- CLICK HERE
|Judy asks: Will we eat food in our glorified (resurrected) bodies?
|The Bible does not directly answer your question. However, we do know that the resurrected Lord Jesus partook of food with His disciples...
|So they (the disciples) gave Him (Jesus) a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. And He took it and ate in their presence. (Lk 24.42-43)
|We also know that our resurrected bodies will be like the glorious body of Lord Jesus...
|For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. (Philippians 3.20-21)
|AND we know that there will be a marriage supper in heaven...
|Then he said to me, "Write: `Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!' '' And he said to me, "These are the true sayings of God.'' (Rev 19.9)
|Accordingly, we can safely conclude that we will be able to eat and enjoy food, even in heaven.