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Thomas J. Kissinger's 100 UR Questions
« on: June 25, 2011, 01:06:42 AM »
From Thomas J. Kissinger.  Some great questions to ponder.  (www.hearingthetruthofgod.com)  Many of these are great discussion starters with others.

Introduction

God has been asking man questions since the beginning of time. He started in Genesis
3:9 and has continued until the present. Why does God ask us questions? Why should
we ask ourselves questions? Why should we ask others questions? Why did Jesus
answer the questions that He was asked by the religious leaders in His day by asking
them a question in return? The answer is simply this: God wants to engage man into the
thinking process about Him. More importantly, God wants us to think about His plan,
purpose, power, and pleasure.

All the answers to God's questions can be found as
one diligently searches for the knowledge of the previous statement. Without an
understanding or knowledge of God's plan, purpose, power, and pleasure, these
questions will certainly be very frustrating to the reader. On the other hand, if we search
for an understanding of the purpose of the ages, we will be pleasantly surprised to find
answers to all of these questions. All of the Holy Scriptures are of the utmost
importance in your search, but there are certain key Scriptures that unlock the
mysteries of the Kingdom of God. Here is one key Scripture to consider that will cause
you to see God as ALL IN ALL! Keep this Scripture in mind as you answer each
question…

Romans 11:36...For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are ALL THINGS: to Whom
be glory forever. Amen.

ENJOY YOUR SEARCH!

100 Questions Without Answers
by Thomas Kissinger

1. Jesus told us to love our enemies. Does He love His enemies? Will He continue
to love His enemies? If He ceases to love His enemies, would that make Him a
hypocrite?

2. Is God able to save all men?

3. Does God want to save all men?

4. Can you tell me the meaning of the words: "Sheol," "Hades," "Gehenna,"
"Tartaroo?"

5. Can you tell me the meaning of the words: "Olam," "Aion," "Aionios?"

6. Did Jesus ever say the word "hell?"

7. What did the English word "hell" originally mean?

8. Is God vindictive or corrective?

9. Would you torture one of your children or loved ones forever?

10. What is accomplished by torturing someone forever?

11. Is the will of God stronger than the will of man?

12. Does God know the end from the beginning?

13. Did God know that Adam would fall?

14. Did Adam bring the entire human race into sin?

15. Did God send His Son Jesus to be the Savior of the world?

16. Did [will] Jesus save the world?

17. Is Jesus the potential Savior of the world or the actual Savior of the world?

18. If all will not eventually be saved, how is it that we can call Jesus the Savior of
the world?

19. Would you like for it to be true that all will be saved?

20. Did Jesus pay for the sin of the human race?

21. Will Jesus get everything He paid for?

22. It has been estimated that there have been about 160 billion people who have
lived and died from Adam until the present. It has also been estimated that only
about 5 billion of these people have been believers in Jesus Christ. If God starts
out with 160 billion people and loses 155 billion of them to eternal torture, how
can we say that God is victorious?

23. Did God lose the vast majority of the human race?

24. Was the first Adam more powerful than the last Adam?

25. Did Adam's fall bring down more people than the cross of Jesus Christ could
save?

26. Has Jesus been defeated by Adam, sin, death, hell, and Satan?

27. Is the Devil more powerful than Jesus?

28. Did God create everything?

29. Did God create good and evil?

30. Did God create things for us to have to wrestle against?

31. Did God create the Devil?

32. What do the words "Devil," "Satan," and "Serpent" mean?

33. Who, what, and where is the Devil?

34. Is God in charge of the Devil?

35. Is God in charge of everything?

36. Why did Jesus die?

37. Why did Jesus have to die?

38. What did Jesus come to save us from?

39. What is salvation?

40. If the wages of sin is death, then why does Christianity teach that it is eternal
torture?

41. What does it mean to be saved spirit, soul, and body?

42. What is justification, sanctification, and glorification?

43. What is the Kingdom of God?

44. What does it mean to "see" the Kingdom of God?

45. What was Jesus really saying in Luke 17:20-21?

46. What is Sonship?

47. What is the manifestation of the sons of God?

48. Is salvation a process?

49. What is the difference between spirit and soul?

50. Have you studied the feasts of Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles in the Old
Testament? What do they represent for us today?

