Do our dead Ancestors have power to influence and hurt us? I'm being called to become a Sangoma (shaman), but I don't want to because I love Jesus. I'm afraid to stop cultural practices for them. When I was growing up, these ancestors caused strange sicknesses until people obeyed their wills. (South Africa)

Many today believe that the dead are not dead, but are really more alive than ever. They do not realize that they are believing the original lie taught by the Serpent, “that you will not die, but you will be like God”  Genesis 3:4-5. Satan uses scriptural parables and dark sayings, taken out of context, [...]

In the Bible, who are the two people who were born but did not die?

Perhaps you are thinking of Enoch and Elijah. First, consider Enoch. Genesis 5:24 (NIV), “Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” And Hebrews 11:5 (NKJV), “By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, and was not found, because God had taken him; [...]

Why should Christians stay away from yoga and Eastern religions? (United States)

Yoga exercises stretch and strengthen muscles, increase balance, and may reduce stress. As an exercise, it can be beneficial. However, if a class includes Eastern meditations, those meditations may have a non-Christian, religious dimension. Some meditations simply focus on body awareness. People breathe quietly, and relax muscle groups. The person stops thinking about past and [...]

An employee built a house using his life savings. Some people demanded that the house be donated to the pastor. The person denied it. Does it mean that as a result he will go to hell?

No one may demand a sacrifice or gift from another.  Our Savior, Jesus Christ, never asked for, nor demanded, nor owned a house. Luke 9:58, “Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.’”  Perhaps some in your church [...]

Please can you tell me if the Bible says our pets have souls? (Australia)

All animals, including pets, are souls. The Hebrew word for soul is נֶפֶשׁ or “nephesh”. Nephesh is translated in many different ways by most Bible translators. These differences hide the original meaning of the Hebrew text. However, the Rotherham Bible is an especially accurate, word-for-word translation. Consider Rotherham’s translation of Genesis 1:20-25,   “And God [...]