Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Questions I ask myself (A response)

Freethinker had some questions posted on his blog, and I was bored, So I did some thinking and some research for these answers. Here they are without further adooo.

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1. If nobody goes to hell, will the property values in heaven plummet?


John 14:2..."In my house there are many mansions."

I don't think we need to worry about proerty prices rising or falling.

2. What would've happened if Adam hadn't sinned?

Gen. 3:6-7 "The woman was convinced. How lovely and fresh looking it was! And it would make her so wise! So she ate some of the fruit and gave some to her husband."

Gen. 3:17 "And to Adam, God said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate the fruit when I told you not to, I have placed a curse upon the soil. All your life you will struggle to extract a living from it."

So I guess if Adam had not sinned, it would have been easier to attain earthly goods. And work would have been un-necessary. he he he he It was the woman who tempted him to eat of the fruit, so he doubly sinned, one by listening to his wife, and two by eating the fruit !!!

HA HA HA HA...

3. Is it so hard to believe that God used evolution to create man?

No, Gen.2:15 "The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden as its gardner, to tend and care for it."
Gen.2:18 "And the Lord God said, "It isn't good for man to be alone; I will make a companion for him, a helper suited to his needs."


4. When did Jesus stop being the Son of Man and start being the Son of God? Did this happen or am I totally confused?

Mark 1:1 Here begins the wonderful story of Jesus the Messiah, the SON OF GOD."

Luke 1:30-32 "Do not be frightened, Mary," the angel told her, "For God has decided to wonderfully bless you! Very soon now, you will become pregnant and have a baby boy, and you are to name hin 'Jesus.' He shall be very great and shall be called the SON OF GOD. And the Lord God shall give him the throne of his ancestor David.

John 1:14 and Christ became a human being and lived here on earth among us and was full of loving forgiveness and truth. And some of us have seen his glory - the glory of the only SON of the heavenly father!

5. Is the religion of my forefathers Christianity if I'm of non-middle eastern descent?

That's a good question. That would depend on your lineage and location where you lived and in what time period that was.

6. Are these questions blasphemous? Are questions in general blasphemous?

No, questions are not blasphemous because FAITH is an action, the Search for God, is in the question, which pushes us to explore our faith. It IS the question the fuels the fire of faith.

7. What does the road being broad and the gate being narrow really mean?

Jesus said, "Enter though the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."1

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

These words should cause any thinking person to immediately stop whatever he is doing and take stock of his life to discover which road he is traveling. Simply put, Jesus tell us that the vast majority of humanity is on the wrong road in life .... they are on the road that leads to destruction.

THE BROAD ROAD

The broad road is representative of a life that is alienated, or separated, from God. This alienation, or separation, is caused by sin. The fact is, we all start out by going through the wide gate and traveling on the broad road headed for destruction because we have all sinned. The Bible tells us that 2 Even the nicest, most gentle, most loving person you know has sinned and is separated from God because of sin. If we stay alienated and separated from God until we die we will experience the "destruction" Jesus mentioned. That destruction is eternal separation from our creator � Hell � the place of outer darkness, of eternal aloneness, of weeping and gnashing of teeth, a place beyond our ability to fathom.

Someone might well ask, How could a loving God send us to such a horrible eternity? Actually, God does not "send" us there; we chose our eternal destination. We do have a choice and if we chose to stay on the broad road to destruction, we reap the consequences of that choice.

THE NARROW ROAD

Yes, God does love us. He loves us so much that He gives us a way to get off the broad road and on to the narrow road. Again, the Bible tells us, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life."3

You see, God is not only Love, but He is also Holy ("Holy, Holy, Holy is the LORD of hosts."4) His holiness means He will not tolerate sin and that whoever commits sin must be punished. Here's the problem: the punishment for sin is death -- "the wages of sin is death"5

  • physical death,
  • spiritual death (alienation and separation from God in this life -- in other words, the broad road), and
  • eternal death (eternal separation from God -- the "destruction" in the words of Jesus above).
None of us can pay the price for our own sins and survive!!!

Cont'd at: http://www.1stnazarene.org/salvation.html

8. Is the kingdom already here? Maybe? Possibly?

Is the kingdom here, well, that all depends on the life you life. I think christian living in today's day and age cause us to live the best lives we can, and the share the hope of Christ, in essence we live in the active "living the Kingdom of God." Living as Jesus taught us, and loving one another as He loves us, and so forth and so on.

9. Does it really matter what Calvin, or any of his ilk said?

Yes, Calvin and Luther had great points, they question the orthodoxy and they push then envelope of what "christian living and belief" really are. I happen to agree on some of Luther's points of contention with the Church as the instigator of paying for indulgences...

10. Does anyone else find it amusing that the religion that we practice is based so much on Paul's writing? I mean he was considered a heretic in his day.

But Paul did have his conversion experience on the road to Damascus.

Paul's conversion experience was the fountainhead from which flowed almost all the inspiration of his later life, the seed bed from which grew his basic convictions. To ponder it is to be taken back to basics.

11. Why is it that even when I'm the most doubtful, the most convinced that it's all a sham, I still want to believe?

Because you still ask the question, the one that made you ask these questions. You do have faith, or else none of these questions would have made it out of your head.

John 20:26-31

26And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.

27Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

28And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God.

29Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

30And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:

31But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.


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