The second part of this is easy...Adam named them, and where and how Adam got the names is amazing indeed. The Bible says: “So the Lord God formed from the soil every kind of animal and bird,and brought them to the man (Adam) to see what he would call them; and whatever he called them that was their name.” ( Genesis ch.2 Verses 19 to 20).

I wonder how he brought the crocodile to Adam? Be careful!

And there are tens of thousands of different species of birds and animals. I wonder just how fast God made them,and Adam named ’em at the same speed. (When I see Adam one day I’ll congratulate him on a job well done.)

Now the hard part: “How did God create all of the things in the world? Well I don’t know?” “Sorry.” But this I do believe, a loving, creative mind created it all. I cannot conceive in my mind that butterflies, hummingbirds (they can fly backwards), whales, tigers, racehorse goannas (perenties), wedgetail eagles and condors, willie wagtails and so many others came to be by evolution. Makes my mind boggle to think that it all happened with no guiding hand of a creator. I say God did it all, but I don’t know how, and neither does anybody else. “Sorry,” again, but I truly believe that in heaven all secrets will be revealed. One secret I would like to discover is what lies at the centre of the Milky Way. It must be ‘very cool’ because the Milky Way, that’s the whole galaxy, goes around every 200 million years. How can scientists know that? Better brains than mine! And, “How come none of those 400 million stars need a Yo-Yo string to hold ’em from banging into each other?” Gravity holds ’em!

Good question and I wonder too and am looking forward to finding out just what it does look like. I may have answered this before, but perhaps I have got some new items to include- and it saves you searching for the other answer to this question we all think about. No pesky flies to bother us for a start-COOL!,and no murders, knifings, bashings and hate. One of the ‘Minor Prophets’ Habakkuk, wrote of God:“Your eyes are too pure to look upon evil;you cannot tolerate wrong.(Habakkuk.Chapter1;Verse3) So there will be no evil or foul things in God’s heaven.

 The Prophet Habakkuk had many a question for God too- just like Yr. Seven kids!! “Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow those more righteous than themselves?” Habakkuk.Ch1: verse 4) And many other complaints he had too. God gave us ‘Free will’-the choice to do right or wrong and it brings out some nasty things in some of us.

When Moses and Elijah ‘came back’ and were talking with Jesus (see Q172) Peter, James and John did not run up and ask those two ‘Great Old Testament Heroes’: “Hey you Guys! What’s it like up there?” Peter usually spoke first and thought later − but Jesus still dearly loved him. We can only learn from Jesus and trust Him to make it good because He said: “I go to prepare a place for you.” Not just His disciples but for all who love Him. Jesus also said to them: “And if I go to prepare a place for you I will come again to take you there so we can always be together.” (John Chapter 14: verse3-4). So, I must be careful and not print what I think and want heaven to be. That’s easy; but not the truth. I do get a bit annoyed with some Christian mobs who print lovely pictures of ‘heaven’. They cannot know what it will be like!!

This I do know: “If Jesus promises something, it happens – both the good and not-so-good, it will happen”. He is getting heaven ready, HOORAY? Don’t you be the last in the queue and maybe get the job as street sweeper up there!

Well, for starters, I do not believe in reincarnation because it is a very hazy idea, even confusing, and is not mentioned in the Bible – and what if I did come back as a lamb or a pig…I might get eaten!

I have spent some time on the WWW reading up on reincarnation. I did a test and I shall come back as a Rhino! Heck! They’re ugly! Seems that I am not too bad a person after all (it was ‘Reincarnation Station’ on the www)

I cannot accept it! “I consider myself ‘good’, but who is the judge?” “Who decides if I have told the truth” I have no idea who judges me. Am on my on my way ‘Up’-or ‘Down’?!

On the WWW there were many quotes to agree with reincarnation. Napoleon is quoted, but he contradicts other very good things he had said about Jesus. (Napoleon was a dictator who ruled France, but seemed to love going to war. He finished up with France broke (no money) and him in disgrace.)

One quote on the WWW takes a story about Jesus healing a blind man. The writer claims that the blind man was in reincarnation but fails to tell the whole story of what Jesus said. Actually the disciples asked Jesus “Was the man born blind because of his parents sin or his own sin?”. Jesus told why the man was born blind: “ demonstrate the power of God.” There are six or eight stories in this chapter nine of John’s gospel. Very gripping to read about how politics and Jesus ‘split’ the people as to just who was right. Jesus healed the blind man on the Sabbath. That was a ‘big no no’ to work on the Sabbath. It is hilarious in that the poor blind bloke shamed the religious leaders who called him: “ illegitimate b*^*@**”, and threw him out of the Synagogue. Very entertaining story indeed (John Ch.9).

To sum up on a quite big subject: Only the Bible tells the future,and has never been wrong. It also covers the whole spectrum of life of people-individuals and people generally. It tells of life’s beginning, how to love and survive, the bit in-between (living) and the assured end in heaven. EVERYBODY thinks about heaven and what lies beyond. Only the Bible tells of one who said he would be killed and come back to life again-and who says that we can have the same life after our death(a spiritual body). “Yes.” There is life after death but not in the body of an animal-and this was spoken by Jesus who knew all about God, life, death and heaven.

And lastly: I saw on TV an Indian man ‘earning credits’ for life after death. He was covering a hundred miles or more…by prostrating himself full length on the dusty ground and making a mark there. Then standing up on the mark, knelt down with his arms outstretched to prostrate himself full length again at the last mark and make a new one. In this manner he intended for carry on for days or weeks, to have his ‘god’ take note of his devotion to that ‘god’. That surely borders on crazy!

