A private baptism – that is, where one is baptized without the presence of one’s faith community – doesn’t accomplish what baptism is designed to accomplish. Your grandsons may be in Heaven, or they may not. There are no perfect churches. Paul would say that you are just deceiving yourself. The important question is whether you’ve been born again, Deborah. First, let’s clear up a couple of things. Instead, baptism is primarily identifying with Jesus’ death and resurrection, and doing it publicly to declare your allegiance to God. Let me repeat what you wrote back to you in my own words, so you can hear what I hear: “When I think about living on earth vs living in Heaven, earth looks pretty good. As for baptism, that’s basically just getting wet. As you said in your response to Kal, “So, the caring person who wants nothing to do with God gets their wish”, what does that mean exactly? Here’s how I currently understand it… I may be wrong, of course. Baptism isn’t a spiritual act. There are many reasons why someone might ask this particular question. Is it that you don’t really know Him ? There are certainly earthly consequences for sinning – addiction, disease, depression, broken relationships, imprisonment, and so on – but going to Hell isn’t one of those consequences. All of the people I’ve known over the years who have said the same kind of thing. He said that no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again…so our family history, church attendance, and baptism are irrelevant if we haven’t been born again. It’s not. The most important question for me, right this second, is whether I’ll see YOU there. Our bodies will be transformed at the coming of Jesus. Take the time to visit another church or two, to see how they “feel” to you. Let me know. =), Hi I am 12 years old and i have never been baptized, but I do Believe in God very much so. Just going to church, even regularly, and getting baptized will not save you. This seems weird, but the doctrine is certainly biblical. Ask one of your church’s leaders to help you identify a mature believer for you to talk to on a regular basis. Are bankruptcy and debt spiritual consequences? It’s all Christian music, and you can use AutoPlay and Shuffle to listen to the whole website. Thanks for writing! As you know, you can’t force someone to like you or love you…so, when God created us, He gave us the ability to accept His love or reject it. The reason I say that nobody is in Heaven or Hell right now is that the Bible speaks of judgment as an end-time event. It’s also something that God said we should do, so we should do it if we can. Which is fairly more secular compared to what I listen to. The Word/Jesus was the flesh. What do I do as it’s getting too much to carry? Yes. There’s no penalty left to pay. This isn’t the only time in Scripture that we see Jesus, who is God, being limited in ways that the Father is not. I loved my Grandpas, and I hope they’re in Heaven when I get there. Yes, I do agree with you on certain aspects. =). As long as your church has all of these important parts right: Yeah, that’s probably it. If you truly have a fear of water that’s preventing you from being baptized, your church should accommodate you. Nobody goes to Heaven without being reconciled to God. While there’s no prohibition against being baptized more than once, there’s certainly no reason for you to be baptized again. They have to meet God’s standards or they don’t ‘get in’. 19:26), but it is certainly more difficult given the lack of access to the sacraments and other ordinary means of sanctification and salvation that God has provided his Catholic Church. I once had a friend named Ted, who believed that God had given him a vision. I don’t like to steal, I forbid myself of stealing. My Parents are not Cristian, and I am pretty sure they would not want to be there if I were to get baptized. This young miner said that he asked an older veteran during the ordeal, “Will I go to heaven. If you’re guilty, you should feel guilt. Your job is to cooperate with Him. When you sin, talk to God about it. And it remains on Saturday for Jews (which Jesus was) because that’s the day stated in the Old Testament. I’m against the distractions and confusion that come from his teaching. Baptizing an alive person just gets them wet. When in the Old Testament it says not to. As for whether “the will of man” was involved, it seems clear that it was…but what is your concern? They will forgive because they have been forgiven, and they will be gracious to others because God has been gracious to them. Your sins have already been forgiven. I just have to wait and see! How can she be baptized in the traditional way? When I go to look up some recent updates about rob bell I see articles and certain websites and even some videos that horribly criticize Rob bell because I guess they consider him a disgrace to the Christian Faith and a false teacher. So: if everyone is forgiven, doesn’t that mean everyone goes to Heaven? I appreciate you taking the time to ask. Instead, baptism isn’t really explained at all. You can murder, rape, rob and pillage, die in your sin and still go to heaven. From a biblical perspective, it doesn’t matter at all. He guides us, helps us, trains us, and corrects us. Christianity teaches that it’s the other way around: we are never alone. Nobody likes hypocrisy. I say once you spend time in prayer and have an