10 Spiritual Questions and Their Answers

Written by Rick Warren

voidQuestion 1: Why is there evil in the world?

If God exists, why is there evil in the world? You know, this is a difficult stumbling block and question for many people. The simplest way to look at this question is to examine God’s nature and his desire for mankind. Look at the logic. God loves us and wants us to love him back. And how could we love him back unless we have the freedom to not love?

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God could have made us like robots who do nothing more than say, “I love you. I love you. I love you.” But we’d be forced to do that and that wouldn’t be real love. Love is a choice. And if you have a choice you have to be able to choose not to love and that in itself is the nature of evil. Evil is choosing not to love. So when God gave us the freedom to choose, he gave us not only our greatest blessing, but he also gave us our greatest curse because we can choose to do right or choose to do wrong.

The reason there’s evil in the world is not because of God, but because God gave us the freedom to choose. Now the potential for love outweighs the existence of evil, because you see, evil is only going to exist for a short time, but love is going to go on forever. And all of the suffering and all of the death that we see in the world today are the result because man has chosen to make wrong choices.

God could have taken our freedom, but He didn’t. I hope you’ll use your freedom to choose God.

Question 2: Is Jesus really God?

Well when you think about it you only have three options as to who Jesus Christ was. You see, Jesus claimed to be God. He said things like, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.” He claimed to be God many, many times. Now, that means either:

  1. He is who he says He was
  2. He was the biggest liar in history or
  3. He was crazy, He was a lunatic on the order of the man who calls himself a fried egg.

You see, you can’t just say Jesus was a good man. I’ve had many friends who said, “Oh, I believe Jesus was a good man.” Well He couldn’t have been a good man and said those things He said. For instance, if I said to you, “I’m Rick Warren and I’m a good teacher and a good husband.” You might say, “Okay, I buy that.” But if I said to you, “I’m Rick Warren and I’m God and I’m the only way to heaven.” Well, you would have to make a decision. You couldn’t say I was a good person because a good person wouldn’t say that. You’d either say, “He is who he says he was, or he’s a liar or he’s crazy.”

Now Jesus didn’t just expect us to believe Him and take Him at His word. He said, “I’m going to prove the claim that I am God.” He said, “I’m going to let people kill me on a cross, then let them bury me. I’ll be dead for three days and then I’ll come back to life.” And, of course, that was the event that changed history. The resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every person since then refers to Jesus Christ, whether they believe in Him or not, every time you right a date, A.D. or B.C., what’s the reference point? Jesus Christ. Because it was the event that split history when Jesus proved that He was who He said He was, He is God.

Question 3: Do all religions lead to God?

Well now think about the logic of this. Can I go into a phone booth and dial any phone number and get home? No, there’s only one number that’ll get me home. I could be sincere, but I could be sincerely wrong. The truth is, all roads don’t lead to Rome and all roads and all religions don’t lead to God.

You see, it all depends on which direction you take. Jesus said this, “I am the way and the truth and the light. No one comes to the Father except through me.” I’m betting my life on the fact that He was right because I figured Jesus knows more about it than I did.

The Bible tells us that on the road to heaven, there are only two directions, toward Christ or away from Him. You can accept it or you can reject it, that’s your choice. You can make Jesus the Lord of your life, that means the manager, the ceo, the person in charge of your life, or you can call Him a liar, but that’s what the Bible declares.

You know a lot of people sincerely believe that even though they’ve broken God’s rules that they can earn God’s forgiveness by doing good works, by observing the Five Pillars of Islam or the Buddhist Eightfold Path or the Hindu Doctrine of Karma, for example. But I don’t get it. How will doing some good works that we should have done all our lives, make up for all the countless times we failed? You see, heaven is a perfect place and that means only perfect people get to go there. If not-perfect people were allowed in, it wouldn’t be perfect anymore. Well I don’t know about you, but I stopped being perfect a long time ago. So God came up with plan b. He came to earth in human form, Jesus Christ, and He lived a perfect life and now He offers to let us go to heaven on His ticket. And I pray that you will trust Jesus Christ and stop trying to bat a thousand because you ended up not doing that a long time ago and accept God’s free ticket through Jesus Christ.

Question 4: What’s going to happen to those people in the world who’ve never heard about Jesus Christ?

You may have heard this question put this way: “What about the person living in the jungle somewhere who’s never heard the good news about Jesus Christ? Are you christians saying that a person won’t go to heaven based solely on where he lives?” No, we’re not saying that. The Bible tells us that God doesn’t work that way. We understand that God is perfect in His love and perfect in His holiness and He’s perfectly just and fair. Therefore, it’s against God’s nature to be unfair. It’s against God’s nature to hide the ball on salvation or to condemn somebody who’s ignorant of his truth. In fact the scripture, the bible declares that God is loving and patient and not willing that anybody should perish. But He wants everybody to come to repentance, to come to know Him.