51. What does it mean to have the spirit of the law written on your heart?

52. Why do we go through trials?

53. Why are we afflicted by God?

54. Why do we suffer for Christ?

55. Why are we tempted?

56. Why do we pray?

57. What is the purpose of prayer?

58. How should we pray?

59. Is prayer for us or God?

60. Does our prayer change God's mind?

61. What does the Bible say about fire?

62. Is there such a thing as spiritual fire?

63. Is God going to burn people in literal fire?

64. Did you know that the terms "Holy Ghost and fire," "God is a consuming fire,"
and "lake of fire" all speak of the same type of fire? Did you know that the fire in
each one of these statements all comes from the same Greek word?

65. What is a fiery trial?

66. God makes His ministers a flaming fire! What does that mean?

67. God is a consuming fire! What does that mean?

68. We are to be baptized in the Holy Ghost and fire! What does that mean?

69. The Bible speaks of the lake of fire! What does that mean?

70. God's word is spoken of as fire in our mouths! What does that mean?

71. Who is Constantine? What impact did he have on Christianity?

72. Who is Augustine? What impact did he have on Christianity?

73. What are the Dark Ages? What impact did they have on Christianity?

74. What happened in 553 A.D. to impact Christianity?

75. Did you know that for the first 500 years after the resurrection of the Lord Jesus
that the majority of the Church leaders taught that all would eventually be saved
as a result of the cross of Christ?

76. Did you know that in the early church there were six schools of theology and that
four taught the salvation of all men through Jesus Christ?

77. Who is Origen? What did he teach about the final destiny of all men?

78. The King James Version tells us that Jonah was in the great fish for three days
and three nights and forever. Is that a contradiction? Are there any more
contradictions in the King James Version? Should we look at some other
translations other than the King James Version to see if they are more accurate?

79. 1st Corinthians 15:28 says that God will be all in all. What does that mean?

80. Ephesians 1:9-11 speaks of the dispensation of the fullness of times. What is
that?

81. 1st Corinthians 15:22 says that in Adam all die and that in Christ shall all be
made alive, every man in his own order. What does that mean?

82. Colossians 1:20 says that there will be a reconciliation of all things because of
the blood of the cross of Christ. What does that mean?

83. Acts 3:21 speaks of the restitution of all things. What does that mean?

84. Once again, Romans 6:23 tells us that the wages of sin is death. Why does
Christianity teach that the wages of sin is eternal torture?

85. Jesus said in John 12:32 that if He would be lifted up from the earth (die on the
cross) that He would draw (drag) ALL MEN UNTO HIMSELF! Why do Christians
have a hard time believing that?

86. Is there anything too hard for the Lord?

87. What was the promise that God made to Abraham in Genesis chapter twelve?

88. Does that promise really mean "all?"

89. Have you read Psalm 22:27-31? That is some really good news!

90. What happens when God's judgments are in the earth? Here is a clue… Read
Isaiah 26:9.

91. Could it be possible that God's judgment is a good thing?

92. Where does God's judgment begin? Here is a clue… Read 1st Peter 4:17.

93. Will God's wrath (wroth) last forever? Here is a clue… NO! Read Isaiah 57:16.

94. Will God's enemies submit themselves to Him? How much of the earth will
worship Him? Read Psalm 66:1-4 to find out.

95. Will all flesh come to God? Read Psalm 65:2 to find out.

96. Will all nations serve God? Read Psalm 72:8-19.

97. Who has sent strong delusion? Read 2nd Thessalonians 2:11 to find out.

98. Since Jesus said that the end of this age would be characterized by false
Christs, false prophets, and very strong deception, do you think it is possible that
the majority of Christians are deceived?

99. Who is told to come out of Babylon (confusion) in Revelation 18:4?

100.Since it has been prophesied that the end of this age would include strong
delusion, deception, and confusion, do you think that we should question, study,
look into, and challenge everything that we have been taught?
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Re: Thomas J. Kissinger's 100 UR Questions
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2011, 01:12:22 AM »
I've been thinking recently about one of these questions, that for me, seems to put many things in perspective, and goes a long way to answering some things.  At least, it seems it should open the door for many to reconsider some things.

It's # 9 on his list;  Would you torture one of your children or loved ones forever?

