Q. In an article you wrote you said something that I have not been able to thus far prove – (the rich man’s name was Dives). In the Lord’s parables the characters weren’t named. My Question is: Where did you find this reference?
Q. When we say we should store up treasure in heaven, what will that treasure be? Are they the crowns we try to earn to present them to God later? In The New Jerusalem, pure gold and precious stones are everywhere. We won’t need personal treasure in heaven, will we?
Q. I know somebody who lost his 4 years old daughter due to cancer. To the best of my knowledge he is not a Christian. The daughter had numerous surgeries but her cancer was unstoppable. After her last surgery she died. Of course her father was heartbroken he wanted to die. He tried to drink himself to death and is still struggling with alcoholism. He says he doesn’t want to do anything with God because God didn’t help though he begged Him for his daughter’s life. I pray for this heartbroken father, but if he ever opens up and asks questions what can a Christian like me say to him?
Q. Will babies who have been aborted go directly to the Lord as members of the Church or will they be part of another population? I imagine they would be the Church, but I’d appreciate your clarification.
Q. In the news recently a woman who was paralyzed went to court and won the “right to die” by having her breathing tube removed. Her parents think that if she does that she is committing suicide and won’t go to heaven. Question is, if she or any one can not live without the help of machines, would it be considered suicide if she had the tubes removed, or would it be considered a natural death?
Commentary by Jack Kelley
“I believe in God the Father Almighty Creator of Heaven and Earth and in Jesus Christ, his Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty” (Excerpt from the Apostle’s Creed).
Q. In a currently popular book, the author makes a case that there is a second chance for repentance by resurrected non-believers at the end of the millennium, especially for those who had not heard the gospel message during their first earthly lives. What is your take on this?
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. I know that God knows when each one of us will die. Do you think that God may take the life of someone to prevent them from having to go thru something terrible? My daughter died when she was 8 years old. She was wonderful and believed in Jesus. Many years later I found out that something terrible had almost happened to her and probably would have again had she lived. I think that God took her to prevent that from happening to her, for I know that she is with Him now. Am I in error in my thinking?
Q. I have a question about ‘Paradise’. Where is it said to be located? ie., middle of the earth??? What is it’s relevance and its role now and in future?