So if God is a perfectly loving and righteous God, then He will figure out ways to help people understand Him. He somehow reveals the simple truth of the gospel to people throughout the world. You know, I’ve talked to people who were missionaries in Africa who’ve told me that Jesus has revealed Himself through nature. When you look at nature you learn that God is organized, that God is creative, that God likes variety. But it’s when we look at Jesus Christ we realize that God is loving.

And as Christians we are called to tell the good news to other people. It’s God’s decision to decide what happens to people who haven’t heard about Him. But it is our decision to take that news to as many people as possible. And the bible says we will be held more responsible because we have heard and we have known that God is love, that God wants a relationship to us and that God will forgive us if we give our lives to Jesus Christ.

So, what do we do about those who haven’t heard? We tell them. First we accept God’s good news and then we tell them and we leave the result in the hands of a fair, loving and just God.

Question 5: What about all the wars that are caused in the name of Christianity?

Well first, let me say that a lot of things have been done in the name of Christianity that Jesus Christ would totally disavow. And just because someone claims to be a Christian doesn’t necessarily make him a follower of Christ, nor does it make him a representative of Jesus. It’s very, very important to distinguish between the bible kind of Christianity and the actions that have been taken throughout history by people who claim to be Christians but really didn’t know.

You see there’s a difference between religion and a relationship with God. Jesus is not interested in the religion of Christianity. He’s interested in you having a relationship to Him. Jesus never said, “I’ve come that you might have religion.” He said, “I came that you might have life and have it more abundantly.”

Now a lot of people have claimed to be followers of Christ but they’ve lived their lives contrary to His teaching. And we shouldn’t label that group Christian. But let me say this, have you ever seen a counterfeit dollar? Well, maybe you haven’t, but maybe you’ve heard of them. Why are there counterfeit dollars in the world? Well, I’ll tell you why. Because there are real dollars in the world. If there were no real dollars, there would be no counterfeits. And if you find counterfeit Christianity in the world, it must mean that somewhere there must be the real thing. The point is we don’t identify Jesus by claiming that all the things that were done in His name were done by Him. In fact, Jesus proffended His own disciples from defending themselves against the enemies when He said on a personal basis, He said, “I want you to turn the other cheek.”

So a lot of wars have been done in the name of Christianity that Jesus probably would have disavowed. The real issue is do you know Jesus Christ? You see, it doesn’t matter so much what has been done by hypocrites or phonies or false followers of Christ. What matters is do you know the real, true, genuine item? Have you ever turned your life over to Jesus Christ? If you haven’t, I would encourage you to investigate Him today.

Question 6: Is there any real right or wrong?

You know, you might have heard somebody say, “I don’t believe there’s such a thing as right or wrong.” Or maybe you’ve heard a professor say, “There are no absolutes.” Whenever I hear that I want to say, “Are you absolutely sure?” You have to ask yourself, “Is this statement even logical? Is there any right or wrong?” Because when people say, “There is no right or wrong, or it’s wrong for you to impose your morals on me,” think about it, by them telling you that, they are imposing their morals on you.

The fact is we all inheritantly know right from wrong and we just have this weird tendency to disregard it. To disregard morality when it conflicts with our desires for pleasure or personal gain. Now, sure, you might justify having an affair, but certainly you wouldn’t condone your spouse having one. Or you might justify taking something without permission, but if you were the one being robbed you wouldn’t think it was okay. You see the fact is, there isn’t a person alive today who’d come home from work and discover that their entire house had been robbed and say, “Oh, how wonderful that this burglar is able to enjoy all my things without my permission. And who am I to impose my view of right or wrong on this poor burglar?” You see how ridiculous that is? Of course.

Even those who claim there is no right or wrong have their own moral conscious, they’ve just set their own standards. Here’s a good way to determine right from wrong. Turn the situation around on yourself. Jesus said it best. He said, “Treat people the same way you want people to treat you.” You see we all know that murder and rape and lying and stealing and torture and injustice are absolutely wrong. Why? Because we wouldn’t want any of these things to happen to us. The person who would say, “there is no right or wrong,” would not agree that it was okay for them to be raped. No, when you turn it on yourself, you realize that even inside ourselves God has placed a moral conscious and that conscious tells us when we do right and when we do wrong. And when we violate our conscious, we need forgiveness. That’s why the bible said, “God sent Jesus to earth so that we might be forgiven of all of our wrong.”

