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Academic Questions in CRS
Concerning the biblical account of first human disobedience, which of the following statement is false?
A. The snake began its temptation by asking the woman: 'Did God really tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?'
B. The snake lied to the woman that she won't die when she eats the fruit
C. The woman ate the fruit because she she saw how beautiful the tree was and how good its fruit would be to eat
D. The woman ate the fruit and gave some to her husband, after which they were given understanding
E. The fruit eaten by the woman was an apple and it looked pleasing to the eye
F. The snake was the most cunning animal that the Lord God had made
That same evening when Adam and Eve ate the fruit in middle of the garden, What was God's first action?
A. God called out to Adam and Eve
B. God cursed the serpent, Adam and Eve respectively
C. God called out to man and asked him: 'Where are you?'
D. God expressed his disappointed to Adam
E. God declared his anger to man
F. God called out to Adam and Eve and punished them immediately
The snake in the garden of Eden began it's temptation on Eve by _____.
A. Telling her she would be wise
B. Telling her she won't die when she eats the fruit
C. Telling her she will be like God
D. Asking her a simple question
E. Showing her the beauty of the fruit
F. Suggesting that she doesn't know what she's missing
God knows all things, even your secret and deepest thoughts. This attribute of God is termed _____.
B. Self existence
The following are attributes of God except _____.
F. Options A through E are correct
_____ is the first son of Jacob.
What was Joseph's interpretation of the chief baker's dream?
A. He will be restored to his former position
B. He will be hung to death and birds will eat his remains
C. He will see his family again
D. He will remain the chief baker of the prison
E. He will die in prison
F. He will be shown mercy by the king
Joseph is the _____ son of Jacob.
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Before we look into the attributes of God, it will be a good idea if we first understood what an attribute is.
To put it straight, I will consider an attribute to be a 'qualifier': that is, something which qualifies or describes a person or thing.
In our case, the attributes of God will simply imply those characteristics that has to do with God.
Note: The attributes of God will help us to better understand who God is. It is important to state that no one can give a complete list or summary of God's attributes.
Different people will give varying responses to this question. This is because the question 'who is God?' is a subject to God's attribute.
From my own knowledge, God is a supreme being who is infinitely good in himself and exists in all perfection.
Jesus is the true image of the unseen God and he shares completely all the attributes of God. Those who were with Jesus in his time saw the attributes of God in him according to how he acted, loved and forgave.
At every point in your life, you must have experienced one attribute of God or another. In fact, you are alive today simply because of the attributes of God resting upon you.
Let's take a quick look at some of these attributes.
Below is a summary of God's attributes:
Sovereign: God wields the supreme and ultimate power. He is in control of the universe. He knew you before you were conceived. He knows your future. Psalm 136:6
Love: God is love. For this reason, he bacame man. As a man, he was hungry, he wept and ultimately, he died agonizingly for all mankind on the cross of calvary. John 3:16, 1st John 4:8
Mercy: God is always compassionate and willing to forgive at every point in time. He explained his mercy with the parable of the prodigal son. Romans 9:15-16
Self existing, Infinite and Eternal: Although many describe God as the alpha and omega, the fact remains that he has no beginning and no end. He has no root, no origin and cannot die. Exodus 3:14, Colossians 1:17, Psalm 147:5
Asiety: God is completely independent. He didn't need your permission to create you. He is the greatest and most powerful king, now and forever. Acts 17:25
Goodness: Everything God does is good. He heals the sick, gave sight to the blind, cured the deaf, cast out evil spirits from the possessed. Inshort, Jesus went about doing good throughout his life on earth. Genesis 1:31, Romans 11:22, Psalm 34:8
Immutability: God cannot change. He is the same, today, tomorrow and forever. He is a divine being. Understand that God can't commit sin; rather he is constantly good, gracious, merciful and just. Malachi 3:6, Romans 8:39
Wisdom: Wisdom is the ability to foresee perfect ends and to reach these ends by the most perfect means. God is indeed the fullness of wisdom. He knows the end from the beginning. Romans 11:33
Trinity: God is one but exists as three persons; (that is, God the Father + God the Son + God the Holy Spirit = 1). This attribute is a mystery and thus cannot be fully understood by man. Roman 3:30, John 6:27, John 20:28, Acts 5:3-5, John 16:16-17
Impeccability: God cannot make mistake. He is perfect in his ways and actions. This is corroborated with the fact that wisdom lives in him. Hebrew 6:18
Self Sufficiency: God can do everything. For this reason, he can do without our help if he wants. He can command stones to praise him if he wants to. Luke 19:39-40, John 5:26, Matthew 11:25-27, John 17:24-26
Faithfulness: God keeps to his promises. He never fails to deliver on his word. Not a dot of his word will pass away without fulfilling its purpose. Matthew 24:35, Timothy 2:13, Deuteronomy 2:9
Gracious: God is always willing to give us his grace of forgiveness, no matter the magnitude of our sins. He always gives the guilty a second chance. Infact, you are alive today because of his grace. Psalm 145:8, Matthew 5-45, Ephesians 2:8
Omnipotent: God can do all things. He can make a poor man suddenly rich. He writes straight on crooked lines and with him, nothing is impossible. Job 11:7-11, Psalm 33:6
Omniscient: God knows all things, even your most secret and deepest thoughts. Inshort, nothing in the universe is outside of his encompassing knowledge. Isaiah 49:9-10
Omnipresent: God is everywhere. He sees everything happening in our world, both good and bad. No one can run away from God, no matter his or her status. Jeremiah 23:23-24, Psalm 139:7-10
Jealousy: God's jealousy simply meant that God has a very close concern for us. He isn't happy whenever we commit sin; and that's a function of his jealousy towards us. Exodus 20: 5-6
Just: God is perfect in his judgment. Understand that sin comes with a punishment. To this end, it was his justice that made him sacrifice his only begotten son (Jesus) in atonement for our sins.
