BIBLE ANSWERS

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(This page was last reviewed and updated in October 2017) 

On this page you will learn the Bible Answers to your questions about God

Does God really exist? Is he really out there? The Bible confirms to us that God does exist! "In the beginning (that's way before anything else was out there), GOD created the heaven and the earth" (Gen 1:1) the very first thing in the bible. GOD CREATED!!!!! "The Bible begins with God, not with any philosophical arguments for His existence. 

The God of the Bible is an Eternal, Almighty God, who created all things (including us) by the power of his word.  "And God said, 'let there be....' " is found 8 times in the 1st 26 verses of the bible. Yes, this awesome creator God loves us so much that he sent  his own son to suffer and die for our sins, so that we, you and I, could share eternal life with this God in heaven. The "Good News" of the Bible is that God loves us and will take us to heaven when we die. (John 3:16)

Believe it??? The Bible also says in Psalm 14:1 "The fool hath said in his heart there is no God." And in case you missed it, the Psalmist said it again in Psalm 53:1. "The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God"

The Bible declares the existence of an Almighty, Eternal, Loving God.

God is out there. You will be blessed if you believe it. 

 

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How can I know that God exists?  Keep in mind that if there is a God he is an Almighty, Eternal God and does not need to prove his existence to us.  No where does the Bible attempt to PROVE that God exists.

Genesis 1:1 says it all. "In the beginning GOD". That's who did it!  That's who is out there. GOD!!!   Make no mistake about it.  Right now it may not be so clear to you if you have not believed the Bible and trusted God.   Paul said  'Now we see through a dark window, but someday we will each meet God "face to face". (1 Cor 13:12) 

The Bible gives every fair minded person plenty of "Proof" that there is a God.  On this web site we will look at some of the evidence. 

The existence of God is a matter of Faith.  Your Faith.  No one can have faith for you.  You either have faith yourself or you don't. You either choose to believe or you choose not to believe. Hebrews 11:6 says, "Without faith it is impossible to please God.  He that cometh to God must believe he exists and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."  But, you ask, How can I have such faith to believe in a God I can not see? The Bible Answer is found in Romans 10:17. "So then, faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God".  Our Bible is the Word of God.  When you hear it from others or read it out loud for yourself, the faith to believe God will come upon you, and you will know that he is real!!  It happened to me and it will happen to you.  You have God's word on it.  "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Heb 11:1)

God has given each of us a free will. We are free to choose!! We can either believe in God or not.   We can choose to believe that God does exist, or we can choose to deny there is a God.  The choice is yours.  But, remember, as with most choices there are consequences that will follow your decision.  The existence of God is not a new question.  Soon after Moses died the next generation of jews asked the same question. As they argued, Joshua made his decision clear.  He told the people. "Choose you this day whom you will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve God".(Joshua 24:15) 

Remember, God exists whether you believe he does or not.

When you make your choice be sure it explains how we, and this universe around us, got here.  The writers of the Bible believe God exists, that he created us and all the world around us out of nothing - out of thin air!  "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." (Gen 1:1) God, and only he, could do it because he is God.

If you choose to believe there is no God, then you have to explain how we and this world got here. 

If we oozed up from some cosmic quagmire, then you will need to explain who first created the quagmire.

I am a natural born skeptic.  In college I struggled with questions about God.  I can tell you that the moment I chose to believe the Bible, that there is a God, and that he created me and loves me - God turned my light on!! Within an instant I knew I had made the right choice. God did it for me, he did it for Moses, he did it for David and he will do it for you. In Psalm 19:1 David said, "The heavens declare the glory of God and the earth showeth forth his handiwork", and again in Psalm 34:8, "Taste and see that God is good. Blessed are those who trust in him."  I made my choice and God blessed me. Have you made your choice?

What does God require of me? God's word tells us in Micah 6:8 "God hath shown thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God."

 

 What is God like?   Since God is so much above and beyond our comprehension it is difficult, if not impossible, for us to describe God in terms we understand.  God revealed to the prophet Isaiah, "I am the first, and the last, and beside me there is no God" (Isa 44:6, 8 & 45:5, 6, &21).    So we must turn to the Bible to discover the true character of God.  We can not "lean on our own understanding." (Proverbs 3: 5-6)

What does the Bible tell us about the character and person of God?  From the Bible we learn that God is everlasting. He is alive from eternity past, He is alive and well today, and He will be alive and in control of all things out into forever. "Before the mountians were brought forth, or ever hast thou formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God" (Ps 90:2 ) "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting." (Ps 106:48)   This God of the Bible is the eternal God, all loving, all powerful and all knowing, but most of all, God is Holy, and it is this holiness of God that will not permit anything or anyone tainted with sin to be in his presence

