In Jeremiah 17:9, God was telling the prophet Jeremiah:
- we can solve the problem of sin by understanding the heart of the sinner. Incorrect: the verse points out that human hearts are so deceitful that it’s beyond peoples’ ability to understand.
- all human beings have a spiritual heart problem and that’s why we all struggle with sin. Correct
In Jeremiah 13:23 God was talking to people about:
- our powerlessness to change our basic nature, apart from the power of God. Correct
- forgiving themselves as a means of stopping their sinful behavior. Incorrect: God does have much to say about forgiveness, but we can’t effectively forgive or change ourselves until God forgives and empowers us.
In James 1:15 we are told that sin::
- can be divided into seven categories of wrongdoing. Incorrect: this verse does not distinguish between types or degrees of sin, but explains the workings of any and all sin.
- begins with wanting wrong things, progresses to doing wrong things and eventually leads to death. Correct
In Ezekiel 18:30, God was saying that He will judge everyone, and that people who want to avoid the consequences of sin:
- need to turn away (repent) from sin. Correct
- need to make sure they avoid doing the worst offenses. Incorrect: the verse doesn’t talk about worst offenses; it talks about ALL offenses.
Rabbi Paul indicates in Romans 7:24–25 that the only one who could rescue him from his own sin was God because:
- he (Paul) had lived a particularly scandalous and unholy life. Incorrect: Paul was among the sect of religious Jewish people who kept the law very strictly. See Acts 23:6
- no one, no matter how good they are compared to other people, has the power to overcome sin without God’s help, which comes through Yeshua. Correct
Hebrews 11:6 says the key to pleasing God and being spiritually transformed is:
- faith in God, who responds to those who believe He exists. Correct
- very different in the New Testament from what is taught in the Jewish Bible. Incorrect: in fact, the key to pleasing God is taken right from the book of Genesis, exemplified by Abraham when God asked him to leave his home, and later to give his only son.
Proverbs 3:5–6 shows that an important part of faith is:
- learning how to trust ourselves. Incorrect: sometimes the things that seem good to us have disastrous effects (see Proverbs 14:12).
- trusting God for direction. Correct
Psalm 37:5–6 shows that besides trusting God, having faith means:
- committing our ways to Him. Correct
- never having any questions or doubts. Incorrect: God asks us to believe, trust and commit ourselves to Him but He knows that everyone, at times, has moments of doubt or questioning
Isaiah 53 [web: Can we have the whole chapter for them to mouse over?] sounds a lot like Jesus because:
- It is part of the New Testament, written after Jesus died on the cross. Incorrect: this prophecy was written in the Hebrew Bible hundreds of years before Jesus was crucified.
- God wanted people to be able to recognize, from the Hebrew prophecies, who Jesus is and why he died, so that when he came, we could trust in him for the forgiveness of our sin. Correct
According to John 3:17 Yeshua came into the world to:
- explain how much God hates us because of our sin. Incorrect: God loves us and hates our sin because it separates us from Him.
- save us from the consequences of our sin by dying in our place as predicted in Isaiah 53. Correct
When Yeshua said, "Whoever comes to me I will never drive away" (John 6:37) he meant:
- only the best, most holy and deserving people would come to him. Incorrect: Yeshua made it clear that he came for people who knew they were sinners in need of forgiveness. (see Mark 2:17)
- you are part of that "whoever," and whatever your life has been like, Yeshua is inviting you to come to him to receive forgiveness and a new start. Correct
John 3:36 explains that those who reject Jesus will not have eternal life because:
- unless we accept personal responsibility for the penalty Jesus paid on our behalf, God does not apply that payment to our sin, and the "outstanding deb"” on our sin means we forfeit the life God wants for us. Correct
- God is especially angry with people who don’t believe in Yeshua Incorrect: all sin separates people from God, and it’s that separation that prevents people from having eternal life
The point Rabbi Paul was making in 2 Corinthians 6:2 is:
- you can wait to make things right with God, since He will always hear you. Incorrect: while it is true that God will hear you any day that you call on Him, it is also true that if you don’t call on Him when you know you should, you might put it off indefinitely.
- if you know that you need to be reconciled with God, don’t let anything stop you from receiving His salvation now . . . because no one knows what will happen tomorrow. Correct