Re: Death of a Loved One

Dear Doubting Thomas, You said you want to be a Christian, but you cannot imagine a kind God letting your loved one die. You said you just want to know why. First, I want to say how sorry I am for your loss. It can be so painful to deal with those feelings of grief, shock, sorrow, loneliness, emptiness, among others. Knowing a specific reason why that person has passed on would not necessarily help you deal with your emotions. Getting help to express your emotions will comfort you. If you feel angry or bitter at God, you can open up and be honest with him in prayer that you feel that way and ask him to comfort you and to relieve that pain. It can be helpful to express your feelings by chatting with a friend, meeting with a counselor, journaling your feelings, channeling your feelings into some artistic expression, or even by exercising. Somehow it can feel so personal when someone close to us dies, but I can assure it is nothing personal. Our bodies all die at one time or other, whether it is due to disease, accidents, old age, or something else. The good news is our souls can live eternally with God if we trust Jesus for our salvation. The worst decision you could make is to ruin your chances to meet that loved one again in heaven by separating yourself from God. The degree to which you miss that loved one does not even compare to the degree of sorrow God feels toward you as you continue to live independent of him. He has a great plan for you, the world, and everyone else in it. He knows when we will be born and when we will die. He works everything together for our good because he loves us. Sincerely, Your Friend in Christ

P.S. The Bible tells us that when Christians are “…away from the body…”, then they are “at home with the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 5:8)

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Re: Too Good to be True

Dear Doubting Thomas, You said you would like to be a Christian, but it’s just too good to be true. You said, “All I have to do is trust Jesus as my Savior, and I get to live forever in heaven? There is no way that is real!” I know that you have had a hard life. You have had many disappointments and broken dreams. Your past experiences can make something as wonderful as heaven seem like a scam or wishful thinking, but God has really prepared a place for you in heaven. His plan for a painless life was ruined when Adam sinned, but it was restored when Jesus died on the cross for our sins. It is our second chance for the painless life God intended for us to live because he loves us so much. The worse thing you could do is pass up this amazing opportunity to humble yourself, admit you have sinned, and accept God’s forgiveness. Please accept this opportunity that God is giving you today. Sincerely, Your Friend in Christ

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Re: Your Doubt in Jesus as the Only Way

Dear Doubting Thomas, You said you were thinking about becoming a Christian, but you could not believe Jesus was the only way. You said, “What about people in other nations that are isolated from the gospel?” You know Jesus performed lots of supernatural miracles when he walked on Earth, right? Did you know he has not stopped? People in other nations have said Jesus appeared to them in a dream or vision. Looking at statistics maps of religions by percentages are completely inaccurate. That is because Christian persecution is so violent and widespread that people must keep their Christian beliefs a secret to preserve the lives of their families. God will reach every person that sincerely wants to know his son in natural or supernatural ways. You do need to worry about them. You do need to concern yourself with your own relationship with God. Jesus is the only way to obtain eternity with God so do not delay. Sincerely, Your Friend in Christ

P.S. Jesus himself announces, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) You can trust his words.

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Re: Your Fear of God

Dear Doubting Thomas, You said you are unsure if you want to become a Christian because you are afraid of God. You said, “God slayed lots of people in Sodom and Gomorrah and during Noah’s time. What kind of God kills people?” Well, we must know that men are made in God’s image. Men cannot have a greater understanding of justice than their own Maker. God can see inside the hearts of men and saw they were evil. (Yes, every single person that was killed in Sodom and Gomorrah by God was truly wicked!) As Creator, it is God’s right to punish wickedness with death. In some ways, we are all wicked because we all sin. God is the only one who is good. God does not have to punish all of us for our sinfulness with death. Instead, God provides a way for us to escape the punishment. He sent his son to die for us so we can be spared from the punishment of death. This gift of eternal life is a special gift from God. If you accept God’s free gift of salvation, there is no reason for you to fear God. Sincerely, Your Friend in Christ

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Re: Your Distrust in the Gospels

Dear Doubting Thomas, You said you don’t know if you can trust the books of the New Testament. You said, “After all, there are lots of gospels that were never chosen for the Bible.” Well, there are actually good reasons why those gospels were never chosen. The books of the New Testament were chosen based on specific criteria such as: 1) Was the book written by an apostle or under the authority of an apostle? 2) Was the book consistent with the Old Testament and teaching of the apostles? 3) Was the book widely used by the early church? Those are just some of the tough criteria the New Testament books had to pass. Throughout history, thousands of Christians died to preserve these books. The gospels in the Bible contain the real truth about Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. You should check them out! Sincerely, Your Friend in Christ

