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Will more people go to heaven or to hell?

The question of whether there are more people in heaven or hell is answered by Jesus Himself in one succinct passage: “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:13-14).
This passage tells us that only those who receive Jesus Christ and who believe in Him are given the right to become children of God (John 1:12). As such, the gift of eternal life comes only through Jesus Christ to all those who believe. He said “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). It’s not through Islam, Buddha, or other false gods of man’s making. It’s not for those wanting a cheap and easy way to heaven while continuing to live their own selfish and worldly lives on earth. Jesus only saves those who fully trust in Him as Savior (Acts 4:12)..
So, what are these two …

Is Heaven real?

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Heaven is indeed a real place. The Bible tells us that heaven is God’s throne (Isaiah 66:1Acts 7:48-49Matthew 5:34-35). After Jesus’ resurrection and appearance on earth to His disciples, “He was taken up into heaven and sat at the right hand of God” (Mark 16:19Acts 7:55-56). “Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; He entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence” (Hebrews 9:24). Jesus not only went before us, entering on our behalf, but He is alive and has a present ministry in heaven, serving as our high priest in the true tabernacle made by God (Hebrews 6:19-208:1-2).

We are also told by Jesus Himself that there are many rooms in God’s house and that He has gone before us to prepare a place for us. We have the assurance of His word that He will one day come back to earth and take us to where He is in heaven (John 14:1-4). Our belief in an eternal home in heaven is based on an explicit promise of Jesus. Heaven is most d…

Is Hell literally a place of fire and brimstone?

By raining down fire and brimstone upon the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, God not only demonstrated how He felt about overt sin, but He also launched an enduring metaphor. After the events of Genesis 19:24, the mere mention of fire, brimstone, Sodom or Gomorrah instantly transports a reader into the context of God’s judgment. Such an emotionally potent symbol, however, has trouble escaping its own gravity. This fiery image can impede, rather than advance, its purpose. A symbol should show a similarity between two dissimilar entities. Fire and brimstone describes some of what hell is like—but not all of what hell is.

The word the Bible uses to describe a burning hell—Gehenna—comes from an actual burning place, the valley of Gehenna adjacent to Jerusalem on the south. Gehenna is an English transliteration of the Greek form of an Aramaic word, which is derived from the Hebrew phrase “the Valley of (the son[s] of) Hinnom.” In one of their greatest apostasies, the Jews (especially under kin…

How is eternity in Hell a fair punishment for sin?

This is an issue that bothers many people who have an incomplete understanding of three things: the nature of God, the nature of man, and the nature of sin. As fallen, sinful human beings, the nature of God is a difficult concept for us to grasp. We tend to see God as a kind, merciful Being whose love for us overrides and overshadows all His other attributes. Of course God is loving, kind, and merciful, but He is first and foremost a holy and righteous God. So holy is He that He cannot tolerate sin. He is a God whose anger burns against the wicked and disobedient (Isaiah 5:25Hosea 8:5Zechariah 10:3). He is not only a loving God—He is love itself! But the Bible also tells us that He hates all manner of sin (Proverbs 6:16-19). And while He is merciful, there are limits to His mercy. “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, …

The Deity of the Holy Spirit

Christianity has traditionally taught that the Holy Spirit is the third Person or Hypostasis of the Godhead. Some, however, have taught that the Holy Spirit is an impersonal force used by God. Is the Holy Spirit God, or simply a power of God? Let's examine the biblical teachings. I. The Deity of the Holy Spirit Scripture speaks repeatedly of the Holy Spirit, known also as the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Scripture indicates that the Holy Spirit is of the same essence as the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit is ascribed with the attributes of God, is equated with God and does work that only God does. A. Attributes of God 1. Holiness: In more than 90 places, the Bible calls the Spirit of God "the Holy Spirit." Holiness is a basic characteristic of the Spirit. The Spirit is so holy that blasphemy against the Spirit cannot be forgiven, although blasphemy against Jesus could be (Matt. 12:32). Insulting the Spirit is just as sinful as trampling the Son of God…

If Jesus is God, then who did He pray to?

