Is there anywhere in the Bible which clearly states why God created a world that had the potential to get into the present mess? Or is that something we have to work out for ourselves?
Your answer: God created sin-prone humanity so that he (as the perfect parent) could redeem us (beings with moral responsibility) and glorify Christ with worshippers who reflect his life. Consider three verses that precede Genesis 1 in time: “In the beginning was the Word” (John 1.1), who, as the Lamb of God, “was chosen before the creation of the world” (1 Peter 1.20), while the Father also “chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight” (Ephesians 1.4).
(The Revd) Jonathan Frais
Bexhill, East Sussex
Does any reader recall an instance of someone “forbidding the banns”? . . . [Answers, 7 and 14 June]
Your answer: When in the 1970s and ’80s I was Vicar of a semi-rural and private-estates parish of about 2500, I read the banns of a bride whose fiancé lived in a tiny village of about 150 people, who all knew each other. Some recalled the bridegroom’s being married to someone else “because the wedding had been on a 29 February when it snowed”.
I cannot remember exactly the eventual outcome, but I don’t recall any criminal charge. I do remember visiting a very shattered bride and her parents. I seem to think that, after divorce proceedings, the couple did marry each other — but not in church!
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Your question: A friend recycles the wax from a church’s old paschal candles into new candles. Does the blessing of the paschal candle survive this change of form? Do these candles remain paschal candles? What if they were made into floating candles for the bath, for example?
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