I KNOW I SHOULDNT BE ASKING THESE QUESTIONS. I FEEL GUILTY……MAYBE IF I GOT INTO CHURCH MORE, I WOULD UNDERSTAND, BUT I DONT COME FROM A RELIGIOUS BACKGROUND ALL THAT MUCH, AND A RATHER COMPLICATED FAMILY RELATIONSHIP SO….GOING TO CHURCH HAS NEVER REALLY BEEN A “THING” FROM MY FAM TO DO. BUT, I JUST…
Darling, first you have to turn off Caps Lock…it looks like you’re shouting at people.
Next, re-read what you just wrote – you seem to be reacting against Christian beliefs…most of your questions have to do with Christian doctrine.
You might want to look into non-Christian belief systems – they’re not the only theists in the world, and you may find existing beliefs that are more in harmony with your thoughts. There’s a lot of information on the web about different beliefs – given your beliefs about the earth, you may want to check out pantheism and deism.
OK, you ask a lot of questions there, so be prepared for some long answers! I’ll try to keep this as short as possible. PLEASE feel free to email me if you want to talk further, okay?
1. What kind of “proof” could you possibly hope there would be about whether someone was a virgin or not over 2,000 years ago? There’s a written record stating that she was; you can either believe it or not believe it. And it wasn’t just the New Testament authors who stated that she was a virgin; the prophets of the Old Testament said the same thing.
2. The books of Mark and John state He first appeared after the resurrection to Mary Magdalene. In Luke, there’s the story of Jesus appearing to two men walking along a road, then appearing to the disciples as well.
3. God spoke the Ten Commandments to Moses. God wrote the Bible; men wrote the words down as they were inspired by the Holy Spirit.
4. Honey, you could read a million different books about “why” there are religions around the world. Basically, it’s a mixture of what’s been passed down from generation to generation, and from culture to culture, along with the inherent human belief that there is “more” than just this life and this world.
4a (you put #4 twice lol). Jews are a race of people that descended from Abraham. If you weren’t a descendent, you weren’t Jewish. It’s that simple. If you can believe we have a Maker, why can’t you believe the stories about Him in the Bible? That’s just something you need to ask yourself.
5. Jesus was born of a virgin because He was meant to be fully human and fully God. Having an earthly mother was the way He became an earthly man; having a Heavenly Father was the way He retained His divine nature. He had to die a horrible death to pay for the sins of the entire world.
6. All I can say about that is, God knew it was going to happen, just like you said. But He had a plan already in place to save the world from sin and death and evil. And one day, Satan will be gotten rid of forever and ever.
Hope that helps…email me anytime if you want to talk more!
For me, faith means a lot of things. If you will allow it, I will use the Bible, just to better explain what faith is to me. Faith is as 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18: So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever. Also, faith can be described as what Paul says in 2 Timothy 4: 6-8: You take over. I’m about to die, my life an offering on God’s altar. This is the only race worth running. I’ve run hard right to the finish, believed all the way. All that’s left now is the shouting—God’s applause! Depend on it, he’s an honest judge. He’ll do right not only by me, but by everyone eager for his coming. Yet, I know that you really don’t want to just read the text. You want to know what I think too. (The Bible expressed it much better than I could, but I will try.) Faith really is all about trusting and hoping. I do believe that God exists, and I talk to Him every day, because I know that without Him I would be lost. Also, true faith expresses itself through compassion, forgiveness, generousity, and love. I try my best to live my life in that way. Jesus did. What excuse do I have? Not a one…
All these questions can be answered once you get to know the God and his Word (the bible) better.
I’ll try to answer a few of them, but I will also provide a link to a website that answers questions about Christianity.
God chose a virgin to be the mother of Jesus because Jesus had to be without sin, the perfect sacrifice, the white lamb. If you recal from the Old Testament, the people had to sacrifice an animal without defent- a perfect sacrifice or else their sins wouldn’t be forgiven. The bible says that “Without bblood there is no forgiveness.” If you believe Jesus was the perfect sacrifice then it goes to show that Mary was a virgin.
I believe it was Mary Magdeline who saw that Jesus’ tomb had been disturbed and then saw Jesus in the garden. She ran to tell the disciples after doing so.
Moses was the one chosen by God to lead his people out of Egypt from the slavery of Pharoh. He then later went up to the mountain and was given the Ten Commandments by God and then ordered to bring them to the people.
Jesus was in fact a Jew. But remember that this is not only a religion, but also a race. Yes he was of the Jewish faith because the Jewish predicts the coming of a Messiah. He knew he was the messiah so therefore was Jewish.
There is too many questions for me to answer right now, but here is the link I promised. gotquestions.org
Some of your questions are answerable with bible research others are not known by any person. The fact of the matter is that Jesus is the Son of God. He died for our sins and rose from the dead but the only way you are going to believe that is if you have a relationship with God for yourself. You need to do the following:
1. Ask God in Jesus name to come into your heart an reveal Himself to you.
2. Stop trying to use logic to understand God. Your mind isn’t large enough to understand God’s ways.
3. Get a study bible to understand the bible better.
4. Find a church that fits your needs and teaches the statements that I made above about God.
if you believe that Jesus was just a man ,there is your problem.
we have faith in the word of God and we can’t prove anything to you.
we can tell you what the bible says and you either believe it or not.
Jesus is God come down to us in the flesh.
He was born of a virgin and lived a sinless life.
