21Frequently asked questions answered with scripture you can look up. If you have a better answer to any of these questions, please expound in the comments area below, but you must back up your answer with scripture.
1. Who is God?
Jesus said “God is a Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24
“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man (human), that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?” Numbers 23:19
“It is impossible for God to lie.” Hebrews 6:18
“God is love”. 1 John 4:8
John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
God, the Father, is called the “Ancient of Days” in Daniel 7:9 and Daniel 7:13
He is described in Daniel 7: 9-10 and in Revelation 4:1-3.
Acts 17:24-27 reads:
“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything, because He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.
From one man He made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.”
The prophet, Isaiah, said in Isaiah 6:1-5:
“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above Him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:
‘Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty;
the whole earth is full of His glory.’
At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
‘Woe to me!’ I cried. ‘I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.’ ”
John 12:37-41 confirms that the old Testament prophet, Isaiah saw Jesus’ glory before Jesus came in the flesh.
Jesus was God in the flesh. Read John 1:1-14
Hebrews 11:6 reads:
“Without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”
God knows each and every person’s heart and thoughts. In Jeremiah 17:10, the LORD says,
“I, the LORD search the heart
and examine the mind,
to reward each person according to their conduct,
according to what their deeds deserve.”
2. Did the Jews kill Jesus?
It was God’s plan, will, and purpose from the beginning, even from the Garden of Eden, for Jesus to suffer and die on the cross as The Sacrifice for the sins of mankind. Jesus willingly gave Himself up for this purpose. Read Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 53:10, John 10:17-18, and Acts 2:23.
The Jews, by God’s purpose and will, turned Jesus over to the Gentiles (the Romans); and, the Gentiles, by God’s purpose and will, scourged Jesus, forced the crown of thorns down on His head, and nailed Him to the cross. After Jesus died, it was a Roman soldier who pierced Jesus’ side with a spear to make sure He was dead (John 19:34). Jews and Gentiles alike had a part in His crucifixion.
All of this was done because the blood of Jesus is the only remedy for man’s sin sickness. Jesus had to die for our sins so that we could live. Read Mark 10:32-34, Luke 18:32, Acts 4:27.
3. What type of body did Jesus rise from the dead with?
After Jesus rose from the dead, He appeared to His disciples. Luke 24: 36-39 reads:
“While they were still talking about this, Jesus Himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’
They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, ‘Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at My hands and My feet. It is I myself! Touch Me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.’ ”
4. Do you believe in other gods?
There is only one God in three persons (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit). This is confusing to people, but look at your body. You have one body, yet it has many parts. Each part is important, and all your parts work together as one, for the same purpose.
Jesus is called the “Arm” of the LORD (the King James version sometimes reads “Hand”). Read the following scripture verses: Psalm 77:15, Psalm 89:13, Psalm 98:1, Isaiah 51: 5 and 9, Isaiah 52:10, Isaiah 53:1, Isaiah 59:16, and John 12:38.
(When God has His Arm extended out to you, you would be wise to take it. When you accept Jesus Christ, you are accepting God.)
Jesus said in John 10: 30, “I and the Father are One.”
John 1:1 says: “In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.”
1 Corinthians 8: 4 says the following:
” … We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world and that there is no God but one. For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.”
Isaiah 45: 5 says: I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart from Me, there is no God.”
Click and read Acts 17: 16-31 (from the Biblegateway web site, or read from your own bible) about what the Apostle Paul said when he went to Athens and saw all of the idols filling the city.
5. What did Jesus look like when He lived on earth?
The truth is, we don’t know what Jesus’ facial features looked like. We see drawings and paintings depicting Jesus as a very handsome man, but Isaiah 53:2 tells us that Jesus was not a handsome man at all. It says:
“He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him,
nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him.”
We know that Jesus, according to the flesh, was of Middle-Eastern origin…an Israelite from the tribe of Judah (Romans 9:4-5, Matthew 1:1-17, and Revelation 5:5).
Most likely, Jesus did not have an “Afro” hair style, and most likely, Jesus did not have blue eyes. Every image we see depicting Jesus Christ with certain facial features is false, because nobody really knows.
Jesus did give us hints about what His divine self looks like when He was transfigured in Matthew 17:1-3, and when He showed Himself to John in Revelation 1:12-14.
When some read Revelation 1:12-14, they think it says Jesus has hair that is the texture of wool, but these verses are not describing texture, but color. It says, “His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow.” Also, these verses in Revelation 1:12-14 and Matthew 17:1-3 are not describing a physical flesh and blood body, but something very spiritual.
6. Between the point of His death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead, where did the Spirit of Jesus Christ go?
