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Some Common Bible Questions
Are there many ways to get to Heaven?
Many people believe that we all serve the same God and it doesn’t matter who it is or what we call Him. The truth is that there is only ONE true God, who created all things as depicted in the Book of Genesis. There is only ONE way to enter Heaven and it is through Jesus Christ, as He alone died for us and paid the price for our sins. Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)
If God exists, why do so many bad things happen in the world?
It’s true that bad or evil things happen all around us every day. And even though we may not like the things that happen (“If I were God I wouldn’t allow that”), bad things happening are not proof that God doesn’t exist. The Bible doesn’t promise a continual good or happy life. It does promise us a reward in the next life for our faithfulness to Him even in the midst of adverse circumstances. The world is not a bad place because God is evil. It’s a bad place because man is evil.
If I say the sinner's prayer, does it mean I'm saved?
The sinner’s prayer is not in the Bible. The sinner’s prayer doesn’t save anybody. The sinner prayer is the term given when a person pray’s to God, asking for forgiveness for their sins, repents for the sins committed and then surrenders their lives to God. It is simply an acknowledgment of their sins and need of God’s forgiveness. It is a prayer made with all sincerity from the heart. It’s not the words or the prayer that saves, it’s not a formula.
If the sinner's prayer doesn't save you, what does?
Salvation means “saved or rescued.” From what? From our sins. We are all sinners having fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Because of this we are all destined to hell, an eternity away from the presence of God; the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). God knew we were in trouble and couldn’t save ourselves, so He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross and be punished and pay the price for our sins as a substitute. Salvation is receiving Christ in our lives, having faith that God provided it for us and that Jesus paid the price in full on the cross and my sins are fully forgiven by through the cross. We are saved by grace through faith and not of ourselves and any work we can ever do to buy it (Ephesians 2:8-9). If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9).
If God is good, why does He send people to hell?
God doesn’t send anybody to hell…they send themselves there. If you rob a bank and are later caught, you will go to court before the judge. Once he goes over the evidence and you are found guilty, you will go to jail for a time that corresponds to your crime. The judge didn’t send you to jail, you sent yourself there by the crime you commit and the laws you broke. In the same way, people send themselves to hell because they have broken the moral laws of God.
Why doesn't God just save everyone?
God does not save everybody because they don’t want to be saved. God is a holy God and can not allow sin and evil into heaven. We only enter heaven by surrendering our lives to Jesus and then living a holy and repentant life. Because God is a God of love, He has given us choice, or freewill. We have to choose to love God and surrender to Him and His ways. God can only save those who want to be saved and show that in their lives by surrendering their own freewill to live God’s will for their lives.