Questions About Christianity

I was recently asked what I believe concerning the following questions:

Is salvation by faith alone? By faith alone through Christ alone. Our faith is evident through works. (John 3:16-17, Ephesians 2:8-9)

How do I know I am saved? Faith without works is dead, so your life will represent Christ. You will walk in the Spirit showing the fruit of the Spirit. (James 2:14-24, Galatians 5:16-26)

Can a Christian lose his salvation? Once “saved” you are a new man the old dies away. It is a true transformation. I believe if you truly go through that you’ll not loose your salvation. (2 Corinthians 5:17-21)

Is baptism necessary? Becoming a Christian means you have been baptized by the Spirit. John the baptist said that he baptized with water but the one coming after (Christ) would baptize with fire (the Holy Spirit). Water baptism is not required but is commanded so if you are faithful to Christ you should get baptized. (Mathew 3:11, Mathew 28:16-20, Mark 1:8, Acts 2:38)

Where are the people who have passed on? With God or not. I believe that God exists outside of time, since He created it. Since our souls are eternal, I would say they immediately depart form this world.

Will there be a tribulation and a rapture? Yes and Yes. As for when nobody knows.

What is worship? The prime purpose of man is to glorify God. Obeying God, prayer, singing His praises, studying His word.

Why do we worship on Sunday, isn’t Saturday the Sabbath? I believe it is mainly to remember and celebrate Christ rising form the dead. The Bible has Paul doing things on Sunday (Acts 20:7, 1 Corinthians 16:1-2). I personally believe that everyone should have a weekly day of rest and worship of God, the day itself does not matter as much. (Colossians 2:16-17, Romans 14:5-6)

Are we born into sin, as in Original Sin? Sin enter the world through Adam and through him spread to all. (Romans 5:12)

Is the Bible all that is needed to know God’s will? Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. =) The Bible has God’s will for us in it. It has the principles that we should live our life by, primarily love God and your Neighbor. I believe God’s will can be shown through prayer and supplication also.

Can women be pastors? I’d say no according to 1 Timothy 2:11-15.

Are we predestined to be saved or to be lost? I find this one tough as it becomes a paradoxical conversation.

Are spiritual gifts, miraculous gifts, available to us today? I’d say yes as God is all powerful and there are missionaries that have been able to witness in another language without prior knowledge. I’d say the measuring stick is if it gives glory to God.

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