Jesus and Hell (Hades)

Question from a reader:

When Jesus died on the cross and descended into hell (Hades), was He still suffering while there or did the suffering end when “it is finished”? 1 Peter 3:18-20 says He went and made proclamation to the spirits in prison, was He still in a state of suffering?

Thank you for your question. I found it quite challenging. It prompted me to do further study of 1 Peter 3:18-20, as well as related passages Ephesians 4:8-10, Acts 2:25-35, and Matthew 12:40, and various commentaries. As a result, I am not sure that we can be completely definitive in answering your question about when Christ’s suffering ended. However, I do think that the best clue we have is actually in 1 Peter 3:19, which says, “After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits.” Christ’s death occurred while He was still on the cross, and He was still dead when he was slain in the tomb. So, the period of time that we’re talking about is between that point and the point of His resurrection. Verse 19 above says that He proclaimed to the imprisoned spirits (in Hades), “after being made alive…” So, He was “made alive” before He descended into Hades. Therefore, I believe that it’s reasonable for us to assume that His suffering ended at the point of His death on the cross, and that He no longer suffered after His resurrection. In other words, I believe the chronology would look like this:

– Suffering on the cross – Death – suffering ended – Lain in the tomb – Resurrection (a glorified body) – Descent into Hades – Ascent into Heaven

Also, note that some Bible scholars would say that when Jesus died, his soul went to Hades for three days, but his spirit went to heaven.

Thanks,

Owen

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What’s Worse than E. coli?

On May 9th, 2018, CNN announced that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 29 states have now reported E. coli illness connected to romaine lettuce. A total of 149 cases have been reported since the outbreak began in March. Of these, 64 people affected have been hospitalized; 17 have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a form of kidney failure that can be life-threatening, although most people recover in a few weeks; and, one person has died.  Symptoms of E. coli include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. Most people recover in five to seven days with supportive treatment.

What could be worse than this deadly disease that has CNN and the CDC in an uproar? Well, legalized abortion is. We kill 926,000 innocent babies through legalized abortion every year. And, it’s all preventable.

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Wasting Your Federal Tax Dollars

OpenTheBooks.com reports:

The federal government doled out 560,771 grants in fiscal year 2016, totaling $583 billion. On average, each grant exceeded $1 million.

Research shows pork-barrel spending is bipartisan, as the top 50 grant-receiving districts are represented by 27 democrats and 23 republicans. The top 10 congressional districts are evenly split: 5 democrats and 5 republicans.

Consider just a few examples of taxpayer abuse:

  • Virtual Reality Platform to Teach Children in China How to Cross the Street – $183,750 from the Department of Health and Human Services funded a virtual reality platform in China to teach safe pedestrian techniques.
  • New Condom Design with More Lubrication – $200,601 in taxpayer money funded a new condom design that lowers the chance of breakage and increases “satisfaction between partners.”
  • Cigar Taste Test – $114,375 funded a study to determine whether cigar flavor affected its addictiveness.
  • Sex Ed for Prostitutes in California – $1.5 million funded “safer sex and needle” education for prostitutes in California even though prostitution is illegal in the state.
  • Space Racers: An Animated Children’s Cartoon – $2.5 million in NASA funding supported the production of two seasons of a children’s cartoon series about galactic adventures.

These grants flowed to state governments ($505 billion); higher education institutions ($35 billion); for profit organizations including Fortune 100 companies ($2.5 billion); nonprofit organizations ($19.8 billion); and more.

Fortune 100 companies received $3.2 billion in federal grants between fiscal year 2014 and 2016. Boeing can’t argue it needed $774 million in federal grants while reporting nearly $95 billion in 2016 annual revenue.

How can we rein in this insanity? The people must bring the heat, so the politicians see the light on fiscal restraint.

Read more here.

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What’s Worse than the Opioid Epidemic?

In 2016:

  • 116 people died every day from opioid-related drug overdoses
  • 17,087 deaths were attributed to overdosing on commonly prescribed opioids
  • 42,249 people died from overdosing on opioids

What could be worse than this horrific epidemic?

In the US, approximately 926,000 babies die each year from abortion, at the hand of their own mothers and physicians.  Each of these lives was a totally innocent victim–snuffed out before they could make their first choice.

