Animals and Psalm 150

Psalm 150 says "let everything that has breath praise the Lord." Did those people believe that animals could sing?

 

Disciples to all nations?

In Matthew 15:21-28, Jesus said He was sent only to the Jews.

But after His resurrection, He sent His disciples to all nations. Why did Jesus change his mind?

Also in that passage, Jesus called the non-Jews "dogs." Then he changed his mind and wanted to deliver His message to the "dogs" also?

Is Revelation literal or figurative?

I have an acquaintance who presented a theory to me that the book of Revelation is really just figurative language written to a specific people at that time, and was not meant to result in an expectation of Jesus' return, a tribulation period, or anything of the sort. I completely disagree with him, but I'm curious as to whether any of your contributors have heard this theory and care to comment. Thoughts?

Is the Apocrypha canonical? Does it carry the weight of 'Scripture'?

Hello, my question is about apocrypha. I know that it is a collection of books that most Christians don't believe to be canonical. I would like to know why that is and I can't seem to get a good answer from anyone I talk to. I know that some denominations believe they are as good as any other scripture in the Bible and at the end of the Bible it states that no one shall remove anything from it. So if these books are scripture then why do so many believe they are not?

Book of Jasher

The Book of Jasher is mentioned in Joshua, Samuel, and Timothy. Why was it not included in the Bible, or do we even know? Why would it have been omitted by the Council of Nicea? The Book of Jasher seems to give a much more detailed account of creation, but also many other biblical stories. Why the taboo?

Self Defense

Are Christians allowed to kill in self defense? I am having a debate with someone right now and believe that they are not, citing these passages:

Romans 12:19 ESV: Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord."

Matthew 5:38-39 ESV: You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.

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