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The Bible Answer Book by R.A. Torrey

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The Bible Answer Book - R.A. Torrey

Evangelist and Bible expert R. A. Torrey answers your most baffling questions about the Scriptures. You'll find practical advice for living an abundant Christian life in these solid, biblically based discussions. As you enter this gold mine of foundational truths for living out your Christianity, you will find the Scriptures coming alive as your faith increases. Let your heart and mind rest as you discover what God's Word really teaches and, when applied, how it can powerfully change your life, including.

  • Seven steps to living a successful Christian Life
  • How to have daily victory over sin
  • How you can really know you're saved
  • How to become an effective soulwinner
  • How to receive answers to your prayers

"You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" - John 8:32 NKJV


The Afterlife

Q: What becomes of our spirits when we die? Upon death, does one's soul pass directly to heaven or hell, or is there an intermediate state?

A: Immediately at death, the spirit of the believer departs to be with Christ in a state that is far better than the one in which it existed here on earth (Philippians 1:23). It is "absent from the body and at home with the Lord" (2 Corinthians 5:8 NAS). But this is not the final state of blessedness of the redeemed. In our final state of blessedness, the spirit is not merely unclothed from its present mortal body but is clothed with its resurrection body. (See verses 1-4.) We will obtain this resurrection body at the second coming of Christ, when the bodies of those who sleep in Christ are raised from the dead and the bodies of believers then living are transformed in the twinkling of an eye when our perishable bodies become imperishable. (See 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53.)
On the other hand, immediately at death, the spirits of the wicked depart into that portion of Hades reserved for the wicked dead, where they consciously exist in great torment. (See Luke 16:19-31.) But this is not their final condition of torment. At the close of the Millennium, the thousand-year reign of Christ on earth after His second coming, those who have died in sin will be raised again to stand before the Great White Throne of God, to be judged and assigned to their final condition of torment. (See Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8.) It is then that they will enter into their final and fullest suffering. Just as the redeemed spirits will be clothed at the coming of Christ with their glorious resurrection bodies, which will be perfect counterparts of the redeemed spirits that inhabit them and partakers with them in all their joy, the wicked are to be clothed with bodies that will be perfect counterparts of the lost spirits that inhabit them and will be partakers with them in all their misery.


Q: Should a Christian drink alcohol, or should he abstain from it?

A: One of the most common and destructive sins of our time is that of excessive drinking. I urge upon Christian¿s total abstinence for their own sake and for the sake of others. I make it a point that if a person can do just as well without intoxicating beverages, then he ought to do without them for the sake of his brother (see 1 Corinthians 8:4-13). However, if he cannot do just as well without them, then he ought to do without them for his own sake.

Q: What should a person do whose spouse continually drinks?

A: If your spouse continually drinks, you should first go to God in prayer. God will reveal to you if there is anything in you that causes your spouse to drink. If you are angry and totally disagreeable in the home, while in a prayer meeting seem totally sweet and angelic, you should first get thoroughly right with God and then filled with the Holy Spirit. In this way, you may show, through the Spirit-filled life, the beauty of holiness. Your spouse will be attracted and won by this. Then pray and watch for an opportunity to speak to your spouse to move heaven and earth and never quit until your spouse is converted.

Annihilation of the Wicked

Q: What is meant by the theory of the annihilation of the wicked?
A: It means the annihilation of the existence of those who die without having accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior.

Q: Why is the theory of the annihilation of the wicked, supposedly indicated by Revelation 20:14-15, unscriptural and a reprehensible doctrine?

A: The annihilation of the wicked is not indicated in Revelation 20:14-15 to anyone who reads the whole passage and parallel passages in the Scriptures. The passage reads: "Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire." The fate of those cast into the lake of fire is not annihilation. There is no Scripture to support such a theory. The Bible clearly teaches that the future destiny of the wicked is a condition of un-resting, unending, conscious torment and anguish. (Please refer to the section "Eternal Punishment" in this book.)
As to its being a reprehensible doctrine, I would say that I have never known anyone who accepted this doctrine who did not lose power in serving God. I could give examples of men whom God greatly used who have been led to accept this doctrine and who, in consequence, have been in part or altogether set aside as soul-winners. If one really believes the doctrine of the endless, conscious torment of the unrepentant, he will work as never before for their salvation before it is too late.

Table of Contents

The Afterlife
Annihilation of the Wicked
The Antichrist
Assurance of Salvation
The Atonement
The Bible
The Christian Life
Christian Science
The Church
Confession of Sins
Conviction of Sin
The Deity of Jesus Christ
The Depravity of Man
The Devil
Eternal Punishment
Falling from Grace
Forgiveness of Sins
Good Works
Guardian Angels
The Heathen
The Holy Spirit
The Jews
Man in God's Image
The Millennium
Old Testament Law
Original Sin
Prosperity of the Wicked
The Resurrection of the Body
The Sabbath
Salvation after Death
The Second Coming of Christ
Secret Societies
The Unpardonable Sin
Victory over Sin
"What Would Jesus Do?"
The World's Condition

  • Format: Paperback Book
  • ISBN 10: 0883685558
  • ISBN 13: 9780883685556
  • Author: R A Torrey
  • Publisher: Whitaker House
  • Retail Price: $9.99