Do you go to hell if you don’t believe in God?

Q: Do you go to hell if you don’t believe in God?

I find it hard to believe that God is so touchy that he sends a perfectly good person to hell for all eternity if they don’t believe in him when they are alive.

A: It’s important to understand exactly how these things work.

Due to the first man’s original sin, all of his (Adam’s) descendants (us) are born in a pre-exisiting state of sin, already “pledged” to Satan, the devil.

The only one with the power to break that domination and save someone from eternal slavery to Satan, sin, and death is Jesus Christ.

The work of salvation is typically accomplished through the one, holy, Catholic and apostolic church that Jesus personally founded, for that express purpose.

The sacrament of Baptism provides an authentic and extremely powerful opportunity for an individual to reject Satan and all his works, in favor of Jesus Christ, God and savior.

Once a person has sworn faithful allegiance to Jesus Christ in this way, he is no longer a slave to Satan, but a child of God, a citizen of Heaven, a temple of the Holy Spirit, a member of the church and a co-heir with Jesus Christ. Also necessarily included in this divinely mandated system of things is a provision for the forgiveness of sins.

So far as God being “touchy” … God’s perfect justice demands a certain amount of specificity and fidelity … balanced by a certain quality of divine mercy … something which is not at all unreasonable.

The bottom line is this:

Without faith in Jesus Christ and his church … something that’s typically declared through baptism … a person remains subject to Satan, sin, and eternal death. The only reasonably certain future for one such as this is an eternity in Hell, to which Satan and all his subjects will most certainly be consigned. It’s really that simple.

Since God is sovereign, all powerful, merciful and loving, there’s a chance that he might take pity on someone who has chosen to repeatedly reject him over the course of a lifetime, and choose to save that person’s soul and admit him to heaven, anyway. But that wouldn’t be the norm,  it wouldn’t be exactly fair to all of the other faithful, and it would be very problematic, in many other ways.

So … “good person” … knowing what you now know … why would you want to take that kind of a chance with your eternal destiny?

The reason for our joy: Christmas is proof that God always keeps his promises


by Doug Lawrence

The first thing God did after Adam fell from grace was call a meeting. (That probably explains why meetings have always seemed like a form of punishment, to many of us.)

The Old Testament Bible Book of Genesis, Chapter 3, verse 15, duly records the promise God made to Adam at that meeting … the promise of a redeemer … who would one day come to repair the damage that had been done … something that Adam could never hope to accomplish on his own.

Genesis 3:15 I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.

Until that day, all of mankind would remain enslaved to Satan, sin, and death … except for the Virgin Mary, who was, by special privilege of God, conceived without sin, in order to make it possible for her to become the mother of our holy Savior, Jesus Christ. (That’s also why the above Bible verse has both a decidedly masculine as well as feminine “sense” to it.)

When Almighty God sets out to fulfill a promise, there’s nothing in the universe that can stop him … hence the joyous and absolutely confident proclamation of the angels, on that first Christmas.

Luke 2:10-14 And the angel said to them: Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy that shall be to all the people: For, this day is born to you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David. And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest: and on earth peace to men of good will.

As we all know, within the space of some thirty-three short years, that mild babe in the manger went on to perfectly fulfill all the prophecies and promises that God had ever made, concerning him … destroying Satan’s evil dominion, reconciling sinful mankind, opening the gates of Heaven, and permanently establishing the Kingdom of God, on the Earth.

Thanks to Christ, the state of war that had existed between man and God since ancient times was at an end. From that day forward, God’s grace would trump sin and death, while Satan, the former slave master and undisputed “Prince of this World” would remain a tragic, desperate fugitive on earth, (much like the late Iraqi dictator Sadaam Hussein, who spent his last days cowering in an underground “spider hole” until justice finally caught up with him.)


Now (and forever) Jesus reigns
as King of Kings and Lord of Lords!


Q: If law is the ministration of condemnation and death, did Jesus condemn himself to death by fulfilling law?

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Q: If  the law is the ministration of condemnation and death, did Jesus condemn himself to death by fulfilling law?

A: To the contrary … perfectly fulfilling the law while totally avoiding sin is the only way to escape death, since under God’s oldest and most essential law, the “Law of Sin and Death” ONLY one without sin is NOT liable to die.

That’s why Satan and his minions had no business doing what they did to the totally impeccable Jesus.  And that’s why Jesus’ death officially put Satan out of business, forever … since nobody … not even the devil … then, the acknowledged “Prince of this World” …  had the power or the authority to take the life of a sinless man … let alone the only begotten son of God.