In Matthew 12: 40, Jesus said,
“For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”
1 Peter 3: 18-20 reads:
“For Christ died for sins once for all, the Righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.
He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit, through Whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built.”
Please note what 1 Peter 4:6 reads:
“For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to men in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.”
Also read Romans 3:25-27 on how the blood of Jesus covers not only those who came after Christ’s atoning sacrifice for our sins, but also those who lived way before Christ’s birth.
Ephesians 4: 8-10 reads:
“When He ascended on high,
He led captives in his train
and gave gifts to men.
(What does ‘He ascended’ mean except that He also descended to the lower, earthly regions. He who descended is the very One who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)”
He Opened Up Heaven
His death on the cross,
Christ was still actively
saving the lost;
For, by the Spirit
He went down below
and preached to spirits
and let captives go;
Then, out of the grave
with full victory,
Christ went to Heaven,
and there, took His seat
and He opened up
Heaven to me.
Constance V. Walden
7. Where is Jesus now?
The following scripture verses say that Jesus Christ is now seated at the right hand of God, the Father in Heaven:
Luke 22:69, Acts 2:32-34,
Colossians 3:1, Ephesians 1:20,
Hebrews 1:3, Hebrews 8:1,
Hebrews 10:12, Hebrews 12:2,
Acts 7:55, Acts 3:21, Daniel 7: 9-14,
Revelation, Chapter 5 (Entire)
8. What is Heaven like?
Read Revelation 21. You may visit my blog, “The Country Above” where I have brought together scripture describing it.
9. Do Non-Christians go to Heaven?
Jesus said in John 14:6: ” I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” I believe what Jesus said. If a person chooses not to follow Christ, he cannot go to the Father, Who is in Heaven. The Bible states that God distinguishes between those who obey Him and those who do not.
2 Timothy 2: 19 says: “The Lord knows those who are His”, and “Everyone who confess the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”
In Mark 16: 15-16, Jesus said: “Go into all the world and preach the good news (the Gospel) to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” Those who believe in Christ and obeys Him, are not condemned. Those who do not believe in Christ or obey Him are condemned.
John 3: 17-18 says: “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
10. How do you personally know you are saved?
I believe the Gospel that says Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sins, that He was buried, and that He was raised back to life three days later. After hearing that good news, I was baptized, as Christ commanded, and now, as Christ commanded, I am preaching that Gospel so that others may be saved.
11. What about people who have never heard the Gospel (babies and people in remote areas) – Are they condemned to Hell?
God is merciful and just. I do not believe He sends babies and young children to hell; But, adults all over the world know deep inside their souls that there is a God Who made everything they see, and their souls, as well. They are without excuse if they choose not to acknowledge Him for Who He is.
Romans 1:20 – 25 says:
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—Who is forever praised. Amen.”
12. Why does God allow children to die?
Everyone, no matter what age, must die one day (Ecclesiastes 7:2 and Hebrews 9:27). Unfortunately, this applies to children as well. The body is weak and mortal flesh; But remember, all human beings have eternal souls that never die. All souls are God’s (Ezekiel 18:4). After the death of the body, God will either confine a soul in a very nasty place to await judgment day, or shelter a soul in a very wonderful place to rest until resurrection day.
2 Peter 2:4 says, “For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment…”
So, if someone murders anyone, including a child, be sure of this, God will bring that person to justice (Read 1 John 3:15); And, the victim’s soul will be in God’s hands.
Jesus said this about young children in Matthew 18:10:
“See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.”
13. Why are there so many different religions and church denominations with different beliefs in the world?
Forget the groups. Jesus will judge each person individually (2 Corinthians 5: 10 ), not groups. Everyone is accountable for his or her own sins (Read Ezekiel, Chapter 18-the entire chapter).
Nevertheless, in Matthew 13: 24-30, Jesus told this parable:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ ‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters (the angels): First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”
Later in Matthew 13: 47-50, Jesus also said:
“Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
2 Timothy 2: 19 says:
“The Lord knows those who are His.” There is no fooling Him. He will sort out who is His or not in the end.
14. Why were Christians murderous during the Crusades?
“The Crusades were a series of religious wars, blessed by the Pope and the Catholic Church with the main goal of restoring Christian access to the holy places in and near Jerusalem…The main series of Crusades occurred between 1095 and 1291…The Crusades were fought by Roman Catholics primarily against Muslims. After some early successes, the later crusades failed and the crusaders were defeated and forced to return home.” – From Wikipedia
In the bible, when Christians are told to take up the sword (Read Ephesians 6:11-17), it means the Word of God, the Gospel, not a literal sword with which to mercilessly kill people or torture them into converting.
