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. I’m afraid of the thought of eternity. I can’t wrap my brain around it. I’m afraid of not being good enough to go to Heaven. I’m afraid of the doubtful thoughts I’ve been having. The ‘what if there is no Heaven’ thoughts. I’m a mess and am having a hard time enjoying my life and children because I’m worrying about these things. 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?
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?
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?
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?
Q. I was reading your latest article about New Jerusalem as being the home of the redeemed Church. I was wondering is New Jerusalem considered Heaven? Revelation depicts the Church in Heaven around God’s throne in Chapter 4 I believe. So is this city the same place? Why not just call it Heaven?
Q. Many of the instructors at the Bible College I attend agree with the opinion that eternity is a study in opposites for the believer and unbeliever. That being said they also believe that the place in hell for the unbeliever is as positional as the place in heaven is for the believer. What I mean is this. Just as we will be rewarded for the things we do in Christ so also will unbelievers be punished according to how closely they followed the will of Satan in their lives. If believers receive rewards after the rapture we will know why. Therefore won’t those going to hell also know why they’ll receive punishment?
Q. I’ve read that at one time, Satan was a beautiful angel in Heaven. But pride was found in him and Satan wanted to elevate himself above God. For this, Satan was cast out of Heaven. This absolutely terrifies me. I do have faith in my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. And I also believe that we are saved by grace and that Heaven is perfect. But I am such a wicked, prideful person. What assurance can I have that I would not turn prideful or sinful in Heaven like Satan?
Q. I am having difficulty explaining to my 12 year old daughter how much better Heaven will be than the world we are living in now. I am familiar with 1 Corinthians 2:9, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love him.” (NASB) What other Bible references can you provide that may help me explain the vast difference and calm her fears?