Biblical Q&A: Answering Five Questions From An Atheist

Thank you, clubschadenfreude for your questions.

This person asked several questions so my answers will go straight to the point.

The first question:

“Which time is this god lying, in Exodus 20 where it says it will punish descendents for the actions of their ancestors or in Ezekiel 18 where it says it will not?”

Since she didn’t provide me with the exact verse or verses, I will have to assume, according to her question, that the verse or verses that I quote are the ones she means.

Let’s go to Exodus 20 and Ezekiel 18.

4 You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in the heavens above, on the earth below, or in the waters beneath. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on their children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing loving devotion to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments. -Exodus 20:4-6 BSB

The soul who sins is the one who will die. A son will not bear the iniquity of his father, and a father will not bear the iniquity of his son. The righteousness of the righteous man will fall upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked man will fall upon him. -Ezekiel 18:20 BSB

So, clubschadenfreude’s contention is that Exodus 20:4-6 contradicts Ezekiel 18:20. In Exodus 20, it seems that the father’s sins are passed down to his children even to the fourth generation. And in Ezekiel 18:20 that is not the case. There is no contradiction as the answer is immediately found in Exodus 20:4-6. Let’s look at verse 5 of Exodus 20, which says, “5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on their children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me

If we look at the underlined words, the father’s descendants are cursed since they are continuing to practice their father’s wickedness which in this case is idolatry. If a son imitates his father’s sins, he will be found guilty in God’s eyes. However, in Ezekiel 18, God makes it clear that if the son sees all of his father’s wickedness but decides not to do them but rather, obey the LORD, he will not pay for his father’s sins. God judges everyone’s personal decisions either to believe in God and follow His Word or to disobey Him and live in sin.

The LORD’s desire is for people to repent from their sins and change their ways and obey His Word.

Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Lord GOD. Wouldn’t I prefer that he turn from his ways and live? -Exodus 18:23 BSB

The second question:

“If this god hates Satan, why does it show off to satan like a [the phrase was removed for being disrespectful] and allow a family to be murdered?”

God gives all of His creatures free will. For example, God has allowed you (clubschadenfreude) to mock and malign God without being judged immediately for your contempt. You and the rest of the atheists are very fortunate.

The third question:

“If this god hates satan, why did it allow satan into the garden? or couldn’t it keep it out?”

God’s judgment on Satan and his fallen angels will take place at the end of the world when they will be thrown into the Lake of Fire with those who refuse to put their trust in Jesus Christ.

God allowed Satan to test Adam and Eve to see if they would choose to obey God or listen to Satan. It is no different for us today. We are given the choice to follow Jesus or to follow Satan through atheism, cults, and the occults.

The fourth question:

“If this god hates satan, why did it need satan to have its blood sacrifice by torture work?”

I’m not sure what she is trying to say with this question. It doesn’t make any sense. I will try anyways.

I’m assuming she is referring to Jesus’ death on the cross. So what she is asking is, why did Jesus need Satan to put Him on the cross? Jesus didn’t need Satan to put Him on the cross. There is no such reference in Scripture even remotely to that effect. Judas Iscariot opened up the door to Satan by being a thief, see John 6:70-71, giving him access to his life. Satan hated Jesus and wanted to stop Him since Jesus was reclaiming the souls that Satan had captured to do his bidding. When he saw that Judas didn’t give his heart to Christ and was stealing from Him, Satan saw his opportunity and took it.

This is for the second part of her question. The reason Jesus had to die on the cross for the sins of the world was that sin brought about death for all mankind. The payment for our sins was for someone sinless, Jesus Christ, to die in our place and pay our debt in full. God had to deal with humanity’s sins first before He could forgive them. Once God punished sin, forgiveness can now be extended to all.

The fifth question:

“If this god hates satan, why does it kill all non-christians and then free satan to corrupt the christians that are left?”

This question is misleading as it is incorrect from the start, assuming that everyone will be a Christian at that time. The question is about the End Times, in the Book of Revelation when Jesus comes down to fight against the Antichrist and his army. The non-Christian she refers to is the Antichrist and his army who will come to fight against Jesus Christ and His saints. So, the non-Christians are Satan worshippers, who received the mark of the beast. After the Antichrist is defeated, Jesus throws him and the false prophet into the Lake of Fire, and Satan is chained up and thrown into the bottomless pit for the time that Jesus rules on earth. When Jesus wins the battle, He comes down and reigns for a thousand years with His saints, and true peace permeates through the world.

