Q. What is the meaning of the original word when the Bible talks about eternal punishment/damnation? Does the original word really mean “eternal”? I heard many times about this “aeons after aeons”. Can we really equate them with eternity? What do you think about 1 Tim. 4:10 that “God is the Savior of all men, specially of them that believe” ? If God will be all in all, can this include an eternal lake of fire filled with condemned beings?
Q. I firmly believe in once saved always saved, and the verses that once led me to doubt it, for the most part, have been explained to me. However there is one verse that I still can’t get my mind around, and that is Rev. 3:5. Now I know that we are not supposed to take one scripture and use it to disprove the many that say otherwise, yet since Rev 3 is talking to the churches, how do we explain that we have everlasting life if our names can be blotted out?
Q. I know the bible says we will neither marry nor be given in marriage in heaven, yet as soon as we get there we are going to the marriage supper of the lamb. I look at the universe and I believe we are the first of Gods creation, the beginning. I also believe that God will once again turn His creative power back to the universe and make the rest of the planets habitable for mankind. One of the greatest joys I have had in this life is my children. It does not seem right that only the Jews and Gentiles will be allowed to repopulate the Earth, yet the church will not be able to have any more children. What do you think?
Q. I understand that man is created in God’s image, meaning that man has an eternal spirit. Wouldn’t that mean the angels were also created in God’s image? What is the difference then between man and angels if, after temporarily inhabiting physical bodies, man then becomes a spirit being? Or does man become a physical being again inhabiting a physical place?
Q. Will we do creative things in eternity like art and building things or something we enjoyed from earth or will all of that cease to exist forever with us having no memory or desire of it? I can’t stand the notion of all things being absorbed or losing the ability to be creative. That is a crappy view of eternity and for that reason I don’t have hardly any belief at all. I believe creative endeavors and desires continue.
Q. I had a conversation the other day with a young man on the subject of our life span. I told him he would live forever as I would, but it would depend upon his acceptance or rejection of Christ as to where he would spend it. When he asked where I meant, I said either in Heaven or the Lake of Fire. He informed me that he had been to four different churches since he had moved here and they all said it would be separation from God. He said he was separated from God now and it did not bother him. And he is right. All the preachers I have heard in the last several years have described separation from God as the destiny for non Christians. Do you believe that unsaved ones will go to the Lake of Fire?
Q. In Matthew Chapter 5, what do verses 5:3, 5:9, 5:10 mean? They seem to contradict belief in the Son as the only requirement for salvation, (“blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs’ is the kingdom of heaven” for example) but I know God’s Word does not contradict, can you help explain?
Q. Gen. 6:6 says, “And the Lord was sorry He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.” I am so perplexed by this statement. God, being omniscient, had fore-knowledge of everything. So why was He sorry He had made man knowing what they would do? Being a parent, I can understand the grief in His heart.
Q. My aunt whom I loved sincerely passed away last Thursday after having suffered a stroke two years ago. She was a born again believer so I know without a doubt she is with the Lord. My question is that I prayed for healing and stood on the word by the prophet Isaiah: “With his stripes we are healed”. I believed this for my aunt and I prayed without ceasing yet she still passed away. How do I reconcile this: Doesn’t God heal as he is a healing God? Why was my aunt not healed?
Q. I lead a small group of high school freshmen boys. We recently studied faith vs works. One provides eternal life, the other determines the way you experience heaven. Am I on track here and can you provide guidance as I now tackle their obvious follow up question of “what will the judgment be about and will people experience heaven differently based on said judgement.”