Everyone has questions about God, but the world, and quite frankly, many Christian based religions give inaccurate and harmful answers to them.
I have compiled a list of some of the most common asked questions about God, Jesus, and the Bible, and have answered those questions. All answers are given an explanation directly from the Bible, with the Scripture to show where the answer came from.
I am not a Bible scholar, nor do I have the answer to every question, but I will do my best to answer every question as God would have me explain it.
The answer to any question about God, and even life itself can be found directly from the Bible. Simply search the index for key words and find the Scripture relating to your question.
If you have a question, I will be glad to answer it the best I can according to the Scriptures. Just fill out the form, and I will do my best to answer it as God would direct me.
- Questions About Bible Reading
- Questions About Christians
- Questions About Existence
- Questions About Forgiveness
- Questions About Salvation
- Questions About Sin
I know there are books mentioned throughout the Old Testament not listed in the Bible, but they are by no means lost or missing. God decided which books would go into the Bible. “Lost” gives the impression they we were supposed to have it and cannot because they are “lost”. However, this is a false presumption, God chose not to place those manuscripts in His word. Why? Remember, God’s Word is infallible, meaning without error. When God gave the history of the kings of Israel they were ungodly, and followed false gods, even made their own up. Which is why He focused on Judah more than any of them, since that was the tribe that God gave the throne to, and where Jesus would descend from.
Those who state that books are lost, must make the following argument, God was only able to preserve 66 books. Now does that make sense? “Is anything too difficult for God? Is anything impossible for God? Was God, Who created the universe out of nothing not able to keep more than 66 books in print? Of course, He could, and He did. He chose exactly which prophets, people, and events He wanted contained in His Word.
The truth is this, the 66 books of the Bible are all that God wanted to be placed in His sacred book, He did not omit any because He is trying to hide something from us. He placed every book where it is for a reason and we need not question His reasoning. He knows what we need and everything we need is contained in the 66 books that we possess. In fact, if every testimony that written of those who walked with Jesus there would not be enough paper in the world to fill it. “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.” – John 21:25.
God directed them what to write.
The word inspire means, to breathe, meaning, just like God breathed life into man, He breathed life into His Word through the men He used to write His Word. There are millions of testimonies about God’s relationship with man, and even outside of Israel. However, God used only Holy Spirit filled men to put pen to paper on what He wanted people to know about Him. Some of the men, like David and Paul, He used to write their testimonies, some of them like Moses and John, He used to tell what He wanted us to know and expect. “And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.” – John 5:37-40.
Think about it, does God need to give us a book to tell us that He exists? No. But just like any person who writes a book about themselves to tell the truth about them, God gave us His Word for that reason. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” – John 1:1-5.
Why? Because people were getting it wrong, and they still do unless they are saved. God is not the author if confusion so He made it clear and simple. Now, just like anyone can write a book about someone, the Bible has been corrupted, and there are many versions out there that print lies and deception, which is why I only read and reference the King James Bible, it is the only current English translation that has every word that God wants us to have in it. The men who penned God’s word literally shed sweat, blood, and tears to get it published, including King James.
The Bible reveals the mystery of God’s plan which the entire theme of the Bible centers, none other than Jesus Christ Himself. “Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself; That in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him; In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will.” – Ephesians 1:9-11
God’s Holy Word.
The word holy means, Properly, whole, entire or perfect. The Bible, also known as God’s Word, The Law, the Word of God, is the entirely, perfect written word of God. God used forty men, such as Moses, Joshua, David, and John filled with the Holy Spirit to tell His story. These books or manuscripts cover several periods regarding creation and God’s dealing with man. “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” – II Timothy 3:15-17.
First, it covers the history of creation, and how God dealt with man before and after the flood. “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” – Romans 1:20.
Second, it records the history of God chosen people, who would be the people from which His Son, Jesus Christ, would descend in the flesh. “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good. For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings.” – Isaiah 7:14-16.
