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by Ron Kurtus

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Unity doesn't mention forgiveness of sins Unity Principles USA
 
You must do good deeds to go to Heaven Life After Death USA
 
Why is Jihad omitted from list? 5 Pillars of Islam USA
 
Which Christian religions don't believe in Hell? Life After Death USA
 
Shouldn't gays simply change their ways? Gays and Heaven USA
 
A scam to steal money from churches Prayer of Jabez Ivory Coast
 
Believes the soul comes after conception Soul or Body Australia
 
Question in Spanish Life After Death USA
 
What are the other creeds of religion? Apostles' Creed USA
 
Thoughts that an animal has a soul Does an Animal Have a Soul India
 
Why did God use the rib to make woman? Resources USA
 
Believes humans have a soul Do Humans Have a Soul USA
 
Had out-of-body experience Near Death Experience Kenya
 
Maybe your soul is around you Do Humans Have a Soul UK
 
Thinking about my late mother's spirit Life After Death USA
 

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Unity Principles

Unity doesn't mention forgiveness of sins

January 11, 2009

Question

To say that Unity doesn't mention forgiveness of sins is misleading ... forgiveness of self and others is a large part of Unity ...

- USA (17086)

Answer

Unity does not delve into the issue of sin such as traditional Christian religions do. In fact, I'm not sure if the word "sin" is even mentioned in the Unity teachings.

It is true that Unity teaches forgiving others, as well as removing your personal guilt. This is part of having a positive personal outlook on life.

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Life After Death

You must do good deeds to go to Heaven

November 16, 2008

Question

Yes in the Gosble of John at the very begining it talks about the spirt. According to my reading your spirt only goes to heaven if you have done good deeds, fasting, fallow 10 commandment,and free of sexual immorallty. Sorry for spelling I am bad at that.
Thanks

Al - USA (16808)

Answer

Many Christian religions believe that a person's sins are forgiven if he or she accepts Christ as the Savior. But there are religions that believe you will go to Heaven only if you do good deed and follow the Ten Commandments, as you mentioned.

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5 Pillars of Islam

Why is Jihad omitted from list?

June 13, 2008

Question

factual committment is a concern for me on this lesson due to the blatant omission of Jihad - it was just passed over. Please explain why this very important and integral to the the muslim faith item was skipped over. Additionally, the issue of ammmased wealth for self-pleasure was passed over. I find it odd that a culture has such strong beliefs but their actions contradict their faith statements. please explain

Joe - USA (16086)

Answer

Jihad or Holy War is not blatantly omitted. It is not part of the 5 Pillars of Islam.

Some consider Jihad an addition or 6th Pillar, while others include it in what they call the 5 Social Teachings that includes such items as getting revenge and allowing four wives, besides Holy War.

Jihad is important to some Muslim sects. But there are many more Muslins who do not adhere to those items. There are also some leaders who use those concepts to satisfy their own quest for power.

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Life After Death

Which Christian religions don't believe in Hell?

October 21, 2007

Question

I wondered after reading this line from your webpage, "Most Christian religions believe in Hell, although there are some that dispute the concept", which Christian religions don't believe in hell?

Kathryn - USA (14602)

Answer

Christian Scientists believe you suffer hell on earth in illness, and they don't believe in the soul going to Hell. Unity and Science of Mind churches follow the beliefs of Jesus but do not accept the concept of sin and the punishment of the soul.

These churches are really not mainstream Christian churches.

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Gays and Heaven

Shouldn't gays simply change their ways?

October 6, 2007

Question

As a christian, I am so often frustrated with this topic. I believe that we are saved through faith in Jesus Christ, and that it is through him and the power of the holy spirit that we have the ability to have victory over sin in this life. I might say that I have a genetic predisposition to being an alcoholic (which I do, and which I once was) but I do not say that because that is how I am, that is the life I am compelled to live. Through Jesus Christ I have had victory over that sin and powerlessness and now am a successful wife and mother of 6. Just because God made me that way, which He did, does not mean He intended for me to stay that way, which He didn't. One might make the same argument for homosexuality. Just because God made you that way, which He may well have, does not mean that He intends for you to continue living that way. Does that make sense?

Jane - USA (14491)

Answer

The only Commandment on sexual activity is "Thou shalt not commit adultery." This is often interpreted that you should lead a chaste and decent life. A person who performs homosexual acts is breaking that Commandment.

Most Christian religions believe that Jesus Christ saved us from our sins and that every person sins, whether it is harming others, not telling the truth or having sex outside of marriage. Those that claim they are without sin are hypocrites.

Note that being an alcoholic is not considered a sin in the Bible. In fact, in the Biblical story of Noah and the ark, he got so drunk on the ark that he passed out on the deck, naked. Excess drinking can lead to sinful acts, as well as destroying your body and mind.

For those that believe that they are saved by belief in Christ, being gay should not be an issue. But each person should still try to lead a pure life.