Question 7: Why do I exist?

That’s the most fundamental question of life. What on earth am I here for?

Well, you need to understand God to answer that question. You see, the bible says, “God is love.” It doesn’t say He has love, it says He is love. It’s part of His nature, His character, it is the essence of His being. God is love. Now, love isn’t very valuable unless you bestow it on something and the bible says, “God made you to love you.” You were created as an object of God’s love. If you want to know why you’re taking breath right now, why your heart is beating, it’s because God made you to love you. It’s the sole reason. You were made to be loved by God and to bring Him pleasure.

Now God wants you to learn to love Him back and that’s the first purpose of your life, to get to know and love Him back. One day Jesus was walking down the street and a man came up and said, “What’s the most important command in the bible?” And Jesus said, “I’m going to summarize the entire bible in one sentence. Love God with all your heart and soul and mind and strength.” That’s called the great commandment. And God wants you to get to know and love Him back. So that means when you get up in the morning, you should sit on the side of your bed and say, “God, if I don’t get anything else done today, I want to know you a little bit better and I want to love you a little bit more.” Because if at the end of the day you know God more and you love Him more, you have just fulfilled one of the purposes of your life.

If, on the other hand, you’ve accomplished all kinds of things and achieved many, many successes in life, but at the end of the day you don’t know God better or love Him more, you have missed the primary purpose of your life. Because God didn’t put you on this earth just to mark things off your to-do list. He put you here to know Him and love Him. That’s why you exist.

Question 8: What is my purpose in life?

Well the truth is, God created you for five purposes. You see, you were made by God and you were made for God. And until you understand that, life isn’t going to make sense. When you come to this question, what is my purpose, you only have three alternatives.

  1. First is what I call the mystical approach, and that is look within. You find this in a lot of talk shows, a lot of new age books a lot of seminars. They say, “look within to discover your purpose.” The only problem is that doesn’t work. We’ve all looked within and I didn’t like what I saw. It’s quite confusing. In fact, if you could know the purpose of your life by looking within, we’d all know it by now. It doesn’t work.
  2. The second way you can try to discover your purpose is called the intellectual or philosophical approach. And that’s where you go to a seminary class or university class and you sit there with a pipe and your latte and your coffee and you ask questions like, “Why am I here? Where did I come from? Where am I going?” I once read a book by professor John Morehead, the Head of the Department of Philosophy at Northeastern University in Illinois. And he wrote to 250 well-known intellectuals and asked them, “What is the meaning and purpose of life?” These were novelists, scientists, well-known intellectuals, and I read the book, it’s now out of print, it was quite depressing because most of the people said, “I have no idea what the purpose of life is.” Some of them admitted they just made up a purpose. And some of the admitted they guessed. And some of them said, “If you know the purpose, please tell me.”
  3. You see, there’s a better answer to speculation and that’s revelation. If I were to hold up an invention that you have never seen before, you wouldn’t know its purpose. The only way you’d know its purpose was either talk to the inventor, the creator who made it or read the owner’s manual. The owner’s manual of life is the bible and your Creator is God. And it is only as you get to know God you will discover his five purposes for your life. I hope you’ll begin that journey today.

Question 9: Does my life really matter?

Well, it’s a good question. You know, today we teach our kids that we’re all just one big cosmic accident. We came from the goo through the zoo to you over billions of years. Well, if that is true, in a nutshell it teaches that your life really doesn’t matter, you’re just the freak accident of random chance, you’re complex slime and you were an accident. And if you get accidentally killed, well, of course, that doesn’t matter. And that creates a lot of our sociological problems and a lot of our self-esteem issues.

But the truth is you are not an accident. You were created by a loving God who loves you and designed you with intricate detail in your life and when you understand that God made you to love you and that God made you to be a part of His family and that God made you to last forever, then you’re never going to have a problem with low self-esteem again.

It was Bertram Russell the atheist who once said, “Unless you assume the existence of God, then the purpose and meaning of life is irrelevant.” The truth is, if there is no God your life doesn’t matter. But because there is a God, God had a specific purpose in mind when He created you and you do matter. You matter because God created you. You matter because he sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross. If you want to know how much you matter, think of Jesus Christ with his arms outstretched saying, “I love you this much.”

Now, if you had to chose between a loved one and a material thing, even if that thing was priceless, you’d chose your loved one in a heartbeat. And when you’re on your deathbed, you’re not going to surround yourself with material possessions, you’re not going to say, “Bring me my trophies. Bring me my credentials. Bring me my certificates so I can look one more time at my grade point average.” No, you’re going to surround yourself with loved ones and everybody’s going to be crying because they’re going to miss you. You see, that’s how much you matter.

