Questions About Faith
Throughout our walk in faith with the LORD, there are questions that may emerge that may cause us to either question our belief or attempt to dissuade us from our walk with the LORD. These questions may appear simple and complex and may be difficult to answer because most of them are answered through faith. When we attempt to understand some events or circumstances that are difficult to understand, there is a tendency to attempt to not answer the questions and follow faith until we get answers. Through faith we are able to get those answers that at times appear to be difficult to resolve. The following are questions that have been used to dissuade Christians and believers from following the faith and other questions are real questions that may not be the most simple to answer.
The intent of this project is not to offend or cause distress to believers of other religions. The intent is to reach out to those who do not know GOD the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and that they may have an opportunity to think about the importance of salvation. I write this not to offend or attack individuals from other religions, but as a way for people to think about the possibility of salvation through our LORD Jesus Christ.
1. How do I know GOD is real?
There are several proofs that exist that there is an omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent GOD that Father that is able to provide for our needs and that is able to help us in our time of need. One of the main proofs that exist is the way that Israel exists. A small nation that began after a promise made by GOD to Abraham allowed for the beginning of what we call the nation of Israel. This covenant between GOD and Abraham is still being upheld as we can see that Israel and the Israeli people are still a nation and a people. While there are multiple nations that have attempted to defeat the nation of Israel, it continues to survive despite the many odds.
While there may be explanations that explain how Israel is able to maintain sovereignty despite many adversaries, we can see that GOD has made a promise with Abraham telling that his offspring will be counted as the number of the stars. They will prosper and grow in number and it is implied that they are protected from harm. We understand that there are people who walk with GOD in Israel and whose faith has helped in establishing GOD’s presence among His people. We are able to see that GOD is able to protect and provide for His people if we choose to humble ourselves before His will and walk in His commandments. We are able to believe in GOD and keep His commandments, but we must also be able to acknowledge Jesus Christ as our LORD. Through Jesus Christ we are able to obtain salvation and understand that GOD the Father allowed Jesus Christ to be resurrected and to be a King of kings.
These examples allow for us to know that GOD is real because GOD works His will through us and regardless of what path we choose to take, GOD’s will is what remains. We have free will to decide if we want to follow the commandments and believe in GOD the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and GOD will use this in order to establish His will. On the other hand, when someone refuses to follow the will of GOD and not follow His commandments and believe in GOD the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, GOD is still in sovereign control and His will is still established. We are able to see and understand that GOD knows us and understands us and wants us to receive salvation. It is through GOD that we are able to have eternal salvation forever.
These examples should serve as a manner to understand the infinite love that GOD gives to us and that we are able to accept if we only choose to follow His will. We are able to have the ability to pray, to praise, to read His word in order to allow us to make better decisions in our lives and help us change the sinful nature that was part of our past lives. We are able to learn and understand that GOD wants to give us opportunities to follow His will and that He cares about our daily lives. Our GOD is a GOD of love and kindness and peace. A GOD that creates and allows us to understand His word. We are able to see that GOD cares about what we do and that He wants us to share in His Heavenly Kingdom. We are reminded of all the things that He has done for us as believers.
While in the beginning the nation of Israel was blessed and allowed to prosper through His commandments and beliefs, the Gentiles also are able to secure the blessings of GOD through firm faith in His word and beliefs. The apostles were able to preach to Israel, but were instructed to also preach to nations far away because GOD wants everyone to be saved. He sees us as equal children of GOD who can be loved and who can receive salvation by being able to believe in His promises.
“In the beginning, GOD created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of GOD was hovering over the face of the waters.”- Genesis 1:1-2
“These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD GOD made the earth and the heavens.” – Genesis 2: 4
“And Abram said, ‘Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.’ And behold, the word of the LORD came to him: ‘This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.’ And he brought him outside and said, ‘Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.’ Then he said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.’ And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.” – Genesis 15: 3-6
Another proof is the historical existence of Jesus Christ. Through the Holy Bible, we are able to see that there are specific promises that are given by GOD and that allow us to understand how history unfolds. The study of how history unfolds is called prophecy in which GOD appoints prophets and individuals to state the events that are to occur before they occur. These words of prophecy are meant to help people change their ways so that they can receive salvation and turn from their wicked ways. Throughout the Bible we know that GOD placed the ability for a future savior to exist that would deliver the world and give it salvation. This savior is Jesus Christ who died on the cross and resurrected on the third day. There is historical proof indicating that Jesus Christ did exist in history. There are disciples and apostles that continued preaching the word of GOD and spread the Gospel to many places. This allows us to understand that there is something interesting concerning how history has unfolded over the course of many years.