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Re: Your View of Church

Dear Doubting Thomas, You said you do not attend church and see no reason anyone should. You said, “Going to church does not make you a Christian.” While that is true, there are many important reasons to attend church. 1) God is worthy of our praise. Praise and worship help us remember we are God’s children. 2) Gathering in the name of Jesus to discuss his teachings helps us to live by God’s Word. 3) We need others to pray for us, and we need to pray for others. We need encouragement from other Christians to live honorable lives. 4) Churches serve the community through giving and volunteers. By attending and participating in church, you have opportunity to serve Christ with the support of an organization. 5) Churches often provide activities to its members. Through these fun activities, lifelong friendships are made. Going to church may not make you a Christian, but it is a powerful tool to obtain and maintain a strong faith. When we do all of these things, God shows up in a big way.  God sees whatever sacrifice you must make to attend church and will reward you in ways only he can. Hope to see you in church on Sunday! Sincerely, Your Friend in Christ

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Re: Your Distrust in Paul’s Writings

Dear Doubting Thomas, You said you believe in the Bible mostly, but you cannot accept Paul’s teachings. You say he was not Jesus’ disciple so he does not have the authority to teach about Jesus. Since Paul wrote over ten books in the New Testament, that means you reject a large percentage of the New Testament. Something for you to consider is that the disciples Peter and Luke both regarded Paul as a teacher with authority. In 2Peter 3:16, Peter indicates his writing should be respected. Luke referred to Paul as an apostle (see Acts 14). Although Paul did not follow Jesus with the other 12 disciples, Jesus did appear to him on the road to Damascus. The Lord told Ananias about Paul and called him a “chosen instrument.” This role was fulfilled when Paul traveled extensively to carry the gospel to other nations. His travel is chronicled by Luke in Acts 18. Christians can trust Paul’s teachings with confidence along with the rest of the New Testament. Sincerely, Your Friend in Christ

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Re: Biblical View of Slavery

Dear Doubting Thomas, You said, “I want to become a Christian, but I heard the Bible approves of slavery. Is that true?” It is evident from the Bible that God values freedom. He set his people free from the oppression of the Egyptians, and his own son died so mankind can have freedom from sin. During Biblical times, slavery was the compassionate alternative to killing warring groups of people. The enemies of God’s followers were fierce people who sacrificed their own children to false gods, among many other sins. God’s people were entrusted to be an example for other groups.  The Bible is an interesting book, and it is worthwhile to read for yourself from cover to cover—especially if you are interested in becoming a Christian! It might be best to start with the New Testament (since that is God’s promise for us today), then go back to read the Old Testament to understand the need for freedom in Christ. Sincerely, Your Friend in Christ

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Re: Treatment of Women

Dear Doubting Thomas, You said, “I want to become a Christian, but Christian husbands treat women poorly.” That statement is simply untrue, my friend. The Bible states that husbands and wives should submit to one another. It is true that the Bible states that women should listen to their husbands, but it also states that men should love their wives as Christ loves us. Yes, love them like Christ—who gave us his life for us! When Christians live according to the commands of the Bible, the result is an orderly household without constant arguing. Some Christian women choose to work. Others choose to focus on raising their kids. You can become a Christian and feel satisfied that women are treated with the utmost respect and honor from their husbands. Sincerely, Your Friend in Christ

P.S. Keep in mind my earlier letter Re: Your Issue With Abortion.

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Re: Your Disbelief in Hell

Dear Doubting Thomas, You said, “I can conceive heaven somewhere beyond the reach of our telescopes, but the idea of hell is far-fetched. After all, scientists have gathered evidence to determine what is in the earth—and it isn’t hell!” Well, the Bible does not describe hell as a physical place under the surface of the earth. Scripture does not specify a location. Hell could be in a spiritual dimension that we cannot see. We simply do not know. However, we can be sure it exists. Jesus mentioned “hell” repeatedly and described it as a fiery place of torment and agony. Hell can be easily avoided. Trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior. Then you will escape the fires of hell and enjoy the pleasure of knowing God as your father. Sincerely, Your Friend in Christ

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