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JesusHow to Use this Zondervan Bible ExtractIndex of the Top 100 QuestionsOther NIV Quest Study Bible eBooksHOW TO USE THIS ZONDERVAN BIBLE EXTRACTThank you for purchasing the Top 100 Q A of the Bible A Zondervan Bible Extract Thisdigital extract from the NIV Quest Study Bible is designed to address the top 100 commonuncommon and perplexing questions people ask about Scripture While it does not containthe full Bible it does contain all the verses associated with the top 100 questions answersBible reading planEach Top 100 question and its answer are indicated by a iconA complete Index of the Top 100 Questions is also availableIncluded in some reference notes will be additional Scripture references Use thesereferences with a complete Bible to dive deeper into Bible studyThe NIV Quest Study Bible has clarified the meaning of the Scriptures for countlesspeople This Zondervan Bible Extract will do the same for youA complete Quest Study Bible containing 7000 questions answers is also availableWe hope you enjoy reading the Top 100 Q A of the Bible A Quest Study Bible ExtractINDEX OF THE TOP 100 QUESTIONSAre these literal 24 hour daysIs one man one woman the only kind of union God approves ofWhat are angels and how do they interact with the world todayWho is God what does he value and how can we approach himHow do I balance concern for the poor with the needs of my familyCan our prayers cause God to change his mindHow are these laws relevant to us todayIs there anything wrong with same sex relationsAre Christians required to titheDeuteronomyWhich is better spiritually speaking to be rich or poorDoes the Bible speak to the issue of immigrationIs there a connection between spiritual and physical healthWhy does God allow bad things to happenWhat values does a Christian family holdCan we determine God s will by putting out a fleeceWhich of the Bible s instructions regarding male and female roles are specific to first century cultureDoes it matter when and where we pray2 ChroniclesCan the Bible exaggerate and still be trueHow can we handle guilt and regret over our past decisionsShould Christians today observe the SabbathAre people just pawns in God s chess gameIs God responsible for Satan s actions or people s sinsHow much does the Bible explain about the afterlifeIf we are treated unfairly is God still goodWhy does it sometimes seem like God is far awayWhy do our prayers seem ineffective at timesDoes God send troublesIf I have a relationship with God why do I feel so lonelyWhy does God choose some people and reject othersDoes anything prevent God from responding to our prayersHow does a person meditate on God s WordIs there any secular evidence to support the Bible s claimsIs it wrong for Christians to use contraceptionDoes the Bible define when human life beginsDoes God approve of warHow do I show love to people who violate God s standards without endorsing their sinHow should children be disciplinedHow can parents prepare their children to impact the worldIs it wrong for both parents to work outside of the homeEcclesiastesHow does God want us to save spend and give our moneyWhat is the best way to share our faith in the workplaceSong of SongsWhat does the Bible say about sexHow involved should Christians be in caring for the earthWhat does the Bible definitively reveal about creationDoes God change his plans based on what we doHas God revealed himself differently to different cultures and time periodsWhat does the Bible say about the dangers of pornographyHow can we understand the TrinityWhat is hell likeHow can I tell if I have too much stuffHow involved should the church be in politicsWhat does it mean to love my neighborHow should Christians understand prayerHow can we imperfect people live the way Jesus wants us to liveDoes the Bible approve of remarriage after divorceAre natural disasters literally acts of God Does he cause themWhat are demons and how do they interact with the world todayDoes saving for retirement show a lack of trust in GodDoes God expect me to forgive someone who keeps hurting meIs there more to the gospel than being assured of heavenIs accepting Jesus the only way for people to get to heavenHow can the Christian church become what Jesus intendedWhat is the Holy Spirit s role in evangelismWhat about those who have never heard about JesusDoes it matter which Bible translation Christians useWhat is the value of baptismHow are we justifiedDoes sin ever quitWhat determines a person s eternal destination1 CorinthiansDoes God expect me to keep my mind and body pure in today s cultureHow do Christians practice evangelism in a culture that frowns on proselytizingWhat is my purpose in life And how can I be certain of itHow can we identify our spiritual giftsIs there value in other religions like Islam Buddhism and HinduismAs a Christian am I supposed to do good worksWhat does the Bible mean about wives submitting to their husbandsWhat is spiritual warfare and how does it affect mePhilippiansWhat can Christians do to become more like JesusColossiansIn what ways should the church be serving the worldHow can we gain victory over secret sins1 ThessaloniansAre we tempted by Satan or by our own evil desiresWhat does it mean to be sanctifiedShould women be prohibited from certain leadership roles within the churchHow important is it that we understand all doctrines correctlyHow should Christians teach their children about GodDoes the Bible have answers for all of today s moral dilemmasDoes it matter which denomination my church belongs toHow do we know the Bible is trueDo Christians really need to attend churchWhat does it mean to have faithIn what ways can people experience God todayShould we regularly confess our sins to other ChristiansHow much influence does Satan have in the world todayWhat do we know about a new heaven and a new earthWhy are so many parts of the Bible difficult to understandWhat happens to a Christian between death and the day of judgmentRevelationWhat is heaven likeDoes obedience bring prosperityCan Christians lose their salvationDoes God give people a chance to believe in him after deathAre these literal 24 hour days Genesis 1 3 31Regardless of whether the days of creation were figurative or literal 24 hourperiods this passage is a truthful description of what took place It indicates thatthere is intelligence meaning and purpose behind all existence In other words theword of God directed the method of creation as well as