“You have said, ‘ I have made a covenant with my chosen one; I have sworn to David my servant: I will establish your offspring forever, and build your throne for all generations. Selah.” -Psalm 89: 3-4
“I will set his hand on the sea and his right hand on the rivers. He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father, my GOD, and the Rock of my salvation. And I will make him the firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth.”- Psalm 89: 25-27
“The voice of one crying in the wildness: ‘Prepare the way of the LORD; make his paths straight.” – Matthew 3: 3
The third proof is the manner in which Christians are treated around the world concerning proof from the Holy Bible. Through Jesus Christ, the apostles, disciples, and believers across the world, including those prophets that predated the arrival of Jesus Christ, we are able to see that there existed times when the world did not treat them favorably. This is proof that the Gospel while preaching kindness and love and peace has had opposition and resistance. Like the Israeli people and nation, there has been resistance against people, ideas, and beliefs that are from GOD. If there was no GOD, there would not be a need for a resistance against someone that does not exist. Yet, we see everyday how individuals mock the name of GOD and attempt to resist the love of GOD.
“Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, and plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people.” – Matthew 26: 3-5
2. What proof is there that GOD exists?
As mentioned previously, the state of Israel and the Israeli people are a clear example that GOD exists because He protects His people. While Gentiles are also included into the family of Christ and GOD, there is a special significance for the Israeli people due to a covenant that was made with GOD and Abraham. Through this covenant we are able to see the promises of GOD are truthful promises that are upheld and that continue to exist. GOD made man and woman in His image and we are able to see that when individuals are born they are either born as a male or female. We are able to see that the word of the Bible is truth.
We are able to see all around us the beauty and majesty of GOD in the way oceans are stored in specific places. Mountains are placed at specific determinations as well as many rivers and plains. We are able to see the way that nature is structured with specific order. Similar to how a child is born through the stages of development, we are able to see that specific natural landmarks are structured and have specific determinations. GOD determines all of this and is able to decide the order that exists in the world. One of the proofs that GOD exists is the specific order that exists. While there may be examples of disorder, there is undeniable order that exists and can only be explained by GOD.
“So GOD created man in his own image, in the image of GOD he created him; male and female he created them.” – Genesis 1: 27
“These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD GOD made the earth and the heavens.” – Genesis 2: 4
“And he brought him outside and said, ‘Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.’ Then he said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.’ And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.” – Genesis 15: 5-6
The second proof is that Jesus Christ lived in Israel, preached the Gospel, was crucified and resurrected on the third day, and is seated on the right hand side of the Father.
“The LORD says to my LORD: Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.” – Psalm 110: 1
“The LORD is at your right hand; he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath. He will execute judgment among the nations, filling them with corpses; he will shatter chiefs over the wide earth. He will drink from the brook by the way; therefore he will lift up his head.” – Psalm 110: 5-7
“You will say in that day: ‘I will give thanks to you O LORD, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me. ‘Behold, GOD is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength my song, and he has become my salvation.’”- Isaiah 12: 1-2
“By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness, O GOD of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas; the one who by his strength established the mountains, being girded with might; who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples, so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs. You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy. You visit the earth and water it; you greatly enrich it; the river of GOD is full of water; you provide their grain, for so you have prepared it. You water its furrows abundantly settlings its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth. You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with abundance. The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy, the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.” – Psalm 65: 5-13
The third proof is the resistance that exists against the Gospel or the holiness that exists with the belief in GOD.