Third, it covers the ministry of Jesus, and the fulfillment of prophecies concerning His birth through the virgin Mary, crucifixion, death, burial, and resurrection. “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” – John 19:30.
And Forth, it covers the history of the first Christian church, and how God’s people went from one seed to one nation of believers in Christ. “Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God. For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.” – Romans 2:9-13. The law means, The Bible, God’s word.
Yes, Jesus will return.
We are not given a time in which Jesus will return, but we are given a guide on what will take place before He does. “And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.” – Mark 13:7-8.
People have been trying to predict the time that He will return since He ascended into heaven, but no one will or can know when, He will never give us that information. We are commanded to be ready for His return at any time because we do not know the hour. “But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” – I Thessalonians 5:1-3.
And even He does not know because the Father has blocked that from Him right now. “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” – Matthew 24:36-39.
And by the way, the world has a problem even with this, they often say He created the the earth in seven days.He created the earth in six days, and rested on the seventh. “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.” – Genesis 2:1-3.
God created the heavens, universe, earth and everything on it in six, twenty-four hour days. “For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.” – Isaiah 45:18.
Secular science refuses to believe that the earth may be less than 10,000 years old, claiming it is billions of years old. Many theologians believe that while God did create everything, except the heavens and earth in six literal days, the heavens and earth themselves are millions of years old. They also believe that catastrophic events that killed the dinosaurs and produced the ice age, happened well before God created man on earth. All of these things are myths, just like evolution, but have been treated as truths just to refute the infallibility of the Bible. “Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.” – Romans 1:19-23.
Some people misquote the verse that says, “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” – II Peter 3:8 to a literal one day as one thousand years, which is where they come up with their theory. This is not a literal number, it is a metaphor, meaning a thousand years goes by fast. You see how fast a year can go, even ten years? Okay, even if God did take a thousand years to create what it says He did in one day, their numbers still would not add up.
Think about it, even if God took six thousand years to create everything, that still would make the earth under 13,000 years old today. Records in history itself proves that man has only been on earth for over six thousand years. The truth is, one day is literally twenty-four hours. God said Himself, that an evening and a morning are one day. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.” – Genesis 1:1-5
Also, Jesus Himself said they are twelve hours in a day, confirming that the daytime hours were twelve hours. “Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.” – John 11:9,10.
A nation of God’s People.
We know of the children of Israel (Israelites), the Jews, and the country of Israel, but all of these things are completely different. Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.” – John 10:11-17.
First, Israel is the country that God gave to the children of Israel, named after Israel who is also known as Jacob. God looked down at all the people in the world and chose a man named Abraham to father a nation that would know Him as the one and only living God and Creator of all. You see, even from creation people have been doing what they want, and while Abraham was not perfect, God saw his heart and it was perfect for Him to begin a nation. Abraham would have a son named Isaac and it would be Isaac who fathered Jacob, whom God later named Israel. Jacob had twelve sons, who make up what is known as the children of Israel, also referred to as Israelites, Hebrews, oe Jews. Each of the twelve were known as one tribe, nine and a half of those tribes took possession of Canaan, per God’s instructions God gave each tribe an inheritance in the land, and it was later renamed Israel. While some of the children of Israel remain in Israel today, most are scattered because God sent them out of Israel. “Ye shall therefore keep all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: that the land, whither I bring you to dwell therein, spue you not out. And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them. But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey: I am the LORD your God, which have separated you from other people.” – Leviticus 20:22-24.
Second, Israel is the true nation of Israel (those of Christ). A nation is a body of people inhabiting the same country, or united under the same sovereign or government. When the Bible says that all of Israel will be saved, it is referring to God’s nation of believers. “For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:” – Romans 11:25-30.
Do not confuse Jewish with being a Jew, Jewish is a religion made up by secular Jews, this is a religion, one that its converts mainly follow the Torah, which are the first five books of the Bible, also known as the Books of Law. A person that says they are a Jew and are saved solely because they say they are a Jew is not one of God’s people, they are the promised seed of Abraham. The true nation of Israel, is united under the same God, the Almighty, and living God. “Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.” – Romans 9:6-8.
