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Questions:

A friend of mine recently committed suicide. Is he going to hell?

A Moslem co-worker said he would never hurt me or any American. Should I trust him?

Don`t Moslems and Christians believe in the same god?

Is Islam really a religion of peace?

What does "Berean" mean?

What denomination is Cove Berean Church?



Answers:

A friend of mine recently committed suicide. Is he going to hell?

First of all, I`m sorry for your loss. I would love to give you an answer that would give you peace. I`m obligated to provide Scriptural answers, not sugar-coat truths that may seem harsh.

The answer is: I don`t know. Only the Lord does. If your friend accepted Christ as his savior during his time on earth, then his final act did not nullify his salvation. The only sin that cannot be forgiven by God is the sin of not accepting His forgiveness.

Although suicide is a sin, it is not an unforgivable sin. Isn`t it wonderful to know that Christ died for sinners (Romans 5:8). There are seven people mentioned in the Bible that took their own life. The outcome of their soul is not mentioned. Our salvation is based on what Jesus did, not what we do.

If you are unsure of their acceptance of Christ, try not to be too depressed. Perhaps in his last moments, your friend cried out to Christ. This life will have many trials and heartaches, but also many triumphs. Sometimes, events happen in our lives that result in a shift in priorities. Maybe, just maybe, this is a reminder to us all how precious and short our life can be. Let`s spread the joy of the Good News to our family, friends, and others. That way, we can have a little more confidence in their final destination. May the Lord`s peace be with you and with your friend`s family and friends.

A Moslem co-worker said he would never hurt me or any American. Should I trust him?

That`s a tough one - I don`t know your co-worker. He could be telling you the truth. Here`s the problem, though: his holy book, the Quran, instructs him to lie to infedels (non-Moslems) and that they are not obligated to keep any promise or contract with a non-Moslem. Is your co-worker telling you a lie in order to gain your trust or put you at ease?

It would be similar to me telling you that I lie all the time, but believe me this time. Would you?

The Bible instructs us not to lie. The Quran tells Moslems to lie to non-Moslems if it benefits them. That`s why I find it difficult to listen to Moslem leaders when they talk of peace and bridge-building, and have any confidence that they`re telling the truth.

Perhaps your dialogues with your co-worker will give you the opportunity to point out the differences between Islam and Christianity. Pray about it, and ask the Holy Spirit to give you the right words to say.

Don`t Moslems and Christians believe in the same god?

Absolutely not! If you do not believe in the Trinity - that God eternally exists in three Persons: God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit - then your god (little "g") is not the God of Christianity. (If you believe that the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit are three "forms" of God that exist as one or the other at different times like steam, water and ice - then you believe in a heresy called Modalism.)

Christians believe that God sent His Son to die on a cross for our sins. Moslems believe in a single god, and that Muhammad is his prophet. They are not the same. Muhammad is not mentioned in my Bible. Muhammad is in a grave. The tomb that held Jesus is empty!

Unfortunately, a lot of Christians, including some pastors, are trying so hard to be inclusive or tolerant, that they are not expressing the Truth of the Gospel.

A true Christian does not believe that many religions lead to salvation. "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12) The problem is most "Christians" don`t even know what they believe or why they believe it. They don`t read their Bible, or pray, or try to live their life in a way that glorifies Jesus.

A true Christian cannot say that they believe or follow one person of the Trinity, and totally disregard the other two.

No, the God of Christianity is not the god of Islam, Buddhism, or Hinduism. "I am the way and the truth and the life," said Jesus, "No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6)

Is Islam really a religion of peace?

Although my answer will not seem politically correct - the simple answer is: No. Islam is no more a religion of peace than Christianity is a religion of hate. Yes, there are those that believe in Islam that are peaceful - they don`t participate in jihad. They are content to quietly claim some high spirituality, while at the same time holding their wives and other women in low regard. Unfortunately, some Moslems have chosen to follow all or part of the Quran by committing acts of terrorism.

Christianity, on the other hand, is a religion of peace and love. Unfortunately, there are those that call themselves Christians that participate in "non-Christ-like" activities or are content to warm the pews of many churches. They lack the love and power that is theirs as joint heirs with Christ.

Would this world be a better place with fewer Moslem jihadists? Yes, of course. But, perhaps the question should be: Would this world be a better place if everyone that called themselves a Christian would really strive with every ounce of their being to become the ideal believer in Christ, full of love and wisdom and power that can only come from Christ? The answer is obvious.

There are believers of both faiths. A relative few are "die-hard" believers in their faith, though. Thankfully, there are Christians whose faith and prayers are being heard by a powerful, loving God. Let us join them in their prayers, and thank the Lord that He is a loving God, and that His way is The Way.

Regardless of what you believe, there is a universal truth: One day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord. Amen.

What does "Berean" mean?

Berean is a word that refers to the people of Berea (see Acts 17:11). Cove Berean Church and some other non-denominational churches use the word "Berean" to describe a dependence on Scripture - not on men, practices, traditions, etc. Like the Bereans, we don`t simply accept every word from a minister as gospel. We look to the Scriptures for Truth.

What denomination is Cove Berean Church?

Cove Berean Church is an independent non-denominational church. We are not affiliated with or connected to any associations, denominations (e.g., Berean Fundamental Church) or larger groups. Our church doctrinal position is defined by our reliance on the Word of God as revealed in the Bible.


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