Jesus’ people (the serious ones) may ‘Answer a call from God’ and go as a doctor, nurse, teacher, physio, agricultural worker or maybe a pilot in Africa, South America and in some of the most basic, unpleasant places on earth to set up hospitals, nursing stations etc., where there was nothing, to help sick people.

Many – and I know dozens of them, spend ten, twenty or even fifty years of their lives healing the sick and improving the lives of million – in the name of Jesus – and telling of Jesus who freely forgives our sins. No ‘duties’ or ‘work’ are required, they volunteer to go! Their expenses are paid voluntarily by Christians at home.

Maybe that’s why refugees badly want to come to ‘Christian’ countries where the Ten Commandments are the basis of government and how the people live.

This one is ‘dead easy’ to answer! The one horrible thing Jesus spoke of was abuse of children and it will surely get you into hell. Sexual abuse of children is ‘murder of the soul’ as one man said to me (he himself was not abused but a close ‘rellie’ was). Sexual abuse damages the soul (your heart, mind and thoughts) and is never erased. Some victims feel so bad, that to get rid of the horrible memories, they suicide.

Jesus said of those who hurt little children: ”It will be terrible for people who cause even one of my little followers to sin” (to stumble or to hurt their conscience). Those people would be better off thrown into the deepest part of the ocean with a heavy stone tied around their necks!” (Matthew 18 : verse 6) Better off than what? Jesus didn’t say. I can only guess: To be drowned in the deepest sea meant death – but worse would be to be tormented alive in hell – and it goes on forever and ever. Children were very precious to Jesus. e.g.: On one occasion some mothers brought their children to Jesus to ask Him to bless them. The disciples, thinking of children as unimportant, wanted to chase them away.

No way! “Once when some mothers were bringing their children to Jesus to bless them, the disciples shooed them away, telling them not to bother Him. But when Jesus saw what was happening he was very much displeased with his disciples and said to them ‘Let the children come to me, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as they. Don’t send them away! I tell you as seriously as I know how that anyone who refuses to come to God as a little child will never be allowed into his kingdom.’ Then he took the children into his arms and placed his hands on their heads and he blessed them.” (That’s in Mark Chapter 10 verses 13 to 16)

‘As seriously as I know how.’ is an unusual emphasis on the words Jesus was saying, so read it again, OK. And I think it is the only place where Jesus was ‘very much displeased with his disciples’. Innocent children are so very special.

Things like child abuse (physical, sexual and emotional abuse) are very high up on the list. That is Jesus talking of children in (Matthew Ch. 18:verse 6) Innocent children…some up to 15 or 16 included. Children don’t know how to fight off an adult and were always very special to Jesus. (If you do not understand ‘physical, sexual and emotional abuse’ find a trusted adult and ask them to explain it all to you. Children cannot imagine just how evil some adults can be.)

Some ordinary means of getting into hell: Be greedy and selfish, be uncaring of others and selfish, be first in line always and selfish, have no time for others, and never help those in need.

Murder, assault, bank robbery, wife-bashing and housebreaking do not help your record when you stand before God on Judgement day. Judgement Day is when we all stand before God and He separates those who were selfish and those who were not. The unselfish ones thought of others who needed help of some sort and did not hold back from giving it. (Matthew 25:verse31- 46)

It could be said that the little things (for others), is very helpful on Judgement day. Murder, bank robbery and theft, etc. are always bad and on the TV. But we will ALL have to answer for the things we did on earth. Remember this: “But if we confess our sins to Him, He can be depended on to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong (and it is perfectly proper for God to do this because Christ died to wash away our sins.)” (That is from John’s First letter Ch.1 Verse 9 (not The Gospel of John.)) We all need forgiveness for the wrong things we do.

So, child abuse is first and carries the harshest penalty. Others are very bad but people can change, be forgiven and avoid hell but emotionally damaged children mostly, cannot be restored. Think upon that, please.

And lastly: ‘Banksters’, big people with power to wring (steal) money from the ‘little’, powerless ordinary people will stand before the Throne of God to answer for their huge, colossal greed that caused so many to be so poor in the GFC (Global Financial Crisis) in 2008.

I guess that there are only two places to go, but the Bible does say that God put a spirit in man (people) so they are therefore like God and that spirit never dies, so it needs to go somewhere when the body dies.

Our soul which is different but very much a part of our spirit, is what sort of person we develop into by our thinking, planning, behaviour, our attitude in how we help or hinder other people in our lives. All that is weighed up (judged) by God who then decides if we spend eternity with God – or away from Him.

Jesus told a story of a guy who was very rich and uncaring of others and a guy who was very sick and poor. They both died around the same time. One went to ‘heaven’ the other to ‘hell’. There is a separation, and no other place was mentioned by Jesus in that story. (Luke Ch.16:verses 19 to 31).

And in case you were wondering we choose in this life which place we go to. I don’t believe that there is some place where we can ‘make up for lost time and bad behaviour’ by being ‘Good’ for X number of years. Why do I say this? Because the Bible is – and has been ‘The Good Book’ for over 5,000 years.

It has been the world’s ‘best seller’ for yonks, the only religious handbook that tells the future and has never been wrong. It predicted the Messiah’s (Jesus) life in quite small detail – which has all come true – save for a few future events. Can any other religious handbook claim that? You decide!!

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