For those that believe that you are judged by your acts alone, people that do sinful things are not thought to go to Heaven.

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Prayer of Jabez

A scam to steal money from churches

June 13, 2007

Question

Dearest In Christ,

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I am Mrs Charity Micheal from Kuwait. I am married to Mr.Smith Micheal who worked with Kuwait embassy in Ivory Coast for nine years before he died in the year 2006.We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Before his death we were both born again Christian.

Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of US$4.7million dollars in a Bank here in Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire.Presently, this money is still in bank. Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next Eight months due to cancer problem.

The one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to a charity organization that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want an organization that will use this fund for orphanages, school and church ,widows, propagating the word of God and to endeavor that the house of God is maintained.

The Bible made us to understand that "Blessed is the hand that giveth".I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not Christians and I don't want my husband's efforts to be used by unbelievers. I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly way.

This is why I am taking this decision. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord.Exodus 14 VS 14 says that "the lord will fight for my case and I shall hold my peace". I don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health hence the presence of my husband's relatives around me always.

I don't want them to know about this development. With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Bank here in Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire. I will also issue you an authority letter that will prove you the present beneficiary of this fund. I want you and the church to always pray for me because the lord is my shephard.

My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian. Whoever that Wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and Truth. Please always be prayerful all through your life. Contact me on this email address. Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing another church for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein. Hoping to receive your reply.

Remain blessed in the Lord.
Yours in Christ,
Mrs Charity Micheal.

Charity - Ivory Coast (13927)

Answer

Unfortunately, there are many unscrupulous people who disgrace themselves and their countries by sending similar letters out, stating they have millions of dollars and are willing to share with helpful people. Most seem to come from African countries. It is a shame that their character is so low that they would stoop to such actions and try to take advantage of people.

Of course, I know that you are not such a dishonest person that would try to fool others and even make a mockery of religion to steal money from them. I am sure you are truly trying to do good. But of course, if you are not an honest person, then you will start to receive bad luck in your life.

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Soul or Body

Believes the soul comes after conception

May 18, 2007

Question

The soul must come into the body some time after conception, in the case of twins the one egg and sperm form, then later split into two, both twins have different souls, therefor soul at conception is wrong but some time later is true.
We must have a soul because if i would make a clone of you, the body might be the same, including the brain and dna, but you would not be looking out of the eyes of your clone, or twin.

thanks for reading

- Australia (13810)

Answer

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

The situation with twins presents a good argument against the body receiving a soul at conception. The Catholic religion is one that believes in the soul being established at conception. I am not sure what their explanation is for the case of twins or multiple births.

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Life After Death

Question in Spanish

April 12, 2007

Question

massage tengo 30 a~nos viviendo en estados unidos hablo ingles perfectamete lo leo lo entiendo pero no lo escribo asi que pues busca alguien que te interprete en espa~nos dios si esiste pero no como lo imaginamos nuestra meta en esta esistencia es ser mejores de lo que somos y el presio tal bes sea de una trasformacion biologica a una trasformacion mas duradera sea mejor biologia o materiales mas resistentes que nos agan vivir miles de a~nos para poder conprender mejor nuestra propia esistencia y desirle alas cosas lo que son la eternidad esta aqui y ahora aqui es donde esta pasado todo si quieres pensar que somos como dioses muy pequen~os apunto de istincion porque tanto como tu y como yo nobamos a poder ver eso nuetro tienpo es muy poco solo 100 a~os que las tima verdad somos como espermas que no llegamos a fecundar solo uno de miles llegara :) sorry

- USA (13545)

Answer

I am sorry, but we do not speak or read Spanish.

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Apostles' Creed

What are the other creeds of religion?

March 18, 2007

Question

What are the other creeds of religion, and where might I find information on the other creeds?

Charles - USA (13392)

Answer

A creed is a statement of what followers believe in. At the bottom of the page on the following site is a listing of links to other creeds.

But also, the beliefs of various religions have other names the "creed". For example, the "5 Pillars of Islam" at:
http://www.school-for-champions.com/religion/islam_5pillars.htm gives the basis of that religion. This is similar to a creed for the religion.

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Does an Animal Have a Soul

Thoughts that an animal has a soul

December 25, 2006

Question

Q - Animal has a soul ??

yes Even Animal has a soul there are 840000 species on earth and soul is transmigrating into different bodys according to its acivitys and desire.

Proof for soul in an animal body -->

Even animals mate, defend, fear, eat and sleep ,even human beings are doing the same activities.

even animals has flesh, blood, bones and more important consiousness.

Best regards

Shivprasad - India (12687)

Answer

Thank you for your thoughts on this issue. Many people seem to agree with you.

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Resources

Why did God use the rib to make woman?

December 8, 2006

Question

Why did God use the rib to make woman instead of using another part of the man's body.

Why don't dog go to heaven.

