Robert C. Veil, Jr. has been a gospel preacher with the Church of Christ for over 40 years. He currently preaches for the Central Church of Christ. Submit your Bible questions to him at Central Church of Christ, 90 Waverly Court, Martinsburg, WV 25403.
Was Jesus Actually Tempted To Sin? I Thought, As The Son Of God, He Was Above That.
Answer: Yes, Jesus was actually and literally tempted to sin. In fact, he was “tempted in all points, like as are we,” (Heb. 4:15), “yet without sin.” Continue Reading….
I Have Heard That There Are “Textual Problems” In The Bible. Does This Mean There Are Errors In The Original Manuscripts?
Answer: To borrow from a famous quotation from Mark Twain, the reports of errors in the Bible have been “greatly exaggerated!” Continue Reading….
What Is “That Which Is Perfect” In 1 Corinthians 13:10?
Answer: “Love never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall be done away; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall be done away. Continue Reading….
Can We Be Saved Like The Thief On The Cross?
Answer: When Jesus was crucified, the Bible tells us that two others were crucified at the same time, (Lk. 23:32). They are identified by Matthew as “robbers,” (Mt. 27:44). Although both of them at first mocked Jesus, Continue Reading….
In The Parable Of The Laborers In The Vineyard, What Do The References To The Various “Hours” Of The Day Mean?
Answer: The Hebrews traditionally told the time of day by referring to certain “hours.” The 24-hour period we know as a “day” began for the Jew at 6:00 p.m. For 12 hours it was “night.” Continue Reading….
Even Today Timothy Is A Popular Name. Who Was The Timothy Of The Bible and What Do We Know About Him?
Answer: Timothy was a young gospel preacher in the early church of the first century. There is considerable information revealed about him, a study of which is very encouraging. Continue Reading….
What Translation Of The Bible Do You Recommend For General Use?
Answer: It seems to me the most important consideration in selecting a Bible translation is accuracy. There are several translations which are “tried-and-true,” and known to be highly accurate. Continue Reading….
What Is Meant By The Term, “Unprofitable Servant”? Does This Mean That Works Are Unimportant In The Christian Life?
Answer: Works are important, but we are not saved by works of merit by which we somehow earn our salvation. The works which are important to God are our works of obedience and works of righteousness. Continue Reading….
I Understand That Jesus Commanded Not To Use “Vain Repetitions.” Does This Mean We Should Not Repeat Things In Our Prayers?
Answer: In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave some very practical instructions concerning prayer, as well as many other matters. One of the things he directed against is the use of “vain repetitions,” which are positively Continue Reading….
I Hear The Christian Life Described As A “Victory.” How Is This True?
Answer: The Scriptures very clearly teach that the Christian life is indeed a victory, in several ways. Being a Christian means being in Christ, (Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14). Continue Reading….
What Proof Is There That Jesus Was Actually Born Of A Virgin?
Answer: On this question, we have the proof of the inspired writers themselves! For example, the inspired historian and physician, Luke, records Continue Reading….
Was Jesus A Created Being, Or Is He Eternal?
Answer: The fact that Jesus is an eternal being, rather than a created being, is clearly shown in the first chapter of the Gospel According to John. In that chapter, John sets forth the history Continue Reading….
Jesus Used Parables In His Teaching. What Is A Parable, And Are There Any Particular Rules For Understanding Them?
Answer: Jesus used parables very frequently in his teaching. Approximately 46 of these have been preserved for us in the New Testament. Many of them are very brief, Continue Reading….
Please Explain The Incident Of The Woman Caught In Adultery. Why Wasn’t The Man Also Brought, Instead Of Just The Woman?
Answer: This incident is described in Jn. 8:2-11 as follows: “And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. Continue Reading….
What Has The Bible And Christianity Done For Women?
Answer: Christianity has elevated and benefitted women wherever it has gone. Women fare much better, are more honored and respected, in lands where the principles of Christianity and the Bible have been freely taught and practiced. Continue Reading….
I Have Heard It Said That Paul Disliked, Or Even Hated Women. Is This True?
Answer: It is not only untrue, it is a scandalous and unfair accusation. I will never forget the first time I heard this. I was sitting in a college class, with about 20 other students. The teacher, an older woman, called Paul a “misogynist.” Continue Reading….
It Seems So Many People In Our Country Are Looking For Ways To Get Out Of Working. Doesn’t The Bible Teach That We Should Work?
Answer: While there are certainly occasions where people need support due to sickness, disability or other unavoidable circumstances, the Bible teaches that Christians are to Continue Reading….
Why Do You Place So Much Emphasis Upon Works? The Bible Teaches We Are Saved By Faith Alone.
Answer: This question betrays a gross and dangerous misunderstanding of what the Bible actually says. Contrary to some popular opinions, Continue Reading….
What Is Worship?
Answer: The first place the word “worship” appears in the New Testament is Matthew 2:2: “Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we saw his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” Continue Reading….