“And I thought, ‘After she has done all this she will return to me,’ but she did not return, and her treacherous sister Judah saw it.” – Jeremiah 3: 7
3. Doesn’t evolution explain biology and the way individuals exist?
Evolution is a man-thought concept that originated from a scientist who observed finches in the wild and made the explanation that specific differences that exist within similar species of birds was explained by the manner in which they had to survive. This theory has been used to explain the differences that exist within species and is usually used along with the Big Bang Theory to describe how the world existed from nothing by a random event.
While some of the theories may attempt to explain the reality of the physical world, they do not necessarily explain why we have not seen changes in species. There is still the question about how a random event could lead to order. While random events may occur, the amount of order that exists within the world fails to describe how a random event could create order. There is the theory of entropy which explains that disorder exists, but there is still order that exists and that has existed in the world. What explains for the order that exists in the world?
“The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring. Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the LORD on high is mighty!” – Psalm 93: 3-4
“Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones! For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD? Who among the heavenly beings is like the LORD, a GOD greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones, and awesome above all who are around him?” – Psalm 89: 5-7
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements-surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what where its bases sunk or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of GOD shouted for joy? ‘Or who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb, when I made clouds its garment and thick darkness its swaddling band, and prescribed limits for it and set bars and doors, and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stayed’?”- Job 38:4-11
4. How can Christians believe in a GOD that allows suffering?
The belief in a GOD supersedes the circumstances that exist regarding the belief. It is through faith that we stand with our faith and belief in GOD. While suffering is not desired or pleasant, there are circumstances that exist in order to draw us nearer to GOD. The Bible has multiple examples explaining that suffering was the result from the sin of our forefathers and that because of sin, the world that was paradise turned into a place that consisted of good and bad. GOD wants us to remain close to His word and be able to believe in His promises. We are able to be protected from the suffering of sin if we choose to follow the commandments. Even when circumstances happen, we are still told that we are to trust in the LORD because everything GOD does is for our good.
We also understand that GOD is present through the difficulties and circumstances that occur. This is seen as GOD presents Himself to Job when Job had asked the reasons for why He had gone through what he went through. GOD showed himself to Job and showed that He was present through everything. Similarly, when the people of Israel were in Egypt, GOD states that “I know their sufferings,” meaning that He does not abandon His people. GOD is very present when He sees everything that happens in the world. We see GOD acting and helping us when we are experiencing difficulties and circumstances that are not favorable. He uses those examples for our good and for His good in order to work in us and help us be faithful. We also know that GOD is able to frustrate and defeat the plans of our enemies and is able to work through us in order to establish His glory.
In the chapter of Exodus and Nehemiah, there are repeating themes that are seen. There is the suffering of the people of Israel as they would be in Egypt and then in Nehemiah when they were not allowed to build a wall to defend themselves against invaders. In these instances, the people banded together to speak to the LORD and ask and petition for His grace and to deliver them from their enemies. We are able to see that in Exodus, GOD hears the suffering of His people and delivers them through Moses. He uses Moses as an instrument of deliverance that foreshadows Jesus Christ, but also allows for the ability to see the majesty and power that exists within the Almighty GOD we serve. In Nehemiah, we see that the people join together to defend themselves against their enemy’s plan. They ask for help to GOD, and they are strengthened by working on their plans and defending themselves. GOD allowed them the ability to think and work together to defend themselves from the enemies.
It is through these instances that we are able to see the individual and the collective suffering that may exist in the world. In Job, one individual is afflicted, and in Exodus and Nehemiah multiple individuals are seen suffering. Regardless of the number, GOD is there for us. If it is only one individual who pleads for the LORD’s help or multiple individuals, GOD hears His people. GOD knows those that are His and will never abandon or forsake them. He is with them through pain, trial, and tribulation, and He knows that they are His. While no one enjoys suffering, there is the important factor in understanding of what is it that we do during times of difficulty. Do we ask for the guidance and help of GOD? Do we honor GOD with our words and pray for His deliverance? Do we attempt to understand what GOD is attempting to do to help us become a better creation? We are instructed to trust in GOD and follow His guidance as Moses, Job, and Nehemiah were able to follow through the guidance of GOD.
