After Christmas, I think I felt something different. I have always been an agnostic, and I think I'm starting to believe in God. These are some of the questions I really need answered and be made in layman's terms and logical. I have to get the nerve to tell my friends why I believe in God now, and just saying one day I just changed is going to sound like a crock of crap, I wanted to go to church but don't feel ready for that yet, I just been reading the Bible online and I don't understand it too well. Here are a few questions I need answered.
(Please answer these questions from from a Christian perspective)
Why are we born?
What happens after we die?
Do I need to believe in Jesus to believe in God?
Is there is more to the universe than what we see?
Can creation myths and the Big-Bang Theory be reconciled?
Interesting set of questions! Let's take a closer look through discussion backed by Scripture. I also provided links for further reading and one article, some of which this response is drawn.
1. Why are we born?
This is an interesting question. From the Christian perspective, God commanded his people to go out into the world and populate it with their 'Godly' offspring. So, it is in keeping the Word of God, that our parents have children and thus, we are born.
God also commanded parents to bring up the children in the ways of the Lord, so that when they are old they will not depart from it. This is another reason why we are born, to raise Godly offspring to carry on the message of the Lord. In other words, through raising the children up in the ways of the Lord, the children will also carry the Word of God in their heart and to other people in the world.
So, in a sense, we are born to carry to message of the 'Good News' of the gospel to the rest of the world so that they will also be 'saved' and have eternal life. What is the 'Good News'? It is coming of the Messiah, Jesus, born of the virgin Mary, who died for the sins of the world through crucifixion under Pontius Pilate, was buried and God raised Jesus from the dead on the third day. Through confessing with your mouth that Jesus in Lord and believing in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved -- meaning you are promised eternal life (as opposed to eternal condemnation and a separation from God). Likewise, as Jesus was raised from the dead, God promises believers that they too will be raised from the dead onto eternal life by believing in this message of the Good News about Jesus proclaimed in the gospels.
2. What happens after we die?
Some believe we go directly to Heaven (those who accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior) ("To be ascent for the body is to be present with the Lord") or Hell (those that did not accept Jesus as Lord and Savior).
Roman Catholics believe that there is also a purgatory, a place where people go who have some lesser sins to be punished for.
Others believe, that we remain sleeping in our graves until Resurrection Day, and rise either to eternal life in Heaven or eternal life in Hell.
It is not hard to believe in the after life and the resurrection, if you believe in the literal word of the ...
From a Christian perspective, this solution discusses: Why are we born? What happens after we die? Do I need to believe in Jesus to believe in God? Is there is more to the universe than what we see? Can creation myths and the Big-Bang Theory be reconciled?
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I need the following information for the religion: Judaism
Cosmogony - Origin of the Universe
Nature of God/Creator
View of Human Nature
View of Good & Evil
View of Salvation
View of After Life
Practices and Rituals
Celebrations & Festivals
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