the source of creation Ps33 6 9 Heb 11 3 Yet human beings have been given the privilege of exploringthrough scientific investigation how God may have engineered these events andhow long he took to do soMany understand the six days of creation as representing long periods of timebecause the sun which marks a 24 hour day wasn t created until the fourth dayAnd the word day is used in chapters 1 2 in three distinct ways 1 asapproximately 12 hours of daylight Ge 1 5 2 as 24 hours 1 14 and 3 as aperiod of time involving at the very minimum the whole creative activity from dayone to day seven see 2 4 where the word that is translated when is the same wordthat is elsewhere translated day The light 1 3 could not have come from theearth s sun if the sun was not created until the fourth day The light could havecome from other sources that God provided in the universe prior to the creation ofthe sun We can only speculate about what the atmospheric conditions might havebeen at that time3And God said Let there be light and there was light 4God saw that the light wasgood and he separated the light from the darkness 5God called the light day andthe darkness he called night And there was evening and there was morning the6And God said Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water7So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the waterabove it And it was so 8God called the vault sky And there was evening andthere was morning the second day9And God said Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place and let dryground appear And it was so 10God called the dry ground land and the gatheredwaters he called seas And God saw that it was good11Then God said Let the land produce vegetation seed bearing plants and treeson the land that bear fruit with seed in it according to their various kinds And itwas so 12The land produced vegetation plants bearing seed according to their kindsand trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds And God saw that itwas good 13And there was evening and there was morning the third day14And God said Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from thenight and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times and days and years 15and letthem be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth And it was so 16Godmade two great lights the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light togovern the night He also made the stars 17God set them in the vault of the sky togive light on the earth 18to govern the day and the night and to separate light fromdarkness And God saw that it was good 19And there was evening and there wasmorning the fourth day20And God said Let the water teem with living creatures and let birds fly above theearth across the vault of the sky 21So God created the great creatures of the sea andevery living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it accordingto their kinds and every winged bird according to its kind And God saw that it wasgood 22God blessed them and said Be fruitful and increase in number and fill thewater in the seas and let the birds increase on the earth 23And there was eveningand there was morning the fifth day24And God said Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds thelivestock the creatures that move along the ground and the wild animals eachaccording to its kind And it was so 25God made the wild animals according totheir kinds the livestock according to their kinds and all the creatures that movealong the ground according to their kinds And God saw that it was good26ThenGod said Let us make mankind in our image in our likeness so that theymay rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky over the livestock and allthe wild animals 1 and over all the creatures that move along the ground27So God created mankind in his own imagein the image of God he created themmale and female he created them28God blessed them and said to them Be fruitful and increase in number fill theearth and subdue it Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and overevery living creature that moves on the ground29Then God said I give you every seed bearing plant on the face of the wholeearth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it They will be yours for food 30Andto all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures thatmove along the ground everything that has the breath of life in it I give everygreen plant for food And it was so31Godsaw all that he had made and it was very good And there was evening andthere was morning the sixth dayIs one man one woman the only kind of union God approves of GenesisIn a word yes Here s what Jesus said about marriage At the beginning theCreator made them male and female and said For this reason a man willleave his father and mother and be united to his wife and the two will become oneflesh Mt 19 4 5Scripture uses metaphorical language to describe marriage picturing it in termsof a head and body Ephesians 5 23 says For the husband is the head of the wifeas Christ is the head of the church his body of which he is the Savior Headshiphas to do with oneness The wife is the body of the husband as the church is thebody of Christ Col 1 18 The mystery of marriage is that the head the husbandplus the body the wife equals one fleshThis head body picture shows why God approves only of monogamousheterosexual marriage two heads two men do not equal one flesh and twobodies two women do not equal one flesh This is affirmed many times inScripture e g Lev 18 22 1Co 6 9 11 This picture also shows why polygamy iswrong a head one man and two or more bodies two or more wives do notcomprise a union of one flesh It is true that many people in Scripture practicedpolygamy including Abraham Jacob David and Solomon but thoserelationships ultimately produced many kinds of strife for each family Andalthough God chose to bring some good out of those situations e g the 12 tribesof Israel the goodness of God s original plan was not changedFinally this picture of one flesh union does not mean that single people areincomplete or somehow worth less than married people The metaphorical image ofone flesh is used in Scripture to identify the boundaries of marriage and highlightthe institution as a picture of our relationship with Christ Indeed Paul who wasnot married made it clear in 1 Corinthians 7 7 8 that marriage and singleness areboth gifts to be used in service to God24That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife and they become