“And the LORD restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before. Then came to him all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before, and ate bread with him in his house.” – Job 42:10-11
“Then the LORD said, ‘I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.’ But Moses said to GOD, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?’ He said, ‘But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign of you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve GOD on this mountain.’” – Exodus 3: 7-12
“When our enemies heard that it was known to us and that GOD had frustrated their plan, we all returned to the wall, each to his work.” – Nehemiah 4: 15
5. Why can’t salvation be obtained through another way other than Jesus Christ?
There are multiple belief systems that attempt to describe ways of salvation. There are many religions that state ways in which individuals could reach salvation through their good works and their actions. While the good works and actions are commendable and good, we should know that GOD has allowed our salvation to be given through Jesus Christ. We still must follow the commandments and have faith, but the atoning sacrifice that Jesus Christ paid on the cross was so that we may have eternal life. It was Jesus Christ who died on the cross and resurrected on the third day to allow us the ability to have a connection with the Father without the need of purification purposes. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are given the ability to speak with our Heavenly Father and ask for forgiveness of sins and to be able to have the ability to be strengthened in the faith.
We see through several Bible passages that there are no other ways for salvation. While there are other religions that promise salvation, we are told that there is one way that we as individuals can be saved. We are told that we are able to develop a relationship with GOD and talk to our Heavenly Father as Jesus Christ Himself was able to talk to GOD the Father. Through Jesus Christ, we have the possibility of speaking to our Heavenly Father, to praise His excellent greatness, to ask for our necessities, to seek His will in our lives. We are reminded that there is no longer a need for a physical structure to have the ability to speak to our Heavenly Father, but that we are now the temple that the Holy Spirit resides and that leads us to the will of the Father through the actions of Jesus Christ.
We are told of a savior that would be born in Israel that would be able to defend His people and give salvation. We see how history was divided into two time lines for counting the years before the arrival of Jesus Christ and after the arrival of the LORD. We are able to see that through His actions on the cross and resurrection, we are given new life that is not temporary but eternal in nature. We are given the ability to have salvation. We are given the possibility of being near to GOD the Father who wants what is best for us. We are able to see that GOD the Father loves us and cares of everyone of us.
“O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart; who does not slander with his tongue and does not evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend; in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the LORD; who swears to his own hurt and does not change; who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.” – Psalm 15: 1-5
“For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” – Matthew 7: 14
“And behold, ‘ I am with you always, to the end of the age.’” -Matthew 28: 20
6. Why follow the commandments if we are sinners?
The commandments were given by GOD to Moses to be taught to the people of Israel. It is a connection between the Old and New Testament which allows for the continuation of us following the will of GOD and the statutes that He has decided for us to follow. There are many instances when the commandments are ignored or not taken into account although there are multiple instances in the Old Testament and New Testament that speak about the importance of the Ten Commandments.
The Ten Commandments were given as a way for GOD’s people both from Israel and Gentiles to follow the beliefs that were established by GOD. These beliefs allow us to be able to give GOD the glory and follow His will in our lives. While sin is something that is part of human nature, it does not mean that we should ignore the commandments, but quite the opposite we should be able to attempt to follow the commandments while accepting the love of GOD which was given on the cross through Jesus Christ. We are able to see that GOD is able to help us in our walk in His path because we choose to follow His will and beliefs.
While sinning is not condoned, it is something that occurs at times. We must do our best to understand what habits or behaviors cause us to sin and be able to change our behavior so that we can be able to change those habits and behaviors. We are given hope in knowing that we are able to have our sins forgiven if we choose to change. We have multiple examples in the Bible of the importance of forgiving and being forgiven. We are instructed to forgive those that have caused us harm just as we ask for forgiveness for any wrongdoing. Through this belief, we know that GOD is able to forgive us.
This is different than saying that sin should be condoned or encouraged. While sin is something that stayed in humans after the eating of the apple in Paradise, we are created to strive against our sinful nature and look towards the spiritual and the will of GOD. We are to look at the beauty of His promises and be able to strive to work against our sinful nature. While there are times where we may stumble, GOD tells us that we are forgiven and must change in order to prevent more sin.
