Lorraine Day, M.D.
These are the very tough questions that should come to EVERY Christian’s mind, questions that are NEVER answered by ministers or Bible scholars in ANY denomination. But these questions do have answers and they are in the Bible if one just digs deep enough.
Frequently, when a Christian is asked one of these difficult questions, he or she will often respond, “Oh, there are some things we’re not supposed to know.” or “I’ll ask the Lord when I get to heaven, I don’t worry about that now.” or “I’m a John 3:16 Christian, the rest is just details.”
But these answers are really a “cop out.” God expects us to study the Bible diligently, and when we do He will pour out more information and understanding than we can possibly receive. God gave us the entire Bible and He tells us we should “Study to show ourselves approved unto God.”
These were the big questions that puzzled me about Christianity most of my life. I set out to find the answers from the Bible, and the Bible only not from theologians or Bible scholars or ministers trained in a particular doctrine or denomination. After all, the Bible promises us that Jesus Christ will be our Teacher.
I now have found the answers to all of the questions listed below. Most, if not all, of them are on this website.
1) Why did God create perfect beings, Adam and Eve, into a Universe already heavily contaminated with sin? (Satan and his angels had been sinning for a long, long time already.) Why didn’t God SOLVE the problem with the angels, after all they’re the ones who started it all, rather than dragging us, the human race, into this mess?
2) How can “Death” and “Hell” be thrown into a LITERAL Lake of Fire? (Rev 20:14)
3) Why does God tell US to LOVE our enemies, and do GOOD to those who hate us (Luke 6:27), if God is going to burn up HIS enemies?
4) If Jesus is going to bring “fire down from heaven” to destroy the wicked in the end, why did He say, when He was on earth, that that type of activity was of Satan? (Luke 9:51-56)
5) Why did the Good Shepherd, representing Jesus, search for the lost sheep “until He found it” (Luke 15:4) with NO cut-off time whatsoever, whereas Christians believe that there is a DEFINITE cut-off time when there is no more chance of being found (saved)?
6) If Jesus didn’t destroy or even hurt anyone when He was on earth, why is He going to destroy people in the end? After all, He says He “NEVER changes.” (Mal 3:6, Heb 13:8)
7) God does not use euphemisms in the Bible, so what does the term “Forever and Ever” mean? (Rev 22:5) How can you add an “Ever” to “Forever?”
8) Why does God tell us, in the Ten Commandments, “Thou shall NOT kill” when it’s apparently okay for Him to kill millions of people (the flood, the Assyrian army, etc)? Is God ABOVE His own Commandments? I thought the Ten Commandments were a transcript of God’s character!
9) Why did Jesus tell Judas to “Do what you’re going to do, and do it QUICKLY” (John 13:27) if Jesus knew that by betraying the Lord, Judas would be eternally lost?
10) How can there be an “Unpardonable Sin” if Psalm 103:3 says that God “forgives ALL our sins?”
11) How is God going “to wipe away ALL our tears” after He’s burned up members of our family? Will He give us a lobotomy, or will we just not care that they were burned up? If God put this great love in our heart for our children and other family members, why would we not be sorrowful and grieve when they are destroyed?
12) The pagan God Molech required “human burning sacrifices” in order to be appeased. How does God differ from Molech if He, too, requires “human burning sacrifices” in the end - to be appeased (to show justice)? If YOU burned up your children, would that be considered a “loving Act?” Why is it “loving” when GOD does it?
13) If God hardened Pharaoh’s heart as He claims He did in (Ex 10:20,27), how, then, is Pharaoh totally responsible for what He did?
14) Why does God say that He (God) killed Saul (1 Chron. 10:13,14) when the Bible says that Saul killed himself (1 Sam 31:4; 1 Chron 10:4-6)?
15) If we have a “Free Will” then why does God say that He is “operating all things according to the counsel of HIS OWN WILL”? (Eph 1:11) That certainly sounds like we DON’T have “Free Will.”
16) Why did God put the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil AND Satan right in Adam and Eve’s front yard if He didn’t really want them to sin? God’s own rules of liability, as found in Exodus 22:5,6 and Exodus 21:33,34, tell us that God is responsible for Sin in the world if He could have prevented it and didn’t. In fact, God ADMITS He is responsible! (Romans 8:20)
17) Can Satan do ANYTHING that God doesn’t allow? If God allows it, is it then “God’s WILL”?
18) How can a “Loving” God allow innocent children to be abused?
19) If “God is Love” (1 John 4:16) and “Love NEVER fails” (1 Cor 13:8) then how can God fail to win ALL of His children back from Satan? Or will Satan be the big winner?
20) Jesus said “Angels Don’t Die.” (Luke 20:36) If they don’t, then how is God going to destroy Satan and the evil angels? How does one “burn up” a Spirit being? If they are going to burn forever, then will sin co-exist with righteousness in the universe FOREVER? If so, then Jesus’ death on the Cross did NOT do away with sin! But if wicked people and evil angels are all going to burn up right away, then that’s not justice because doesn’t a serial killer deserve more punishment than a one-time embezzler?
21) If Jesus died the “Second Death” on the Cross so we don’t have to die and if the “Second Death” is permanent annihilation or eternal burning, then WHY isn’t Jesus either still burning or still dead? Since He’s alive, He must not have died the Second Death. So WHY did He die? Or have we misunderstood the “Second Death”?
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