The scriptures say God is a loving Father, Who is a much better father than earthly dads.  How could a loving Father's existence involve eternal (or even temporary) torture with flames of literal fire?  Jesus, that "friend that sticks closer than a brother";  the gentle "Lamb of God" - standing around watching ["in the presence of the Lamb, Rev.], while millions are roasting in eternal, literal fire?   I can't believe it.  I do believe those unsaved in this age will be corrected, and it won't be fun - but not by some hideous method that Dante, Augustine, and those guys came up with.
Neither should there be vulgar speech, foolish talk, or coarse jesting--all of which are out of character--but rather thanksgiving.  Eph. 5:4  **  Saved 1John 3.2, Eph. 2:8, John 1:12 - Being saved 2Cor. 4:16 2Peter 3:18 - Will be saved 1Peter 1:5 Romans 8:23

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Re: Thomas J. Kissinger's 100 UR Questions
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2011, 05:31:15 AM »
Very Cool Questions!

You Know, at some point.... (I think Thomas Kissinger has passed that point), we quit trying to convince ourselves and trump the naysayers and just start proclaiming the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ ....  "Whom the heavens must receive until the period of the restoration of all things spoken of by all the prophets since the world began" :o)

After all, it is the only true gospel, and there was only ever one, and this is it!
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Re: Thomas J. Kissinger's 100 UR Questions
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2011, 07:41:06 PM »
15. Did God send His Son Jesus to be the Savior of the world?

Easy one. I John 4:14 We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

I love it. The good news is so simple and wonderful it's really strange how most people argue vehemently in favor of bad news.

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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2011, 08:09:06 PM »
#27- Is the Devil more powerful than Jesus?

I ask a Baptist preacher this one time and he said "yes". I know my mouth flew open in a gasp.

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Re: Thomas J. Kissinger's 100 UR Questions
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2011, 11:21:36 PM »
Good questions. But imo they won't solve anything. I can answer them from an ET perspective as fast as I can type. And I'm sure most on this forum can.
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Re: Thomas J. Kissinger's 100 UR Questions
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2011, 01:53:29 AM »
All does not mean all.
Whole is not whole.
Origen was a hairy-tick.
Sure, there will be a restitution of all things. But an ever-burning LOF filled with unbelievers will also be a part of the restored universe.
Sure, God is a Loving Father. For His elect, that is.
The dispensation of the fullness of times is when all sinners have been sent to hell and saints taken to heaven.
Sure, God will not be wroth forever. At His elect, that is.
"Especially" is actually "exclusively".

etc. etc.

I do believe in UR, but WW is right.
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Re: Thomas J. Kissinger's 100 UR Questions
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2011, 07:19:57 AM »
That's the case with many.  But IMO, those are the ones that are not ready to see - so I don't believe in arguing with them.  I like to ask the questions, if there's soft, fertile ground, then a good thoughtful - and hopefully fruitful - discussion can occur.  If not, I'm more inclined to walk away and let God season them some more.  I've been looking at some of the struggling (arguing) that goes on over at city-data between UR and ET.  I'm just not into nor feel called to that.  Plant a seed, ask a searching question, and let God deal with it.   Many won't see this until the other side of the grave.  I think there have been millions who after death were extremely pleasantly surprised at how things really worked "over there".   :2c:
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Re: Thomas J. Kissinger's 100 UR Questions
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2011, 09:34:33 AM »
That's the case with many.  But IMO, those are the ones that are not ready to see - so I don't believe in arguing with them. 
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Plant a seed, ask a searching question, and let God deal with it.
But that doesn't mean there are other/better ways of planting seeds.
Sure there are many fry-hards who can't be convinced.
There is also a group of people who get converted by a bunch of God is a good guy verses.
But IMO there is also a big group between those extremes.
People who are not really looking for an endless debate but want a little extra proof. They really see light in those happy verses but also see some good points in the fire and brimstone sermons of their pastor.
I think that for those people there should be a list that's not a simple list of love verses and neither an in depth scholarly war.
Just giving them an extra angle to look at things.
So for example:
- Admit aion can be hard to discuss for some verses; but show they so very obvious verses that show a for ever translation is wrong.
- Give them articles that show that brimstone was a widely used medication in Jesus' time.
- Show that especially at least in some cases means something else as exclusively.
- For every hell verse give a love verse on the same topic.
- A list chapters in which God turns His back on the Jews and chapters on which He takes them back.
- Etc