He willing died for you sins and was raised back up on the third day.
I have faith that this is all true.
I believe in my heart that Jesus is God along with the Father,and the Holy Spirit.
read the bible with your heart open and I would start with John,this book tells us who Jesus is.
and Romans will tell you what you need to know to be saved.
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What people believe is not as important as how it makes them think about and behave toward others. If it is more important to a believer that God or some person said or did a specific thing in a specific way far in the past than it is to tend to the immediate needs of the people we live among, then that believer’s religion is evil. If one’s religion directs one to see other people with compassion, and to treat them as one would wish to be treated, then that believer’s religion is good, even if it doesn’t take its background story too literally.
Instead of obsessing about the trivial details of what we should believe, we should always consider WHY we believe it, what good it does in our lives. If Mary NOT being a virgin makes me a meaner, more selfish person, let her be a virgin. If the literal, physical resurrection of Jesus does NOT affect my humble service to the poor and powerless, then it can just as easily be a metaphorical resurrection. Too many believers find it far easier to zealously defend the minutiae of Bible stories than to apply their lessons to their own behavior. Religion should be used to create a world with compassionate, Godly qualities, not to invent an exclusive club for smug insiders.
There is no need for you to feel guilty for asking questions… What has caused you to feel guilt, other than you mention you have not attended a church? It’s wonderful that you are wanting to go back to church and turn your heart to God. It is also normal to ask questions, because that is how we learn.
1. The Bible states that Mary was a virgin upon conception and when Jesus was born. Matt. 1: 23 “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”
2. I don’t think anyone saw Christ rise from the tomb. But many saw him after he has risen, because he appeared unto them. http://scriptures.lds.org/en/search?type…
3. Many people contributed to the writings of the Bible. Usually it was by the hand of a prophet, or one chosen by God to write the records of the people. Some “authors” of the Bible are obvious, others are not. For example, Matthew wrote the Book of Matthew in the New Testament. Mark wrote the Book of Mark… and so on.
4. Because many people have interpreted the Bible in different ways. They rely on their own reasoning to understand spiritual things. However, one *can* ask God what is correct and what is incorrect. God will always lead people in the direction of truth. Man is fallible.
4. When Jesus was alive, a Jew meant someone who was from the tribe of Judah. It was more of an indicator of lineage rather than “religion.” Jesus Christ gave God’s word to the people of the Old and New Testament. Christianity is named after the teachings that Jesus Christ gave in the New Testament. The law of Moses was the law that the Jews followed.
5. Because there needed to be a way that we could return to our Father in Heaven. Jesus paid the price for your sins so that you wouldn’t have to if you accept Him. By accepting Jesus and following His example, you are made clean in the sight of God.
6. Because there must be opposition in all things. And because we must be able to grow through our experiences. 2 Ne. 2: 11, 15 “For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so….righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility. “
The Bible says faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. (that means you need to read your Bible). Your right you can not believe most of what you hear on t.v.. It is also true that you can not believe much of what you see for answers in Y/A so this isn’t the wisest of places to be either! God does NOT lie. he will provide answers to your questions in the Bible. Be sure to ask Him to open your mind to receive His truths! God bless you.
Hello and I do hope you are sincere. The Bible says that if you go seeking God, God will find YOU.
And that the beginning of wisdom is “the fear of God”.. and that doesn’t mean the sort of thing some would have you believe! It’s the sort of reverence or deference one would give to any of the ruling authorities.. your president, your boss, the police- the recognition of power and authority.
I pray you begin to read a Bible. A simple Bible in version you can understand, the New American Standard is a good version, easy to read.
And I pray you begin to attend a simple Bible teaching congregation. Try out Baptist, Evangelical Free or Alliance denominations.
God will lead you to the right teacher, I believe it. But start by reading his Word for yourself.
1) If Mary had NOT been a virgin she would not have ‘qualified’ to be the MOther of the Son of God.
2) Many saw Christ risen – Mary Magdalene, the 12 Disciples, and others – check out your New Testament for details I’d say.
3) The Bible has been written by various authors and followers of Christ since the beginning. Their sacred writings were known to the early Israelites as the Arc of the Covenant and held as vital and sacred to their tribes. The New Testament writings obviously occured by various writers, only some of which are included in the KLV of the Bible we read today. They were compiled by ‘men’ – just regular men, but the Word of God as translated correctly is found within its pages nonetheless.
4) SO many religions because MAN looks for answers from religions that exist and when he doesn’t find the answers he seeks he STARTS his own religious group. We must each seek and find truth through our own personal study and prayer and SEARCH until we find TRUTH that suits us personally.
4) you have two#4’s! : ) Jesus was a Jew that is true. He was raised in the jewish religion and faith but since HE Himself was He who was prophecied to FULFILL THE LAW, the foretold Messiah – then HIS word, HIS Gospel was for the whole world – Jew & Gentile alike.
5) If you believe that Jesus truly died for your sins then it isn’t reasonable to NOT believe Him as the Son of God if you think He was your Savior & Redeemer too… NO mortal imperfect MAN could have suffered and died and paid the price for the sins of man kind. ONLY a perfect son of God could have and did do this. If you nurture that seed of faith within you, continue to study, learn, pray and LIVE as Christ told us to LIVE – you too will learn & grow in faith, understanding and wisdom and gain a more sure witness for yourself of the things of which you ask.
Some good questions I must say.