What should you do when you lose faith in your religion?

Question: “What should you do when you start to lose faith in your religion?” – Wes Pierson

Pretext: The sad reality is that we live a fallen world where false religion almost reigns supreme. The sinfulness of man causes him to cast a god in his own image and then create a damnable religious system to go with it… once this has been accomplished he goes on a hellish crusade to lead others to the pit.

The system that the heretic creates is the philosophical net to ensnare the undiscerning masses. It’s all about power with false religion and it’s goal is to universally prevent humanity from seeing the light of the truth that is found in Jesus Christ.

My answer… 

Let it run it’s course because religion is man-made unless it is true religion from God. False religion is Satanic deception and will lead you to hell – you shouldn’t have faith in a lie or anything that contains a lie. Once you have despaired of the futility of man’s falsehood turn to your Creator who is infinite and ask for Him to reveal the Savior Jesus Christ to you. Have your sins washed away by the blood He shed for you and develop a relationship with Him.

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Why did Jesus have to die so that our sins could be paid?

Question: “Why did Jesus have to pay for our sins – if God is so merciful and powerful, couldn’t He just pay for it with the snap of his fingers?” – Shea Duane

Pretext: In the religion of Islam this is actually how Allah forgives sinners – he just magically snaps his fingers and sin is gone. The religion requires works on behalf of the deceived to receive such grace from Allah however. Christianity teaches that Jesus Christ satisfies the wrath of God towards sin and that He bestows saving grace upon us by faith in Christ alone. This concept is missing in man-made religion.

My answer…

Because God’s holiness and justice requires expiation and you are a sinner who is incapable of expiating your own sin debt. If you murdered someone and the jury found you guilty, when you go before the judge, do you think he will just dismiss you and let you go free? No. He will punish you severely.

Why would God dismiss your lifelong cosmic rebellion against Him on a whim when even our fallen human court systems wouldn’t do such a thing?

No. You will come to the cross and be cleansed of your sin guilt before God or you will bear the wrath of God in hell for eternity.

Add to that – God does as he willsit was His desire to ordain Christ from the foundation of the world to receive eternal glory as Savior of humanity. God magically snapping his fingers to forgive sin would be like God telling Jesus to take a back seat in His eternal plan.

When a lost sinner repents and is eternally bought by His precious shed blood that brings Christ eternal glory – so I’ll let you figure out why God ordained the death of Jesus Christ from the foundation of the world.

Why Doesn’t God Punish Evil Instantly?

O. Elishiba asks:

“Why doesn’t God give instant punishment for committing a sin? One man made my family cry a lot, he deceived me and almost killed them with emotional pain. Don’t you think that same day his car should have crashed or he should have perished. Today after many years he is extreme evil, wealthy, cruel, prosperous, has happy family, while we are still in pain.”

My answer…

The bible teaches that God is long-suffering and it is not his will that any should perish. Think about it, as bad as this person is would you want them to end up in hell for eternity? Also think about how you were when you were lost – had God given you justice at that point in your life you would have perished on the spot. The bible instructs you to forgive and pray for that person’s salvation. If you have a problem with that ask God to give you supernatural grace. Point is God is patient, forbearing and long-suffering with sinners…

What Is the Nature of Hell?

B. Cooper asks:

“In the Bible, is hell simply separation from God, or is it the literal presence of God’s eternal wrath on the unsaved sinner?”

My answer…

Hell is a place of separation from God and a place of literal conscious torment. It is a place of suffering, grief and flames and it is eternal. I would say all those things taken together could be considered the literal presence of God’s wrath.

Will I Burn I Hell if I’m not a Christian?

D. Edgren asks:

“Will I burn in hell for all eternity if I am not a Christian?”

My answer…

I’m going to be very straight forward with you – when I was an atheist a missionary had me read this text and it led to my conversion…

“The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand. 36 He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him. – John 3:35–36

When I was lost this infuriated me but later on God revealed to me it was true. Without Christ you will die in your sin.