encounter with Jesus you can’t shut up about Him and what He is doing in your life. But I know if it is explained to me and that i truly do believe in Christianity than I have no doubt in my mind I will do what everything it takes to go back on the right path. It was believing the Word which got the people born again, not water baptism. That’s awesome. This part is for you, Ayden. Second, baptism is something you do 1) after you trust God with your life, 2) in a public ceremony, 3) to show the community of faith that you believe like they do and want to join them. To help me get in touch with him? Peter, seeing this, said: Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. You’re right: there’s much, much more to being a Christian than just having Jesus in your heart. When we tell God that we DO believe He’s trustworthy, and we surrender our lives to Him, we’re saying that we’re going to do things His way instead of our way. Have a great day! Between 2012 – July 2015, I sinned, I thought I have lost my faith in God, as I didn’t really pray to him much, I didn’t talk to him much. You may feel false guilt from time to time, but that’s just a matter of reminding yourself that Jesus died to pay for your sins. The Bible is abundantly clear that some people will be there, but it’s not because of their sin. There’s nothing wrong with coming to God with selfish motives. I’m scared, my anxiety is bad, and I’m scared i’ll never see my grandma or my Lord ever in the afterlife, and I wonder. Everyone should repent of their sins and turn from their sinful ways… but failing to do that isn’t what sends people to Hell. What happens after we’re born again? Peter is called to Cornelius’ house, and is given a vision that tells him that Gentiles can be Christians too. He didn’t raise questions and leave people hanging. What’s the difference between going to Heaven and going to Hell? The idea seems to be that they’re worried about the resurrection…that cremating their body will somehow make it harder for God to reunite their spirit with their flesh. I always think, is it too late? You see, nobody has what it takes to get to Heaven on their own. Take a look at, Anyone can get to know God. They idolize material wealth, success, and abstinence from “sin” (regardless of whether or not it is actually sin). It’s used for more than just the devil…it’s used for anybody who is an adversary, like those who fought against the Israelites. Hi Tony This life IS good, and you should work hard to enjoy all that God has made. That’s great! He doesn’t like it when people put other things ahead of Him, since that isn’t what’s best for us. If your parents will not allow it, wait until you’re able to decide for yourself…and, in the meantime, grow in the faith. So I just want to say something like what was the whole purpose of God putting dinosaurs on this planet which I’m not really including Science.But what was the purpose or is it just lies from other people who are trying to deceive us in saying that dinosaurs roamed on this earth millions of years ago? Jesus provides this baptism, and it is this baptism that makes one a Christian. Don’t stop writing letters to God. >> Thanks Tony for taking the time to answer so many questions over the years. Second, about bodies. Baptism is our participation in the death and resurrection of Jesus. Then, like magic, you won’t be guilty. We’re just not sure it means what we once thought it meant. In case anybody reading this wonders about what I just wrote, let’s consider a real-life scenario. The God who is able to create Adam from the dust is able to handle this situation, obviously. Second, the God who created the universe and everything in it isn’t limited by our burial methods. However the bible also surports your soul going on to heaven immediately. I Kept addressing “them” as separate entities, praying to the father in the name of Jesus, his son. He was talking about surrendering to God and trusting Him, rather than trusting that our own efforts might save us. As we read in 2 Corinthians 5, God has reconciled the world to Himself through Jesus’ death. They had enough information already…God had revealed Himself sufficiently already, and they wouldn’t believe that. God loves you, and will make sure that you get there. You can relax. Do you? So far the only solution I’ve found is cutting out all of my triggers for lust. The judgement will be at the end, but there seem to be some irregularities with regard to certain people. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. According to Jesus, Abraham’s response was that even something as incredible as someone coming back from the dead would not be enough to convince those who do not want to be convinced. The simple answer is that He does…sort of. It’s actually pretty wise. Here’s the video: I would be very happy to help you with this, Ted. What do you think? There is no penalty left for sins, so Purgatory is a false doctrine. If someone responds by saying “no” to God, and insists on living life on their own terms, they have no relationship with Him. