It will all be revealed in heaven! Why is life so hard? Further back is a question “Why are we so mean?” (Q22). I cannot here give an answer that is accurate and true. I have not met you and looked into your eyes and checked your health. Please read Q22 and have a long thorough talk with your doctor, Mum/Dad school chaplain or someone and so ensure there are no physical problems. It could be that you want too much! A teacher told me, that in one country in Africa you cannot send your child to such-and-such a school because you have glass in your windows. Why? ‘That means you are already quite rich if you can afford glass in your windows.’ Wow! Our country is much blessed and some of us want more and more. I hope that is not you. What is the meaning of life? Most people answering this question would hesitate and say: “Well it depends, er, um ... and I don’t want to push my opinions...er.” Many more: “I have no idea.” And it’s true. Many do not think on it and wander through life not caring about the future. You are good, you think about these things and that makes you a leader in some ways. Leaders think. Because I call myself a ‘Serious Christian’ I think God comes in at the front of my answer. What if the entire world obeyed God’s ‘Ten Commandments’? No lying, stealing, murder, adultery (sex outside marriage) and didn’t envy or steal their neighbour’s goods. There are Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:1-17. It could be a very different world. No wars, divorce, or innocents in prison, etc. No police needed! Wow! So, I say the meaning of life is "To love God and obey his laws, teach your children His laws and leave this world a better place for your being on it.
About the best question of all. Thank you so much. Because Adam and Eve ‘messed up’ they were expelled from God’s presence. “God’s eye cannot look upon evil.” (Habakkuk 1:13). There can be no sin in heaven. So how can God get us back into heaven so He could have a family around Him? God’s ‘rescue package’ would not be an instant result. His only begotten Son, Jesus, agreed that He would come to earth as a human. From there He would, to use His own words: “...do the will of my Father in heaven”. He displayed God’s power in miracles and teaching, then submitted to the travesty of a false trial, was whipped, spat on, beaten then crucified and put in a tomb. God raised Him to life from the grave on the third day as Jesus said He would. By confessing our sins to God and believing in Him we are given forgiveness of sins and eternal life. Free! Forgiveness is God’s gift to us, in which He delights because we “are made in His image and likeness.” (Gen 1:26-27). God loves to forgive but there is a price that someone has to pay for sin. The suffering and death of Jesus was the price. There is no other way; you cannot buy it, work for it or exchange anything for it. All sin has a price. A stolen rubber costs the price of another one. Someone has to pay.
Well the whole world will not ‘disappear’ as you say. Jesus said it would be : "...the end of the age.” Not the world. What will happen is that the earth will be cleaned up, I think by fire, and all evil will be removed and replaced by God’s new heaven and new earth. To go into detail would take many pages, too heavy for a child to digest. Be assured: If you are a part of God’s family you will be very pleased when it all happens and have no worries at all. May God bless your future.
Well, He certainly had a bundle of magical powers! HE can do anything! As a gentleman, I have to say I like the way He made girls and ladies. They’re lovely. No unclean thoughts there, mind you. Nobody really can tell just how God works but there is no doubt that 2 billion Christians know that God has got those powers. A great example: You are standing on a planet that is revolving at 1,500 km/hr. This planet is travelling around the sun at 15 km a second – that’s once a year, It is tilted at 23 degrees to give us summer, autumn, winter and spring. Has been doing this for millions of years. COOL! Not bad, I say – some power! Also, this is sensational: You can fly from one end of this Milky Way galaxy to the other, if you can get a Concorde airliner and lots of fuel along the way. Ensure that you get some ‘YIPPEE’ pills to add to the fuel to make it go 70 times its normal speed and make the Concorde do 250,000 km/hr – it would take 670 million years (Readers Digest Great World Atlas, 1961 p.103) “Nothing is too hard for God.” (Jeremiah. 32:17).
Yes, without doubt, He does, and I thank you for asking it. I had not thought about it in 75 years. (Makes you smarter than me!) In 1969 I got baptised and a voice said: “You’ll be working with children.” Nobody else heard it. I had never worked with children as I had always made things you can touch and see the finished job. I forgot about it. Four years later I had a fall at home and got into a wheelchair. Six years later I was studying to be a teacher at university. I taught for seven years then went to Bible College for two years and in 1988 I began Scripture teaching. This year will be 23 years and they have been the best years of my life. I love Yr. 7 kids! While saying my prayers one morning a voice said: “Go and see Mrs Arnold”, a former cleaning lady. I did not want to go - I had a lecture to go to. ‘We’ argued back and forth - for how long I know not. I did reluctantly go the 50 km round trip. She came out to my car and said: “Well - God must have sent you. I was just about to jump out of the window and kill myself.” She talked for 45 minutes and I never got a chance to tell her: ”Well He did actually.” Michelle Hamilton in her book A Mighty Tempest was lost at sea for three days and two nights in a child’s canoe. God was there all right and knew what would happen tomorrow. It is a thrilling read. She’s from Sydney. She asked for nothing and neither did I. But God had a plan for both of us, and has a plan for your life too. Jokes The ‘village idiot’ was pushing a carpenters measuring tape up a ladder but it kept falling back. Other village idiot says: Why don’t you lay the ladder on the ground and measure it there? Think I’m stupid do you? The foreman said measure the height, not the length! From one girl I taught in 1990. “Mr Harris, do you know why gorillas have such big fingers?” “No Linda, I have no idea.” “Well they have big fingers don’t they.” Putting her finger towards her nose. Oh yuk! She was such a nice girl too (and still is). And: What did the necklace say to the hat? You go on a head and I’ll hang around. Hope you liked those bits of fun.