Soul vs. Spirit. The Same?

DEAR FATHER PAUL: I read in the Bible many places where “soul” and “spirit” are used seemingly interchangeably to mean the same thing. Are they the same, and if not, what are the differences? Glen DEAR GLEN: You have asked a very interesting and challenging question. There is indeed often confusion about the human “soul” […]

Alcohol use?

DEAR FATHER PAUL: Is it a sin for a Christian to drink alcohol? What does the Bible say? Beth DEAR BETH: Yes and no. Or … sometimes, but not always. How’s that for a strong, clear and definite answer? Pastors are asked this question a lot. Some Christian denominations strictly forbid the use of alcohol […]

Ask Father Paul

DEAR FATHER PAUL: We are a Christian couple with a (sometimes) unruly child, age six. We know what all of the so-called experts in child psychology say about child discipline. But what does the Bible say about correcting a child’s unacceptable behavior? No Name. DEAR NO NAME: The Bible plainly teaches that child discipline is […]

Does Christianity have three gods?

DEAR FATHER PAUL: You kindly invite questions from your readers. I enjoyed your good account of the names of God. I wanted to know, please, this: Is the creed of Jesus as affirmed in Mark 12:29 a unitary, monotheistic proposition or a Trinitarian proposition? Anthony DEAR ANTHONY: Thank you. I regularly get this question from […]

Ask Father Paul – Does Christianity have three gods?

DEAR FATHER PAUL:  You kindly invite questions from your readers. I enjoyed your good account of the names of God. I wanted to know, please, this: Is the creed of Jesus as affirmed in Mark 12:29 a unitary, monotheistic proposition or a Trinitarian proposition? Anthony DEAR ANTHONY:  Thank you. I regularly get this question from […]

Ask Father Paul – The name(s) of God

DEAR FATHER PAUL: A friend of mine insists that God has a number of different names and that these are actually all in the Bible. I’ve always just called him “God.” So what IS God’s name? Frank DEAR FRANK:  Your friend is right. The first reference in the Bible to God’s name is found in […]

Faith vs. Understanding

DEAR FATHER PAUL: I am a 41 year-old business owner who has had huge success in the past. Now, due to some poor business decisions on my part, I am facing loss of the business and personal bankruptcy. Basically, I need a miracle, and I need it soon! The problem is that, while I do […]

Ask Father Paul – The origin of Thanksgiving

DEAR FATHER PAUL: My family moved to America and to this area from the Middle East over ten years ago. We love America and we love it here. As I email this, it is only a few weeks until Thanksgiving 2017. Of all the many American holidays, Thanksgiving has become our most favorite. We love […]

Ask Father Paul – Is Doubt A Sin?

DEAR FATHER PAUL:  I am a long-time Christian, but I find that I sometimes have doubts about some Christian beliefs and doctrines. I am well educated and have always had a strong inclination to seek the truth and reject falsehoods. Are my occasional doubts a sin?  J. K. DEAR J. K. Thank you for your […]

Ask Father Paul – Dear Jane

DEAR FATHER PAUL:  I am a 41 year-old woman. My teachers always told me, “you are so smart,” but I am beginning to wonder. I am a professional with two college degrees and an IQ of 137. Last week a friend asked me a question that stopped me in my tracks. She said, “if you […]

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