50 Simple Questions for Every Christian

 

50 Questions

The book, 50 Simple Questions for Every Christian, was written by Guy P Harrison.1 50 QuestionsIt is directed at Christians. He is a skeptic who wrote this specific book asking Christians questions about what they believe. His main idea is to sow doubt, so that they will reject the Bible as truth.

 

He is doing us a favour, because his questions force us to formulate clearly what we believe, especially in the light of the advances of science. We need to carefully consider his questions and, with the help of the Holy Spirit, answer them. Eventually, we can benefit from a book like his.

 

People who rant, rave and curse God is no longer strange (it is very noticeable on YouTube). One wonders if they expend that much energy to curse and rail against Zeus, Horus, Dionysius and other mythological gods? It says in Psalm 2:4, ‘The one enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them….’  God is not in the least intimidated if people throw Bibles over their shoulders in derision. All He does is to take note of it.

 

Guy Harrison is different from those atheists. He must be congratulated on his civil tone. Yet despite that, his questions are incisive. It is sad that many Christians have not been adequately prepared to answer the questions. One reason is that the internet has suddenly ‘shrunk’ the world and information moves around at lightning speeds. Skeptics and atheists team together and get their ammunition fine tuned. They try to make Bible believers doubt and then hopefully tumble hard and fast, rejecting their faith. That it is a successful strategy is evident from the many reports that especially young people are leaving the church.

 

The assault on Christians is interesting and significant. As a group of people, scattered over the world, Christians have never been a threat to world peace. Despite that, tremendous amounts of energy and money is invested to get them to renounce their faith. Why the eagerness to ‘convert’ Christians to become atheists or skeptics? One reason is that it was predicted in the Bible by Jesus. When He told the parable of the persistent widow and the value of persistent prayer, Jesus asked, ‘…when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?’ 2  Faith in the God of the Bible is disappearing at an alarming rate (to the great delight of people like Richard Dawkins and others).

 

It is as if Christians have been declared vermin, detrimental to society, and they must be eradicated. Nevertheless, God wants His followers to be able to answer the atheists in a civil manner.  So we  will discuss Guy’s questions, with Scripture as our Guide. Scripture is known as the Book of Truth.3

 

To question the Bible, Guy will either have to lie about it (which we don’t think he will do), or he will have to distort some doctrines. We will investigate it thoroughly, and we trust you will benefit from a discussion of his questions.

 

References

  1. Prometheus Books, 2013
  2. Luke 18:8b
  3. Daniel 10:21

 

4 Reasons not all people will be saved

The motive behind the idea that all people will eventually be saved is basically love for the lost. StalinIt must not be confused with the wrong Bible teaching of ‘once saved, always saved.’ The message that all people will be saved, implies that there is nothing to worry about. Do what you like, because God will never ever send you to hell.This warped message is not spread by unbelievers who don’t believe in God or the Bible anyway.  People who call themselves Christians believe and preach it.

 

What does it imply?  It means that Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Pot Pol and others like them, will all live eternally with God in His paradise. One can almost hear the indignant cries of New Atheists and people like Lawrence Krauss, Richard Dawkins, Michael Shermer, PZ Myers, Jerry Coyne, Sam Harris and many others, who hate God with a passion. They don’t want to ever be seen in God’s presence, because they find Him disgusting, nauseating and awful.

 

Why is the whole idea that all people will be saved ridiculous?

  1. God wants a peaceful, happy family to share life with Him eternally. His Kingdom will be the perfect Kingdom. The reason why God’s Kingdom will be a success is because He is perfect. Jesus’ followers have learned to love and obey Him, the prerequisite for a Kingdom of peace.
  2. All people have to decide before death what to do with Jesus. This side of the grave, people show whether they love and obey the King. It is called the concrete principle: a person’s attitudes and deeds go with him to the grave. What you are here, you will be there.  Our deeds tell God what He can expect of us in eternity: loyalty or rebellion. At the big judgement the loyal and rebellious will be separated.
  3. Stalin is an example of someone who rejected God. Did he know about God? Yes, because he went to a theological seminary. Did anything compel him to reject Christ? No, he decided it by his own free will. Stalin’s deeds prove that he did not love or serve God. He condemned millions of Russians and Christians to Siberia, shot many in his purges, relentlessly fought against the Church and burnt Bibles. Is it logical that he will be in the Kingdom of God with Paul who gave his life for Jesus?
  4. Is there no difference between those who love and those who hate God? If there is no difference, it is a waste of time to accept God’s gracious offer of forgiveness through Jesus; a waste of time to obey God; a waste of time to seek God; a waste of time to be filled with the Holy Spirit; a waste of time to invest in God’s Kingdom. Then God sent Jesus to be killed on the cross for our sins for nothing.

 

Conclusion

If God wants to be irrational and unfair, He will save those who hate Him. However, Scripture is clear. The devil won’t be saved, and neither will his human followers. By his own free will the devil rebelled against God, and many people follow the way of the devil. God never overrides man’s free will, and the decisions people make on earth will be respected by God in eternity. Only people who responded to God’s call will be saved.

 

6 ways to break the Bible barrier

God has an enemy, the devil, or Satan. He hates the Bible, because it explains thatBible barrier he was defeated on the cross by Jesus (so we can resist him in the name of Jesus and he has to flee 1); that he will spend eternity in the lake of burning sulphur, being tortured day and night 2 (he hates it that people can read what his future will be); that he wants to keep people in his kingdom of darkness (then they cannot see how wonderful God is).

 

So he tries to prevent believers from reading and studying the Bible. When a child of God wants to read his or her Bible, she suddenly becomes very sleepy, hungry, tired, bored, remembers about urgent work or business, a child or pet becomes a nuisance, et cetera. It is all part of his plan to keep Christians away from their Bibles.

 

Therefore children of God often don’t know their Bibles well and surveys confirm it. They say that the faith of many believers is a mile wide and an inch deep. It is therefore necessary to climb over the devil’s Bible barrier in the following ways:

  1. Call on the Holy Spirit and ask for help to study and enjoy the Bible. ‘…the Councillor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.’ 3 The Holy Spirit inspired the prophets who wrote the Bible books, so it is logical that He is able to help us to read it and understand it.
  2. Build a relationship with the God behind the words. Jesus said, ‘Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.’ 4  We are going to spend an eternity with God and Jesus, and the place to get to know them is in the Bible.
  3. Hear God speaking to you. Understand that God speaks to you individually in the Bible.  ‘…have you not read what God said to you…?’ 5In Scripture we don’t only read about God, who He is, what He plans, and what He did and does, but what He says to us.
  4. Understand God’s eternal Kingdom of peace. God the Father, the Holy Spirit and Jesus with His bride is a family, and they will be eternally together on the new heavens and earth. The more we learn about God and His wonderful plan for man, the more we will love Him.
  5. Guard against false teaching by knowing the Bible. It abounds in our times. When the Sadducees asked Jesus about life after death, Jesus reminded them that they did not know the Scriptures, ‘You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.’  6 
  6. Sit at Jesus’ feet. Jesus is the Word.  7 The amount of time you spend on your Bible show how much you love Jesus.

 

Summary

The greatest command is still ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 8 Scripture is indispensable to do it.

 

References

  1. James 4:7
  2. Revelation 20:10
  3. John 14:26
  4. John 17:3
  5. Matthew 22:31
  6. Matthew 22:29
  7. John 1:1,14 & Revelation 19:13
  8. Mark 12:30