This is a very common question and the answer is found in understanding theTrinityand the incarnation of Jesus. The Trinity is the doctrine that there is only one God in all existence. This one God exists as three persons: The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are not three gods, but one God. Each is a separate person, yet each of them is, in essence, divine in nature. A close analogy of the Trinity can be found by looking at the concept of time. Time is past, present, and future. There are three "aspects" or "parts" of time. This does not mean that there are three "times," but only one. Each is separate, in a sense, yet each shares the same nature, or essence. In a similar way, the Trinity is three separate persons who share the same nature. The Incarnation The doctrine of the incarnation in Christian teaching is that Jesus, who is the second person of the Trinity, added to himself human nature and became a man. The Bible says that Jesus is God …

If Jesus is God, then why did He say the Father was greater than He?

"You heard that I said to you, ‘I go away, and I will come to you.’  If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced, because I go to the Father; for the Father is greater than I,'" (John 14:28). Jesus said the Father was greater than He not because Jesus is not God, but because Jesus was also a man and as a man he was in a lower position.   He was ". . . made for a little while lower than the angels . . ." (Heb. 2:9).  Also in Phil. 2:5-8, it says that Jesus "emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men . . ." Jesus has two natures.  Jesus was not denying that He was God.  He was merely acknowledging the fact that He was also a man.  Jesus is both God and man.  As a man, he was in a lesser position than the Father.  He had added to Himself human nature (Col. 2:9).  He became a man to die for people. A comparison can be found in the marriage relationship.    Biblically, a husband is greater in position and authori…

If Jesus is God, then why did He not know the time of His return?

In Matt. 24:35-37 Jesus said, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words shall not pass away. 36"But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. 37For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah." If Jesus is God in flesh, then shouldn't He know what the day and hour of his return would be? After all, God knows all things. Therefore, if Jesus doesn't know all things, then He cannot be God. This objection is most often raised by the Jehovah's Witnesses but is also echoed by the Christadelphians. It is a good question. Jesus was both God and man. He had two natures. He was divine and human at the same time. This teaching is known as the hypostatic union; that is, the coming-together of two natures in one person. In Heb. 2:9 that Jesus was ". . . made for a little while lower than the angels . . ." Also in Phil. 2:5-8, it says that Jesus "emptied Himself, taking the…

Responding to the Jehovah’s Witness attacks on the deity of Christ

If Jesus is God, why did he pray to the Father in John 17? Jesus prayed to the Father because as a man, under the Law (Gal. 4:4), he needed to pray to the Father.  The Bible teaches that he was both God and man (Col. 2:9John 8:58 with Ex. 3:14).  Also, Jesus has two natures.  Therefore, we will see two types of scripture concerning Jesus: those that seem to focus on His divine-side, and those that seem to focus on His human-side. The Jehovah's Witnesses are simply ignoring, or changing, the divine-side scriptures and concentrating on those that describe His human-side.  See Hypostatic Union for information on the two natures of Jesus. Also, God is a Trinity which means that the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit are all divine, but are distinct persons, not three gods.  The person of the Son prayed to the person of the Father.  This makes sense since Jesus was fully divine and fully human at the same time.
If Jesus is God, why did Jesus say the Father was greater than He (John 14:2…

Can Christians be demon-possessed?

No, Christians cannot be demon-possessed.  Possession implies ownership, and Christians are not owned by the devil.  Instead, we have been bought with a price, the blood of Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 6:207:23).  Also, a demon cannot dwell in the house of the Lord because of the surpassing greatness of God's glory and purity.  As Christians, we are the house of God (Heb. 10:211 Tim. 3:15) when we are indwelt by God when we receive Christ (John 14:23).   Furthermore, the Bible says "Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world," (1 John 4:4).  So, it would make no sense to affirm that demonic presence could actually inhabit a person who is also indwelt by God. Furthermore, Jesus told a parable about casting demons out of someone that can shed some light here: Matt. 12:43-45, “Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places, seeking rest, and does not find it. 44 “Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came’; and when…

Can Satan read our minds?

The short answer is no, Satan cannot read our minds. While we learn in Scripture that Satan is powerful and influential, he is not all knowing, or omniscient. Only God has the ability to know all things.
Furthermore, there are no examples in the Bible of Satan reading someone's mind. The Long Answer:Satan and his demons are fallen angels (Revelation 12:7-10). In Ephesians 2:2, Satan is called "the prince of the power of the air." So, the devil and his demons do have power--the same power given to angels. In Genesis 19, angels struck men with blindness. In Daniel 6:22, we read, "My God sent his angel and shut the lions' mouths, and they have not harmed me." And angels can fly (Daniel 9:21Revelation 14:6). But no angel or demon has ever been depicted in Scripture with mind reading abilities. In fact, the encounters between God and Satan in the beginning chapters of the book of Job, strongly indicate that Satan cannot read the thoughts and minds of humans. If…

What are demons?

