As Christmas ends and a new year begins, many are looking forward to starting anew. This year has been one unlike any other. A “new normal” has settled over all of us — life changed as we knew it, and it is guaranteed to change again.
In the midst of hopelessness and fear, God has been with us this entire year, just as He has been from the beginning and will be there until the end. Immanuel, God with us, is a promise that endures.
As Christians, we have constant hope and peace of God’s enduring promise. We know that His presence can always be felt through His Word and Holy Spirit. However, many in the world do not know of His love, so with this great responsibility and honor, we are called to share the hope of a future with Him, where there is no more death, no more crying, and no more pain (Revelation 21:4).
In this Top-10 list, we have included audience-favorite questions that ranked highest in views and some personal favorites, as well as those that have brought comfort and peace this past year.
1. What Is the Mark of the Beast in the Bible? by Candice Lucey
The reward will be in the mark that matters most; that is, the writing of their names in the Book of Life. Those who die by the Beast’s sword will live eternally in heaven for they are the ones “who were inscribed in the book of life before the world began.” This is the relevant mark for Christians, blotting out any tattoo Satan might cause us to wear before our temporal lives come to an end.
2. Is it True Once Saved Always Saved? by Glory Dy
The idea of eternal security is simple. It merely means that Jesus gave us salvation if we accept Him through baptism, but it comes with a responsibility to continue being a disciple of Christ. Whoever believes in Christ receives eternal life and, therefore, one cannot lose it as long one believes in Christ and does His will.
3. What Is the Meaning of the Rainbow in the Bible? by Robert Hampshire
It is intriguing that so many myths explain the rainbow as some sort of supernatural “bridge,” because the most important theme that the rainbow illustrates for us is God’s gracious and grand purpose of redemption to not only spare Noah and his family but also to give humanity yet another chance to start again.
4. What Are the Prophecies about Jesus? by Dolores Smyth
The Old Testament contains over 300 prophecies about a future Messiah, a savior anointed by God to deliver His people from oppression. The New Testament trumpets the fulfillment of those prophecies through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus Himself revealed that He was the promised Messiah. Further, the gospels show how Jesus fulfilled the messianic prophecies and ultimately delivered humanity from the oppression of death through the promise of eternal salvation.
5. Is it True That God Will Never Give Us More Than We Can Handle? by Danielle Bernock
Ever since the fall in the garden, humanity has had trouble. Jesus made it clear that trouble was part of living in the world, but God will not give you more trouble than you can handle because God is not the giver of trouble. God is the giver of life. Others say God does give us more than we can handle pointing to all the suffering in the world. The only way we can do the hard things God gives us to do is in union with Him.
6. How Did Jesus Treat Women in the Bible? by Rebekah Drumsta
It is obvious by how Jesus interacts with women that His view of femininity was radically different than the religious and cultural leaders of the day. This may also hold true even in the year 2020. Certainly, Jesus was making bold statements. A version of Christianity that does not include the work and voices of women is not in line with the example set by Christ.
7. What Does it Mean ‘Be Anxious for Nothing’? by Amy Swanson
Being anxious for nothing means trusting the plan, purpose, and sovereignty of God as His kingdom purposes are fulfilled in all manners of circumstance. We recognize the power of prayer and we recognize the power of God. It’s this trust and reliance in God that results in a peace that extinguishes fear and worry.
8. What Does It Mean to Be Content in All Circumstances? by Rebecca Gordon
Contentment is not in what we eat, do, or where we live. Contentment is being satisfied in all circumstances of life regardless of what is happening. Life is enduring the uncertain, and exciting in all of that God is and has given us. Contentment is not knowing what’s ahead, it’s knowing that God has got your back and He won’t ever leave your side.
9. What Does it Mean That Our Citizenship is in Heaven? by Dawn Hill
Being a citizen of heaven leaves us as sojourners in this world. As sojourners, we realize that this world is not our home. We do not store up treasure where moth and rust can destroy. The promise of our citizenship leaves us in a state of now but not yet. As believers in Christ, we are justified before God. At the same time, we have not yet received our glorified bodies, nor have we realized being seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
10. What Does it Mean That Jesus Is the Alpha and Omega? by Dave Jenkins
God reigns over all since He is before and after all things. God now calls you through His Word. He says to you, “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” the Almighty Sovereign who controls your destiny and offers you eternal life through faith in His Son Jesus, the eternal, self-existent, and Almighty God.
As we consider these and other questions about Christianity, may we gain hope and peace from our Creator so that we may show His love and light to a darkened world as we leave the old behind and embrace the new with our Alpha and Omega, our Prince of Peace, our Immanuel.
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Molly Law is the Editor of Christianity.com. She has a Master of Arts in Publishing Studies from the University of Stirling UK, where she studied and lived for a year in Scotland. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Professional Writing and a minor in Biblical Studies from Gardner-Webb University. Her editorial career includes Senior Editor of a bimonthly magazine for the American Correctional Association, Editorial Assistant at Luath Press in Edinburgh, and Freelance Journalist for the News Virginian. She enjoys reading 18th-century British Literature, creative writing, and traveling.