That's also a way to plant seeds
1 Timothy 2:3-4  ...God our Savior;  Who will have all men to be saved...
John 12:47  And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
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Re: Thomas J. Kissinger's 100 UR Questions
« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2011, 05:07:00 PM »
That's the case with many.  But IMO, those are the ones that are not ready to see - so I don't believe in arguing with them.  I like to ask the questions, if there's soft, fertile ground, then a good thoughtful - and hopefully fruitful - discussion can occur.  If not, I'm more inclined to walk away and let God season them some more.  I've been looking at some of the struggling (arguing) that goes on over at city-data between UR and ET.  I'm just not into nor feel called to that.  Plant a seed, ask a searching question, and let God deal with it.   Many won't see this until the other side of the grave.  I think there have been millions who after death were extremely pleasantly surprised at how things really worked "over there".   :2c:

Very true! I attended my cousins wedding yesterday at the "church" where I used to attend. The pastor came over and gave me a hug and told me they missed having me there. I said thanks, it was good to see him and everyone. Then he said "I know where you live I think i'll drop by sometime." (I have no idea how he knows where I live it kinda creeped me out to be honest LOL) Anyhow he'll want to know why i'm not going to church anymore and I can just picture his reaction... But i'm praying that he only comes if it is good for him to come because I am not one for getting into arguments or disagreements about beliefs, they usually don't do any good. But if God wants me to talk to him then I pray he does come, if He doesn't then I pray he doesn't!
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Re: Thomas J. Kissinger's 100 UR Questions
« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2011, 07:15:24 PM »
All does not mean all.
Whole is not whole.
Origen was a hairy-tick.
Sure, there will be a restitution of all things. But an ever-burning LOF filled with unbelievers will also be a part of the restored universe.
Sure, God is a Loving Father. For His elect, that is.
The dispensation of the fullness of times is when all sinners have been sent to hell and saints taken to heaven.
Sure, God will not be wroth forever. At His elect, that is.
"Especially" is actually "exclusively".

etc. etc.


I do believe in UR, but WW is right.

Butting heads with goats is actually bad for ones health and at least gives one a terrible headache.
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« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2011, 07:59:41 PM »
Agreed with all 3 of the last posts;

 if it's God's will, he'll come. 

There are many ways to plant seeds.

 I don't like headaches.   :laughing7:
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Re: Thomas J. Kissinger's 100 UR Questions
« Reply #12 on: June 27, 2011, 03:37:04 PM »
All does not mean all.
Whole is not whole.
Origen was a hairy-tick.
Sure, there will be a restitution of all things. But an ever-burning LOF filled with unbelievers will also be a part of the restored universe.
Sure, God is a Loving Father. For His elect, that is.
The dispensation of the fullness of times is when all sinners have been sent to hell and saints taken to heaven.
Sure, God will not be wroth forever. At His elect, that is.
"Especially" is actually "exclusively".

etc. etc.


I do believe in UR, but WW is right.

Butting heads with goats is actually bad for ones health and at least gives one a terrible headache.

Hahahahahahaha very true!!!
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« Reply #13 on: June 28, 2011, 07:50:38 PM »
I'm seeing a pattern beginning to take form in this great conversation in that there is a transitioning within us that's transforming our weapon mentality into one of plowshares.  The gospel that we've been given will create enough warring in and of itself.  We need not defend it.  We plant it, water it, and let God cause it to increase.  But defending it means that we think we're "above" it.  Peter did this on several occasions with Jesus and got rebuked for it every time.  He was even told to put his sword away on one occasion . . .the church would rather use the Word to stab other's to death, rather than let them experience the penetration of liberating truth.  Truth needs no defense.  It frees those who are looking "for" freedom, it offends those who have chosen the shackles of religious strongholds to be their identites.  Let God fight that battle within them, pursue the fields where the harvest is white .  . . those that have matured out of the adolesence of understanding and are waiting to give birth to the nature of Christ through our relationship with them.  They're out there, we just have to let the Spirit lead us to them.  Kinda hard to do that if we're spending the vast amount of our attention on the battle front of the warring minds.

