An acquaintance believes salvation is through belief in Jesus. But he also thinks a person will have a second opportunity to believe in heaven. He believes God wants to save everyone. I believe people must be saved now in order to go to heaven.

In Matthew 19:17-30, Jesus instructed that to be “saved” we need to give up our earthly possessions and follow Him.  Following Jesus requires the sacrifice not only of earthly things but of our wills to obey God’s will. A heavenly resurrection is a reward for obedience during this present, evil world. (Revelation 2:10.) “If we [...]

If a Christian dies, has the person died because (1) he or she sinned or (2) it's God's will for that one to die?

1.  Does a person die for his or her sins?  No. 1 Corinthians 15:22, “For as in Adam all die…” Christian or not, everyone dies. Christian or not, everyone has sinned. We are all under the penalty of death due to the sin of Father Adam. Because Adam sinned, all of his posterity are also [...]

What are the real things we can do today to get to paradise? Only according to the Bible.

Three Scriptures use the word paradise. So to determine the way to get there, we need to identify where it is. Luke 23:43, “Verily, I say to you today, you will be with me in Paradise.” Rotherham, one of the more accurate translations, places the comma after the word today. On that very day, Jesus [...]

What is Jesus’ baptism and how does it relate to salvation?

After Jesus received water baptism and after He received the Holy Spirit, He said, "But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how distressed I am till it is accomplished!" Luke 12:50 (NKJV). What baptism was this? It was the complete death of His will and His body. Hebrews 10:7, "Then I said, [...]

Why could God not forgive Adam and Eve after He chased them from the Garden of Eden?

God acts on the principles which define His very character: justice, love, power, and wisdom. The Psalmist says in Psalm 89:14 “Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face”. The foundation of God’s law is justice. Justice operates with mercy, but justice must also be met. [...]

Does the Bible teach us to convert the world into Christianity?

Our Lord commanded no one to go out and "convert" the world.  We are told to evangelize, that is, to preach the gospel into all the world. (Matthew 16:15)  However, this preaching of the gospel does not mean conversion.  Presently, Satan is blinding mankind. 2 Corinthians 4:4, “the god of this world hath blinded the [...]

If grace happened when Jesus died on the cross, what happened to everyone else in the Old Testament when they died?

The world of mankind includes all children of Adam - whether born before or after Jesus’ sacrifice. When father Adam sinned, he and all mankind were condemned to death. “One man’s trespass led to condemnation for all men,” Romans 5:18 (RSV). What is the death which all mankind suffer? It is a state of oblivion [...]

Do gays and lesbians get a life with God as they are?

Practicing homosexuality is forbidden in the Bible. (Leviticus 20:13)  Our hearts go out to those struggling with these feelings. Those dear ones will need to lead a celibate life. (Please recognize: many heterosexuals are also celibate. Celibacy is practiced for a variety of different reasons.)​ However, all of us are sinners and Jesus died for [...]