What was done by the Crusaders in the name of the Pope and the Catholic Church, I take no responsibility for, and neither should any Christian.
As for Catholics living today, they should not be held responsible for something that happened so long ago by others. Their present idolatry is another story.
15. What are the two worst sins a person can commit?
Against God and man – Murder (Read 1 John 3:15). Against God – Blaspheme against the Holy Spirit (Read Mark 3:29 and Luke 12:10).
16. What about angels?
Angels are always referred to as “he” is the Bible. Wings are never described. Read the following scripture:
The Lord, along with two angels appeared to Abraham. Read Genesis 18.
Those two angels went to Sodom and rescued Lot and his family. The men of that city wanted to rape them because they appeared to be ordinary men to them . Read Genesis 19.
Hebrews 13:2 says “Some people have entertained angels without knowing it.”
Two top angels named in the Bible are “Michael”, the Archangel – Read Daniel 10:13, Daniel 10:20-21, Daniel 12:1, Jude 1:9, and Revelation 12:7; and, “Gabriel” – Read Daniel 8:15-17, Daniel 9:21, Luke 1:19, and Luke 1:26.
An angel announced that Jesus had been born to the shepherds in Luke 2:8-18.
Angels appeared at the tomb of Jesus to announce His resurrection. Read Matthew 28:1-7, Mark 16:1-7, Luke 24:1-7, John 20:10-18.
Angels were there when Jesus ascended to Heaven in Acts 1:9-11.
An angel released the apostles from prison in Acts 5:17-20.
The Lord’s angels are the gatherers and the harvesters of souls from the earth. Read Matthew 13:37-43, Matthew 13:47-51, Matthew 24:30-31, and Revelation 14:14-19.
From Genesis to Revelation, not one angel is depicted as a woman with wings and long flowing hair.
Careful, angels are NOT to be worshiped. Colossians 2:18 says:
“Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions.”
Also, read in the sidebar, under Vine 3-Worship.
17. What does the Bible say about mediums and “spiritists”?
“Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God.” Leviticus 19:31
“When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God.” Deuteronomy 18:9-13
“When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?” Isaiah 8:19
In 1 Samuel 28:1-24, King Saul of Israel consulted the witch of Endor, a medium, in order to speak with the Prophet Samuel who had died. The Lord was very angry at this and took the kingdom from Saul, and “put him to death.” This is what 1 Chronicles 10:13-14 says:
“Saul died because he was unfaithful to the LORD;
he did not keep the word of the LORD
and even consulted a medium for guidance,
and did not inquire of the LORD.
So the LORD put him to death
and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse.”
This is what the LORD said in Leviticus 20:6:
“I will set My face against the person who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute himself by following them, and I will cut him off from his people.” Leviticus 20:6
18. Why is it taking Jesus so long to return?
When Jesus does return, as promised, countless millions will perish. The Lord wants as many people saved as possible. He is giving people time. The longer He waits, more souls get the chance to hear the gospel. But, He won’t wait forever.
2 Peter 3: 8-10 says,
“With the Lord, a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (Also read Psalm 90:4)
“Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation…” 2 Peter 3:15
19. Why should I believe in God and that Jesus Christ is God’s Son?
To avoid eternal condemnation, and to cross over from death to life.
Jesus called those who do not follow Him, “dead”. Read Matthew 8:21-22
Hebrews 11:6 says,
“Without faith, it is impossible to please God.”
John 3: 16-18 reads,
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.“
Jesus said it best in John 5: 24:
“I tell you the truth, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”
20. What is Love?
Love is an act. It’s how we treat others. It must be directed first upwards towards God, then outwards towards others.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 reads: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails…”
1 John 4:7 says that love “comes from God”. 1 John 4:8 says “God is Love”, and 1 John 4:9-10 says:
“This is how God showed His love among us:
He sent His one and only Son
into the world that we might live through Him.
This is love:
Not that we loved God, but that He
loved us and sent His Son
as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
Romans 13:8-9 read: : “The commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not covet,’ and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no harm to a neighbor.”
21. What church are you a member of?
I am a church of Christ member. The church of Christ is non-denominational, and is not affiliated with the “United Churches of Christ” or the “Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints”.
We have no corporate headquarters on earth, and neither do we have a man or woman or group of men and women on earth sitting as governors over all church of Christ congregations collectively.
Our “corporate headquarters” is in Heaven, and Jesus Christ is the only Head (Colossians 1: 18, Ephesians 1:22 and 5:23), High Priest (Hebrews 4: 14), and Mediator (1 Timothy 2:5) between God the Father and we, His church. (Please click “Church of Christ” website)
The church sings in Acappella where I worship.