09/15/19 - 12/01/19
Hell is a real place of never-ending suffering. So, how could a loving God send people to hell? The better question to ask is, “How could someone reject such a loving God?” 1 Timothy 2:4 says God, “...wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.” Sadly, many choose the road to hell by rejecting God’s truth.
Some people think all religions lead to the same God, but it’s not true. Jesus described only two roads that lead to your meeting with the one, true God: a wide road of religious works that ultimately leads to destruction and a narrow road of grace that leads to eternal life. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
God’s Word says to love Him with all of our hearts AND our minds. Some Christians fear that science undermines our faith in God, but when we look closely we find that scientific evidence supports Christianity even when scientists don’t! Though the Bible wasn’t written as a scientific textbook, we can see thousands of examples that the Bible and science line up perfectly.
Are there contradictions in the Bible? The quick answer is “no!” Sometimes what may seem like a contradiction is actually a language barrier or is Scripture taken out of context. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true.” Read it, be confident in teaching it, and be fulfilled as you study more of God’s Word.
Most skeptics don’t want to believe miracles are possible, but God has always been and continues to be a miracle-working God. Jesus instructed in John 14:13 “You can ask for anything in my Name, and I will do it so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.” We can boldly pray for miracles and trust God for the results because he’s always good regardless of the outcome.
Leaders are a gift to the church; but they are also just people who struggle with sin at times. When someone lets you down, remember they are not the hero of our faith, Jesus is. Like Jesus, we can respond with mercy and compassion. Hurt will come but it doesn’t have to stay or wreck your ability to benefit from good leadership.