- USA (12578)

Answer

Most people believe it is a symbolic story that God used the rib of man to create woman. No one is sure why He used the rib. Men and women have the same number of ribs, so that is why most feel it is just a story.

See our lesson on "Do animals have a soul?" The reader's comments say that many people feel that dogs and cats go to heaven.

http://www.school-for-champions.com/religion/animalsoul.htm

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Do Humans Have a Soul

Believes humans have a soul

October 24, 2006

Question

As to the question of the existence of a soul or spirit for every human beign, I have read in Genisis the fallowing:

"Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters."

and

"Genesis 1:27
So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them."

and
"Genesis 2:7
Then the Lord God formed the man (Adam) from the dust in the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man's nostrils, and the man became a living person."

In conclusion,
1. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters."
2. Human beigns where created before the first man was created.
3. Human beigns where created in the image of God.
4. God breathed life into Adam (or the man), which made Adam the first living person.

This has lead me to conclude the fallowing:
Since in the beginning the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters and God created human beigns in his image, than human beigns are in fact spritual in nature; and God breathed life into the first man (Adam) and Adam became a living person seems to indicate that Adam's spritual beign was given life in his body when God breathed life into it. This all seems to indicate that human beigns existed in some way before the first man was created, which would point to the distinct possibility of a spritiual form of human beigns outside the human body. This has lead me to the final conclusion, that each person does in fact have a unique spirit which originated from God.


Joseph - USA (12230)

Answer

Thanks for your discussion and conclusion concerning that a person has a soul.

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Near Death Experience

Had out-of-body experience

August 15, 2006

Question

I am a Kenyan now about 33. I have never known that in some countries there is interest in some of these mysteries. At the age of 12, in our rural home, i had what i now realize to be an out of body experience.
I heard a very, very, loud noise. One which now i can only compare with the noise made by jets. By the way this is africa and we lived at a place where planes never fly. It was so loud and it came towards me. I could feel a strong force taking over me and pulling me. i tried to struggle but i gave up.
Then i saw myself being taken up and up and up by this force. I could litteraly see down. I then found myself in a place i could only wish i remained. There was a seat and i sat with some young boys. They were white(caucasians)and we were all dressed in white robes. Before us there was a big Cross and i could hear very beutiful songs flowing but i could not see the people singing. There was no wind or sun or moon.
Then i found myself in the bed again.
About 3 weeks later, i started seeing strange dreams, Once i saw a man in white robes flying towards my direction and as he came closer i felt a strong force that made me fall on my face but i noticed the robes had changed and became shinning metal. He had a sword.
Today i am saved and most of the dreams i see are prophetic and i have been given many symbals in these dreams that i really wish to share with anybody who is ready to listen to christian dreams and who belives in the true God Jehovah.

Ambrose - Kenya (11704)

Answer

Thank you for sharing your experiences. They must have been truly amazing and have helped to change your life.

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Do Humans Have a Soul

Maybe your soul is around you

August 8, 2006

Question

Maybe your soul is around you, protecting you the best it can. When your time is at an end, maybe your soul guides you to a higher place

- UK (11668)

Answer

That certainly could be an explanation.

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Life After Death

Thinking about my late mother's spirit

August 7, 2006

Question

Hi
My name is jennene and I have an experience in watching my mother die with cancer. My question to you is After death does the dead have a conscience of this world? Do the dead know us after they die, Do they remember us after they have die.

After leading my mother into God's glory. What I mean is my mother was dying and the Holy Spirit whispered to me and said tell her to cast all her cares upon me. I said that to her several times. As her feet were getting cold God used me to guide her. After praying with her she asked me to rub her head. I did then she said something heavy was on her head. At that moment I saw a vision of a crown. I explained to her how beautiful the crown was upon her head.
She became happy and started praising God. My mother praised God until you couldn't understand what she was saying any more. Then a few days after that I could see her spirit in a long white robe. 1. I believe that once a good person die their mind and body is traformed. 2. I believe they can see us but they don't know who we are. 3. I believe they become angels on assignments.If they are our loved ones, 4. I believe that when God sends them out on assignment and they get assigned to us their loved ones. They no longer know who we are. Just that they are on their assignment from God. 5. I believe they have know memory of the things they suffered with or what we struggle with.I believe God sends them to protect us, deliver us, Guide us, comfort us, and work out whatever is broken. Somedays after burying my mom I could see her standing before me in a white robe. I believe she see me but doesn't know who I'am. She is just on an assignment from God.
Sign What I Believe!

jennene - USA (11653)

Answer

One concept is that we are all spirits having a human experience. If that is true, then a person's spirit or soul could recall and enjoy the experience. If that was the case, your mother would be aware of you. But note that no one has ever actually communicated with a person who has passed away. Although many have seen their spirits. Perhaps the spirits are no supposed to interfere in the lives of the living. But they can look after a person--like a guardian angel.

The most important thing is that you live a happy and productive life. That is what your mother would have wanted and probably still wants for you.

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