Should Christians try to convert those of other religions?

Should Christians try to convert those of other religions?

Another great question as all Christians are called to go and make disciples of all nations. ( Matthew 28:19) First, it must be said that Christians do not actually convert others. Christians are to be Jesus’ ambassadors to the world bringing the Good News of the Gospel that Jesus alone saves. God does all the convicting of sin and the need for a Savior and the converting through His Holy Spirit. Second, a Christian’s conversations and testimonies are to be shared in love and compassion to all those of other faiths, to those who have no knowledge of God and even to those who are agnostics and atheists who deny there is a Creator. (John 3:16)

Christians do all this because they are instructed to do so in many passages of scripture and because they want to share God’s love and that joy of knowing Jesus as Savior. They want every person to experience that new wonderful transformed and meaningful life He gives now and forever to all who believe. When a person experiences God’s love and forgiveness and are saved from God’s wrath. So, why would they not want to tell others about their new life and Savior. Remember, Christians only tell others about Jesus, the Gospel and how He died and rose again for each person. We are only His ambassadors. We go and tell just like the Apostle Andrew said to his brother Peter, “Come and see. We have found the Messiah, Jesus.”

There is nothing greater than seeing a lost soul find Jesus as Savior. Now how about you? If you are a Christian do you tell others about Jesus? Perhaps it’s a family member or friend or colleague that needs to know Him. We encourage you to be that Christian friend that shares the ‘Good News” and points them to Jesus just like Andrew did to Peter. Then watch in wonder as God does a marvelous transformation in that person’s life. What happens really does surpasses all human understanding but with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)

How does one acquire wisdom from God?

How does one acquire wisdom from God?

First we must believe in God and trust in Him before we can acquire wisdom from God. To know God, we must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and have accepted Him as Lord and Savior. In the Bible, in Colossians 2:3 we are told that in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

The primary source of God’s wisdom is God’s word as recorded in the Bible. The Bible contains instructions for our relationships with others and provides guidance for making many of life’s decisions. This is the first place to go when seeking God’s wisdom. The Bible is often referred to as the ‘Operating Manual for Life’ and ‘Best Investigated Before Leaving Earth’.

God instructs us in James 1:5-6 that if we lack wisdom we should ask God. The condition is that we must believe and not doubt. We need to be honest with ourselves and not be looking for answers that confirm what we want to do. We must be fully committed to obeying God. James 1:7 says that if we doubt God, we should not think that we will receive anything from Him.

When we pray for wisdom, we must be patient as we wait for an answer. God’s timing for things is often different than ours. When we receive the answer, it cannot contradict anything in the Bible. This is why Bible study and prayer are so important for the believer. The Bible books of Psalms, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes are called the wisdom books and we strongly urge you to study them over and over again. In them you will find those treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

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Can You know God personally?

Can You know God personally?

The answer is yes. In the beginning Adam walked and talked and fellowshipped with God every day. That was how God intended life to be for every person ever born; to actually know God personally. Unfortunately, Adam sinned when he disobeyed God’s one and only rule. Sin then separated man from God.

The “ good news” is that placing one’s trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord restores that relationship so a person can actually know God personally. God has a wonderful, exciting plan for everyone’s life.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11 – ESV)

Life’s grandest adventure is discovering that plan and living it to the ‘Max’. There is only one way to God. There is no path as some religions claim. Jesus said,

I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father (God) except through me. (John 14:6 – ESV)

God is a personal God. He desires relationships with his creation. He has given man the free will to say I want to know you or I don’t. The choice is personal. The choice is ours. The choice is yours. Choose wisely.

What will Christian Resurrection Bodies Be Like?

What will Christian Resurrection Bodies Be Like?

This is a very familiar question and the same question that the apostle Paul answers in 1 Corinthians 15:35-52. He uses the analogy of the seed and the flower. Our earthly bodies are like the seed. Our heavenly bodies are like the flower. The seed and the flower are very different as our earthly bodies and our heavenly bodies will be. The seed is buried in the earth and a beautiful flower emerges. A beautiful analogy.

Our present bodies are appropriate for this life on planet earth but God is going to give us new glorious spiritual bodies suited for the life to come. We do not know all the details of our resurrection bodies because quite frankly they are beyond our human understanding. As Paul wrote,” Lo, I tell you a mystery… we shall all be changed in the twinkling of an eye.”

