Category Archives: Demons, H e l l and Suffering

How can the Kingdom of God “suffer violence”?

In Matthew 11:12, we read an interesting aspect of the Kingdom of God: And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. How is the kingdom … Continue reading

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Suffering: the training ground for spiritual maturity

How does the Spirit get mature, spiritual fruit in us? He doesn’t wave his hands over us or sprinkle pixie dust. No; he does it through suffering. That seems like a negative way of looking at the process, doesn’t it? … Continue reading

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Why is there suffering in the world?

Someone asked this question on suffering at Christianity Stack Exchange, a site where I answer questions now and then. One of the answers to this question (given by a resident of Cape Town, South Africa) was so comprehensive regarding suffering … Continue reading

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How do we Fight the Devil?

The Bible tells us how to address the one “who deceives the whole world” (Revelation 12:9) in several revealing passages in the New Testament. In none of them are we told to attack him directly. Rather, we remove the means … Continue reading

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I believe God can answer my prayers, but how can I believe he will answer them?

Some of you are praying for a loved one’s healing of a dreaded disease. Others are praying for someone’s salvation or that she will return to the Lord. However, it’s hard to believe God for the outcome if you don’t … Continue reading

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Are people completely destroyed in Hell, or do they remain conscious?

I see two striking examples of people in Hell that give us an answer. Let’s look at the longest one first, found in Luke 16. Jesus told this story to the Pharisees:

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Where in the Bible does it say that Satan does evil?

Satan’s evil reputation is well chronicled in the Bible: Satan prevents a man from coming to God and is rebuked by God himself (Zechariah. 3:1-2). Satan tempts Jesus to turn away from God (Matthew 4:1-11). Satan takes away the Word … Continue reading

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Why did God create an evil Devil?

The Devil and demons are fallen angels. God did not create an evil angel. God created Lucifer, who was God’s beautiful choirmaster (Isaiah 14:12-15, Ezekiel 28:12-15). Lucifer later turned his own heart against God. It wasn’t God’s fault that Lucifer … Continue reading

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Who is more powerful, God or Satan?

Quite a few people think of God and Satan as opposites engaged in a tug-of-war of good versus evil. That’s just not so. We know God is more powerful because God created the universe and Satan didn’t. We also know … Continue reading

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If God is all-powerful, why doesn’t he stop all suffering?

While the four-star generals plan their theater operations in the Pentagon, the ground troops carry out the actual missions in the conflict. A company’s board of directors decide which products they will carry. However, it is the men and women … Continue reading

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What is Hell?

Some people think Hell is a harmful doctrine which evil people in religious authority wield to club others into submission. “I, your spiritual leader, am of God. If you don’t do as I say, I’ll send you to Hell!” Just because … Continue reading

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Is it fair that God has already decided who’s going to heaven or @#!*% ?

Some Christians believe that God, before he created the world, had already made up his mind who will receive the penthouse suite in the heavenly city and who will spend eternity with the worms. Quite a few Christians reject that … Continue reading

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Would remote peoples go to @#!*% because they don’t believe in the Christian God?

I believe what is happening in the Muslim countries is happening in the remoter areas as well. A missionary letter I’ve received reported that God has been reaching out to the Muslims in dreams and visions (as foretold in Acts … Continue reading

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Why do people say God helps them and frees them when I see them suffering all the time?

How can people say they are free when they are bound to a wheelchair, or need a seeing-eye dog to get around, or a ventilator to breathe? Perhaps we can understand by getting a glimpse into their own world. I … Continue reading

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Did God create the many parasites that kill children before they are even capable of sin?

God created every living thing. He also created a safe place for Adam and Eve to live – in the Garden of Eden. As long as man wanted to live by faith, trusting God for life, he was safe. But … Continue reading

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