Personal relationships to God and to other people are the most important thing in life. And God wants you to know Him and He wants you to have a relationship with Him because you’re worth so much in God’s eyes that he sent His Son to die for you. I hope you’ll get to know Him very soon.

Question 10: Is there a real hell and why would a loving God send anyone there?

Well, first I believe in hell because Jesus talked about it. In fact, Jesus talked more about hell then He did heaven. He said it is a real place and it is a place of eternal torment. And I believe Jesus knows more about it than either you or I.

But second, I believe in hell because logic and fairness demand it. Think of all the atrocities and evil that have been done throughout history by evildoers in this world. For God to allow those crimes to go unpunished would mean that God is not worthy of our worship and love.

Now why would a loving God send anyone to hell? Well in a nutshell, God doesn’t. God doesn’t send anybody to hell. We choose to go there when we reject the love of God. If I were to say to my right is a door heading to heaven, and to my left is a door heading to hell, if you walk out the door heading to hell, you don’t have anybody to blame but yourself.

In fact, the bible tells us that God does almost everything – well everything possible to keep us out of hell. He cared so much to keep us out of hell that he sent Jesus Christ to come to earth, to die on the cross, to pay for our sins so that we don’t have to pay for them. He wants to set us free. He wants to give us forgiveness. God made us in his image and He gave us the ultimate power to say yes or no.

Now if we chose to reject God here on earth, then we, at the same time, are choosing to spend eternity separated from Him. You see, there are only two people in the world – two kinds of people. Those who say, “Thy will be done here to God on earth” and those to whom God says, “Your will be done,” when we say, “I want to do it my way.” And if we say, “God I don’t want you in my life while I’m here on earth,” then God says, “I don’t want you in my heaven for eternity.”

You don’t have to go to hell. In fact, Jesus Christ has made it possible for you to go to heaven. Open your heart to Him and say, “Jesus Christ, I need you, I want you, I trust you and I ask you to forgive me.” And He’ll come in and save you.

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458 Responses to “10 Spiritual Questions and Their Answers”

  • Chris says:

    Jenni2_0….your concerns are legitimate. the bible really needs to be studied and understood from génesis to revelation to really understand it in its entirety. first, for God to have created us as he did the angels with free wills, he allowed then the possibility of sin and rebellion otherwise he would have had to made us robots and that isnt what he wanted of course. its satan who rebelled against God not vise versa and satan continues to rebel. he hates not being able to be God as others hate Gods design for marriage between a man and a woman or Gods plan for being peaceful and not arrogant. psalm 2. if you read the account in exodus closely, it was pharoah himself who hardened his own heart the first 5 times. he obviously had hardened it beyond repair. as far as noahs flood, read génesis carefully also. the fact is, fallen evil spirits had mixed with human flesh and created a demonic hybrid breed of human giants like goliath in the days of David. that is why God destroyed the earth because of such creatures. the book of jude confirms that. God being God, you can trust him that he wont do anything wrong to anyone, else he wouldnt be God. remember its satan who comes to kill, steal and destroy, not jesus. John 10.10. he is the tempter, the deceiver, the liar….1 thessalonians 3.5, 2 corinthians 4.4, John 8.44. i pray jesus would be seen to you for whom he really is, our loving savior and friend. if you need more clarification, please blog back on. blessings!

  • Tom Tom says:

    Hi Jenni2_0. Thanks for participating in this blog and honestly asking these questions. Let’s start by realizing that we are finite creatures trying to understand an infinite God. Therefore, it is impossible to completely have every question answered in such a way that we all will be satisfied. Whether we like certain aspects of God or not, he is God and we aren’t, and we likely will not see things in every detail as he does.

    Since God IS love, there reasonably follows there must be an outlet for that love. Otherwise, love would have no purpose. If God had MADE angels and man to unconditionally love him, it would not have been love because for the creation, love must be a choice. Robotic forced love is not love at all. Therefore God gave angels and mankind a choice; call it free will if you like. Obedience would show love for God while disobedience would show love for self. God chose to create creatures that could love him even though he knew they would chose to disobey. Knowing this ahead of time, he also had a plan for those who disobeyed him to be reconciled to him; that plan being through the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Whether it was a tree in the garden or something else, man’s choice would have sooner or later been to disobey God. However, giving the tree and carefully explaining obedience and disobedience to Adam and Eve left them no excuse for their disobedience. They couldn’t say, “You didn’t tell us what disobedience was so it’s not our fault.” You don’t have a tree in the garden Jenni, but you’ve chosen to disobey God countless times anyway, right?

