1) Which one better describes an all-loving God: a.) One that gives human beings
one chance only to get it right and if you don't condemns you to an eternal
hell, or b.) One that allows you multiple chances to get it right so that you
can spend eternity in the best place possible?
God HAS given us multiple chances. Think about this…’the wages of sin is
death’. That means the very first time you committed a sin, I mean a willful,
defiant sin, He could have killed you and He would have been just. Think back to
that candy bar you stole when you were five years old, and think of every lie
you’ve told, everything else you may have stolen, in fact go through the 10
Commandments and check off every one you’ve violated. Then look at your age
and what you should be asking yourself is this.., ‘after all these years of
sinning against God, why has He allowed me to go on living for “X” number of
years?” Do you know why you’re still breathing???? Because God loves you and
wants to give you a chance to repent and turn from your evil ways and receive
Him into your heart and life so that you won’t suffer hell for eternity.
2) People who speak of "hell" associate it with divine punishment, but
punishment is usually used as a corrective measure. How do people suffering in
an eternal hell learn their lesson? Doesn't that make hell mere torture with
absolutely no point to it?
There is a lot of debate on this subject within Christendom and you will get
different answers depending on who you ask. Some do not believe that you burn
for eternity but you just cease to exist. There are verses that seem to support
that but we human, being fallible as we are, will have different
interpretations. But I will give you what I think is the truth.
You have two realms – the physical and the spiritual. There are different laws
While you are alive in your mortal body, there is punishment and reform which is
implemented by prisons and correctional facilities. The earth, and everything in
it, on it, and around it is finite, and will disappear. It has a beginning and
an ending in other words.
On the other hand, we have the spiritual, we have our souls (which are spirit)
and will not die. It goes on eternally when separated from the body (which is
the very definition of death). Since our souls live on forever, we have to have
a destination that lasts forever too. Make sense?
There are plenty of warnings in the Bible about hell being eternal and what you
have to do to avoid it. Nowhere in Scripture does it say hell is a place of
reform. Reform connotes release which will not happen.
Also, the idea of ‘punishment’ is not exactly what’s going on. It’s not
so much that people are being punished for something as their sins are being
atoned for. This can get deeply theological and I don’t want to fry your
brain. To “forgive” a sin does not mean it is taken away but rather that
person is relieved of his debt. All sin must be paid for (or atoned for) because
God is a holy, pure God and He cannot look upon sin. He could not look upon us
either because we are sinners. So Jesus had to die to atone for our sins. But if
a person refuses to receive Jesus, then he is piling up the sins into ‘his
account’ until the end comes. (judgment). Every sinner will have to pay his
debt for every sin he’s ever committed (which is the suffering in hell in
different degrees. Each one pays according to what he has done. The length,
eternity is a given for reasons I’ve explained above. Everyone lives eternally
but there are different degrees or levels in hell. (heaven too for that matter)
Hitler will not be punished the same way as a person who did not murder but
followed other gods for example. The worse you are, the worse you suffer. The
length is always eternal. But the Bible warns of these things so it’s no
3) There are thousands of different denominations in Christianity, each thinking
they have it right. All other religions think that they have it right, as well.
How can you be sure that you have it right, when the odds are that you are
It doesn’t matter what what denomination within Christianity you belong to, it
all comes down to this….are you a born again believer in Jesus Christ? Have
you repented of your sins, died to yourself and do you follow Him daily? Do you
exude fruits of the Spirit?
There are saved Christians in every denomination because it’s not about
denomination but where your heart is and if the Holy Spirit is living in you.
There are born again believers who have some strange views on things and this
will happen because we all have minds and we all think differently and will have
our own opinions.
"I asked the same thing when I was a witch, and when I dabbled in Satanism and
lots of other things. Being a preacher’s daughter, I rebelled mightily. I
looked to all the other religions of the world but I was a skeptic. I didn’t
want to just have 'faith' based on nothing and I thought all Christians were
brainwashed. So I wanted evidence or proof that the Bible was true because if
that was true, then I knew God was real. All the religions were filled with
rhetoric or new agey type thought but nothing solid that would lend validity to
their belief. But Christianity offers MUCH evidence as to the validity of the
Bible as well as God in the scientific field, (from secular scientists)
archaeology and prophecy. Science does NOT disprove the Bible like many like to
say but is in harmony with it. The truth is science was wrong first but the
Bible had it right the whole time. No other text or ‘sacred writing’ can
make the claims the Bible has and prove itself to be true in so many different
ways. I would be a fool if I didn’t believe it!" --
4) Where in the Bible does Jesus say that people must worship him or pray to
him? Doesn't he identify himself as the "Son of Man" who was sent by
Jesus is part of the trinity therefore God. So we can pray to Jesus and God.
John 14:14 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my [Jesus] name, I will do it.
1 Corin. 1:2 2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are
sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place
call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
As far as his identifying himself with the Son of Man, that denotes his earthly
lineage – in other words saying he is of the line of Joseph. The Jews kept
strict records of lineage back then so that was a way to state it. That does not
mean He was born of a man’s seed because He was not – but born of God.
5) Jesus himself and his disciples seem to believe in reincarnation, as
evidenced in Matthew 11:10-15, Matthew 17:10-13 and John 9:1-2. Why is the word
of Paul in Hebrews 9:27 taken over Jesus in Christian doctrine?
This has nothing to do with reincarnation. He was quoting an old prophecy of a
messenger that would precede Jesus named John the Baptist. He was given the name
Elijah because Elijah was the greatest prophet for Jesus in boldness so it is
understood that he was given the spirit of Elijah – not that he would be
It is appointed unto men to die once, but there are instances where Jesus raised
people from the dead for specific reasons or special cases. But as a whole, we
die once. There is no reincarnation.