Is creation not outdated in the light of modern science?

There are those who see an incompatibility between science and the Bible.   Seventh-day Adventists believe in a Creator God and see his hand in the vast wonder and complexity of nature surrounding us.  Our interest in science leads us to believe even more strongly in the need for a ‘designer’.  Visit our ‘Creation page’ to find considerable resources on the creation debate both from theological and scientific perspectives.

There are so many different churches around. What is so different about Seventh-day Adventists?

Adventists have very much in common with all Christians  –especially the important truths that salvation is only through Jesus Christ,  and that the Bible is God’s inspired word.
However, we do also have some distinct beliefs, two of which are summarised in our name, ‘Seventh-day Adventist’.  This, because we worship on Saturday, the 7th  day of the week according to Scripture, and because we believe in the literal soon return of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. See more…

My father just passed away and I am wondering that when I get to heaven will we know each other as we were on earth?

I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I am sure however that it is a comfort to you to have faith in Jesus and knowledge that we can be reunited with our loved ones.

There are several passages in the Bible that give us comfort in this regard.

Firstly, you will note that Jesus Christ, as the “First fruits” of the resurrection, was recognised and worshipped by the disciples. When Mary at the tomb and the disciples on the road to Emmaus did not recognise him, it was because they were not expecting to see him. Mary recognised him as soon as he spoke to her (John 20:16). The disciples, including Thomas, rejoiced in his presence (Vs 19-29). They were then able to renew and continue the relationship they had with him before his death.

The apostle Paul writes about what we will be like following the resurrection. and what we will be like in 1 Corinthians 15:42 and following. In these verses, it is clear that our feeble mortal bodies that deteriorate with age and suffer from illness and physical damage will be replaced with immortal, vibrant bodies that will last us for eternity. The most important verses are 51-54:

“Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed– in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

What we have then will be better than what we have now. Sure, we will recognise each other. Our characters, our memories, our affections will be the same. That is why in 1 Thessalonians 4:18 Paul can say to the members that Jesus second coming and the resurrection and good news for those who have lost family members, that we can “comfort one another with these words”.

I do not know exactly what heaven is going to be like. I rejoice that I can be there with my Saviour and God. I rejoice that I can be reunited with loved ones. But there is one more promise that I hold as very precious. 1 Cor. 2:9:

“No eye has seen,
no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him”

That is something I can look forward to.

We’re Christians but my husband looks at porn.

I guess you may be writing because you have already seen one Bible Answer on pornography endeavouring to help a man trying to escape from the addiction of pornography. Yours is a somewhat different situation, although if your husband wants some help he will find some links at the end of that answer that give some good and helpful advice. The pure intimacy site also has resources to help you as a spouse.

There are two principles that as a Christian couple you should be able to work through together. Matthew 5:28 in the Message Bible reads:

But don’t think you’ve preserved your virtue simply by staying out of bed. Your heart can be corrupted by lust even quicker than your body. Those leering looks you think nobody notices-they also corrupt.

This kind of puts into a modern context the words of Jesus:

But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (NIV)

The second principle is that found in Ephesians 5:21 and following. Here Paul councils that husband and wife should submit one to the other, or be courteously reverent to each other. This is a conscious act to look out for the needs of each other. It is unconditional love. In the following verses, he then expands on how that love works in practice. It might be a good plan to look at the passage together and see what principles there are there that can be used to strengthen your relationship.

Then you need to stop playing games. It is very easy to blame the other partner for the fault lines developing in your relationship. According to your email, he blames you because you “don’t satisfy his needs enough”. You are blaming him for looking at pornographic material while you use your daughter as a shield. I can almost hear the blame game going on in my head. It is the easiest game to play but the hardest to win. That is why Paul’s counsel is to give yourselves unconditionally to each other. Rather than looking for the blame, to look to see how you can make each other happier.

What is it about you that attracted him to you? What did you like about him in the first place? What do you enjoy doing together? How can you make special times for each other? How can you tell him that he is loved and the centre of your affection even though life has changed with the addition of your daughter? How can he demonstrate his care and devotion to you? How can you bring fun back into your relationship?

I can’t answer those questions. The two of you are the only ones who can. I do know that it is something that the two of you together can succeed with as you pray together. We will certainly be praying for you both.

Dealing with Terrorism

From the emails and letters that have come in on the subject of terrorism, I have two in particular that Read more…

I’m a Christian but I don’t believe in the Rapture of any kind. I’m curious as to why other Christian denominations believe this and what Bible verses are they basing this belief on?

The idea of the Secret Rapture arose as a result of the teachings of J.N. Darby who became a member Read more…

I’ve decided the Adventist Understanding of Life after Death is not correct — I am convinced by other religions. Can you help?

I’m not too concerned with what my church or another church teaches – my real concern is what the Bible Read more…