What has stood out to me as I have been looking into the Bible and turned around from all the other ways of my looking into other paths of spirituality, is that the Bible does address our most controversial questions such as;
How did the universe come into existence? Is there a God? If so, what is God like? Why does mankind exist? What is our purpose for being here? Why is there evil and suffering in the world? And what happens to us when we die?
While other ways speak of these things as well, they leave out answering the questions about God. God as being a Personal Being.
The Bible doesn't leave these questions up in the air, or up to us in making up our own reasons that suits our fancies, to help ease our conscience. The words written in the Bible, tend to prick our conscience and what this does is gives us a choice. Do I believe this and turn towards God, or ignore it and find something else that makes me feel more comfortable...run away from God.
From where I am now, I see how this idea of looking around for something else more spiritually suitable that allowed me to feel more comfortable, did not in the long term. It did erase that little doubt in the back of mind for awhile, yet a seed remained that I was avoiding something, now I know, it was Someone ... I know you know what I am speaking about here. And in time, we can either flat out harden our self to it, by continuously ignoring the pricks of our conscience, and from the very first moment of speaking out loud against God, usually by cursing Him, and the other way by running away and burying our heads in the sand hoping these pricks of our conscience will just go away...like placing our hands over our eyes and ears...
Yet, even these approaches still lead us to looking for any other way to justify our freewill choice of deciding we are right in denying that God is Real, by forcing our attention to focus more upon accomplishments, especially philanthropic ones, as the doing of good deeds in order to validate our 'goodness' of character, and that we are moral agents. To appease our own conscience, by being able to look to these things as our 'evidence'.
Regarding what happens to us when we die;
The Bible teaches resurrection and judgement, not reincarnation (1 Corinthians 15:12-49; John 11:25-26; Hebrews 9:27-28).
This Monk died for three days and claims he was in Hell.
I don't understand. Siddhartha cared about the suffering of people and Jesus didn't come yet! I'm not saying Hell isn't real but why did Jesus/God not come sooner to save the Buddha? God is sovereign over all things and he predestines who goes to heaven. Something is very wrong here. Why is the road to hell broad and the read to heaven so narrow with a all powerful loving God? Also a lot of people or most people do not believe in Jesus simply because they do not know based on evidence that Jesus and Hell are real. Why doesn't Jesus give more people proof. This monk isn't saved by faith he's saved because he was shown Hell exists.
Louis, the monk was saved by faith because even though he was shown that Hell does indeed exist, he had to make the choice himself to accept in faith that what God has said to mankind was true and that Jesus is Who He says He is. Faith is not a forced decision, it never is. This monk reveals that even though he had never heard about anything remotely related to God and Jesus Christ while he was alive, he knew when he saw these things that God was real, and everything he had 'experienced' as being true while alive was false. This monk knew the difference. He wasn't forced to share these things, he was told to, but the choice was his.
You as many of us have and do speak of God as how can a loving God make the way to Him so narrow. Let's reason here Louis. It's narrow because it leaves no room for making error. It's not meant to lead to false gods, but to the One True God. And One leaves no room for many. True or False. Anything false cancels out Truth. Truth cancels out false. The two cannot co-exist together.
On Hell: Most people here if not everyone here believes in the after life. You believe in a Astral body, the ability to feel pleasure so it only makes sense that this Astral body could feel pain as well. Probably a great deal of pain since we already know the Astral body experiences are more real then the limited physical body. This is very alarming. If hell is indeed real its painful beyond imagination! Most people here are also very compassionate. We do not want to believe that their are untold trillions in Hell suffering and feeling pain in every part of their Astral being.
One lady got a vision of a rock star that killed himself. He was screaming and his face was melting and then his face reformed and the pain continued. Do we want hell to be real? No. but is it real?
This answer will have to be determined by every individual. No one can make the choice to believe if hell is real for another. What I ask all to consider is that since we have been told that hell exists or we would have no idea of there being one, are you willing to risk being wrong about believing it isn't real? If it is...
Jesus why all this confusion? We can't we just know the truth?!
The Bible gives us the reason for all this confusion Louis;
2 Corinthians 4
Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age
has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself.
All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal
All other teachers were made divine and 'ascended' masters by man, not by God. Only Jesus is called the Only Begotten Son of God.
May you give deep consideration to these things and come into the knowledge of The Truth, which Jesus said He is. He never said he was 'a' way to the truth of eternal life. He said, "I AM The Way, The Truth, The Life, and no man comes unto the Father but by me."
And a Bengali monk found this out for himself to be true. And who said miracles aren't happening now in this modern day?
That is a genuine miracle, because it happened in a remote part of this world, and not by some evangelical tv preacher. And the Bible actually says that we are placed exactly where we are to be in order to hear the gospel message. God is a God of order.
It is the Spirit of God that calls us and makes us alive, and not by the workings of human hands.
We don't know the truth Louis because we keep turning away from it and turning towards teachings that 'tickle' our ears, that appease our conscience but do not cleanse our conscience...
It all comes down to this; now that you
have heard about Jesus, what are you
going to do with Him?
God is obviously taking care of the universe and all His creation, and right now, He is asking you this question.
You in faith decide to believe it or reject it. It's always been a matter of one choice.
Where are you placing your faith into the most?
Faith in God and what He has said through Jesus His Son, or faith in man ~~♥~