While as human beings there is sin, it does not mean that we cannot attempt to follow the Ten Commandments or attempt to follow the word of GOD. We are able to continue and work towards perfection. We can strive to attempt to change our nature towards something that is not of sin but of holiness. There are multiple passages in the Bible that explain the importance of holiness and of being able to change for the good. We are given the ability to change through our prayers, through our praise, through our fasting, and through the actions that we take as Christians to ensure that our faith guides us towards the will of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We are reminded that we can also help not only ourselves but our brothers and sisters who may be having difficulties when walking in the faith. We are able to help them to see that sin is not something that should be encouraged, but it is something that can be changed for the better. We are able to see that through Bible passages telling us to change from our sin and also to tell others to change from their sin. While first we should start by working on ourselves and working on the sin that is harming us, we can later help those around us with telling of the need for repentance.
We see these passages of repentance and how there is no condemnation when we decide to change from our sinful state. While sin may attempt to tempt us to continue sinning, we can be protected by the help of the word of GOD, by our prayers, by making sure that we keep ourselves holy through our faith in GOD. While it may be difficult at first, it helps to keep with our faith and not let ourselves be deceived by the promises that sin gives. We are able to see that GOD wants everyone to be saved and wants us to change from our sinful nature to a nature that is pure.
“Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent’, you must forgive him.” – Luke 17: 3-4
“It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.” – Luke 15: 32
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.” – John 10: 10-11
7. Why have faith if the physical world tells us to be practical?
While there is a need for our physical necessities to be provided, following the beliefs of GOD in the Bible will provide for our physical necessities as well. While there are several theories and ideas stating that following the Bible is impractical, there are many ideas and beliefs that are practical. GOD tells us that we are able to receive spiritual gifts as well as have our necessities met by following the will of GOD. We are reminded that GOD is looking after us and makes sure that we have what we need. There are also multiple examples of this seen in the Bible where we are told that we should not worry about our necessities because GOD knows what we need.
Following the Bible does not leave us to the impractical but instead allows us to follow the practical in a different form that other ideas tell us. We are reminded that by following the will of GOD we will be able to not have to worry about our needs. We can continue going in the direction of the will of the Father and continue receiving our necessities as well as being able to help others.
“He turns rivers into a desert, springs of water into thirsty ground, a fruitful land into a salty waste, because of the evil of its inhabitants. He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water. And there he lets the hungry dwell, and they establish a city to live in; they sow fields and plant vineyards and get a fruitful yield. By his blessing they multiply greatly, and he does not let their livestock diminish.” – Psalm 107: 33-38
“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” – Psalm 121: 1-2
“And they did so, and had them all sit down. And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing over them. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. And they all ate and were satisfied. And what was left over was picked up, twelve baskets of broken pieces.” – Luke 9:15-17
8. Religions have caused wars so why would anyone want to be a believer in a religion?
While there have been differences between religions, the causes of wars have been correlated with religion while there may be something else that explains why there have been battles. When someone mentions religion as the cause for wars they will mention the Catholic Church and Jewish Believers, or World War II, or any of a combination of religions in which wars have been fought.
We are reminded that while there have been wars fought on behalf of religious beliefs, not all wars began due to religion or religion is the reason for wars. There were many factors that are taken into account to understand that may cause for this to occur. However, this is not simply explained through religion or blaming the wars fought on religion.
While there have been wars started or caused by politics or ideas, to blame it on religion is not reality. We are to understand that there have been conflicts that have existed over many years for multiple reasons from land, to gold, to other reasons. We reminded that these events occur for multiple reasons and blaming every conflict on religion does not explain the reasons for why these events occur.
When Jesus Christ spoke that His kingdom was not of this world to Pilates, it showed that He was not sent to accomplish a political kingdom. His kingdom was not of this world. It was not to be like Pilates or Herod’s political power, but to be a spiritual kingdom that surpasses and is of a higher nature than these. Therefore, those who are truly Christians whether Jewish or Gentile know that their gain is not of a political kingdom but a spiritual kingdom. Those who are truly Christians do not seek for earthly power in order to reign over others but seek to help others and save them for the Heavenly kingdom. Their hope and faith is in a spiritual kingdom that does not seek to oppress or destroy others but allow for peace to reign through GOD the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We are reminded of this important difference between Christian believers.