---and that leaves all of us on the outside looking in!---For "ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Rom 3:23) 

The "Good News" of the Bible is that in spite of our sins and our sinful nature God loves us, and because God loves us he has made a way for us to come back and be with him now and for eternity. "For God has so loved us that he sent his only begotten Son to suffer and die in our place, so that who-so-ever, (that's who-so-ever you, and who-so-ever me) who-so-ever believes on God's son Jesus, and believes that God sent Jesus to save us, that 'who-so-ever' person shall have eternal life"  Read it for yourself in John 3:16.  Later in John 5:24 Jesus continued. "That 'who-so-ever' person shall NOT be come into condemnation, but is ALREADY passed from death into eternal life" Look at what Jesus said! We don't have to wait until we die to get eternal life. Who-so-ever takes God at his word and believes Jesus died for them already has eternal life. WOW! 

What does this mean - to have eternal life now?  How is it possible to own the future today?

Consider a Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes winner like you see on TV. They are notified of what they have won and they faint with joy. They don't yet have the prize but they now know they will get it. If they believe the person who told them they won, and trust the Publishers Clearing House to keep their word, then they are instantly rich. They don't yet have the prize, they don't yet have the new car or the new big house, but they are instantly rich. They know it and they act like it. Harold Hill wrote a great book several years ago, "How to live like a King's Kid".  If you can find a copy it's a great read.   

Believe God's word, trust that it is true and you too will have eternal life.

How can I live for God?  No less than nine times in the Old Testament  God referred  to Israel, his people, the nation he brought out of Egypt with miracles, signs and wonders, as a stiff necked people not wanting to honor him.  God wanted  them to give him their love and their honor.  What they wanted to give him was their cattle and their money. The prophet Micah asked the people, "Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or ten thousands of rivers of costly oil??  Or, should you give your first born?"(Micah 6:7)  Oh, what the people would not offer to pay off God. But, God said "No!!"  God does not need your money or your property. He already owns it all!! God says in his word, "I own the cattle upon a thousand hills!" (Ps 50:1)  I want you to love me first and then serve me second. "For I have shown thee, Oh man what is good, and what doeth the lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God." (Micah 6:8) Do you love God? Are you walking with him or trying to buy him off with gifts and money??

Does God have a plan for my life? Yes! God's plan for you is to enjoy "life after death", and spend it in eternity with him. Jesus promised his disciples and you (and I along with them) that there is a heaven, and if we believe in him, if we trust him, then there is a place for us, and we will have life after death. Jesus promised, "Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my father's house there are many mansions; if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you."  (John 14: 1 & 2)

Why should the existence of God be important to me? Because he is out there and holds in his hands the keys to both heaven and hell (Rev 1:18).  When we die we will end up going before this God, and we need to know more about him.   He holds the keys to our eternity, our eternal life as well as our eternal death, and it will be essential to each of us that the moment after our death we stand with Christ in heaven and not before the gates of hell.

 


If God is so "good" why would he damn people to Hell for an Eternity of suffering?  Understand that God does NOT send anyone to hell. A person must choose to go to hell-or put another way a person must reject the choice to go to heaven-leaving hell the only alternative place to go after death. 
The Bible says we are each born sinners. "In sin we were conceived" (Psalm 51:5) and as such are each deserving of an eternity in hell. We are born in sin and shortly after our birth we prove to be sinners by commiting sins. Doubt it? Be honest. Ask yourself "Have I ever done anything in my life to offend God?"
Sin is sin! Big, small, few or many, ALL sin is an offense to God. "All sin is against God" (Psalm 51:4). The Bible says that anyone who is guilty of breaking one law is guilty of breaking all the law.(James 2:10) Because God is perfect, no sin, and no sinner can be in his presence. One sin---a lot of sin---no matter---God will not permit ANY sin or ANY sinner to be in his presence.  Sin in our life, anywhere in our life, will cause us to lose an eternity with God, in heaven. But wait---God so loves us that he has made us a way to regain fellowship with him. God has given us the opportunity to allow Jesus Christ to pay the sin debt penalty he did not owe, for us, for you and for me, who owe a debt for sin we can never by ourselves pay. "For God Almighty so loves us that he sent his only begotten Son to come to this earth to pay our sin debt for us. And who-so-ever believes God and places his trust in Jesus Christ and the penalty he paid, hath, (that's right - hath - right now hath) etenal life, shall not come into condemnation, but will instead spend eternity in heaven with God. (John 3:16)

Did God create sin? If not then where did sin come from?

God did not create sin!!!!