    Now as for flood, you have misquoted scripture. God says in Genesis 9:11, “I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.” Obviously God has kept this covenant; he has not destroyed all life by a flood again, has he? The natural disasters we observe (floods, fires, droughts, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc.) are all part of a broken, sinful world. Through it all though, God has kept his promise. Genesis 6:5 tells us, “The LORD saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.” That’s pretty complete evil, isn’t it? There really was no reason for God to even let Noah and his family live for they were sinners too. But out of his mercy (not destroying EVERY living thing), he gracefully spared Noah and his family to give mankind another chance. God was still seeking to have a love relationship with his creation.

    Jenni, you talk about God being “fair” or “unfair” in his dealings with his creation. You remind me of Job who wanted to question an Almighty God about things. Like Job (and a lot of us) you think you know what’s best and what is fair and unfair. That in itself if disobedience as you’re putting yourself in place of God. Once God spoke to Job about matters, Job realized he was a little nothing—a nobody in the overall scheme of things—and he fell on his face before God. All of us should take a queue from Job and fall on our faces before a Holy and just God.

    Jenni, you say you once “follow(ed) God whole heartedly.” I would suggest that even though you thought and even acted like you loved him in that way, you never had become his child by the new birth. You had never truly repented (turned from sin) and trusted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Then when Satan tempted you with thoughts opposed to God (and based on some of your misinterpreted statements from scripture which is a trick Satan uses to deceive people) you had no real foundation in Christ and turned away in doubt. You were like the seed sown as stated in Matthew 13:7—“Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.” That “weird feeling that pushed you away” was planted there by Satan.

    I hope my post has given you some food for thought, even though I’m sure it hasn’t answered all your questions. I hope you will write back so that we can continue the conversation. It’s obvious from your last statements that you really do want to believe and have a close relationship with God. Let’s talk some more.

  • Elkay Elkay says:

    Jenni2_0, your struggles remind me of St. Augustine’s while he was in the process of becoming the person God wanted him to be. A good place to start is to remember that neither my nor your nor anyone’s finite mind can understand the infinitely higher and different mind, thoughts, ways, intentions, etc. of God’s. A good way to think of it is that there is “something” going on “out there” and we don’t have a clue as to the “who-what-where-how-when” of what it is. Ponder the vast cosmos we live in and the impossibility that all of the physical constants and environmental conditions have to be just exactly what they are for us to even exist. Be awed at the “immensity of infinitude of God!

    (There is a possibility it has something to do with God demonstrating the vast superiority of love, humility and obedience to the “fallen angels” who chose to follow Satan in a rebellion against their Creator but that’s just a guess based on Eph. 2:7.)

    So take a hard look around all of history, examine the world’s religions carefully and compare them to Christianity as revealed in the God-man Jesus Christ, His fulfillment of prophecies against immense odds, His works, His teachings, His death and resurrection. He is what God is truly like but in the skin and bones of humanity. Now read and mediate long and hard on Gal 2:20, especially the phrase about Jesus, “Who loves me and gave Himself for me.” Then read the 7 last sayings of Jesus from the Cross over and over until you can say with the centurion, “Truly, this Man is the Son of God.”

    Jesus taught that you and I and all others are more value than the world. We are spiritual creatures and as immortal beings, we shall never die. “What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? (Matt. 16:26). Reflecting on these words, H. C. Morrison reasoned:

    If Jesus had said, “What shall it profit a man if he owned a great palace and lost his soul?”, we could get an architect to figure the approximate value of a palace, write it down on the back of an envelope, and sometime when a tramp came by asking for a handout, we could give him a sandwich, and then, handing him the envelope, ask him to read the figures on it. And he might read 3.5 billion dollars and we could say to him, according to the statement of Jesus Christ, you have under your ragged coat a soul worth more than all that. But that is not what He said. Jesus looked around for something to contrast with souls. Palaces were too small! Cities were not enough; continents were mere trifles. So he took the entire globe and declared the soul worth more than the whole world.

    As if that is not enough, realize that human destiny is higher than that of the angels. The angelic hosts are ministering servants, but redeemed men and women are destined the eternal sonship. For God’s only begotten Son, who condescended to become a man, has lifted us through His merit to partake of His own inheritance.

    Above all, a person’s value – every person’s worth – can be seen only in Jesus Christ. He, finally, in the Father’s plan of creation and redemption, is the measure of the worth of a human soul, for our identity is in Him.

