Mapledale Church
Friday, July 28, 2017

QUESTIONS?

The Bible has Answers!

 
  • Why am I here?

  • Is there a God?

  • Where am I going?

  • Why is there suffering?

  • Which religion is right?

  • How can I know God?

  • Is there a heaven?

  • Why do people die?

  • Is there a hell?

  • What is sin?

  • Is evolution true?

  • Will there be a judgment day?

     

Perhaps your question is different from those we have listed on this page.  If so, know that we may not know ALL the answers to every question that can be raised, but we would love to search the Scriptures and to help anyone who asks with answers from the Word of God that can be trusted, for they stem from a God who can be trusted!   Please us the contact page and email us with your question!

 

  • Why am I here?

    • We exist for the glory of God, who greatly desires to have a loving relationship with all those in His creation.

    • Cotrary to what we are often taught, we were not created to "do things for God" but rather we were created to commune with God.

    • We commune with God through prayer, through reading the words that He gave us as to tell us about Himself and the world in which we live (the Bible) and through the love we express with each other when we speak God's word to lift up and build up all those that we know.

    • It is only after we have a true relationship with God that our reason for existence becomes known to most people.  That is because God often demonstrates through circumstances, through His word, or through special calls on our heart where we know that He is speaking to us, what it is that God would like us to know.

    • And, through our relationship with God we can know that our future is secure, that we have an "ever present hope in times of trouble," and that we can often be a blessing (bring happiness and joy) to others who are in need.

      • The Bible says:  Proverbs 16:4 (NLT) The Lord has made everything for His own purposes...

      • Genesis 1:27-31a (ESV) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.  31a And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good…

      • Psalm 103:16-18 (ESV) For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.  17 But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, 18 to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.

      • James 4:14-15 (ESV) Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”

  • Is there a God?

    • This may be the question of our time -- or for all time!

    • With the preponderance of "god-claims" where rival religions claim to have the one true (or multiple true) God(s) it is especially important to investigate this question and the Christian response to this question.

    • Of course the Christian position is that there IS a God.  That is almost a given, for the sum total of Christianity is God's effort to reach out to His created beings and our effort to return that reach to God!

    • But, what claims does a Christian use to support their belief that God exists?

    • The whole of Christianity starts with the very first line of the Bible: 

      • Genesis 1:1 (ESV) "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth."

      • This verse does not -- unlike many rival religions -- explain how God came to be; but simply presumes that GOD IS and that all other things exist because GOD IS.

      • Psalm 19:1 (ESV) The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

    • The Bible also explains that it is possible for all humans to know that God exists:

      • Romans 1:17-21 (ESV) For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.

    • What are the "evidences" that are suppressed?

      • Creation itself is an evidence.  The marvels of how, literally, every atom of the entire cosmos fit together and in such intricate detail, indicates design in the universe.  The laws of physics (laws of nature) written into the very fabric of the universe speak to the existence of the wisest possible designer!

      • The fact that there is "something" instead of "nothing" also leads us to consider that where "something began" there must be a "beginner" or as more commonly presented in philosophical terms, "a first and necessary cause that caused all other causes."

      • Our minds are another evidence.  The marvel that we humans can process thought, including higher levels of thought, than the animal world with speech, cognition, emotion, and the stunning amount of information that can be processed -- far greater than even the most mighty computers designed by humans -- all indicate a mind designed by God and able to both know God and believe what He tells us.

      • And, not only our mind, but the DNA code that both regulates our body and allows us to replicate our bodies into new births.  DNA is now known to be a detailed advanced language that we are now learning to "read" and from that reading comes understanding that we are, as the Scripture says, "fearfully and wonderfully made!"

      • At the end of the day, it is rather easy to see -- if one wishes to see -- that there IS a God, for worship of God in some form or fashion is almost universal among human beings and has been so down through history for as far as there are historical records or even pre-historical evidences.  What is abnormal is to consider all the things we see, touch, feel, and believe, and suggest that there is no God.

      • The discussion of the existence of God is currently a hot-button issue and many current books, scientific answers, etc., seem to either deny the existence of God or to downplay God's role if those writers can admit that God potentially exists in some form.  What none can answer, however, is how "something" came to be "from nothing" without a first cause who was both personal and immaterial (spirit) transcendent of creation (wholly other than the universe which was created).