Biyernes, Pebrero 22, 2013

Interesting Questions about God

Interesting Questions 
about  God

1.  AS I UNDERSTAND, the Bible does not have conflicting teachings. Accepting that Jehovah is the real name of God, please clarify the following: 1)   Whoever shall   worship Jehovah, call on the name of Jehovah, and be called by the name Jehovah, as in Jehovah's Witnesses, will be saved. 2) Whoever shall believe in one God, the Father, and in Jesus Christ, the Mediator and Savior, as the Iglesia ni Cristo does, will be saved.
Margarita Villanueva, Mandaluyong City, Philippines
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2.   I HAVE BEEN bothered by a major problem which started when I read a book advocating atheism. This book influenced my beliefs to the point that I questioned the existence of God.
     Atheism really shook me and hurt me inside, for it made me think that all the years of my life were worthless. Now, I am thankful that after a long time of research and rationalization, I am now able to prove to myself and to anyone that a Creator absolutely exists. 
     But my personal crisis is not yet over. My major problem now concerns discovering who the Creator really is. This is the same problem discussed in the book, "Friend, You Are Not God" written by Jagad Guru, which I was able to read. Isn't it possible that: 1. You are, in reality, the Creator and you just created the universe to be able to play in it? You deliberately forgot your true identity to convince yourself that you are not God because you want to play as a creature and not as a Creator; 2. Some intelligent beings from other galaxies created or manipulated you and put you in this world to play with you or to experiment on you? 
     The Bible says that God created the universe and everything in it.  I prefer this Bible theory (at least at present) to the two other theories mentioned above because I know it is nearer to the truth. At least this declaration by the Bible is, say 90% possible compared to the two other theories which are, say, only 10% possible. But I don't want to find myself choosing the Bible's declaration just because it is the best among the possible theories but because it is the undeniable truth. 
     This is my problem. Although the Bible's statement is nearer to the truth, the matter is I can't absolutely prove it. 
     Also, How can I serve my God with my whole heart, mind, body, and soul if in the first place I have doubts on who He really is? 
     I said that the Bible's statement is, say, 90% possible. Hence, at least, I have a little faith in the biblical passage. If you would call that faith, would a little faith like mine be enough for me to be saved come Judgment Day? 

Name withheld
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3.  THESE ARE SOME of the questions I have gathered that assert that the Father, the Word, and  the Holy Ghost are one. The answers to these questions point to the existence of the Holy Trinity. I was reading the Bible when I noticed that it said in Genesis 1 ;26, "Let us make people in our image, to be like ourselves".  If God is the creator, who was God referring to in the pronouns "us," "our," "ourselves" in the said verse?  Don't these pronouns imply that there was   someone with God?  Perhaps The Word or the Holy Ghost?  Because in I John 5:7 it said, "For there are three that  bear record  in  heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one."   Also in St. John 10:30 it states, "I and the Father are one. "Don't these verses imply that they are in fact one"?
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4.  I WROTE TO ask for your explanation of the verse Matthew 28:19 that says "Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit." 
Could not the "the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit" mentioned here refer to the Holy Trinity? 
Bong Reyes, 
Las Pinas, Philippines
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5.  I'M A FRESHMAN in college taking up a bachelor's degree. During our breaks, my classmates and I often engage in trivial  as well us intellectual discussions. Some questions  at times  enter our minds to  which no one among us, not even our professors, could give satisfactory and conclusive answers. So I want to hear from your religion, who created God?  Is it possible for us to explain everything about God? And what proof does the Bible offer that there exists a God? 
William Heatwole, Zurich, Switzerland
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6.  I JOHN 5:7-8 says, "For there are  three that bear record in heaven, the father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one" (King James Version), 
Isn't this a clear proof that the teaching on Trinity is indeed found in the Bible? How then do you explain I John 5:7-8?    
Walter Perez, 
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A
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7.  I UNDERSTAND THAT in the Church of Christ you believe that the Father is the"only" true God (emphasis on the word "only"). You publicly declare this in your sermons, magazines, and even  in  your television programs. If it were true that the Father is the only true God, why then did Jesus declare in John 10:34-35 (Good News Bible), "God said you are gods"? Doesn't this mean that there exist other gods aside from the Father? 
Ralph Cyril Quevedo, Stockton, California, U.S.A.
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8.  IF THE FATHER is the only God as you claim, then why is it written in Psalms 82:l, 6 that "He - judges among the gods'' and "you are gods'?  And besides, what difference does it make if there are many true gods? Wouldn't it be better if there would be many gods? As the old adage goes, "the more the merrier? 
Juancho Corpuz, Binangonan, Rizal, Philippines
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9.  I BELIEVE THAT  'there is only one true God; He is invisible and His name is Jehovah or Yahweh. Although I do not believe in the Trinity, I believe that Christ is God incarnate or else who would the Bible be referring to as Jehovah Who appeared Himself to Abraham in Genesis 17:1? 
Belinda Alvarez, Naga City, Philippines
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10.  THE TEACHING THAT God is everywhere is against the Bible. If God were everywhere, He must also be in beer houses, prostitution dens, and crack houses.  In Matthew 6:9, Jesus said in His prayer that God is in heaven. 
Isn't it that God is in heaven and not in places where there is immorality? 
Jay Magunay, 
Sta Rosa, Laguna, Philippines
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11.  IN REJECTING THE "hypostatic union" or the doctrine of the Bible stating that Christ is both man and God, you cite Ezekiel 28:2 in which God said to the Prince of Tyre, "you are a man, and not a god."  I believe  that this verse is impertinent to the  issue, for it is clear that God here was talking to the Prince of Tyre, and not to the Lord Jesus Christ.  What applies to the Prince of Tyre does not automatically apply to Christ.  Remember that the statement of the Bible that "all hare sinned" (Rom, 5:12) applies to all men except to Jesus, for He has not sinned (I Ft 2:21-22). How sure are you, then, that God's statement "you are a man, and not a god" applies to Christ? 
Rica Paras, Pagasa, Quezon City, Philippines
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12.  LAST JANUARY AND February, I received copies of Pasugo (God's Message) from Ms. Judith Brani, a member of your Church, Iglesia ni Cristo, in Naval,  Biliran Province. Since then, I have become an avid reader of your magazine and even a regular listener to your radio programs. 
I would like to know your answers to the following questions which have been confusing me:
1. What is the difference between God and Lord? 
2. Other groups declare that Jesus the only one God. But other groups say that God has three appearances. 
3. What is the difference between soul and spirit? 
4. Why is it that during baptism, some religions simply sprinkle water on  the individual instead of immersing him? 

Jovencio Barbanida, 
Biliran Province, Philippines
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