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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.
The story of God’s creation goes beyond earth. It encompasses the entire universe.
For now, think of the universe as containing all matter, energy, the solar systems, all stars and galaxies, and the contents of intergalactic space.
The bible is a 'book of faith' since we were not present when the written events occurred. It gives an account on the creation of the universe in Genesis chapter 1.
God is the creator of all things and he showed this by creating the universe in six days after which he rested on the seventh day.
Time and day began its existence on the universe the very moment God spoke a word to it.
On the first day, God created light
In the beginning, when God created the universe, the earth was formless and desolate. The raging ocean that covered everything was engulfed in total darkness, and the power of God was moving over the waters. Then God commanded, “Let there be light “and light appeared. God was pleased with what he saw. Then he separated the light from the darkness, and he named the light “Day” and the darkness “Night”. Evening passed and morning came; that was the first day.
Genesis 1 : 1–5
If you read the above passage carefully, you will observe that the first created thing according to the bible was the universe.
The universe was created in the very beginning and earth was inside it, although formless and void/empty. If we did a size comparison of the earth to the universe, the earth will be like a single grain of sand on a country like USA.
The emptiness of the earth implies that no living creature was present on it . Meanwhile, the earth was also covered with water (the raging ocean) and total darkness.
The bible also recorded the power of God moving over the waters and invariably the earth since the whole earth was covered with water. At this point, God spoke a word which was a statement of command.
Let there be light and light appeared immediately.
We can now assume that at this point, three things existed on earth. They are:
God himself separated the light from the darkness. He called the light 'day' and the darkness 'night'.
Interestingly, the terms 'day' and 'night' (or as may be interpreted in your local dialect) was coined by God according to the bible.
On the second day, God created a dome (sky) that divided the water and kept it in two separate places
Then God commanded, “Let there be a dome to divide the water and to keep it in two separate places” and it was done. So God made a dome, and it separated the water under it from the water above it. He named the dome “Sky”. Evening passed and morning came; that was the second day.
Genesis 1 : 6-8
We can see that on the second day, the dome (which is the sky) came into existence on God’s command. He gave the dome the responsibility of dividing the waters into two separates places. This implies that:
The term 'sky' (or as may be interpreted by your local dialect) came directly from God because he named the dome sky according to the bible. So we can conclude that on the second day:
Take a moment to think about rains and snows. Where do they fall from?
On the third day, God created land and also commanded the land (earth) to produce all kinds of plant
Then God commanded, “Let the water below the sky come together in one place so that land will appear” and it was done. He named the land “Earth”, and the water which had come together he named “Sea”. And God was pleased with what he saw. Then he commanded, “Let the earth produce all kinds of plants, those that bear grain and those that bear fruit” and it was done. So the earth produced all kinds of plants, and God was pleased with what he saw. Evening passed and morning came; that was the third day.
Genesis 1: 9-13
Now the waters covering the entire region below the sky obeyed God’s command by coming together into one place which He named 'sea'.
The region below the sky that is now empty or void of water, God named the 'earth'. Therefore, the terms 'sea' and 'earth' (or as may be interpreted in your local dialect) was coined by God according to the bible.
God gave another of his powerful command but this time on the earth. The earth obeyed spontaneously by producing every kind of plants.
Understand that God is always pleased with everything he had done. As a matter of fact, he cannot make a mistake.
Please take a moment to ponder on the question below:
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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.