When God created the earth He intended for all mankind to dwell with Him and worship only Him. Before God even created the earth, He knew that sin would come into the world, and separate Him spiritually from man. To understand why God allows suffering we first have to understand what suffering is. There are two types of suffering, the first comes from the pain resulting from sin. To suffer from sin means to feel or bear what is painful, disagreeable or distressing, either to the body or mind. Sin is what causes suffering. “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” – Romans 5:12.
At times, suffering does come from sin. Since we are all given the freewill to choose what we do with our lives they come with consequences if we go against God, and this is deliberate sin. God will allow us to suffer to teach us not to do what we did or continue to do. “Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.” – Hebrews 12:11.
The second type of suffering is, To endure; to support; to sustain; not to sink under. Sometimes suffering comes when God is trying to get us to trust Him. For instance, a child that is born with a defect or even dies at birth, this is not suffering as a punishment, but a means to bring one closer to Him. “But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.” – I Peter 4:13-16.
To understand why God allows suffering on any level, we must realize that God sees things we do not. When David sinned by committing adultery with Bathsheba, their child that was born as a result of their sin died seven days after being born. David prayed and fasted the whole time, but the child still died. He did not get angry with God because he knew that he would see his son one day. Always remember that it is not the suffering that makes or breaks us, it is how we handle it, if we give it over to God, He will bless us. “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” – I Peter 5:6-10.
I know this is a touchy subject, but the truth needs to addressed Biblically. The Bible calls them sodomites, effeminate, or abusers of mankind. It is the denying world, and corrupt science that convinces people to believe that they are born gay or have a desire to mate with someone of the same sex. The truth is, it is all about choice, since we all have the freewill to choose what we believe, each person chooses to believe whether or not they are attracted to the same sex. And if you get enough people believing that then it becomes another theory that has been turned into truths of the world. The same thing goes for those who try to change their gender. God did not make any mistakes, if He made you a man you are meant to be a man, if he made you a woman, likewise, that too is sin. Sin is any wrongdoing in the eyes of God, and we are born with the knowledge of God in us from birth, but it is immoral influence and lust that turns anyone away from that truth.
“Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;” – Romans 1:24-28.
Homosexuality is like any other sin, it comes with a cost, and that cost is death. However, before you bash me for telling the truth, God treats this sin as He does every other sin, they all lead to death. Homosexuality is no different than adultery, fornication (having sexual relations without being married), drug addiction, food addiction, lying, cheating, stealing, and not believing in Him. It does not matter what we do that is sin, it all comes with a price, and that is death and hell, but Jesus came seeking all who come to Him in faith. “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” – I Corinthians 6:9-11.
To love Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and spirit.
To fear God does not mean to live in fear of Him striking you down the second you do something wrong, it means to have respect for Him in a way that one would respect their parents or someone that has authority over them. One Preacher explained it as being in fear of not having Him in our lives at all. To fear God means to put a fear in us to live a moral, uncorrupted life so we will not have to face the consequences that accompany sin. God is our Father and loves us very much and just as a parent will punish a child for doing something bad or an employer will punish their employee if they did not do something according to the rules, God will chasten us for our sins. “And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die. And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not. And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.” – Exodus 20:19-21
Many people will read through the Old Testament and think that God strike you down in an instant, and that He is mean and hurtful, but He really is not. Yes, God is a just God, meaning He will not be mocked and have struck down people for tempting Him, but He is really more merciful than you think. The second that Adam and Eve ate one bite of the forbidden fruit He could have destroyed them, but He did not, He took His Spirit from them, which is why we are born without His Spirit and need Jesus to give us a second birth of His Spirit,which is why those whom have accepted Jesus Christ as their Saviour are also known as born again Christians. “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” – John 3:5-8.