“And Jesus cried out and said, ‘Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me.’”- John 12: 44
“In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”- John 16:33
“Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews.” – John 18: 36
9. Are there different roads to salvation and aren’t there other religions that can save?
There are different religions that exist, but what is able to provide the ability to be saved and have salvation is the belief in GOD, the Father, GOD, the son, and GOD, the Holy Spirit, who is able to provide us with the salvation that is needed. We know that GOD established history and is in control of everything that happens in the world. We are able to understand that while there may be other belief systems in the world, we know that salvation is obtained by following the belief that GOD the Father sent His one and only son to die on the cross and was resurrected on the third day. We know this to be true and allows us to have faith in the future resurrection which will be for all believers.
There may be other religions that claim to give salvation, but they are not able to provide the salvation that is obtained from GOD. The other forms of salvation explain a worldly form of salvation that occurs by experiencing sensations and experiencing things in this life. GOD the Father tells us that those who believe in His son have eternal life because we acknowledge the son who carried and carries out the will of the Father. Through Jesus Christ are we able to see that we are able to obtain the salvation promised by GOD, the prophets, and the apostles. We are able to know that GOD is in control and that He directs us towards His will if we decide to believe in His commandments, beliefs, and choose to change and repent of our sins.
We are reminded by the Bible that there are multiple references that indicate to us the need to repent of our sins and turn to GOD in order to obtain salvation. Other religions do not see sin as anything evil, but only as something that is part of human nature. While sin is part of human nature from the eating of the apple tree, we must be able to continue fighting against our sin and acknowledge that there is salvation through repentance and through faith in GOD, the Father, GOD, the son, and GOD, the Holy Spirit. We are able to turn away from those sins that cause us harm, and we are able to stand firm in the faith.
“Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the LORD.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” – John 20: 24-25
“Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My LORD and my GOD!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’” – John 20: 27-29
“After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way.” – 21: 1
10. Why do bad things happen to good people and good things to bad people?
This is a question that was asked by Moses, Job, Joseph David, and Solomon, and many other individuals who attempt to describe the difficulties of life. While it is true that generally good things happen to good people and bad things happen to bad people, there are times when bad people get good things. We are reminded in these instances that the importance is to look at the will of GOD and His perspective.
Moses was told that GOD has the ability to act in His ways because He is GOD. Job was shown the majesty of GOD and had everything that had previously been taken away restored. In the story of Joseph, we see how the individual that was most righteous out of his brothers and sisters was abandoned and sold as a slave by his brothers and sisters. We see how he becomes a ruler in the house of Pharaoh even when it appeared that he had been forsaken. We see that while Joseph suffered at the hands of his own brothers and sisters, he was delivered from affliction. David understood that although evil people may appear to have many of their needs and wants met, they are not protected by GOD. And Solomon stated that no one can understand the will of GOD but that those who fear GOD and follow His commandments will do good. There are at times instances and circumstances that we do not understand on our own belief. We need spiritual insight through GOD to allow us to understand why situations or circumstances occur. However, we are reminded through each instance that we are to fear GOD and follow His commandments. We have comfort in knowing that GOD is in control and that He looks after us.
Circumstances and difficulties may be testing that is occurring and it also may not be. They may allow us to grow in our faith because we do not understand what is happening and need to follow GOD’s guidance on what to do. Even through these situations we are able to see that GOD is in control. We are able to have faith and know that it is through His will that events occur. While we may feel hesitant or anxious about several events, we know that ultimately GOD is in control and our faith should act as a way to feel at peace. We know that the most important point is salvation and restoration in the promises of GOD. We know that we are healed and raised up as new creations through Jesus Christ. We are able to understand that we are able to improve and become better creations when we follow the commandments and accept our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. We are allowed to call on the Holy Spirit to guide us and help us decide what we must do and continue with our faith.
While there may be events that seem to favor those who do bad or those who are not looking out for the good, we are to rest in the salvation that is in Jesus Christ that was a prophecy from the prophets and that allows us to rest in this peace. We can continue being hopeful of a future where there will be a reigning Jesus Christ that will no longer allow for evil but will allow for good to be established in the land. We are able to be free and are able to feel secure in our hope of knowing that while the earth may not be perfect at this present moment, we are able to feel perfect in the presence of the LORD. There is nothing like the glory of the LORD that allows us to feel at peace within His presence and perfect peace.
