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Are Jesus and God the same person?
There are three members of the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matt 28:19). Each of the three is fully God and have all the powers of Deity. Read "The Father, The Son, & The Holy Spirit" for details on their relationship one to the other. Jesus is definitely one of the Godhead. Jhn 1:1 and Php 2:5-9 make it clear that Jesus is Deity.
If God is so powerful and mighty, can't He just destroy the devil and evil? Why doesn't He just be, like, “BAM!”… and the devil and the evil in the world be gone?
God does have the power to destroy the devil and all evil, and eventually, that is exactly what He will do (Matt 25:41). God tells us that the reason He hasn’t destroyed all evil is because that would involve destroying all sinful people as well. After all, sin is what causes evil. God, in His abundant patience, is waiting to give as many people as possible the chance to repent and turn to Him, so they can be forgiven (2 Pet 3:5-9). God promises that one day He will destroy all evil; the really question is: whose side will we be on in that day?
Is it normal for a christian to sometimes have doubts about his faith? Like, maybe whether Christ is really the Messiah or not or all the things in the Bible are true or not?
Dear Doubting Myself,
Everyone faces times of doubt in their life; the key is to strengthen the weaknesses in our resolve. Like the man who cried out, “I believe, help my unbelief!” (Mk 9:24), all christians must recognize that faith must grow and increase over time.
Faith is the evidence of things not seen (Heb 11:1). We can’t see God, but there is plenty of evidence that He exists. The whole creation cries out as evidence of God’s existence (Rom 1:20). As science and our knowledge of the natural world have increased, the proof of God’s existence has increased as well. Books like Has God Spoken? by A.O. Schnabel, Case For A Creator by Lee Strobel, I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, and Evidence That Demands A Verdict by Josh McDowell are excellent resources that make clear the existence of the God of the Bible. Take the time to fill your mind with information from sources like those mentioned above, and you will find yourself more confident in no time (Php 4:8).
Will God ever stop giving us chances?
One More Chance
Dear One More Chance,
When we die, our fate will be sealed because there will be no more opportunities to repent (Heb 9:27)… but that isn’t because God gave up on us. God doesn’t give up on us; we give up on Him. God tells us that if we repent and confess our sins, He is faithful to forgive us (1 Jn 1:9). Our heavenly Father is ready and willing to forgive (Ps 86:5). He doesn’t desire anyone to perish (2 Pet 3:9), but He accepts our choice… even if we choose to reject Him.
Is saying, “OMG” (oh, my God!) using God’s name in vain?
Yes, emphatically, yes it is. We are so thankful you have asked this question because it is such a problem in today’s culture. Acronyms and shorthand used in texting (such as l8r, btw, ttyl, etc.) have become a part of the pop culture and our everyday speech. When you shorten something, it still retains the same meaning. For example, ‘ty’ still means ‘thank you’ and is accepted as a phrase of gratitude. Therefore, when people type or say ‘omg’, it still means that they are treating God’s name in an irreverent and blasphemous way. It is a sad fact that many christians treat phrases like ‘omg’ as a sort of “loophole” around using the Lord’s name in vain… but it is still blasphemy. God isn’t fooled by shorthand (Gal 6:7).