While we are now saved by grace through our faith alone in Christ, and are not subject to the over six hundred commands God gave Israel, it is still important to know the entire Bible as we learn all the way back to the Book of Genesis that Jesus would be sent to replace the needed animal sacrifices for atonement that took place before He became the ultimate sacrifice. “And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” – Ecclesiastes 12:12-14
The same way you forgive others.
There may be things from the past that seem to haunt you, sometimes for years, but the reason they haunt you is not because God has not forgiven you, you have not forgiven you. How can you move on with your life, and enjoy the full amount of blessings that God has in store for you if you do not forgive yourself. “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” – Psalm 103:12.
Actually, Satan is playing a part in this, he is trying to convince you that you are not worthy of God’s love or anyone’s love for that matter. Tell him to get lost, and that God is with you! “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” – James 4:7.
It’s time to move forward, you cannot change the past, but you can change today. So, you did not live a godly life or you did something that you are ashamed of, it’s over and done with, it’s a new day, move on, ask God to forgive you for all dwelling on the past. I guarantee you that the second you do this a huge weight will be off your shoulders and a new you will emerge. “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” – James 4:8-10.
Jesus is the only one who can help us forgive those who hurt us. It is understandable that there are things someone may have done to you or a loved one that may be completely unforgivable, but you cannot let these things haunt you. Holding on to anger only makes things worse on you and your loved ones. It is imperative that we learn to forgive those who have wronged us, it’s the only way you can move on. “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.” – Matthew 6:14-16.
Do not think of forgiving someone as a means to reconcile, it is a means to help you mend from the pain, the bitterness, and the anger that is inside of you. I understand that forgiving someone is the hardest thing to do, if you do not forgive, then you cannot move on to bigger and better things. We cannot think of forgiveness in our own human reasoning because we will have a hatred forever, it is important that have the mind of Christ in this. We will never completely forget the things of the past, and we are not told to forget, but we can find it easier to enjoy life as we overcome the pain, humiliation, mental, and physical problems that arise by asking Jesus to help us forgive those who hurt us. “Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.” – Luke 17:1-4.
Try to understand that these things that God has allowed were not to punish you or a loved one. God does not want anyone to suffer in needless pain, but He will use it to draw us closer to Him, to teach us, and use us to help others who need help. God will help you endure the pain, move on, find forgiveness, and be a witness to lead others to Christ. “If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee. The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.” – Proverbs 25:21-23.
Forgive God? How absurd!
This is what most people think when someone is angry at God and turns away from Him. The very idea may seem ridiculous, even offensive to some people, but there are times when it seems the only way one can be reconciled with the One True God is to forgive Him. Forgiving God is never necessary. You may have experienced a time in your life when you have had some resentment, even hatred toward God for situations that you have found yourself in. Or perhaps a loved one, an innocent stranger, or a child, has suffered horribly, all because you feel God did not rescue them or prevent them from getting harmed.
The truth is, you simply cannot blame God for bad things that happen. If you want to improve your life, you need to learn to get over the past and move forward. Do you think that anyone that caused you pain in some way is having sleepless nights or dreaming of some way to get even with you? Life goes on, and unless you do you will never get very far in life. “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” – Ephesians 4:31,32.
God does chasten those who are living in sin, He never said that getting saved would mean a life of happiness or that you can live any way you want without the consequence. God wants you to be the best that you can be! Do you think He came up with commands to keep you from having fun? He wants you to enjoy life to the fullest, but in a way that is respectful, not only to your own body, but others as well. Any father wants his child to have the best life possible, that is why there are rules to follow. God is the same way. “If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?” – Hebrews 12:7-9.
In regards to the loss of a loved one, we do not know the circumstance, God may have taken them to save them from even more pain and suffering. We must also understand that victims of abuse are not something that God causes, this is pure evil of the devil, but God can turn any pain into something good. A child or woman that has been abused or hurt may make us aware of dangerous people, whom we should have never trusted, and allows us to save others from being victimized. A tragic accident may make us aware of safety issues or dangerous habits that we need to break. There is also this thing called, freewill. God may give us life, but He never messes with our will to choose. We choose the life we live, and no, no one has the right to use their freewill to exploit us, but God can turn any situation around if we turn to Him.”If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Romans 12:18-21.
