The Suffering of Christ gives Meaning to our Lives

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God loved us so much, that he gave us his only begotten son. He didn’t just love us theoretically, but he came and expressed that love by suffering and dying for us on a cross and then rising again from the dead. And some of you might ask, “why did he do it that way and not some easier way?” And the answer to that is, “I don’t know,” other than to say that that is the way he wanted show the full expression of his love. Continue reading

Do Animals go to Heaven?

 

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Have you ever wondered if your pet dog or cat goes to heaven when they die? That can be a hard question to answer, especially if a young child is asking the question. How do we answer someone who has lost a pet animal that they love and consider to be part of the family? Do animals go to heaven? Are animals “saved?” Continue reading

Martyrdom: Dying for Ones Faith

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Why would someone die for their faith? As a Christian, what is the difference between a Christian martyr as opposed to a martyr of a different faith belief system such as the Muslim faith? It seems that if people are willing to die for their faith, then you and I would have to take a serious look at their belief. How would we determine which faith is more true if both are willing to die for their belief? Someone might ask, “What makes the early Christians death for Christ, more compelling than the Muslims who are willing to die for their belief about what Mohamed said? Continue reading

Will Nobody be in Hell?

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Have you ever heard someone say that they believe there is no place called hell, therefore no one goes there. Or, maybe they believe in hell, but they don’t think a loving God would send anyone there. Does the Catholic Church teach that an individual has the freedom to believe that there is the possibility that no one ever enters hell? Continue reading

The Fate of the “Good Thief” on the Cross

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When Jesus was being crucified, there were two criminals that were also hanging on a cross, one on each side of him. One of the criminals is known as being the “good thief.” The criminal opposite the “good thief” mocked Jesus by telling him that if he really is the Christ of God, then he should save himself and come off the cross. To which, the “good thief” responded, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come in your kingly power.”And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise (Luke 23:40-43).” Have you ever wondered what Jesus meant when he said that he will be with him in paradise this day? Was he saved, and if so, where did the “good thief” go? Did the he go to heaven as we know it, or was it another place? Continue reading

The “Rapture” – What are we to believe?

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In Revelation 20:1-3, 7-8, we read about the millennium. “Millennium” is a popular term used today that refers to the period of a thousand years when Christ will reign. Some Fundamentalists and Evangelicals point to this as the coming of the end of the world. These scripture verses in Revelation 20 are interpreted in three ways by some conservative Protestants: postmillennialism, amillennialism and premillennialism. Continue reading