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?
Q. If the spirit of a believer goes to be in the presence of the Lord when he/she passes. Where does a non-believer go when he/she passes?
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?