We all have experienced times in our lives when we look up to God and ask “Why?” but no matter what happens God loves us and wants the best for us. Every situation we are faced with prepares us, grows us, changes us, but it is up us to decide whether or not we want to use that experience to do better or worsen our lives. We cannot hold on to grudges unless we are willing to spend the rest of our lives hating life and blaming God for situations we create on our own or have no ability to control. “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.” – I John 4:7-9.
Material things are temporal, God is eternal.
Jesus said, “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” – Revelation 3:15-20.
No matter how many things you possess, people you know, or talents you have a person that does not have God in their life is always searching for something more. They are never satisfied with what they have and are always in need of something bigger and better to help them fill the void missing in their lives. King Solomon, the richest and wisest man, who know both the power of God and of the world, wrote an entire book on how important it is to have God in your life. No matter what you have, without God all is vanity and vexation of the spirit. That means that life without God is worthless and void of the eternal spirit needed to live life richly, even the beggar. “And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith. I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit. That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.” – Ecclesiastes 1:13-15
Jesus saves all who believe in and receive Him alone as their Saviour.
A person does not need to be sin free in order to accept Jesus as their Saviour. We all have sin and if we waited until we have none then will will never be saved. Jesus said, “They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” – Mark 2:17b.
We are all in need of the only physician able to cure us from our sin sick disease, and that is Jesus. No one is sin free and in fact, to acknowledge sin is the first and biggest step of repentance. Then once we are willing to let go, Jesus can do His work in us to heal us. “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.” – Hebrews 8:12-13
Many ungodly habits and addictions come about when a person is lost and confused, they are in need of help and Satan lures them with unhealthy lifestyles and substances to make them think they need them in order to cope. God knows what you are going through and also knows that you cannot just say forgive me, then in an instant be able to remove the sin as He knows you willing to work on your problem and wants to help you through it. In fact, when you accept Jesus into your life, He fills you with the power of the Holy Spirit and enables you to step by step overcome any sin that you are in bondage to. “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:” – Isaiah 1:18-19
Hypocrisy comes in all forms
Hypocrisy is this, someone appearing to be a Christian, but is not living as a Christian. People confuse hypocrisy with judgment, there are plenty of hypocrites who call themselves Christian and are living even more worldlier than those who are not. And it personal conviction that brings people to accuse someone of judging them rather than their being judged at all. There is a difference between making the right judgment, which we have every right to do, and making critical judgment of someone.
Whether a person is a Christian or not, everyone faces criticism and judgment from others. However, those who critically judge others for their problems have no room to judge as they themselves have faults. In fact, many people will find and point out faults of others to try and hide their own, and Jesus talks about both. First, severely criticizing and deceiving others for their sin while living sinful themselves. “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” – Matthew 7:1-2.
“Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?” – Romans 2:1-3
Second, there is judgment by discernment, which is the ability to form an objective opinion based on ones abilities or mistakes. This just means that one gives the same courtesy to all, and that they are tasteful in how they approach someone who may need to know what they are doing is wrong. “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” -7:24.
True Christian’s will not criticize one another’s faults, but help each other improve them. Also, true Christian’s will not get offended when they are confronted by any error that others have noticed. Of course, we when we are confronted by someone who has seen us doing something we know is not right, we are going to get defensive, that is human nature. We can defend ourselves without being ungodly about it. “Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” – Matthew 7:5.
However, it is pride that causes us to react when we are confronted. it all comes down to this, if we do not want our sins exposed, it is best we deal with them, repent of them, and live a life, not that man approves of, but God. “Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God; And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.” – Colossians 3:22-25
Of course you are still saved. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” – John 3:16-18.