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Why I Don’t Go to Church

A testimonial from a reader:

Why I Don’t Go to Church

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Infant Baptism

Question from a reader:

I have encountered a church who teaches infant baptism. They claim that God gives the gift of faith” (Ephesians 2:8) to a baby at baptism. Thus, the baby is saved. What can I say to them?

Thank you for your question. I have a couple of articles on my website that might help:

– Infant Baptism

– Baptism

– Water Baptism

Thanks,

Owen

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Facts About Abortion

  • Abortion stops a beating heart.
  • In the US, approximately 926,000 babies die each year from abortion.
  • An unborn baby’s heart begins to beat 22 days after conception.
  • Five weeks after conception, an unborn baby’s hands and legs being to grow.
  • Brain waves are detectable six weeks after conception.
  • By week 12, an unborn baby can feel pain as their nerves, spine, and thalamus
    develop.
  • Abortions can cause horrible pain to babies.
  • A baby can survive outside the womb just 23 weeks after conception.
  • Most mothers will go into labor between 38 and 42 weeks after conception.
  • Shockingly, late-term abortions are legal in some states, even 38-42 weeks
    after conception.
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Returning to God

Question from a reader:

Hebrews states that when man turns from God it is very difficult to return to God. God does not strive with man always also comes to mind. It is my feeling that any time you go to God he will accept you. Some say that God does not give second chances. How do you interpret this? 

Thank you for your question. I believe that the answers to your questions are centered around some key terms that you used:

– Indeed, it is difficult to return to God, but not impossible. Our sin hardens our hearts, but whenever we choose, we can return to God. He always accepts us, and it always pleases Him to do so, even in our sinful flesh.

– Although God does not strive with man always, man can stop striving with God. If our hearts remain hardened from sin, and we never stop striving with God, then He will not continue always to strive with us. However, if we make the slightest effort to turn from sin, then He is always there to forgive us and encourage us.

– I agree with you, in that any time we go to God, He will accept us. God does indeed give us second chances. The best example of this is that we were all separated from God by the acts of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Yet, God implemented a plan of grace, and we could think of this as a “second chance.” In fact, He gives us third chances, fourth chances, etc. I often see this in my own life, and I’m so grateful for this. I often continue to fail Him, yet Christ covered all of my failures (eternally) on the cross; and, when I confess (1 John 1:9), God forgives me in this temporal world.

Thanks,

Owen

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Taxpayer-Funded Abortions for Illegal Immigrants

A federal court in Washington has told the Trump administration that the government can’t interfere with the ability of pregnant immigrant teens being held in federal custody to obtain abortions.  The order, issued March 30th, 2018, bars the government from “interfering with or obstructing” pregnant minors’ access to abortion counseling or abortion, while a lawsuit proceeds.  The order covers pregnant minors being held in federal custody after entering the country illegally.

So, an undocumented person (illegal alien), cannot only come to the U. S. illegally, engage in further crime, and become pregnant, but also get a taxpayer-funded abortion while in jail.

I’m a conservative, and I don’t like unnecessary government interference, but we have this all backwards.  Of the few places where the government should “interfere,” this is one of them–interfering with taking an innocent life.  The truth is that the government has already interfered by making abortion legal.

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The Ten Commandments

Question from a reader:  

Were God’s Ten Commandments known before Mt. Sinai? Did the great forefathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, keep ALL of God’s Ten Commandment Law? Was God’s Sabbath instituted at Creation?

Thank you for your question. Although God’s Ten Commandments were not recorded on the stone tablets until the time of Moses, the preceding forefathers of the faith were aware of God’s laws of morality; i.e., they didn’t have the Ten Commandments in written form, but they did know God’s moral code which included the Ten Commandments. They knew the intent of the law if not the letter of the law. This is because of God’s fellowship with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Before the fall, God had fellowship with Adam and Eve, and He taught them His moral code. After the fall, this moral code was passed down through the generations through verbal instruction, so that people like Noah, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob knew it, even though it may not have been written down.

No, the forefathers of the faith did not keep all of these moral codes (Romans 3:23).

Yes, the Sabbath was instituted during Creation when God rested from His creation on the Sabbath Day.

Thanks,

Owen

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