Here are some answers to a few frequently-asked questions about Christianity… (Please contact me if you have another question you would like answered in this list.)
1. What’s so different about Christianity?
All other religions depend on works-righteousness. That means in order to get to heaven (or achieve the nicest after-life), we must accomplish enough good deeds. However, Christianity says: By grace, through faith in Jesus Christ, we are saved. Salvation is not something we can earn for ourselves; it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8-9).
2. Why did God allow sin into the world?
The short answer is: to bring more glory/praise to Himself.
From your own experience, I’m sure you confirm this to be true… We only truly enjoy the feeling of immense happiness once we’ve previously felt desperate sorrow and grief. The emotion is heightened that much more. Likewise, we deeply appreciate God’s goodness once we’ve first come face-to-face with His wrath.
When we recognize the indisputable burden of our wretchedness and the sin which holds us in a death-grip, we then see the beauty of God’s character. His mercy is sweet to those who understand they are not worthy of such grace. His love is highlighted in a powerful way — that the Messiah, the utterly sin-less One, willingly took our rightful place on the cross. We should have perished for our own sins/grievances against Him and yet, the Father chose to sacrifice His precious Son for our benefit. What awesome kindness!
Reflecting on all of this should lead us to love and cherish Him even more. We should desire to praise the Lord with everything we have because of how He has displayed His matchless character to humankind. Without these clear examples of how He exercises His wonderful traits, you could still say God is merciful and loving and abounding in grace, but those words no longer carry the same deep meaning with them. We can be told something is true, but genuine worship of the Saviour & Redeemer only begins once the heart is captivated.
3. Why is there a Hell?
God is perfect, holy, blameless; He is also the just Judge of the universe He created. He can have no partnership with sin, and His nature demands that justice be served. God must punish law-breakers and that’s what Hell is for; Hell is the place of eternal damnation. Contrary to popular opinion, it’s not like a party with all the ‘cool’ people. It is Hell. It is constant darkness, torment and terror — a place where there is continual weeping and gnashing of teeth. You do not want to go there, not even to experience it for a split second.
So, how could God still be loving and yet send people to such a place? Well, actually, it’s because He is loving. Think about it… If someone caused you harm, should the judge pardon their crime against you. Would you feel loved by that judge if he let your abuser go free without any punishment? Or, would you feel wronged, like you didn’t receive justice for your suffering? Wouldn’t you wonder if the judge even cared about you at all?
Hell is our guarantee that God will see that justice is upheld and it exhibits His love for those whom Christ has declared righteous through His death and resurrection. Simply put, no Hell = no justice = no love.
4. What is the Trinity?
Many people have difficulty when trying to wrap their heads around the Trinity, but it isn’t totally beyond our comprehension. Here is the most succinct answer I can offer: three Persons, one essence.
The Trinity is made up of three divine Persons — the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each of these Persons are distinct from one another, but they all share the same essence; all are God Himself. They are not various manifestations of God because that would require Him to be only one at a time. Rather, they co-exist simultaneously and work together to bring about His will. This is the highest, most perfect demonstration of unity.
Please read this article for a more in-depth explanation of the Trinity. It helped me immensely (particularly, to see excellent examples directly from Scripture).