    The loss of all this is what makes sin and unbelief so tragic. Far more than coming under the judgment of the law, the horror of sin is not mere condemnation, not just going to hell; the tragedy of sin is the loss of what man was made to be – to develop in the image of God, to grow in the likeness of His holy love, to know eternal communion with the blessed Trinity. No wonder Jesus spoke so passionately about the consequences of sin. He knew what it meant to forfeit life – to miss what you were made for.

    An overwhelming feeling comes into our heart as we grasp and accept these truths about God, realizing that He who was before the worlds were made; He whose will is the source of all law; He who is the life of all that live – the Creator of all that exists, the King of the universe, the Lord God Almighty – is our Father. Our Abba Father! He knows. He feels. He delights to make Himself known. He gives us His hand, and we see that it is not the hand of a philosophical doctrine but rather the hand of a real Person, the hand of God who took on Himself the form of our flesh and walked among us in the Person of Jesus Christ, who bore our sins away on the Cross and who continues to minister to us now in the Person of the Holy Spirit.

    Jenni2_0, please do not let mysteries of God stand in the way of prayerfully building your faith-based relationship with Christ and God. To that end, I will close with these words of prayer from Ephesians 1:17 . . .

    “I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principalities and powers and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.”

  • Jenni2_0 says:

    Okay, so, I’ve quite a few questions.

    Lately, I’ve been second guessing God. He says he’s loving, just and fair. I look back on scripture & I see the opposite of loving and fair. God knew the destruction of humanity – He knew that, if He put the tree of life in the garden, Eve would commit sin. He knew that if He created Lucifer, all would be damned. People respond with, “well, He is love so He needed a creation & He needed to prove to us that He can save us.” etc. I don’t buy that – I don’t agree with it and in fact, that answer agitates me. If He loved us so and did not want anything bad to happen to his beloved race, then he shouldn’t have created the one who would screw us over. This is a big stumbling block for me. Or maybe he shouldn’t have put the tree of life there in the first place! That’s basically like saying, “hey, I know you’re gonna sin and ruin humanity with this tree even after I told you not to, but, what the heck – I’ll plant it here anyway! :D”

    Not only that but, there’s a passage in Noah’s book where He claimed He would not continue to destroy the human race with floods and killing and etc.. oh, well, look at that – it definitely continued. He annihilated the beginning of the human race because it was evil, knowing that evil would continue afterwards. What a pointless decision.

    Another thing is that I heard he chooses to ‘blind’ who he wants to. That’s even more unfair! He claims He constantly calls out to this world and that He wants to save everyone but He goes and does THAT?! How are -we- to blame when He is the one making it that much harder? Moreover, there’s tonnes of reasons why people don’t convert – some simply don’t believe, this is all too new to them, there’s a lot of contradictions, they might be scared or confused, etc. The list REALLY goes on.

    I used to follow God whole heartedly – I loved Him tenderly & I’d always brush off bad thoughts about Him until one day I gave into temptation – it’s like something just turned off and I was gone. I tried to follow Him again but my goodness was it impossible. My thoughts were constantly racing, feelings constantly changing, anger went through the roof, nerves were shot.. I couldn’t stop thinking about the one thing that tempted me most. I prayed and prayed and prayed and I got no support. I tried reading the bible to warm me up a notch, to settle my thoughts and put me at ease but nothing came of it.. in fact, I had a weird feeling inside that pushed me AWAY from the bible. I don’t understand what’s going on or what God wants with me.. every time I try to get close to Him with reverent obedience, everything backfires and goes haywire, making the walk impossible and confusing for me.

    Sorry for the novel, guys, lol.. if you read this, I’m super thankful. I hope I can get some answers.

  • Aldo says:

    Liamine, here is an article by Josh McDowell. I hope it answers your question of who Jesus is.

    “Jesus’ distinct claims of being God eliminate the popular ploy of skeptics who regard Him as just a good moral man or a prophet who said a lot of profound things.

    So often that conclusion is passed off as the only one acceptable to scholars or as the obvious result of the intellectual process.

    The trouble is, many people nod their heads in agreement and never see the fallacy of such reasoning.

    Analyzing Jesus’ Claim to Be God

    C. S. Lewis, who was a professor at Cambridge University and once an agnostic, understood this issue clearly.

    He writes: “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the son of God: or else a madman or something worse.”

    Then Lewis adds: “You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

    In the words of Kenneth Scott Latourette, historian of Christianity at Yale University: “It is not His teachings which make Jesus so remarkable, although these would be enough to give Him distinction. It is a combination of the teachings with the man Himself. The two cannot be separated.”

