About The Crowns

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?

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Judgment, Rewards, And Crowns

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.”

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Questions About Life And Death

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?

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The Throne Of God

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?

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To Hell And Back, Follow Up

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.

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Afraid Of Dying

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?

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Paradise And Heaven

Q.  Jesus was hanging on the cross between two thieves and he told one of them that this day he would be in paradise with Him. But at the tomb on the third day Jesus told Mary Magdalene not to touch him because he had not yet ascended to his father. So how were they in (Jesus and the thief) in paradise if he had not yet ascended until the third day. Aren’t paradise and heaven the same?

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No Sex In Heaven?

Q.  You said that there is no sex in Heaven because there is no procreation, however, there is much more to sex than procreation.  I can’t imagine going through eternity without the intimacy my wife and I have.  The physical contact of cuddling, caressing and our intimate conversations.  When we go to Heaven are we to be denied the love that we had for our partner in this life?

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Will We See God?

Q.  Something has been bothering my mind here. When we get to Heaven/New Jerusalem, will we actually see God as the Father or  will He still appear to us as Jesus like He did when Jesus was here on Earth?

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