Right now I'm not a Christian, but I've been thinking a lot about it lately. Death kind of scares me, I mean I'm only 14 but still. I kind of wanted to know what you believe, why you believe it, and what I should do, and what happens after death. I also wanted to know what happens to my loved ones. I mean, will I be reunited with them when I die? If everyone was reunited with their loved ones wouldn't it just kind of be messy because everyone is related in the end? Just looking for some answers is all, please don't be offended by my questions.
Good questions, asked sincerely, are never offensive. I'm happy that you asked.
The questions are a bit broad and tough to answer in a single email response. Let me start with some material that I already wrote and if this leaves you with more questions, then please ask.
What happens after death?
- Life Beyond the Grave
- Is there a second chance of salvation after death?
- What happens to you when you die?
- Shall We Know One Another in Heaven?
The Problem of Sin
Being Saved from Our Own Sins
- What Must I Do to Go to Heaven?
- What Must I Do to be Saved?
- How to Become a Christian
- Your Parents Can't Make You Go to Heaven!
One thing you need to remember is that what happens to a person is based solely on what that person has done. Whether your relatives go to heaven or hell has no impact on where you go. The only thing that matters is how you lived your live in accordance with God's teachings. "The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself" (Ezekiel 18:20). Ideally we all live righteously so that we might all live in eternal joy with each other.
I would still like to know why you believe what you believe and what you believe if you wouldn't mind so that I can figure out stuff for myself. I mean I'd kind of like some sort of assurance in what I want to believe.
Now I'm a bit confused. I listed out what I believe, so I have to assume you didn't look at the articles.
As to why I believe, it is because in looking at all the evidence the Bible's teachings best match what I see. As the years have gone by, I find more reasons to believe and trust the Bible than to doubt it. I believe the world to be made -- it fits together as a well designed machine, far to well to be the result of randomness. That designer and builder then must be greater than the work produced. The Bible speaks of all this and offers evidence that it is so. Thus, I trust it and my God with my life.
Let me put it this way: how do you explain the world without God and have that explanation make sense?