    Jesus claimed to be God. He didn’t leave any other option open. His claim must be either true or false, so it is something that should be given serious consideration.

    Jesus’ question to His disciples, “But who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15) has several alternatives.

    First, suppose that His claim to be God was false. If it was false, then we have only two alternatives. He either knew it was false or He didn’t know it was false.

    We will consider each one separately and examine the evidence.

    Was He a Liar?
    If, when Jesus made His claims, He knew that He was not God, then He was lying and deliberately deceiving His followers.

    But if He was a liar, then He was also a hypocrite because He told others to be honest, whatever the cost, while He himself taught and lived a colossal lie.

    More than that, He was a demon, because He told others to trust Him for their eternal destiny. If He couldn’t back up His claims and knew it, then He was unspeakably evil.

    Last, He would also be a fool because it was His claims to being God that led to His crucifixion.

    Many will say that Jesus was a good moral teacher. Let’s be realistic. How could He be a great moral teacher and knowingly mislead people at the most important point of His teaching — His own identity? You would have to conclude logically that He was a deliberate liar.

    This view of Jesus, however, doesn’t coincide with what we know either of Him or the results of His life and teachings.

    Wherever Jesus has been proclaimed, lives have been changed for the good, nations have changed for the better, thieves are made honest, alcoholics are cured, hateful individuals become channels of love, unjust persons become just.

    William Lecky, one of Great Britain’s most noted historians and a dedicated opponent of organized Christianity, writes: “It was reserved for Christianity to present to the world an ideal character which through all the changes of 18 centuries has inspired the hearts of men with an impassioned love; has shown itself capable of acting on all ages, nations, temperaments and conditions; has been not only the highest pattern of virtue, but the strongest incentive to its practice…. The simple record of these 3 short years of active life has done more to regenerate and soften mankind than all the disquisitions of philosophers and all the exhortations of moralists.”

    Historian Philip Schaff says: “How, in the name of logic, common sense, and experience, could an imposter — that is a deceitful, selfish, depraved man — have invented, and consistently maintained from the beginning to end, the purest and noblest character known in history with the most perfect air of truth and reality? How could He have conceived and successfully carried out a plan of unparalleled beneficence, moral magnitude, and sublimity, and sacrificed His own life for it, in the face of the strongest prejudices of His people and age?”

    If Jesus wanted to get people to follow Him and believe in Him as God, why did He go to the Jewish nation? Why go as a Nazarene carpenter to a country so small in size and population and so thoroughly adhering to the undivided unity of God? Why didn’t He go to Egypt or, even more, to Greece, where they believed in various gods and various manifestations of them?

    Someone who lived as Jesus lived, taught as Jesus taught, and died as Jesus died could not have been a liar.

    Was He a Lunatic?
    If it is inconceivable for Jesus to be a liar, then couldn’t He actually have thought Himself to be God, but been mistaken? After all, it’s possible to be both sincere and wrong.

    But we must remember that for someone to think himself God, especially in a fiercely monotheistic culture, and then to tell others that their eternal destiny depended on believing in him, is no light flight of fantasy but the thoughts of a lunatic in the fullest sense.

    Was Jesus Christ such a person?

    Someone who believes he is God sounds like someone today believing himself Napoleon. He would be deluded and self-deceived, and probably he would be locked up so he wouldn’t hurt himself or anyone else.

    Yet in Jesus we don’t observe the abnormalities and imbalance that usually go along with being deranged. His poise and composure would certainly be amazing if He were insane.

    Noyes and Kolb, in a medical text, describe the schizophrenic as a person who is more autistic than realistic. The schizophrenic desires to escape from the world of reality. Let’s face it; claiming to be God would certainly be a retreat from reality.

    In light of the other things we know about Jesus, it’s hard to imagine that He was mentally disturbed. Here is a man who spoke some of the most profound sayings ever recorded. His instructions have liberated many individuals from mental bondage.

    Clark H. Pinnock asks: “Was He deluded about His greatness, a paranoid, an unintentional deceiver, a schizophrenic? Again, the skill and depth of His teachings support the case only for His total mental soundness. If only we were as sane as He!”

    A student at a California university told me that his psychology professor had said in class that “all he has to do is pick up the Bible and read portions of Christ’s teaching to many of his patients. That’s all the counseling they need.”

