The Big Questions

Caution advised:  Mankind cannot and will not know everything (at least not in this life).  This Uth4Christ provision is not to get you questioning, but for you to gain greater understanding of everything spiritual-related from simple questions like, "Who is Jesus?" to the more complicated, "Why do bad things happen?"

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WHO

...is God?


This space couldn't truly contain a complete answer. However, here are some key things you should know: He is our Creator. God created the heavens, the earth, everything in it, including you and me. God takes care of us. He provides everything we need, watches over us, protects us, and guides us. God is our Redeemer. He sent His son to save us from sin, forgives us, and is always calling us towards an eternal life with Him. He is holy, righteous, just, loving, faithful. He cannot lie or change, and His Will is subject to His Word. He is the first, the last, the everlasting God.




...is Jesus?


Jesus is God the Son. He was born of man (the virgin Mary) and spirit (the Holy Spirit, God the Spirit). He was sent by God the Father as a sacrifice to atone for our sins, to bring us back to God. He is the only way to God, therefore a belief in Him is required. While on earth, He was perfect and without sin. As our intercessor, however, He felt pain, suffering, emotions that we feel, had loved ones and followers, and was even tempted, as we are. He performed miracles, healed the sick, reached out to those who were shunned, forgave sinners, taught in parables. When it was time, He submitted His will to do the Father's and gave His life for us by dying on a cross (crucifxion). By doing so, He defeated death, conquered the grave, rose from the dead, and is now seated next to God on the throne in heaven. He is alive and because of Him, so we too can be.




...is the Holy Spirit (or Holy Ghost)?


God the Spirit. He is not someone we can see or touch, but certainly someone we can feel and possess. He has always been, but once Christ died, He was gifted to us by God. It's the part of God that now gets to live within us. The Holy Spirit guides us, comforts us, prompts us, and helps us communicate better with God. He is part of our worship, our praise, our prayers.




...is Satan?


Lucifer. The devil. The evil one. There are many names, but most important, he is our enemy because He is God's enemy. Lucifer was created as an angel, but fell from heaven once he began to worship himself and think him greater than God. This fall set into motion the never-ending crusade to steal, kill, and destroy everything of God's, including and especially, His people. He tempts, entices, tricks, and lures in an effort to prevent us from having everlasting life with God. But have no fear. God has already promised us that He has the ultimate victory. And until then, God equips us with the knowledge and power to resist, defeat, and conquer Satan in our daily lives.





WHERE

...does God live?


God the Father has a heavenly home. Christ, God the Son, came down to earth in human-form to die for our sins, but is now on His throne next to the Father. And God the Spirit dwells inside those who have a cleaned-out spirit and are living for God.





WHAT

...can Jesus be alive today if He died on the cross?


Jesus defeated death when He rose from the dead 3 days after He was crucified. BEcause He was God's Son and not merely man, His sacrifice paid the price for our sins and He was put into His glorified state once again. Therefore, He is alive! And His death also resulted in the Holy Spirit to be within us always.




...did Jesus do miracles?


Jesus, because He was God's Son and part of the Trinity, could could just about anything He wanted. God designed the human body, physics, math, animals--and all submit to His will. Why the miracles He did? Because they achieved a great purpose--to teach a lesson and/or to show God's love, mercy, power. Nothing was meaningless.





WHY

...does God live?


God the Father has a heavenly home. Christ, God the Son, came down to earth in human-form to die for our sins, but is now on His throne next to the Father. And God the Spirit dwells inside those who have a cleaned-out spirit and are living for God.





WHEN

...can Jesus be alive today if He died on the cross?


Jesus defeated death when He rose from the dead 3 days after He was crucified. BEcause He was God's Son and not merely man, His sacrifice paid the price for our sins and He was put into His glorified state once again. Therefore, He is alive! And His death also resulted in the Holy Spirit to be within us always.




...did Jesus do miracles?


Jesus, because He was God's Son and part of the Trinity, could could just about anything He wanted. God designed the human body, physics, math, animals--and all submit to His will. Why the miracles He did? Because they achieved a great purpose--to teach a lesson and/or to show God's love, mercy, power. Nothing was meaningless.





HOW

...can Jesus be alive today if He died on the cross?


Jesus defeated death when He rose from the dead 3 days after He was crucified. BEcause He was God's Son and not merely man, His sacrifice paid the price for our sins and He was put into His glorified state once again. Therefore, He is alive! And His death also resulted in the Holy Spirit to be within us always.




...did Jesus do miracles?


Jesus, because He was God's Son and part of the Trinity, could could just about anything He wanted. God designed the human body, physics, math, animals--and all submit to His will. Why the miracles He did? Because they achieved a great purpose--to teach a lesson and/or to show God's love, mercy, power. Nothing was meaningless.





OTHER

Is there only one God?


Yes, but there's two parts to this: First, there is only one and true living God. God, the Father of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The God that Christians worship and read of in the Bible. Second, don't be confused with the term "Trinity". Trinity only means that there is 3 parts to 1 God. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost is one God with three different roles.




Does God see everything I do?


He does. Not only that, He knows every hair upon your head. If some fall out, He still knows. We call it omnipresent and omniscient--He's everywhere and knows everything. We only have power to see the things directly around us. But being God, He's able to be right next to you and still be the one who keeps the earth spinning.




Can God forgive all my sins?


Not only can He, but it's a promise to all who ask for forgiveness. He chunks those sins as far as the east is from the west and into the Lake of Forgetfulness. And once that happens, you are totally free from that bondage and weight. Unlike people, He won't throw it back in your face on down the road.




Do we have to fold our hands to pray?


Absolutely not. Folding hands perhaps is more polite or helps to keeo your hands still...But Scripture tells us that we are always to pray. Can you imagine eating or writing out your history paper or playing basketball with your hands folded? Of course not. He simply desires us to pray within our heart in everything we do--keeping a constant line of communication between us. If at the dinner table or at night before your bed you wish to fold your hands, please do.




Can Christians hear God talking to Him?


There’s a few ways God can talk to us.

  1. Right out speak it, as He often did to His people in the Old Testament. There’s no rule that says He can’t now...if He wills it, He certainly will. However, this is rare now that we have His Spirit within us.
  2. Through His Word. It is His Word, is it not? You’ll be amazed at how personal scriptures can be to you at the very time you need it. He's speaking to you!
  3. Through His people--prophets, preachers, teachers, etc. They are His mouthpieces and He uses them to bring a message to us.
  4. Sometimes He even speaks to us in our dreams through visions.
Regardless of how He speaks to you (and He does), we should take just as much care to listen and obey.





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