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. Is that true? 2) Was/Is it too late for me to be saved? We can be pretty awesome, or we can be pretty awful…God only cares that we come home, so He can lavish us with His love and teach us how to be more like Him. There are groups of people out there who call themselves Christians who insist that believers have to be baptized using very specific words, in a very specific way, or it somehow doesn’t count… or that it’s wrong, and that God would be displeased by it. If Jesus the man was ignorant of the time of His return (Matthew 24:36), then He could also be tempted as a man. But, I have a question: when the disciples asked Jesus if they should pray to him he replied, no you pray to the father. I also asked my college theology professor that question and his response was that Jesus made everything clean again. I do know, but I don’t know if I want that or have the will to do that. Ted spent months trying to spread the word on the internet, since he didn’t live near Salem. The story isn’t about him and his mistakes, though…it’s about the loving father who watched the road, waiting for his son to come home. As with any troubled relationship, it takes two sides to make things 100% right. Put your Trust into God! A baptism is public in nature, and you can’t have a ceremony that’s both private and public. Thank you for your response. Ask yourself this, if you believe in Jesus ? So, by that thought process you only have to ‘believe on’ and be saved/go to heaven; then satan and his minions are going to heaven also because the Bible clearly states they believe too. I love my church members who are doing so much in love of Christ and are very sincere. Christ died once and we will only have one true baptism once we understand its power and its call to alive to God in Christ. When you’re baptized, you get dunked in front of other people. I’m much older than you are, so I’ve sinned much more than you have. Next, we should ask ‘who decides who gets into Heaven?’. Is it possible for an 18 year old (me) to get baptized without my parents? Also, I heard that you think if you are sealed in the temple, then you will becomes gods/goddesses in the afterlife????? >> Also you say that means you won’t go to heaven or hell. Jesus’s plan was for his disciples to make disciples who make disciples who all follow Him! The Bible doesn’t teach about faith as a kind of mental agreement, but as trusting the One who made us. Good question! I don’t think so. Your question isn’t really about baptism, but about salvation. I’m very excited about your question, Reita. Sure, he uses the same kind of language that others do…but he seems more concerned about straightening out how people have misunderstood the gospel than he is about helping people trust God more. We become different. Im not sure if i would say he is a false teacher because i dont see him questioning the resurrection of Jesus or the purpose for hom dying on the cross. I hope to answer you as simply as I can, without leaving out any important parts. Next, we should ask ‘how good is good enough?’. Our part in God’s plan is that we trust Him, and we follow His lead. They would only go there for not being reconciled to God. It is just so confusing because why would someone go to a place that they aren’t even sure exists and be punished so severely for their personal beliefs? Spending quality time with other people who follow Jesus will help you trust God better. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. Everybody has sinned. go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life. Only those who submit to God will end up in Heaven. The pagans give birth, eat breakfast, and shake hands with strangers…should we avoid doing these things? The Father and Son and Spirit are ONE God, and have no body at all. My grandsons were murdered 16 and 14 stabbed to death and burned this year so very hard for our family .They werent baptized but they did believe in Jesus and know what he stood for they weren’t raised in church .They came from a 1 parent family They were good boys but they were hanging with the wrong crowd .I feel in my heart they are in heaven .The other night I was laying in bed and I know I saw Larry the 14 year old looking around the corner at me I miss them they were my only grandsonvi feel lost empty sad depressed but I keep going wondering why did such a terrible thing happen to these two your boys it still feels like a dream. I was reading through and I saw you say that no one is in heaven or he’ll at this moment. As I was reading through some comments, I want to ask a question. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I’m Confused: Reconciliation. One of my Grandpas died before I was born, so we never met. 3:9), as the Church reaffirms in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC): “Outside the Church there is no salvation”. Take advantage of their desire to help you grow. They are raised with the idea that being a Plain Christian and just having Jesus in their Heart will get them to Heaven, i say there is so much more to be in Faith with Christ. The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. Do you love Him? Baptism is something that believers do AFTER they believe, and not being baptized will not send you to hell. Heaven is not dependent upon the Sacraments of Baptism or, for that matter, the Lord’s Supper. If you belong to God, judgement day will be pretty cool. How can we born again? We all want our loved ones to be in Heaven. It didnt make me reject the views just to gain more insight on them. Because of this, it seems what you need is more information about whether Christianity is true. 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