Please do not spend your life in fear of trying to do the right things in order to to keep your salvation, it is a gift from God through the Lord Jesus Christ and no one, thing, or act can take that away! Yes, there are consequences of sin, and I suspect if you are asking this question you are suffering right now. Always know that we saved by grace, and not of our works, but God loves you just as much as He did before and after you got saved. And all you have to do to get right to Him is confess your sins, and repent, turn away from it. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – I John 1:9.
Of course, as you grow in Christ you will learn to live a more godly life, but that does not mean you will never make any more mistakes, you will make many more until God brings you home. Yes, circumstances, and temptations can cause a person to backslide away from God, but once a person accepts Christ as their Saviour they are saved for eternity. “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” – Galatians 2:16.
There is no time to wait.
The problem with this is that life is too short and we never know when our time on earth is up. “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” – James 4:14-17.
Each day that goes by is one less day on earth and one more day closer to either heaven or hell. Which would you rather choose? Are you willing to go another day not knowing Christ when faced with the misfortune of spending the rest of eternity burning in the lake of fire? “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” – Revelation 20:13-15.
You can life a wonderful, bountiful life with God, He does not want to take the joy out life, He wants to add to it. So, you will learn that some of the worldly things that you have grown to love become less favorable to you, but they will never compare to a great life with Christ.
“We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; By pureness, by knowledge, by long suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,” – II Corinthians 6:1-7.
Unless you received Christ as your Saviour before you got baptized you are not saved.
Unfortunately, infant baptism does not mean you are saved. You must be born again otherwise you are not saved. “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” – John 3:5-8.
This means that you must be baptized spiritually, not physically in order to be saved. “For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.” – Acts 1:5.
Being water baptized without being saved does nothing, it is a public profession after you are saved that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and are depending on Him alone to take you to heaven. Perhaps the biggest form of proof found in the Bible that water baptism is not required to be saved is when Jesus was being crucified. Two men were with Him, one on each side of Him. One man mocked Jesus the other believed in Him, was saved, and joined Him that day in heaven. “And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” -Luke 23:39-43.
It must be understood that babies and small children do not get sent to hell if they die, we must be at an accountable age before we are given that punishment. Accountable means, Liable to be called to account; answerable to a superior. We must be able to understand what sin is and that we are capable of it. And you cannot psych out God, He knows whether or not we know what we are doing. Many children around the age of six or seven get saved, but a few years later discover they really are sinners and seek reassurance of their faith. “For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” – Romans 14:11,12.
Religion does not save you.
Many people are taught that following a specific religion saves them. God is not religion, meaning following a bunch of rules to get to heaven. Belonging to a religion is not what gets you to heaven, Jesus is. No matter how much one prays, begs, worships, tries to be good, or follows a particular belief they will not get to heaven unless they know Jesus Christ as their Saviour. Period! And any religion teaching you otherwise is a false religion. Again, you must be born again to be saved. “The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” – John 3:2-7
To be preserved from destruction.
In other words, to be saved means that you have been preserved or saved from the punishment of sin, which is the second death and hell. There is only one way to be saved and that is by believing in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and receiving Him as your Saviour. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” – Romans 10:9-10.
Unless Jesus returns in our lifetime and we get raptured out of here we will are appointed once to die, that means our flesh will lose its breath, and our soul will end up in one of two places, heaven or hell. Those who receive Christ as their Saviour will be in heaven, while those who have not will be in hell. When Jesus does return, all who died before He comes will resurrect, both those who are in heaven and hell. Those in heaven will be awarded eternal life, and receive a new glorified and immoral body that will no longer suffer. “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.” – I Corinthians 15:51-54.
Those who are in hell will be cast into the lake of fire, this is the second death, and also known as eternal death because it will be an eternity of torment, and Satan will be there as well. “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” – Revelation 20:10-15.
No matter what you have done or how many times you sin, as long as you are saved, God forgives all sin. “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.” – Matthew 18:21-22.
