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Questions  asked  and  then  answered  
in  the  writings  of  Ellen G. White
This page was created in March 2011 to study what questions Spirit of Prophecy asks and then answers. Also the questions that we need to know the answers. We all have questions and sometimes the questions themselves show us the need to know the answer.
Satan summons all his forces and throws his whole power into the combat. Why is it that he meets with no greater resistance? Why are the soldiers of Christ so sleepy and indifferent?    Answer    Great Controversy, page 507.3
Questions about  .  .  .
  Questions about God
Can man comprehend God?         Answer
  Questions about Children
What is the great aim and object of their education?    Answer
Child Guidance, page 91.1
  Questions about the Church of Today
Is not the church of today doing the same as the Children of Israel?   
Christ Object Lessons, page 303.2    

What is the message to be given at this time?     Testimonies to Ministers, page 89.2
Other questions  -  -  - Are we as a people asleep?
  Questions about the Law of God
Could the law be changed?        Answer 
Patriarchs and Prophets, page 70.1
Has Satan really succeeded in changing God's Law?    Answer
Prophets and Kings, page 184
  Questions about the Justice of God
What is the Justice of God?      Answer
BC, Volume 7, page 951
  Questions about the Sabbath
What is the true Sabbath? (phrase)        Answer
Child Guidance, page 312.4  (and 4 other places)
Has Satan really succeeded in changing the Sabbath?   Answer
Prophets and Kings, page 184
Questions about Faith
What is justification by Faith?       Answer below
What is justification by faith? It is the work of God in laying the glory of man in the dust, and doing for man that which it is not in his power to do for himself. When men see their own nothingness, they are prepared to be clothed with the righteousness of Christ.  {FLB 111.2}
Questions about Christian Life
What is it to be a Christian?       Answer    HP 30.3
Have your practices been in harmony with the light, the privileges, and the opportunities granted you of heaven? This is a serious question.   6T, 423.1
Am I my brothers keeper?         Answer  RH, May 13, 1909, par. 3
  Questions about Salvation
What must I do to be saved?          Answer
Great Controversy, page 518.2
"I ask you who are handling sacred things, I ask the individual members of the church, have you confessed your sins?
RH, Dec. 16, 1890   Answer:  Unconfessed sins  --  Unconfessed sin
What shall I do to inherit eternal life?     Answer
{BEcho, June 11, 1894 par. 2}
What is redemption?          Answer
The message of deliverance is granted to all. We are to wear Christ's yoke and bear His burden. What is redemption? It is that process by which the soul is trained for heaven, and it requires something higher, something more divine than the mere knowledge of books. This training means a knowledge of Christ; it means emancipation from ideas, from habits and practices that have been gained in the school of the Prince of Darkness. The soul must be delivered from habits and practices which are opposed to loyalty to God. In this life we are to learn submission to the Divine will, or we shall not be able to enter into the kingdom of heaven. True religion enables a man to overcome stubbornness, pride, selfishness, worldly ambition, questioning, and unbelief. There is grace and strength in Christ to enable us to rise above the alluring, infatuating temptations of Satan and lead us to the Cross of Calvary, that we may become active, devoted, loyal workers for the cause of truth.  {AUCR, July 12, 1899 par. 22}
  Questions about Sanctification
What is genuine Sanctification?       Answer
Upward Look, page 124.2
  Questions about the Sanctuary
What is the Sanctuary?     Answer  {GC 417.1}
Does the new covenant have a sanctuary?      Answer
Great Controversy, page 413, par. 1-3
       See Phrase:  Sanctuary of the New Covenant
What is the cleansing of the sanctuary? That there was such a service in connection with the earthly sanctuary is stated in the Old Testament Scriptures. But can there be anything in heaven to be cleansed? In Hebrews 9 the cleansing of both the earthly and the heavenly sanctuary is plainly taught. "Almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these [the blood of animals]; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these" (Hebrews 9:22, 23), even the precious blood of Christ.  {GC 417.2}
  Questions about Satan
"Does such a being really exist?"     Answer
Great Controversy, page 517.1
  Questions about Sin
What is the Sin of Achan?              Answer
What is temptation?                       Answer
   ST, March 12, 1912   {2MCP 428.2}
Questions about Man
Is Man's nature wholly depraved?
"As we see the condition of mankind today, the question arises in the minds of some, 'Is man by nature totally and wholly depraved?'  Is he hopelessly ruined?  No, he is not.  The Lord Jesus left the royal courts and, taking our human nature, lived such a life as everyone may live in humanity, through following His example.  We may perfect a life in this world which is an example of righteousness, and overcome as Christ has given us an example in His life, revealing that humanity
may conquer as He, the great Pattern conquered" (9MR 238).
  Why is it that men do not believe upon sufficient evidence?   Answer
  Have you read  'The Great Controversy'?
  Why was the Great Controversy permitted?     Answer
Why was the great controversy permitted to continue throughout the ages? Why was Satan’s existence not cut short at the outset of his rebellion? It was that the universe might be convinced of God’s justice in His dealing with evil, that sin might receive eternal condemnation. In the plan of redemption there are heights and depths that eternity itself can never exhaust, marvels into which the angels desire to look. The redeemed only, of all created beings, have in their own experience known actual conflict with sin. They have identified with Christ, and, as even the angels could not do, have entered into the fellowship of His sufferings. Will they have no testimony as to the science of redemption—nothing that will be of worth to unfallen beings? { TEd 191.4 } 
  Questions about the Truth
Consider this statement a moment. Why "cannot" the world receive the truth? "Because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him" (verse 17). The world is leagued against the truth, because it does not desire to obey the truth. Shall I, who perceive the truth, close my eyes and heart to its saving power because the world chooses darkness rather than light? Shall I bind myself up with the bundles of tares because my neighbors refuse to be bound up with the wheat? Shall I refuse light, the evidence of truth which leads to obedience, because my relatives and friends choose to follow in the paths of disobedience which lead away from God? Shall I close my mind against the knowledge of truth because my neighbors and friends will not open their understanding to discern the truth as it is in Jesus? Shall I refuse to grow in the grace and knowledge of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ because my neighbors consent to remain dwarfs? . . .  {TMK 116.4}
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  Secrets revealed
What is the secret of our prosperity?    Answer
Christian Experience and Teachings of EGW, page 197.2
  Questions about the Pope
The pope claims to be the vicar of Christ; but how does his character bear comparison with that of our Saviour?       Answer:  Great Controversy, page 571.1
 Questions about the Second Coming of Christ
And why were the doctrine and preaching of Christ's second coming so unwelcome to the churches?
Answer:     Great Controversy, page 339.2
The Questions for us to settle
The questions for each one to settle are, What is truth? and, What is your aim in life? If your object is to meet the world's standard, to accept the world's maxims and practices, the words of truth will have little weight with you. But if you have an earnest desire to answer the claims that God has upon you, if your desire is to be connected with God, and to reach the highest round of the ladder of progress in the divine life, then, when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him. But it is your own efforts, through the grace of Christ, that will bring you perfection of character. When the path of duty is opened before you, you are not at liberty to consult your own convenience; you are required to walk in the path of humble obedience. All who enter Heaven will do so as conquerors. You will have battles to fight; you will have difficulties to meet that can only be overcome by strong, determined resistance. But eternal life is worth a life-long, persevering effort.  {ST, May 5, 1887 par. 10}

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