Satan is the originator of sin in this world.   Satan had complete dominion over all the earth when it was originally created in Gen 1:1, and it was with Satan's sin (Isa 14:12-17) that the earth fell into chaos and became "without form, and void"(Gen 1:2).  Satan rose up with the sin of pride.  He said in his heart "I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God...I will be like the Most High" (Isa 14:13-14).  It was with Satan's pride that sin first entered into our universe.  And, it was this same Satan, in the form of a serpent who brought mankind under the curse of sin in the Garden of Eden. (Gen 3:1-8)

What does God mean when he says all of our "good works" will burn up like "wood,  hay and stubble"?  Chapter 18 of the Book of Acts tells of Paul's journey to Corinth, a city in Greece known for it's idolatry and wicked living. Later in his ministry Paul wrote and received letters from the church he established in Corinth.  In 1st Corinthians Paul answers questions concerning Godly Christian living.  Be careful to understand that the lessons and directions Paul shared with the Corinthian church had nothing to do with their salvation.  During his earlier visits to Corinth Paul's followers listened to his testamony, believed his report and trusted the finished work of Jesus Christ for their eternal life.  "What do we do now????" asked the Corinthians. "How shall we live our Christian life in such a corrupt and evil world?"   "Christian living", encouraged  by Paul, will never  attain salvation. Once we have believed God and trusted Jesus Christ for our eternal life, we recognize that God really does love us, and are humbled by the awesome price Christ paid to give eternal life to those who believe. Then, after we are saved from eternal death, we want to live our life pleasing to God. And so, the newly saved Christians in the Corinthian church asked Paul, Now that we are saved, "What can we do to live our life to please the God who gave so much for us?"  

Paul encouraged the church to "abide in all good works" (2 Cor 9:8), but cautioned them that only those good works that were built upon their salvation thru Christ will endure and be rewarded in heaven.  Any other works, as good as they may seem down here, which are done to please man or gain favor with the folks on earth, will  have no value when we get to heaven. The good works we do as a result of our love for Christ will endure the test of fire as gold, silver and precious stones, but the works we have done to please man, yes, they may reap a reward down here, but that's all we get.  

Paul tells us in 1 Cor 3:12 that when we get to heaven the works we have done on earth to please man and satisfy ourselves, as good as they might be down here, will be burned up by God as so much "wood, hay and stubble". Yes, christians should do good works, but do them for the right reason. We don't do good works to gain entrance into heaven. Entrance to heaven and eternity spent with God is gained through faith in the sacrifice Christ made for our salvation plus nothing more!!! We do good works because we so appreciate what Christ has done to save us.  We love him for saving us, and we help others with our good works because Christ has already done His "good work" when he died for our own eternal life. The Bible says "do good works", so that when men see your good works they will praise who??? Not you!! They will praise your Father who is in heaven. Jesus said, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father, who is in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)  Someone sees your good works.  They come up to you and ask, "I know you have had a hard life.  Why do you still do so many good works for others?"  And, you can say, "I do these good works because I am so thankful that Jesus Christ died on the cross to save me". And thus, your Father is glorified in heaven. Good works done for any other reason will be just so much "wood, hay and stubble".

Ask yourself this question. When I do a good deed is it to elevate myself in the eyes of my fellow man? If so you have your reward and these works will be burned up in eternity. Or, is the motivation for your good deed based on your love for God and your wanting to be a help to others because of so much Jesus has already done  for you. These would be good works of gold, silver and precious stones. Only these will endure.

 Suppose there is no God?  If there is no God, as some folks believe, then I suppose this life is all there is.  In that case my suggestion is go for the gusto, get all you can, because there is no "here-after" after this here.  No need to worry about a final accounting, or anyone to judge how did we behave in the life we have. There have been cultures and societies that have believed this in the past.  Each has decayed into a miserable state, and at the bottom of their pit each has reached out to some kind of god. "Suppose there is no God" is an interesting party question for the more sophisticated among us, but it might be better to look at your life, the things you do, the activities you pursue, the friends you keep, the things that mean the most to you, and ask yourself, "Suppose there is a God!!"  If God does exist and  he looks down on my life what does he think?  Remember, the Bible says, "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God." (Rom 3:22) "We all like sheep have gone astray and gone every one of us in his or her own way." (Isa 53:6)  The Bible says that no matter how good we are we can never be "good enough". I  believe that I have sinned, come short of God's standard for me,  and I need a savior to make me right with God. Thank God, He loves me enough, despite my short coming, to send someone to do for me what I could not do for myself.  God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, down here to earth, to suffer and die and PAY THE PENALTY FOR MY SIN  so that by trusting in His sacrifice, when I die, God will find me worthy to live with him for eternity in heaven. 

Coming Soon!!! 

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