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How do I know when I am ready to get baptized? "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them ... Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you" (Matthew 28:19, 20). “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16). “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38). The three verses above su...     Read More...
How can I overcome an addiction and not regress? The Bible says, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? [then] may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil” (Jeremiah 13:23).The bad news is, your chance of overcoming an addiction is slim to none. However, your condition is not hopeless. The Bible has more to say about it!“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within y...     Read More...
Do we have to keep the Bible's law? You live in a community that has a set of laws. These laws are good, helping to keep the peace and ensure that your liberties are not infringed upon by others (and that you can't infringe on the liberties of others).Do you have to keep those laws? You do if you want to stay out of jail.Now, imagine a police officer pulls you over for speeding. You give him a good excuse, a...     Read More...
Does God punish me for little sins or for getting angry? In his letter to Ephesians, Paul writes, "Be angry, but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger" (Ephesians 4:26 RSV). Paul tells us it is possible to feel anger without sinning. If we let the anger fester inside or we dwell on it overnight, it could lead us to sin. When you say "mistakes," let's assume you mean sin, and when you say "little,” you mean sins th...     Read More...
Why does God let bad things happen? Have you ever heard a story in which an accused man is ultimately proven innocent in a court of law? Usually there is some gathering of evidence and a trial involving witnesses. Once all the evidence is laid bare for all to see, a verdict is made by the jury. In a similair way, God and His plan for creation has been accused of wrongdoing by the devil—and God is allowing th...     Read More...
Why didn't God just destroy Satan and his angels? To answer this question, we first need a little history review. Satan didn't start out bad. God created Lucifer (Ezekiel 28:13, 15), a beautiful, shining angel who was a leader in heaven (Ezekiel 28:14; Psalms 99:1). One day, Lucifer began to think more highly of himself than he should (Ezekiel 28:17), and he began to question God's authority in his life. What began as tho...     Read More...
Can I change the world? The world is a big place. Sometimes we think that if we don't do something big, we haven't done something important. But that's not the case. In fact, it's a lie of the devil to keep us discouraged and to keep us from doing anything. But, okay, let's say we want to literally change the world. Here are the four steps you must take to change the world: Change yourself. ...     Read More...
MIQ All This Week! UPDATED: It's time for Most Important Questions! Are you ready to participate? Catch MIQ all this week: October 16-22, 8:00pm PT, on the Inspiration Network October 16-25, 7:30pm PT, on AFTV Then come back after each program to leave your feedback! We're thrilled you want to be a part of this program! God bless you as you search for the truth.      Read More...
Why should I have faith when everything is going bad? This question is really dealing with that age-old human struggle of emotions vs. faith.   You feel like God has forsaken you because of what your senses tell you. But you know He's right there with you because the Bible says, “He will never forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6), and you've felt His presence in the past.   Unfortunately, we can't see the big picture of ...     Read More...
What about baptism? If we love God and live a life according to His will, do we need to be baptized? Is baptism required for our salvation? These are great questions! Let’s examine them in light of the Bible and the life of Jesus Christ. Romans 6:1–8 reveals the stunning beauty of baptism. By being baptized, we publically acknowledge our acceptance of Christ into our lives. Baptism also signi...     Read More...
Why did God condone war in the Old Testament? If God is love, shouldn't He be against war? That's a good question, and an important one to answer. Imagine you're a daycare teacher with a room full of children. You have grown quite attached to all of your kids and they all have a place in your heart. Most of them get along fine, but others don't seem to be able to play nice with others. These few misbehaving children ...     Read More...
Does God burn people in hell forever? The thought of a “loving” God torturing people in hellfire for all of eternity for bad things they do over the course of, at most, a 100-year lifetime, seems, at best, confusing, and, at most, downright evil. It's no wonder then that so many people find it difficult to reconcile a God who is perfectly just with a punishment that is clearly unjust. Fortunately, the Bible i...     Read More...
What is prayer really for? Have you ever wondered what prayer really does? Do you find it difficult to pray because you feel as if you're only engaged in a conversation with yourself? Feelings like this are common, especially for those who are just beginning to develop a relationship with Christ. But prayer really is important and it accomplishes so much. Let's take a very brief look at prayer—a kin...     Read More...
What about dating, holding hands, and kissing? When dating, I think most teens know the basic principles. You weren't born yesterday, and you shouldn't be treated like you were born yesterday. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't think through every situation; you should approach every relationship as if God is in the same room with the both of you. Of course, simply socializing with another Christian is very different ...     Read More...
How Can I Keep from Caving in to Peer Pressure? In the real world, peer pressure means “the suggestion to do what we don't want to do so we will belong.” That desire to belong is a huge motivator and can move us to act against our will, whether we're being pressured by a member of our family or of a street gang. The best defense against peer pressure is understanding who you are and why you are here. You are a child of...     Read More...
What about homosexuality? When we look at the creation of mankind in the garden of Eden, found in Genesis chapters 1 and 2, we see that God first created Adam and then Eve. This was the intentional doing of Christ—providing a helpmate, a partner, for Adam. After placing Adam in a deep sleep, God removed one of the man’s ribs and formed Eve, whom Adam called "wo-man" (woman) because she was “taken o...     Read More...
What about pornography? Jesus said, “I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28). This verse isn't just about men who look at women. It also applies to women who look at men lustfully, or men who look at other men, or women who look at other women. To look upon another human being with lust is adultery. Therefore, ...     Read More...
What kind of music is okay in church? This is has to be one of the most controversial issues within Christianity! Are drums in church okay? What about that 2/4 beat? Let's get to the bottom of the issue: Should personal preferences be the standard for what is acceptable music in church? After all, they have a tendency to put individuals into comfort zones, and when we hear something outside what we're accustom...     Read More...
Do I really have to go to church? To find an answer for this question, we need to first understand the purpose of going to church. Once we do that, you can figure out for yourself whether or not you "need" to go or not. First, let's all agree that merely going to church doesn't guarantee anyone a place in heaven. There will be people in heaven who did not and could not go to church while on earth. Convers...     Read More...
What kind of entertainment is okay? First, I don’t believe that the Christian life is meant to be one of constant work and toil without a break. Although our daily work is meant to be a blessing for us and can actually be a tremendous joy if we have the right attitude, it doesn't mean we shouldn't take time to enjoy the other wholesome pleasures of life. There are many activities that can fill this void: ca...     Read More...
What is the "Article Blog"? Did you know that MIQ has received more than 4,000 questions from teens just like you? It's so wonderful for us to see so many young people aware of the world around them and actively engaged in the most challenging areas of faith. In fact, it's a far cry from the bored and aimless teen characters that Hollywood seems to present to us on a daily basis. Thank you for ...     Read More...

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