    Psychiatrist J. T. Fisher states: “If you were to take the sum total of all authoritative articles ever written by the most qualified of psychologists and psychiatrists on the subject of mental hygiene — if you were to combine them and refine them, and cleave out the excess verbiage — if you were to take the whole of the meat and none of the parsley, and if you were to have these unadulterated bits of pure scientific knowledge concisely expressed by the most capable of living poets, you would have an awkward and incomplete summation of the Sermon on the Mount. And it would suffer immeasurably through comparison. For nearly 2,000 years the Christian world has been holding in its hands the complete answer to its restless and fruitless yearnings. Here … rests the blueprint for successful human life with optimism, mental health, and contentment.”

    C. S. Lewis writes: “The historical difficulty of giving for the life, sayings and influence of Jesus any explanation that is not harder than the Christian explanation is very great. The discrepancy between the depth and sanity…of His moral teaching and the rampant megalomania which must lie behind His theological teaching unless He is indeed God has never been satisfactorily explained. Hence the non-Christian hypotheses succeed one another with the restless fertility of bewilderment.”

    Philip Schaff reasons: “Is such an intellect — clear as the sky, bracing as the mountain air, sharp and penetrating as a sword, thoroughly healthy and vigorous, always ready and always self-possessed — liable to a radical and most serious delusion concerning His own character and mission? Preposterous imagination!”

    Was He Lord?
    I cannot personally conclude that Jesus was a liar or a lunatic. The only other alternative is that He was the Christ, the Son of God, as He claimed.

    When I discuss this with most Jewish people, it’s interesting how they respond. They usually tell me that Jesus was a moral, upright, religious leader, a good man, or some kind of prophet. I then share with them the claims Jesus made about Himself and then this material on the trilemma (liar, lunatic, or Lord).

    When I ask if they believe Jesus was a liar, there is a sharp “No!”

    Then I ask, “Do you believe He was a lunatic?” The reply is, “Of course not.”

    “Do you believe He is God?”

    Before I can get a breath in edgewise, there is a resounding, “Absolutely not.”

    Yet one has only so many choices.

    The issue with these 3 alternatives is not which is possible, for it is obvious that all 3 are possible. Rather, the question is, “Which is more probable?”

    Who you decide Jesus Christ is must not be an idle intellectual exercise. You cannot put Him on the shelf as a great moral teacher. That is not a valid option.

    He is either a liar, a lunatic, or Lord and God. You must make a choice.

    “But,” as the apostle John wrote, “these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and” — more important — “that believing you might have life in His name” (John 20:31).

    The evidence is clearly in favor of Jesus as Lord. Some people, however, reject this clear evidence because of moral implications involved. They don’t want to face up to the responsibility or implications of calling Him Lord.”

    There you have it, Liamine. Now it is up to you to make up your mind about who Jesus is, and then move on it. There is no sense in having all that information, and not doing something with it.

    I pray that you make the right choice.

  • Enitra says:

    Thank You!!!

  • Lauren Jamie says:

    Hi Liamine, I do appreciate your concern of getting to the truth. Let’s look at the eyewitness testimony on the questions you ask about Jesus
    – He sees everything “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” (John 4:29)
    – He knows everything “But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said…” (Matthew 9:4)
    – He has no beginning “And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.” (John 17:5)
    – He has no end “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” (John 3:36)
    – He is neither male nor female “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) If God made humanity in His image and made the male and female it is not that God is neither male or female but is both male and female.
    – There is nothing like Him “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him…He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:7,9) Jesus is a perfect reflection of God the Father
    – He is absolute perfection “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)
    – Nothing happens except that He knows it, a leaf doesn’t fall from a tree anywhere in the universe except that He knows it “Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”” (John 1:48)
    – He is perfect in His beauty, His love, and His majesty. “Truly, truly, I say to you,k you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” (John 1:51)

    So I ask you again Liamine, is Jesus a prophet? Then you must accept His words and believe that He is also God. If you say that He is not God then He cannot be a prophet because He tells lies.

  • Viera says:

    Dear Liamine…Animals and people have -made babies, because God gave them reproductive system . Jesus wasn’t made or created by God !!! He is, was and always will be. He is God who took man’s flesh to save us from sins. He is everything what you ask Jamie if God is. Read Matthew 1.23-..”they will call him Immanuel which means God with us.”
    Genesis. 1.26- “then God said : “let us make”…(there is plural , because Jesus and Holy Spirit was there at creation. ) Revelation 12.13-Jesus said: ” I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. ”
    1.Timothy 1.17-“Now to the King,eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor, and glory for ever and ever.Amen”
    God is one and is showed to people in three personalities. Father, Son, Holy Spirit. As a water can be in three forms-water

    , ice and and steam. Pray from your heart to Jesus yo show you if he is realy a God and if you realy want to know the truth Jesus whimself will show you that he is God. Blessing.

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