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.
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.
“And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.” – Revelation 13:3
This is a hard one for me personally. The Chapel teaches that the deadly wound happens to NWO in the future to one of the heads of the beast system. Satan is then cast out of heaven and comes as Antichrist to heal the wound. There are many reasons why that interpretation is wrong.
Satan being cast out of heaven does however seems to correspond with the deadly wound.
For me personally this wound could have taken place when Jesus Christ defeated death on the cross. The previous Satanic world system would have appeared vanquished because of this. Still another strong possibility could be the fall of pagan Rome…
Seventh Day Adventists will commonly teach that the deadly wound happened in 1797 when Napoleon disbanded the papacy. There are also reasons why that fails.
I am an unsettled on this issue – what do you think the beast’s deadly wound refers to?
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.
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 wills – it 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.
Question: “What would life on earth be like if Satan won the war in heaven?” – Vilmar Alexandersen
Pretext: some of my readers side with the Chapel that the war in heaven hasn’t taken place, that it is a future event. This is a critical false doctrine they teach – that prior to the great tribulation in the future Satan will be cast down to earth. The war is OVER. Satan is defeated and has already been cast out of heaven. He persecutes the woman now – she represents the elect of God.
The only way for Satan to have won is for Jesus to never had been born or made it to the cross – which is impossible because God had ordained it from the foundation of the world.
Satan was cast down during the ministry of Jesus when he ushered in the Kingdom and his ultimate defeat was sealed at Calvary.
Satan is allowed a short season of limited operation to test humanity but his fate in the lake of fire is assured.
Jesus sent out the disciples to heal and preach that the kingdom of God had come in Luke 10. They return were amazed that demons were subject to them in the name of Jesus. Jesus then said, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”
Jesus is the strongman who binds Satan. This binding and plundering of Satan’s and his kingdom come into full force when Christ defeats the power of sin and death through his sacrifice.
Question: “What would’ve happened if Eve and Adam listened to God about the fruit?” – Uriah Moss
Pretext: The bible teaches that God foreordained that Jesus Christ would come to earth to die for sin from the foundation of the world. This is hard for people to understand but God ordained the Fall of Mankind – He knew the result of the test when he commanded Adam. He knew that they would fail and He intentionally put Adam and Eve in the garden with the tempter knowing exactly what would happen… does this make God unjust? No, because He purposed to use these results to effect His Glory.
Understand – If God knew that Adam & Eve wouldn’t have eaten the fruit God wouldn’t have even put the tree in the garden to begin with. God foreknew the result of that test and ordained the fall of mankind so as to bring Jesus Christ into the world as Savior. An eternity with Jesus Christ as Savior brings God more glory than eternity without Jesus Christ as Savior. So when you want to understand why God did it the way He did with the fall of man, that is why. The fall was part of God’s eternal plan. When God created man he gave him the capacity to sin and knew that he would do so… and He knew how He would remedy the situation.
Question: “How can we save our souls?” – anonymous
Pretext: Because of our fallen nature people have a sinful bias towards works-based systems of salvation… scripture warns us that our own righteous is no better than a “dirty rag”, that is to say, a menstrual cloth (that is the intended meaning of the text, I’m not trying to be gross). This is a very strong metaphor to describe our righteousness before God. We must despair of own righteousness and receive the one that is by faith in Jesus Christ…
First comprehend what you are being “saved” from – you are being “saved” from the penalty of sin, which spiritual death. Apart from your belief, God is the one who saves your soul once you believe the good news, which is simply the remission of sins through the shedding Jesus Christ’s blood. You are “saved” from the second death through his substitutionary atonement.
Question: “Why does god allow people to cause or inflict pain or suffering on others?” – anonymous
Pretext: If God is so powerful and loving why doesn’t He just instantaneously destroy the wicked? It doesn’t quite work that way but some will use the problem of evil to deny the existence of God…
Well, it’s the dilemma of giving His creations free-will. God is love. He created us to love Him and love others. Love presupposes free-will. Free-will presupposes that an individual can choose not to love, i.e. hate. Inflicting pain and suffering on other is hate and it is sin. It was for this cause that Jesus Christ was sent in to the world, to die for sinners. God is long-suffering, not willing that any should perish so He has given these people a season to repent. In the meantime we must seek God to endure wicked people. He uses this negative aspect of things to refine our faith.