Questions for real Christians
Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Jesus says that the first thing we must do, even before we choose a church or religion, is to seek the kingdom of God. He also tells us that this kingdom dwells inside us. How can we enter it?
God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5. The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
How did John know that God is light? Did John see this light within Himself? Or are these verses untrue? Clearly the light referred to cannot be just the so-called light of understanding. What is this single eye? How can it be opened so that we can experience the light of God?
No man hath seen God at any time.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Many Christians believe you cannot see God and live. Yet Christ tells us the pure shall see God. Does this mean they will have to wait until they are dead to see God? How can the dead see? Many people believe we can only see God through Jesus Christ. If this is so, and if only the dead are able to see God, why did Jacob say, "I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved." (Gen. 32:30)? How can we become pure enough to see the eternal light of God?
Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
John 4:13, 14
What is this water that Jesus says shall quench a man's thirst forever, and which is found within the man himself, not elsewhere?
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
If this Word existed before the creation of the universe, it can, of course, neither be written nor a spoken word. What is it then?
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you.
Both these verses indicate that it was important to be with Christ when he was on Earth, otherwise it would have meant to be in darkness. If Christ is no longer with us in bodily form, how is salvation possible?
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
1 Cor. 15:19.
If hope in Christ will make men most miserable, what then is it that will relieve men of their misery?
Where a testament is, there must also of necessity he the death of the testator. For a testament is o,fforce after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
Heb. 9:16, 17.
Did Jesus die at some time after he showed Thomas the marks of the nails in his hands? If so, where is this recorded? If not, he must still be alive in the body he had at that time. These verses point out with great common sense that there is no binding effect to the written will of someone who is still alive to make his wishes known. So how can the scriptures be binding on us, if Jesus is alive? And if Jesus is dead, how can he save us?
And these all (Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac etc.), having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, of forcey without us should not be made perfect.
Heb. 11:39, 40.
Even the Red Sea was parted by faith (Heb. 11:29). Why could not Abraham, Isaac, Jacob etc. become perfect without the help of the apostles, even though they had strong faith? Are any of the apostles with us today to make us perfect? If they are not, and faith cannot make us perfect, how can we obey Jesus' command, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect." (Matt. 5:48)?
Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the Word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
It is widely believed that the Holy Ghost will enter a man if he has faith and is baptized in the name of Jesus. Yet these verses make it clear that neither faith nor baptism in the name of the Lord was enough to bring the Holy Ghost down upon the Samaritans. The presence of an apostle was essential. How then can we meet an apostle today?
Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that anti-christ shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
1 John 2:18.
This is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
1 John 4:3.
When John wrote "it is the last time," was he referring to a time that was still almost twenty centuries in the future? If so, why did he deceive those people he was writing to? Or was he saying that the antichrists were present at the time he was writing? If he was warning people who were alive at that time, why are we listening to warnings today which were meant for people who have been dead for centuries?
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are raving wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits
Matt. 7:15, 16.
Here the Bible warns us of fialse prophets and tells us that they will be recognized by the fruits they give. It also says that it will be impossible to judge them from the way they look, or how they behave. Many people expect that they will recognize Christ by the marks of the nails in his hands. But Padre Pio in Italy bore the marks of the cross in his hands, yet he was not Christ. Clearly the marks of crucifixion are not sufficient proof of the identity of Christ. So how will we be able to distinguish between the antichrist and the real Christ? How did Christ's disciples recognize him? What were the fruits he gave them?
If you cannot answer these questions yourself, seek until you find someone who can answer them, from his or her own personal experience.