I was raised in the Catholic church and never understood the concept of purgatory and the belief that if you committed suicide you would go there. After the Judgment of the Bema seat took place, then you would be sent to hell because you took your own life. now I attend Bible believing churches and have learned that a believer does not go to hell because they committed suicide. Once saved always saved. Please help me to understand this.
You’re fond of saying that we’re saved because of what we believe, not because of how we behave. So then, is it my understanding that when we are judged for the things “good or bad” as it says, it’s more of a review of self conduct, obedience, learning to resist temptation, these kinds of things? Is it more like what “rewards” we will be given so to speak? Since we are sealed based on our belief only, then what we choose to do with our lives is what merits rewards but isn’t necessarily “required” of us?
I have a question about the Bema Seat Judgment, when we are judged for our works during our lifetime. I’ve listened to a evangelist who states when we get to this judgment Jesus will ask each one of us what work we did for Him in our lifetime, and some of us will feel remorse in that we didn’t do anything to earn a crown. He then went on to say how badly we will feel to have nothing to give back to the Lord when many others are casting their crowns at the Lord’s feet. I’ve been quite upset since hearing this man talk. Is this really how it will be?
I have a question about our judgment before the Millennium. When we get raptured we receive our immortal body which is already the gift of eternal life as I understand it. What will we then be judged on at his second coming? And what other gifts will we receive at this time? Is this possibly the time we will get assigned to our position/level in Heaven and the gift we receive will determine our position?
Re: Punishment Day? Psalm 50,Daniel 12:1,2 and Rev. 20:4 indicate that the Old Testament Saints & Tribulation martyrs will be resurrected during the glorious second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Before the second coming, the judgment of believers happens at the bema seat where they will be rewarded. How about the judgment of Old Testament Saints & Tribulation martyrs for their rewards?
My question concerns crowns and the meaning of the term. I know the Bible mentions a crown of rejoicing, a crown of righteousness, a crown of life, etc., but are these literal crowns to be eventually awarded the believer, or are they metaphors for something else? The old hymn says “Crown Him with many crowns” so maybe Christ is the only one worthy to be crowned? Thank you and God bless your ministry.
If the Bible already contains prophecy, and if everything it says will come to pass, then what good will it do us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem? Shouldn’t we just be praying for Gods will to be done? Everything the Bible says is supposed to happen seems to be happening now, so how can our prayers do anything?
I know that Hebrews 9:27 says “man is destined to die once and after that to face judgment”. Does that mean people are judged right after they die, or does it refer to the “The Day of Judgment” where everyone will be judged at once?
There is so much evil and corruption in this world in every place you look; business, school, police, government. We try to stand our spiritual ground but it’s becoming harder and harder to do, in the face of all the evil. Is it alright for Christians to pray for Jesus to Rapture His Church? I admit I have really been praying hard for it recently. I pray He comes for us soon.