When the thousand years are over, Jesus lets Satan loose for a short time, and it becomes apparent in Revelation 20:7-9, that even though Jesus will be here on earth physically, people will still refuse to believe in Him. So not everybody will be a Christian. Those are the ones that Satan gathers up to go to war for the last time. Fire comes down from heaven and devours Satan’s army who came to destroy the people in Jerusalem. Satan is thrown into his eternal place which is the Lake of Fire. Everyone at that time that ever existed will be judged. Everyone in Hades will be brought back to face God’s judgment and will end up in the Lake of Fire which is the second death. The righteous will be judged for the things they did for Jesus while on earth. Those are the ones who will enter heaven.


Biblical Q&A: Why Did God Get Angry At David For Taking A Census?

Thank you, Rose, for your question.

Rose’s question:



Let’s start by putting 2 Samuel 24:1 & 1 Chronicles 21:1-2 side by side.

Again the anger of the LORD burned against Israel, and He stirred up David against them, saying, “Go and take a census of Israel and Judah.” -2 Samuel 24:1 BSB

1 Then Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel. 2 So David said to Joab and the commanders of the troops, “Go and count the Israelites from Beersheba to Dan and bring me a report, so that I may know their number.” -1 Chronicles 21:1-2 BSB

Which one is it? Did God make David take the census or, was it Satan? There’s no contradiction. Only one of them went against David to cause him to sin against the Lord. The first thing we must look at is, can God tempt you to sin?

When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone. -James 1:13 BSB

As you can see in James 1:13, God does not tempt anyone to sin against Him. So, how do we understand 2 Samuel 24:1 and 1 Chronicles 21:1-2? To understand what those two passages can mean, we have to look at Job Chapter 1.

Satan presented himself to God to give Him an account of his whereabouts on the earth.

6 One day the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. 7 “Where have you come from?” said the LORD to Satan. “From roaming through the earth,” he replied, “and walking back and forth in it.” 8 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one on earth like him, a man who is blameless and upright, who fears God and shuns evil.” -Job 1:6-8 BSB

Satan took notice of Job and his faithfulness to God, which Satan hated immensely. Satan went to God and asked Him permission to attack Job to destroy his relationship with God to show Him that Job is not as faithful as God’s boasting of him was. God permitted Satan to attack Job and his family.

When God allows evil to fall upon us, it feels as if God Himself wanted to bring a stumbling block so that we may have the potential of falling into sin.

For the arrows of the Almighty have pierced me; my spirit drinks in their poison; the terrors of God are arrayed against me. -Job 6:4 BSB

Job felt that God was the one bringing this disaster upon him. But, in reality, it was Satan who troubled Job. God wanted to show Satan that Job loves God, not because He blessed him with wealth, but Job’s love was based on a righteous and loving God. Let’s take a look at Job 2.

3 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one on earth like him, a man who is blameless and upright, who fears God and shuns evil. He still retains his integrity, even though you incited Me against him to ruin him without cause.” 4 “Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give up all he owns in exchange for his life. 5 But stretch out Your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse You to Your face.” 6 “Very well,” said the LORD to Satan. “He is in your hands, but you must spare his life.” -Job 2:3-6 BSB

The language in the passages above clearly identifies Satan as the one doing the tempting by destroying everything he has so that Job would eventually curse God and die (Job 2:9)—to commit suicide.

The reason 2 Samuel 24 seems to identify God as the one pushing David to take the census, it’s because God allowed Satan to go forth and tempt David through persuasion to take the census.

To put it into perspective, 2 Samuel 24:1 shows God as being sovereign over all things and allows Satan’s attacks. 1 Chronicles 21:1-2 reveals Satan—as the one who caused David to stumble and sinned against the Lord. 

Biblical Q&A: A Question On My “Verse By Verse Through Revelation” Series

Hello Everyone,

I have received an Anonymous email with the question “How can I begin with Revelation 1 in your verse by verse feature.”

By God’s grace, I have completed a “Verse By Verse Through Revelation” (I started on March, 2017 and finished on April, 2019) and each verse was explained through the lens of a layperson. I do hope that it will help you to understand the End Times as described in the Book of Revelation. I also hope that it encourages you to do your own study with prayer.

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