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Demons are evil spirits that are opposed to God and God's people.  They appear to be fallen angels:  2 Pet. 2:4Jude 6 are primarily referenced  in the New Testament. Matt. 4:24, "And the news about Him went out into all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, taken with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them."Matt. 8:28, "And when He had come to the other side into the country of the Gadarenes, two men who were demon-possessed met Him as they were coming out of the tombs; they were so exceedingly violent that no one could pass by that road."Mark 3:22, "And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, 'He is possessed by Beelzebul,' and "He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons."Luke 4:35, "And Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be quiet and come out of him!" And when the demon had thrown him down in their midst, he came out of him without doing him any h…

What are fallen angels?

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Angels are created beings used by God as messengers, warriors, and servants. The word "angel" comes from the Greek word "angelos" which means messenger. Angels are spiritual beings without bodies of flesh and bones, though they apparently have the ability to appear in human form (Gen. 19:1-22). Angels had many functions. They praised God (Psalm 103:20), served as messengers to the world (Luke 1:11-2026-38Luke 2:9-14), watched over God's people (Psalm 91:11-12), and were sometimes used as instruments of God's judgment (Matt. 13:49-50).1 Fallen angels are those angels who rebelled against God along with Lucifer, an archangel who became the devil. Following are verses often quoted in reference to the evil one: "How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations! 13"But you said in your heart, 'I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the …

What did Jesus come to do?

To reveal the Father (Matt. 11:27)"All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him."To be a ransom for many (Matt. 20:28)"just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."To serve (Matt. 20:28)"just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."To save the world (John 3:17Luke 19:10)"For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."To preach the good news of the kingdom of God (Luke 4:43)"But he said, "I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent."To bring division (Luke 12:51)"Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division."To do the wil…

Is Hell Eternal?

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The teaching that there is an eternal hell in which hordes of mankind will suffer eternal punishment can be a difficult doctrine to accept.  We hear so much about God's infinite love and how He desires that all men be saved (1 Tim. 2:4).  However, those who develop their theologies based upon the "gentle" side of God do so with an incomplete picture.  Not only is God loving (1 John 4:8-10), gracious (Exo. 33:191 Pet. 2:3), and merciful (Exodus 34:6Psalm 67:1James 5:11), but He is also holy (Isaiah 6:3Rev. 4:8), just (Neh. 9:32-332 Thess. 1:6), and hates sin (Psalm 5:5-6Hab. 1:13).  God punishes the sinner (Jer. 50:31Ezk. 44:12Matt. 25:462 Thess. 1:92 Pet. 2:9Heb. 10:29). The Bible teaches that there is a fiery hell, a place that Jesus warned people about. "And if your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into…

100 Truths About Jesus

Jesus claimed to be God - John 8:248:56-59 (see Exodus 3:14); John 10:30-33Jesus is called God - John 1:1,1420:28Col. 2:9Titus 2:13Heb. 1:8Jesus is the image of the invisible God - Heb. 1:3Jesus abides forever - Heb. 7:24Jesus created all things - John 1:1-3Col. 1:15-17Jesus is before all things - John 1:1-3Col. 1:17;Jesus is eternal - John 1:1,148:58Micah 5:1-2Jesus is honored the same as the Father - John 5:23Jesus is prayed to - Acts 7:55-601 Cor. 1:2 with Psalm 116:4; (John 14:14)Jesus is worshipped - Matt. 2:2,1114:33John 9:35-38Heb. 1:6Jesus is omnipresent - Matt. 18:2028:20Jesus is with us always - Matt. 28:20Jesus is our only mediator between God and ourselves - 1 Tim. 2:5Jesus is the guarantee of a better covenant - Heb. 7:228:6Jesus said, "I AM the Bread of Life" - John 6:35,41,48,51Jesus said, "I AM the Door" - John 10:7,9Jesus said, "I AM the Good Shepherd" - John 10:11,14Jesus said, "I AM the Way the Truth a…