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Q Sunday follow-up

November 20, 2011 No Comments by Todd

We had a great Q Sunday last week.  Q Sunday is a day where we turn over the content to you.  Questions about life, The Bible, or The Bridge.  Not as much back & forth this time between  Dave, J & I.  It turned out that your questions really filled up the time.  We wanted to answer them very carefully, but next time we might let it hang loose a bit more.  We’ll see.  If you missed the day, you can listen to the podcast by clicking here (click on the message name if you want to download instead of listen to it online).

Here are the questions we received & had time to talk about:

During the last supper, I would like to understand why Jesus decided to wash the feet of his disciples.  I am little puzzled about this act from Jesus and the meaning of it.

Jesus said he came to fulfill the law not to do away with it, however there are often distinctive differences in the mosaic law and the way we follow Christ today, can you expound on why?

I struggle with the book of Job.  Did God allow that just to prove a point?   

What happens to people that don’t know Jesus when they die?

How do we reach people who see being Christian as a tradition rather than an active relationship with God?

 A couple questions we received but did not get to unfortunately.  Here’s one with a quick answer:

The Muslim Quran mentions that Jesus Christ had spoken miraculously while still a baby, proclaiming his mission and possibly defending Mary concerning his miraculous birth.  Why don’t find anything in the Bible that supports or refutes these Qur’an verses?

A) The Bible doesn’t indicate any miracles related to Jesus until he began his ministry around the age of 30 (except concerning his conception by the Holy Spirit and that he exhibited remarkable wisdom, grace and favor– i.e. temple visit at age 12).

B) The latest parts of the Bible were written in the 1st Century AD, whereas the Koran was written in the 7th century, so there would be no “response” from the Bible toward the Koran.

Possible source material the Koran drew from was a 2nd century Arabic fable from Egypt that tells a similar story.  Such extra-biblical stories become popular in the centuries after the New Testament was written.

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We concluded the service by remembering that Christ is the key to our faith.  Not the right answers to all the controversial questions of our day.  There are plenty of fine doctrinal points that have divided Christians over the last 2000 years, but there is much more to bring us together into deep, spiritual community.  That’s what we want to see happen at The Bridge & every Christian community around the world!

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