Have an addiction? You are forgiven. Been to jail or prison? You are forgiven. Committed adultery or fornication? You are forgiven. All sin is cleansed by the blood of Christ and all who truly receive Him are washed clean and made righteous before the eyes of God. One thing I would like to make clear is that although God is a forgiving God He will not be mocked. He knows exactly when one is seeking true repentance through Christ or just looking for an excuse to sin, knowing that God will always forgive them. “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – I John 1:7-9.
Does that mean you can live in sin without consequence? No. Sin is sin, and saved or not, there is always a consequence to knowingly living in sin. “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:” – Romans 6:1-5.
Any wrongdoing in the eyes of God.
Sin is anything unrighteous, in other words, any action, thought, or word spoken that is wicked, immoral, deceitful, or illegal to God. “All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.” – I John 5:17.
By the time you can walk we understand right from wrong, we may not understand what the wrong is, but the sin nature in us automatically gravitates toward the guilt and shame of sin. Sin includes more than wrongdoing such as stealing, cheating, and adultery, it is also acts such as rebellion, disbelief, lying, anger, bitterness, or disobedience of any sort. And all sin is punishable by death for the unsaved, or in other words, the unbelievers. “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” – Revelation 21:8
We are all sinners, no one is without sin, no matter how much one tries to keep the wrongs out of their lives, we have all sinned at one time in our lives and come short of the glory of God (getting to heaven on our own). “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” – Romans 3:23.
Because sin exists.
Sin began through pride when Satan, wanted to be as powerful as God, it was passed down to man through the influence of Satan in the garden of Eden when he influenced Eve to eat a piece of fruit from the forbidden tree. “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” – Genesis 3:6,13-15.
There are two types of evil, Natural and Wicked:
1) Natural Evil, This is what God created because of sin, these are things such as death, sickness, and natural disasters brought on by sin. “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it. Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?” – Isaiah 45:7-9.
2) Wicked Evil, This is that what Satan creates to keep man separated from God, these are things such as murder, rape, and abuse. Satan often uses natural evil to afflict man in order to keep them separated from God as well. “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” – John 8:44.
We must understand that wicked evils have always been influenced by Satan himself, and while God would not want any of the people He created to suffer any of these evils they are a result of sin, is something we cannot avoid while we are here. Satan can, and does possess people, and the only one with the power to overcome that kind of evil is Jesus, He defeated the devil on the cross, in the grave, and when He arose, and one day He will defeated Satan once and for all, and cast him into the lake of fire. “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” – Revelation 20:10.
Do not, in any way, believe that things like murder, bullying, or rape is something that God has allowed or forced upon anyone, He would never do that or wish that upon anyone. That is all a ploy from Satan to get people to believe that God is the one who created all this wicked evil, God will bring something good out of something evil that happened, but He is not to blame nor are you to blame, for anything that wicked that has happened. Yes, God is a just God, yes, Jesus will judge all, yes, we are sinners, but God loved us enough to send His Son so we no longer have to suffer one day. “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” – Revelation 21:7-8.
Now, I will be the first to tell you that I certainly to not want to talk about nor even think about a place called hell, but just as there is a place called heaven there is a place or torment called hell. “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.” – Luke 16:23-26.
Many modern versions of the bible have eliminated this truth. Imagine what the earth really is like in the center, as we all know that hot lava comes up out of the earth, imagine standing in that for eternity.
It is a misconception by a world that really is afraid of hell, that anyone can go to heaven when they die. Also, people are led to believe that if they do good they go to heaven and if they do bad go to hell, this too is incorrect. Sin keeps every person from getting into heaven. In order to get into heaven, a person needs to be perfect, sinless, righteous, and since we all have sinned, none of us can get to heaven on our own. “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; ” – Romans 3:10,11,23.
It is sin that keeps all of us from heaven. The truth is, getting into heaven has never been about being good because none of us are good (perfect), before Jesus came here, redemption was granted as a way for a soul to be saved from this, Redemption was and always has been about a sacrifice, an unblemished or perfect animal was offered in place of the sinner, and upon that offering atonement or forgiveness of sin was made. Today, redemption is only made through Jesus, He is the unblemished or perfect sacrifice that brings redemption to those who believe in and receive Him as their Saviour. “But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” – Hebrews 9:11-12.