As for the rest of us, no matter how hard we try, we’re stuck with our inherited sinfulness, due to Adam’s original fall from grace. So without faith in Jesus Christ and true allegiance to him, who is our God, our High Priest, our brother, and our holy Redeemer, and who is also the only “well spring” of God’s sanctifying grace, we typically remain slaves to Satan, sin and death, forever.

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Why did Jesus call himself “Son of Man” and at other times “Son of God”?

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Q: Why did Jesus call himself “Son of Man” and at other times “Son of God”?

A: The name “Adam” means “The Man”.

In Genesis 3:15 God promises to eventually send a redeemer who will be the male offspring (son) of Adam … “Son of (the) Man“.

The Hebrews would have no doubt that Jesus, applying this term to himself, was most certainly declaring himself to be none other than the promised Messiah.

But the Jews (or the gentiles, for that matter) would probably not have expected the Messiah to also be the Son of God, since that detail wasn’t clearly defined, according to their limited understanding of the OT scriptures, which described God as “one”.

Jesus personally set that matter straight when he described himself as the Son of God … and that was enough to get him crucified … perfectly fulfilling God’s salvific plan.

Can you imagine God sitting on his throne in Heaven saying this?

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Q: Can you imagine God sitting on his throne in Heaven saying this?

“As the all-powerful, all-knowing creator of the universe, I shall write a book for my creation, and I shall call it The Bible. Let’s see, what shall I put in it??? Well, I want to be SURE to write about my absolute endorsement of slavery in both the Old and the New Testaments — slavery is very important to me and I want people buying and selling slaves for thousands of years. And I want to be CERTAIN that the book shows how much I hate women in both the Old and the New Testaments. And I can NOT forget the parts about animal and human sacrifice, because sacrifices are an essential element of every proper religion. I want people slaughtering animals, splattering their blood and then burning the carcasses on a stone altar because the aroma is pleasing to me. And I want to make human sacrifice the centerpiece of my worship. And I CERTAINLY need to include the juicy parts about child massacre in both the Old and the New Testaments. Baby killing is something that I will emphasize throughout this book because it is very important to me.”

A: Due to Adam’s sin, all of mankind was eternally enslaved to Satan, sin, and death.

God took on human flesh specifically to save us from that decrepit state.

And since Jesus’ kingdom was not of this world, it would be left up to the Church to eventually bring an end to human-on-human slavery.

The accounts in the Bible accurately reflect the people and the events of the various times in which it was written.

And for your information, God created the Blessed Virgin Mary … a woman … to be the “portal” between Heaven and Earth … who would bring salvation (Jesus) into the world. Mary remains eternally blessed, God’s number one success story, and the grace-empowered role model for every human who ever lived, or ever will live. 

Not bad for a God who, according to you, hates women.  

Until the protestant reformation, and for a number of very good reasons … nobody … not even Jesus Christ … ever dreamed of using the Bible as the sole authority for the Christian faith.

Jesus founded the Church … not the Bible … to lead all men to salvation in his grace, and the Bible constitutes only a portion of the Church’s sacred deposit of faith.

As for all the other stuff you wrote … you’re either being dishonest or you’re simply ignorant … because you’re certainly not funny.

Why would God need blood to atone for sins?

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Q: Why would God need blood to atone for sins?

A: Until mankind was freed from slavery to satan, sin, and death there could be no forgiveness of sins.

Satan and the forces of evil had no right to take the life of the sinless Jesus.

When they spilled Christ’s innocent blood, they instantly forfeited the dominion over the earth that satan had received when he swindled Adam, some 6000 years earlier.

Jesus was subsequently resurrected and appointed the new and sinless head of all mankind, and under this new leadership God was more than willing to make peace with sinful mankind.

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What biblical support is there for the idea that Adam had “powers” before he sinned?

Q: What biblical support is there for the idea that Adam had “powers” before he sinned?
Douglas W. Phillips, founder of Vision forum, claims that Adam had some kind of “powers” before he sinned that enabled him to do things that we couldn’t even come close to today. Does anyone know of any direct biblical support for this idea, as I know of none?

A: It’s clear that Adam was well educated by the Lord, in all things. Adam also possessed a near perfect human body (the Bible claims it was “very good”… not perfect.)

God would not have held Adam responsible for his sin, if he wasn’t fully capable of understanding God’s law, and keeping it.

Philips’ “take” on this might be a bit excessive, but it’s not totally wrong.

After the fall, Eden soon disappeared, and Adam did indeed steadily decline … in both body and soul … worn out by the harsh realities of his newly chosen circumstances … devoid of God’s grace … enslaved to Satan, sin, and death … until he eventually died.