While these points are important to understand and try to discuss, we are also instructed to shift our focus on the worship of GOD. Through worshipping GOD we are able to learn from the Holy Spirit the will of GOD. Knowing what we are to do in order to praise GOD and exalt His goodness over everything. Regardless of the difficulties, we are asked to pay attention to the blessings that He has given us and the promises that He has made to not only Israel but to everyone on earth who wants to follow His beliefs, commandments, love, and peace. We are instructed on the importance of considering the promises that have been completed and that He will complete in the future. We are reminded to keep our belief and faith in the Word of GOD that is able to help us become new creations and also to allow us to change our habits and behaviors for our good and the good of those around us.
Therefore we are reminded to continue with our faith and belief of a GOD the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit that allow us to see beyond the circumstances and conditions that exist. We are reminded to see the promised land that was given as an inheritance. We are reminded of the people of Israel that are growing in number. We are reminded of the advancement of the Gospel throughout history. We are reminded of the peace that those believers have who have strong faith. We are reminded of the resurrection of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. We are reminded of the victory of Jesus Christ and of His believers who follow the will of GOD the Father and are guided through the Holy Spirit. This is our peace and our belief even when circumstances attempt to tell us otherwise. He stand firm in the faith knowing that GOD is for us. We are treasured individuals who were set apart and instructed to follow the will of GOD. We are able to feel peace and love from our Heavenly Father who guides us and shows us His wisdom and perfect peace.
While there may be difficulties, we are able to rest knowing that GOD is able to control history and to decide the best for each of us. We see this in the stories in the Bible when GOD decided to bless those who follow His commandments seen in the Old Testament. When we move towards the New Testament, we are able to see that we are to continue following His commandments and also have belief in our Savior Jesus Christ who died on the cross and resurrected on the third day. We are able to see that the connection of both Testaments show that there is a loving GOD who wants to allow us peace, love, and the inheritance of the kingdom of Heaven if we choose to follow His will.
We are reminded in multiple instances that our perspective should not be on other people. Our perspective should be on GOD the father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Since we have our perspective grounded on what matters, we are not affected by the news that occur around us. For this instance, we are not to pay attention to the evil that is around us or the good that happens to evil people. We are to place our attention on the GOD who reigns above everything and all. We are to place our attention on the One True GOD, Holy, Awesome, and All Powerful. When our perspective shifts from placing our eyes on GOD and we shift from focusing on the injustices and evil, we are able to see from a different perspective that edifies us and glorifies GOD.
For this reason, along with the believers of all history, we are reminded to keep our eyes on the one who triumphed. On the one who defeated death and every evil that occurred in this life. We are to place our perspective from the one who conquered. Our hope and faith is in Jesus Christ and on GOD the Father, and the Holy Spirit. We are able to feel at peace knowing that it is through GOD that all things happen. It is through GOD the Father that we are able to feel joy and happiness and love. There is nothing on this earth that compares to the love of GOD. To the care that He gives to us and to the amount of life that we receive from His love.
GOD wants to embrace us and forgive us for all our sins. He does not want us to struggle in shame and doubt and feel that we are not a perfect creation despite all our flaws. He made us with all our flaws, and He knows that we are capable of changing to a new creation through His help and through the faith that we are granted through Jesus Christ and the help of the Holy Spirit who guides us. We are not to feel shame and misery for our sin because Jesus Christ defeated sin. He was made a new creation, and being followers of Jesus Christ we also have the ability to become new creations in Jesus Christ. Blessed be GOD the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit who reign forever and ever. Amen.
“Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to GOD for them is that they may be saved.” – Romans 10: 1
“Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to him, and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them.” – Luke 4: 40
“For all the day long I have been stricken and rebuked every morning. If I had said, ‘I will speak thus’, I would have betrayed the generations of your children. But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, until I went into the sanctuary of GOD; then I discerned their end.” – Psalm 73: 14-17