Q. What constitutes the body, soul and spirit. Does the body include the subconscious? Is the soul your personality? Where does the Holy Spirit reside? Is your spirit your conscience? What goes to Heaven or Hell, your soul, your spirit or both?
Q. Would you tell me if there is any biblical basis for my belief that prayers for the softening of a person’s heart who has already died will be heard from God and accepted? My understanding and view is that God is Lord of the Past, Present and Future; that he exists beyond my comprehension, over and above any time constraints. Because I view him thus, I believe that my prayers for a softening of my late grandmother’s heart that will lead to her salvation combined with the belief that God desires all to be saved can lead to an intervention in her life by the Lord such that her belief will turn towards him. I’ve asked other Christians what they think about praying for dead loved one’s salvation and have been told by some that ‘what’s done is done and you can’t pray for someone who is already dead’ , but others have agreed with my view and think anything is possible with God. Biblically, which view is correct?
Q. Some Christians believe that the spirit and soul go to heaven at the time of physical death. Others say that the spirit goes to heaven but the soul sleeps until the resurrection. I find this a confusing issue as I believe that the spirit and soul are in inseparable and both go to heaven. Is there Bible passages that clarify this?
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
“And they will go out and look upon the dead bodies of those who rebelled against me; their worm will not die, nor will their fire be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind.” (Isaiah 66:24)
Q. I had always thought that if you accepted Jesus as your savior you were saved and went to Heaven to be with Him for Eternity, and if you rejected Him you would spend eternity In Hell ( Lake of Fire). But a lot of preachers today say that if you are not saved you will be separated from God forever which is true but not complete in my opinion and some of the young people I am talking with say, “So what? I am separated from Him now and it is no big deal.” Other pastors say you will suffer eternal death and again they say, “So what? A little pain and then oblivion.” Will you help and once again I request that you tell me if I am wrong.
Q. In your response to the question about Extending Life By Artificial Means you said “Keeping people alive by artificial means is not God’s idea…”. I can agree with your reasoning, but I don’t find any support for your view in the Bible. What about people who have, for example, diabetes or other life threatening diseases? Would you still say that these people should not use any medication?
Q. I have often wondered why God allows people to linger here when they are unable to stay alive unless they are on machines and drugs . My wife died from cancer and the doctors were keeping her alive with drugs and machines . When they told us that, we had them remove all life support and she went home to be with our Lord 6 hrs later. When there is no hope, why is their going home to the Lord delayed?
Q. Recently my sister went to be with the Lord after a long battle with Brain Cancer. My family are true believers of God and worship Him as our Personal Savior. After dinner one evening, my sister’s children asked if their mom was in heaven and my fiancé said that she was in a place called “Paradise.” He said that is where you go before you go to heaven. I’ve never heard of this. Can you please offer some answers that I can share with them?
Q. In your article about miscarriage, you wrote, “The Bible says life begins at conception (Psalm 139:13-14) and children under the age of understanding have eternal life (Romans 7:9).” I fail to understand how Romans 7:9 has anything to say about the age of children, or their understanding. Please explain.
Q. When a young married lady has a miscarriage I have been told that sometimes, if something is wrong with the fetus, nature sometimes steps in to handle it. Do you think that God would intervene in a matter such as this? This is a strong Christian couple that I know could handle the situation. However, I was just wondering what God’s plan might be in this situation? Are there any scripture that I could use to help this couple?