Q. If I list all the faithful patriarchs from Adam through Abraham (found in Genesis 5:3-32 and Genesis 11:10-22) and add Isaac and Jacob, the total comes to 24. Since we are never told how long the 24 Elders have been in Heaven or when they got there, wouldn’t their number more likely be composed of these patriarchs rather than being representative of the Church?
Q. In Acts 13:2, the Holy Spirit is described as a specific person. When Christians are glorified at the Rapture, the promise of 1 John 3:2 is that we will see Him (Jesus) as He is. Will the personage of the Holy Spirit also be seen?
Q. My best friend ever (my dad) has been gone 3 years now. Recently I made a decision to be re-baptized and was telling my friend that I wished I had made this decision 3 years ago when dad could see this. She told me he could see this since all departed believers can “look down” and see what’s happening on Earth. She used the story of the rich man and Lazarus to support this. I’ve always believed when you go to Heaven you put the past behind, including relationships, and I can find no scripture to prove otherwise. Am I wrong?
Q. First I would like to thank you for Gracethrufaith. It has taught me a whole lot and thanks to it am growing more In Christ. May God continue to bless you. OK, here is my question, When the rapture takes place will we be in the New Jerusalem or will we be in Heaven?
Q. I really can’t get the idea of even rewarding us with Crowns if they change nothing in regards to how we will be treated in the afterlife. Why even give them to us in the first place if we are to turn around and lay them at Christ’s feet? Does He need our crowns when He already wears the finest and most important crown of all? Will we be assigned some sort of rank due to the number of crowns we earn or the number of times we qualify for a certain crown or crowns? What am I missing?
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.”
Q. Somewhere in the Bible it says God is love. If God is love why would there be a hell where he eternally torments people. Think about it. When a judge sentences you to jail he gives you a sentence that ends. You don’t rot in your cell until you die. And if a parent punished a child forever it would be considered cruel. Also Jesus died so that we could live, didn’t he? In hell you’re dead. And why would God need us to live if our spirit is immortal?
Q. Quoting from Ezek. 28:14 “You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones.” My question is, what could God possibly need protection from? Why would He need Satan’s protection? Are there other guardian cherubs?
Q. In response to your post entitled, “To Hell And Back”. I was wondering if you would please elaborate more on why you do not believe in NDE’s, and what other support there is in the Bible for this view. I’ve read some of the reports from both surgeons and patients on the topic of near death experiences. People have been clinically dead and have been successfully resuscitated only to tell amazing stories of heaven or horrible stories of hell. Couldn’t it be possible that the experiences people witnessed in these events are another way for God to spread his message to the world? The technological age brought methods to resuscitate people effectively even after they’re clinically dead. These could fall in the category of greater knowledge during the end times as our Lord foretold.
Q. I’m afraid of dying because I don’t know much about Heaven and I’m afraid of not being good enough to go there. I’m afraid of the doubtful thoughts I’ve been having. The ‘what if there is no Heaven’ thoughts. I pray a lot and read bible verses most days. I grew up Christian and have been saved. It was a wonderful feeling! I guess I’m asking how to ease my mind. Would fellowship strengthen my faith and help me to not feel so fearful?