However, God permits the sun to shine on both the good and bad, he will eventually reward good and faithful people for the deeds while the bad and evil doers are appropriately punished for their evil actions. Deuteronomy 32:4
Holiness: God is holy. Jesus confirmed this when he said: 'Be holy as your heavenly father is holy'. For one to become holy, he or she must be perfectly moral and pure. Matthew 5:48, Revelation 4:8
Glorious: God is clothed in majesty. He reigns from glory to glory. Jesus conquered death and resurrected on the third day; and this is the ideal sign of our glorious victory. Mark 16:6, 1st Corinthians 15:4
Incomprehensibility: God is a mystery. He cannot be fully understood or known. All the attributes summarized above can't be fully comprehended. Isaiah 40:28
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Amazing facts in CRS
There are a total of 188 named women in the Bible
Mahershalalhashbaz is the longest word in the Bible
The shortest verse of the Bible is John 11:35. It reads:
The longest verse in the bible is Esther 8:9. It reads:
Then were the king’s scribes called at that time in the third month, that is, the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language
The last word in the Bible is 'Amen'.
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen
The shortest verse in the bible is found in John chapter 11 verse 35. It reads:
If you translate 'Jesus' from Hebrew directly to English, the correct translation will be 'Joshua'. The name Jesus was actually a translation from Hebrew, to Greek, to Latin and finally, English
NOTABLE POINTS IN CRS
Joseph (in the old testament of the bible) is the 11th son of Jacob out of 12 brothers. He is so loved by his father because he was born when his father was in his old age. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated the young innocent boy (Joseph). Meanwhile, his dad made a special coat for him.
According to the Bible (Genesis 37), Joseph is a dreamer boy (and also an excellent interpreter of dreams). This gift of his further made him an object of envy and hate among his brothers.
Out of envy, his brothers decided to kill him but God saved his life through one of them named Reuben. Reuben is the firstborn of Jacob's 12 children.
By looks, Joseph is a handsome young man and Potipher’s wife could not take her seductive eyes off him. She made a series of sexual advances to Joseph but he clearly refused her in all the attempts she had made. Joseph showed discipline and fear of the Lord during this period of temptation.
After failed attempts to seduce Joseph, she finally got hold of a piece of Joseph’s garment when Joseph ran away from her sexual seduction. She became furious, perhaps afraid that Joseph might report her to Potipher, her husband. She therefore lied to Potipher that Joseph attempted to seduce her and she ran away grabbing a piece of Joseph’s clothing. She showed Potipher the cloth as a proof of her lies. For this reason, Potipher imprisoned Joseph.
Joseph had always prospered every where he found himself, and the prison is not an exception. Even in the prison, the warden promoted him by putting him in charge of all the prisoners.
Below are some qualities of Joseph that made him a great leader in Egypt:
Discipline: Joseph had every chance to commit sin with the King’s wife when he was tempted. However, because he had discipline over his body, he said no and eventually had himself imprisoned.
Faithfulness: Joseph is a man of great faith. He believed completely in God and would rather suffer his body than to gratify it in adultery.
He also proved his faith in Potipher’s business, showing that he can be trusted.
You can read on the consequences of Adam and Eve's unfaithfulness here
Humility: Even though he was the 11th child of his father’s old age, he remained humble to his brothers when they hated him. His humility is one virtue that made him a great leader in Egypt.
Gracious: Joseph was gracious to his brothers who betrayed him. He showed compassion and mercy in their time of greatest need. He gave them food and forgave them during the time of severe famine.
Selfless: He gave his time to the service of others, interpreting dreams and helping them to successfully manage their affairs. This made him promoted in every situation he found himself, whether as a slave, a prisoner or a free man.
Our world will change for the better the moment we start accepting suffering; while also practically assisting and praying for those who suffer.
The beauty of Jesus' suffering is the many that will be saved by his blood.
Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb.
I don't believe I have special talents, I have persistence. After the first failure, second failure, third failure, I kept trying.
Carlo Rubbia, Nobel price winning physicist
Great success is built on failure, frustration, even catastrophy.
Think about the suffering a woman in labour would pass through but after that comes the bigger joy of seeing her baby.
According to the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP);
Pain is defined as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage.
Pain is a sign that something unpleasant is about to happen, is happening or had happened. It creates a memory to avoid facing another future (similar) danger. For instance, think of 'a baby and a fire'. The baby touched the fire previously and got hurt. Now when he encounters the fire, he won’t touch it.
As we grow, we experience different forms of suffering, some of which will define our destiny. Consider this instance of a legendary footballer below:
Christiano Ronaldo is a footballer who had achieved greatness because he spent extra hours on trainings, fitness and hard-work. We can see the efforts of his work on the pitch. If he had gone about drinking, trying to avoid the stress and suffering of trainings, he may not have become what he is.
Also, students suffer sleepless nights to get good grades.
Without suffering and pains, we would not properly understand the true meanings of love, joy, faith, hope, contentment, perseverance and victory. All of these things happen because of suffering.