That said however, we do know that we will recognize each other in our new glorious bodies. They will be without sin, sickness, sorrow, weakness, and will never die. Our resurrection bodies will be eternal and nothing can ever again separate us from the love of Christ, our Lord. We will be united with those believers and family members we have loved and been apart from for awhile.

This is all we really need to know about what our resurrection heavenly bodies will be like. The rest we can leave to God. Jesus said, “When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.” (John 14:3 NLT) Jesus will be coming only for those for whom He is Savior and Lord. Jesus is coming again. (1 Thessalonians 4:16) Are you ready for His return?

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What Does it Mean to Have Your Sins Forgiven?

What Does it Mean to Have Your Sins Forgiven?

To clearly answer this question it is first necessary to establish some definitional terms. Sin is an intentional or unintentional thought or act that separates us from our relationship with God or our oneness with God. It can be generally characterized as any serious failure in thought or deed that could’ve been avoided.

At a minimum, it is a failure to live up to God’s standards starting with but not limited to just the 10 Commandments. Our level of awareness or conscience helps us know when we have sinned. It is impossible to live with out sinning. The Bible says, “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” That is true because all humans have inherited a sin nature and being no longer perfect they sin. (Romans 3:23)

The emotional, mental and physical burden of living one’s life under sin and it’s negative effect on us and others, without the benefit of forgiveness, is a well-documented fact of life, i.e. guilt, depression, anger, hate, broken relationships, greed and much more. Fortunately, God’s forgiveness will allow us to live without these burdens negatively consuming our lives. Forgiveness is both a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the moment of salvation and a continuous process for the rest of our lives. The good news of Christ Jesus is that He paid the price for our sins at the cross and now God’s grace will redeem us. When we trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior, He will lift our burdens and make our lives purposeful and joyful. (Romans 5:8)

The Christian pathway to God requires faith and belief in and an experience with God beyond what is completely understandable. The traditional components of God’s forgiveness are a belief in the love of God, an acknowledgment of a sense of wrong thinking or doing (a separation from God), a confession that some thought or act caused the separation, an acknowledgment of the need for reconciliation with God, a genuine regret and request for forgiveness and acceptance of God’s grace and forgiveness and repentance or turning away from sin and following Jesus.

Just ask any of the millions upon millions of Christians who have experienced God’s grace and forgiveness. Remember, don’t forget to ask God as only God can forgive sins. When you do this you will be able to move forward in your life at peace with God and reborn into the continuing newness of life in Christ. And, you will have fellowship with Him now and forever. That’s really Good News.

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Is there an age of innocence for children before they are aware of and accountable for their sin nature?

Is there an age of innocence for children before they are aware of and accountable for their sin nature?

This is a very profound and insightful question which has been asked for generations. It is NOT directly and clearly addressed in Scripture and so we will present separately the following arguments for YES and then for WE DON’T KNOW positions.

First the rationale for, YES:

The age of awareness is when we have the ability to distinguish good from evil. In Deut1:39 ( Old Testament) the children were allowed to enter the Promised Land. The adults that had not trusted God did not get to enter. Young children have not rejected God’s revelation as they aren’t aware of it. Hence, one who has not rejected the Word of God will be saved. God who is merciful and loving can be trusted to do what is right, just and fair.

Jesus blessed ‘little children’. He even said, “Such is the Kingdom of Heaven.” He certainly would never bless someone going to Hell. The root question is, does God treat willful knowledgeable disobedient sin differently from our inherited sin nature from Adam?

Second the rational for, WE DON’T KNOW:

There is only ONE WAY TO HEAVEN …TRUST IN CHRIST. Jesus said, ”I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through ME.” All [which would include children ] have sinned and come short of the Glory of God.

When a child reaches the age of accountability (i.e. the age of innocence is over, which varies for each one), then they are aware of their need for a savior. Children as young as 4 or 5 have been known to pray to invite Jesus into their lives and receive the assurance that they have heaven as their eternal destination.

In summary, we all like to believe and hope for the YES answer of course and that is most likely the case. However, we can absolutely trust a loving and merciful God to judge fairly the ‘little children’. That is what we should do also, trust God.