Just as we have to believe in God for Him to exist we have to believe that heaven exists, even the majority of people who do not believe in God know their spirit has to go somewhere. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” – Genesis 1″1.
There are three levels of heaven:
1) The physical Heaven; which is the sky and space. “And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.” – Genesis 1:6-8,14-15.
2) The Spiritual Heaven; which are where the souls of the saved reside, known as the Kingdom of heaven (God). “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” – John 3:5-8.
3) The Third heaven; which is throne of God, in which Jesus in the flesh sits at His right hand also. “I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.” – II Corinthians 12:2-4. Paradise is the place where saved souls resided until the Christ came, now, all saved souls go directly to heaven.
There is Only One Living God and Creator. Do not confuse the three persons of God, meaning God, the Father, Jesus, the Son, and the Holy Spirit as three separate gods, there is only one God. “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” – Exodus 3:14.
And yes, the Bible does mention other gods and lords in heaven, “For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.” – I Corinthians 8:5-6.
1) God, A prince; a ruler; a magistrate or judge; an angel. What the above verses are telling us that the gods of heaven or earth are none other than kings, queens, presidents, judges those who are in authority, who set ensure we follow man’s laws. And yes, angels do walk the earth, but they are not with wings as we have seen in pictures, they look like you and I. “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” – Hebrews 13:2.
And yes, there are false gods, which are man made, and in fact, do not exist. “Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods? Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know mine hand and my might; and they shall know that my name is The LORD.” – Jeremiah 16:20-21.
2) God, A false god; a heathen deity; an idol. Just like evolution tries to claim there is no God, mythology tires to claim there are several gods, and they all lead to heaven. People have made gods out of objects, planets, stars, animals, you name it, a god has been made out of it, but they are all man made, and have do not exist. Man claims that their god is the only god, but there is only One, True, Living and Almighty God, who created everything. “The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory. Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods. Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O LORD. For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods. Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.” – Psalms 97:6-10.
Just as much as God exists so does Satan, since God created everything, every being, and every person, created him as well. Satan, or the devil was not always known as Satan, his name was Lucifer, and he was one of God’s archangels. “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” – Isaiah 14:12-14.
Lucifer, indeed got cast out of heaven because he tried to overthrow God’s authority. “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” – Revelation 12:7-9.
Now, Satan still exists to cause havoc on all mankind because of his war with God, he will take hold of you, and chain you down in your weaknesses. Those feelings of depression, worthlessness, addictions, and giving into lustful impulses are all the work of Satan. Those who have no faith in God, who do not believe in Jesus are of the devil. “Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” – John 8:43-44.
The more appropriate question would be, who is God? God is The Supreme Being; Jehovah, The Great I Am, the eternal and infinite spirit, the Creator, and the sovereign of the universe. Simply put, God is God, He is the Creator of all things, and all things that are made by man. To know God exists has nothing to do with the fact that He does exist, it has everything to do with believing in His existence. “If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.” – II Timothy 2:12,13.
Of course, it is easy to say, “I believe” when things are right in front of you, but to believe in something that is not seen, yet exists, is truly something that comes by faith. Look at the wind for example, it is unseen yet exists because we feel it. The same thing is said of God, we might not physically see Him, but you can surely feel Him. Think about the breath of a newborn baby, the feeling you get when your foot falls asleep, the smell of a cool winter night. None of that is seen, but you can sure feel it, and you can sure understand it exists by that feeling. Knowing God exists is all about faith. “Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” -Romans 1:19-20.
Secular science loves to discredit God. Why? If it appears that we are a constant work in progress thorough some evolutionary process than people can claim their sinful actions are true. Which by the way, is greatly becoming the norm, people are defying God and doing things that are completely against Him. “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;” -Romans 1:24-28.