God Answers Your Questions
Q. I am young yet, and likely to live for a long time. Why should I think of eternal things now?
God says: “1Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring” and “14 why? You do not even know what will happen tomorrow. (Proverbs 27:1, James 4:14).
Q. When I do die, won’t that be the end of me?
“22 The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried.
“23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. (Luke 16:22 - 23)
Q. Must we not wait until the judgement day to see who goes to hell?
“18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” (John 3:18)
Q. I have lived a fairly good life; am I condemned?
God says: “10 There is no one righteous, not even one… 12 All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one… “ 19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.” (Romans 3: 10, 12, 19).
Q. God is a loving, merciful God. Won’t He pass over my sins?
“6 The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation” (Exodus 34:6-7). “23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23). “27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).
Q. But I say my prayers, and have given money to the church. Won’t that count in my favour?
“22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” (Matthew 7:22-23).
Q. Why would God judge me the same as somebody who is grossly immoral, or a murderer?
“23 All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), “6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6). “ 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.” (James 2:10)
Q. If that be the case, I must plead guilty. I have sinned. What must I do to be saved?
“31They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” (Acts 16:31)
Q. Tell me exactly what I need to believe.
“6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6). “20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20). 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.” (1 Peter 3:18) “ 8 For by grace you are saved… it’s a Gift from God… 9 not by works ” (Ephesians 2:8-9).