Most Comforting LIE: The Denial of an Eternal Hell

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“And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.Matthew 9:43-48

Look at how many time Jesus Christ reiterates this point! Hell is a place of eternal suffering that will not be quenched! Remember how the bible repeats things three times for emphasis?

Here Jesus repeats it 5 times! But what sayeth the Chapel?

“We know man can kill our earthly bodies, but only our Father in heaven has the power to wipe out the existence of the soul… God’s emotions are so much greater than you can even imagine, and to roast one of his own children day and night would be something only Satan would conceive of.” – SOURCE: Shepherd’s Chapel, Newsletter #151

Because of teachings like this many are hell right now awaiting the lake of fire judgment.

In November of 2004, the Holy Spirit began to intensely convict me. I had just gotten a CD called “Consuming Fire” from the Chapel. In it for the first time I learned about their ideas about hell which aren’t biblical at all…

Now, I had accepted just about everything Murray had taught to this point but I had never encountered his position on annihilationism. I always assumed that it was as Jesus said it would be… eternal suffering. I didn’t know he taught this, I was shocked and couldn’t accept it because I knew in the core of my being it was wrong.

Annihilationism is the doctrine that there is no literal eternal conscious hell. God simply casts lost humanity into the lake of fire and they are burnt up and cease to exist, like “fat dripping into the fire and going up in a puff of smoke” as Murray would say.

As I listened to this message I began to realize that Murray was very wrong and this would begin an intense period of torment in my life where I would come to question everything the Chapel taught. In March of 2005, the dam broke and I rejected him and his teaching fully and profoundly as I have detailed here on the blog.

Does the bible teach that souls cease to exist once they are cast into the lake of fire or does it teach eternal conscious torment? It matters! Eternity is FOREVER!

“And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” – Matthew 25:46

It’s pretty clear, don’t you think?

And frankly, if you subtract this reality from your gospel presentation then really nothing is at stake anyway… you didn’t ask to exist, live like you want and when you die, it’s over. So what if you’re a wicked unbeliever, there’s no real impetus on you to believe… for many unbelievers this is simply what they expected after death anyway.

If you are a devout follower of false religion you are in danger of perdition, know this: HELL LASTS FOR ETERNITY AND YOU WILL BE CONSCIOUS OF IT – AND YOU WILL NOT LIKE IT!

JESUS CAME AND SHED HIS BLOOD TO SAVE YOU FROM THE WRATH TO COME DUE TO YOU BECAUSE OF YOUR SIN! Chapel students seem to think they are above needing God’s grace in this life because of their performance against Satan in the first earth age… BLASPHEMY!!!

It’s shouldn’t be hard to see that false teachings like this will lead a person straight to hell. And there are many false teacher awaiting judgment in Sheol today for these things. Let that thought sober you up a little!

Q&A: Does an Eternal Conscious Hell Impugn God’s Character?

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“To say that life eternal shall be endless, but that punishment eternal shall come to an end is the height of absurdity.” – Saint Augustine

Does the teaching of an eternal, conscious, dare I say burning hell impugn God’s nature and his character? Many of my readers affirm that this teaching (eternal hell) indeed portrays God as some sort of Demiurge… but does it?

How we view this teaching on eternal judgment is very important…

Jesus died to save us from eternal judgment so we better look carefully at what he has to say about this…

Reader Brad marvels how many within the body of Christ could hold to such a position with a good conscience… he asserts that there are two different God’s in view – and I agree.

In this new Q&A series I will be busting out some new screencasting software so bare with me…

“In an uncomfortably poignant and penetrating way, the doctrine of eternal hell confronts our loyalty, reveals our true authority, and demands that we set aside what seems reasonable to us and trust in the righteous judgment of a holy God. When we embrace the hard doctrines of the Bible, it becomes one of the most significant evidences of true, God-given faith.” – Anon