According to the Bible which is God’s Word “Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God.: 1 John 3:4. When Jesus was asked what was the greatest commandment His answer was “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ Matthew 22:36. No man is innocent, no one can say that they have never broken God’s law. Every person has at some time disobeyed, gone against the law, the commandments of God and so we have all sinned. That is why we need a Savior. “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23.
First I want to say that I am so sorry for your lost. Losing a loved one at any age is not easy. When a person dies due to sickness, disease or by accidental death it is not an easy thing to experience. Death, sickness was not God’s plan for man. All of that came into the world because of sin. The Devil’s desire is to steal, kill and destroy everything that God has made. At the present time we live in a sin cursed world. The day is coming when all those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ will see a world where all death, sickness and evil is forever gone. God’s plan is to redeem the world but the devil’s plan is to destroy God’s creation.
God created people to live with Him. Man chose to disobey God and sin separated people from God. Jesus came and died on the cross to provide a way to erase that sentence of being forever separated from God. The only people who go to hell are those who decided they don’t want Jesus and His sacrifice to apply to them. Hell is forever being separated from God. God allows man to choose to say, “I want nothing to do with You, leave me alone.” 2 Peter 3:9 says that God is “not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” God sent His totally innocent Son to pay for our sins. Each person must choose if he will accept this gift from God or reject it. If a person doesn’t want God in their life, then they choose to be eternally separated from Him, which is Hell.
My friend wants me to come with them to visit a palm reader and psychic. She says it is just for fun. What should I do?
You should refuse to go and encourage your friend to do the same. The Bible, God’s Word tells us in Leviticus 19:31 not to go to them and be defiled. In Acts 16:16-19 Paul cast an evil spirit out of a girl who was telling fortunes. The devil is a deceiver and a liar. The spiritual wickedness involved with these practices has caused many people to stray away from following the One True God of the Bible. I would never encourage associating with demoniac powers, just for fun.
Why should I become a member of a local church, I believe in God and do occasionally attend, isn’t that enough?
Attending church is very important in the growth, maturity and corporate worship of God with other believers. When you become a believer you are making a commitment to Christ, when you become a member of a church you are making a commitment to that group of believers. In the New Testament believers are encouraged to purposely commit themselves to a church family where they will give and receive, be willing to serve and be served, where they will love and be loved. The Bible tells us “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some”. The Bible also says that we are part of the body of Christ. You need to be connected to the a local church body in order to function as God has intended.
I was recently at a wedding and the Pastor said, "God intended for marriage to be between one man and one woman". Why then do we see men in the Bible marrying more than one woman and now men marrying men and women marrying women?
The pastor was correct in saying, "God intended for marriage to be between one man and one woman". That was God's plan and desire but man does not always follow God's plan. The men who married more than one woman in the Bible were not following God's intended plan for a family. One of the Ten Commandments deal with not committing adultery. The New Testament talks about husbands having only one wife. The entire issue of same sex marriage has always been prohibited in God's Word. Every major religion in the world for thousands of years have taught against same sex relationships/marriages. This recent acceptance of living together before marriage, same sex marriages are all indications of people living their life without concern of what God has said. When we no longer care or obey God's plan we are sinning and separating ourselves from God.
I have been living together with this person and their children for over three years. We have a great intimate relationship but can’t agree on how the children should be disciplined. I stepped in and corrected them and was basically told to move out. Was I wrong in what I did?
Jesus talked about two men in Matthew 7. One He called wise and one He called foolish. The wise man heard the words of Jesus and followed them. That man was compared to one who builds a house on a solid foundation. The foolish man was the one who heard the same words but didn’t do them. He was compared to a man who built a house without a solid foundation. When the storm came only the house with a solid foundation remained standing. You are trying to build a family, a relationship without following the words of Jesus. Living together outside of marriage is fornication, which God says is sin. Your relationship was not built on a good foundation. God has a plan for you, for raising a family. Follow His plan and be wise.
Let me ask, “how good do you have to be to go to heaven or how bad do you have to be to go to hell?” The bible says that “all have sinned and fall short”. That means that no one is good enough to make it to heaven. That is why God sent His Son into the world so that the world could be saved. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man can come to the Father except through Me”. So the answer is that those who accept Jesus as the only Savior can go to heaven. Those that don’t won’t. Sin is serious and only by accepting God’s way for forgiveness can anyone be sure of heaven.
I had some great parents but as a family we never attended any local church. My parents never talked about God, the Bible or prayed. They were very honest people, very nice people and they really didn’t have any major addictions or so called vices. As a very small child my grandparents took me to church with them. For the rest of my childhood, I never went to church. In high school I began to drink, during lunch, after school and a lot on the weekends. I got in fights and was expelled more than once. But somebody cared enough to share the message of Jesus with me. The day came when I asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior. The drinking stopped, the fighting stopped and my life was changed. Three years after I was married, I left for Bible College and have been sharing the life changing message of Jesus ever since.
If God is so good and all powerful why does He allow such evil things as rape and murder to take place?
God is good and perfect in every way and He is also all powerful. Being God, He has chosen to provide every man with a free will to choose to either serve and obey Him or to live in disobedience. When man first chose to disobey God there were consequences to that choice. Disobeying God’s commandments opened the door to sin and every evil imaginable. Man still has the free will to choose to obey or disobey. When a person disobeys God’s plan there is still consequences and sad to say often innocent people are affected. God’s desire is that we would experience an abundant life filled with joy and peace. God has chosen to let man make his own choice and just as God is good there is a real Devil who is filled with evil. When God is removed then evil fills the void.