Manifesting Into Existence

There are teachings out there encouraging people to manipulate God (or “the universe”) with their words. God controls things and we are to simply trust his word and that he work things in the favor of those who love him (Romans 8:28). He is not a slave to us that grants our wishes. Remember it was God that called things to be not as though they were (Romans 4:17). In this chapter, Paul is talking about Abraham. Abraham only wanted at least one heir but it was God that said he would be the “father of many nations”. Notice in Gen 17:1-8 that Abram didn’t change his own name to Abraham “father of many”, God is the one that changed his name.

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Women Speaking in Church

1 Tim 2:11-15 and 1 Cor 14:34-35 are often sighted as sexist verses in the bible that require women to be absolutely silent in church. However proper examination of the original language and context of this letter reveals that it’s not like that. First of all, if women weren’t allowed to speak at all, then why does Paul instruct them on how to pray and prophesy in 1 Corinthians 11:5, both of which require speaking? Women who were prophets in the bible can be found in Exodus 15:20, Judges 4:4-5, Luke 2:36, Acts 2:17, and Acts 21:9.

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