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« Reply #14 on: June 28, 2011, 11:25:30 PM »

Butting heads with goats is actually bad for ones health and at least gives one a terrible headache.
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Sheep can be tough nuts though, especially when they are a bit rough around the edges a bit wild like Moses and John the Baptist.
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« Reply #15 on: June 29, 2011, 06:56:07 AM »
Indeed :o), But sheep usually come around- or the Great Shepherd goes out into the wilderness and brings them home.
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« Reply #16 on: June 29, 2011, 04:46:01 PM »
I never realized that there's no implication that the shepherd returned to the flock after he found it.  That's really interesting.  He never went back to the flock himself either . . .he took the lost one home and celebrated it's return. 

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« Reply #17 on: June 29, 2011, 07:02:10 PM »
You mean the shepherd took the lost sheep home to His farm house?, while his other sheep are further afield grazing in the fields.

Maybe that's why the brother sheep got angry/jealous. As the lost sheep was found, and the Father celebrated by killing the fatted calf. The other faithful sheep smelled the roasting and came over to see what the fuss was about.

I often see this type of scenario in the Christian community, where lost sheep come to the church and get instant healing, deliverances, while old faithful continues to struggle in life and wonders whether Father truly loves him/her. But God promises the kingdom/payment to both old faithful and newbie workers.


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Re: Thomas J. Kissinger's 100 UR Questions
« Reply #18 on: June 29, 2011, 07:09:15 PM »
You mean the shepherd took the lost sheep home to His farm house?, while his other sheep are further afield grazing in the fields
I think that's not what it means. It would be highly unlogical to leave the other 99 sheep unguarded when searching for that one lost sheep. 1 sheep saved and the other 99 eaten by a pack of wolves. A shepherd is the guard of the sheep. What guard lets a flock unguarded...?
The meaning is simple and exactly what Gary wrote in an article "99 is not enough"
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« Reply #19 on: June 29, 2011, 07:17:42 PM »
The lost sheep is "lost" because they have wondered from the farmland into unfamiliar territory. It might be the case that a sheep has fallen into a ditch on the farmland, but I suppose the analogy of that would be for Jesus to heal the sick, similar to how Paul (Hireling) healed Timothy (sheep)

But those 99 sheep on the farmland are in relatively safe territory, it helps if they call upon the shepherd, if they see a wolf.


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« Reply #20 on: June 29, 2011, 07:29:48 PM »
I think sheep often were not on the farmland. Even if they were wolves aren't stopped by a fence.
But as I wrote I think it's of little importance in this parable. The message is simple: All are valueble. The shepherd will (and did) lay down His life for each and every sheep.
1 Timothy 2:3-4  ...God our Savior;  Who will have all men to be saved...
John 12:47  And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
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« Reply #21 on: June 29, 2011, 09:30:07 PM »
The wolves are stopped by the sheperd. Unlike an earthly sheperd Christ can look for the lost and also be on guard duty to wane off any wolves.

Also if a sheep gets attacked by a wolf, the sheep must learn to fight and survive until the sheperd comes.

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« Reply #22 on: June 29, 2011, 10:51:32 PM »
If the shepherd was so great . . .how'd the sheep get lost in the first palce?

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« Reply #23 on: June 30, 2011, 01:03:23 AM »
They got bored and rebellious, so they started to break down fences and wander, perhaps the grass is greener on the other side.

The sheperd thought   :cloud9: *I shall wait for their return, and if they do not return, I myself shall go and look for them*.


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« Reply #24 on: June 30, 2011, 04:47:11 AM »
I was driving down a state highway in kansas and I saw a flock of about 20 sheep by the side of the road acting like they wanted to cross. As I drove towards them I saw them step back as the car a few hundred feet ahead of me drove by them, and they did the same as I drove by, so I pulled over thinking, "this is to weird to be a coincidence". As I walked from the other side of the road I saw the sheep there at the road and I saw a fence and about 100 feet down the fence line I saw a gate that had come unlatched or something and was open and half laying down(one of those wire and latch type string across an opening gates) So I decided to see what I could do thinking, "some good hardworking farmer is about to lose some sheep here on this road. As I walked up, a sheep at the front of the flock saw me. The sheep immediately turned and ran and the other sheep turned right behind it and they ran down the fenceline, through the gate and kept running as far as I could follow with my eyes- probably back to safe pasture near the shepherd/farmer's house. I started laughing and turned and went on my way. There is no moral to the story, its just a true story from 30 years ago. Sheep are weird man ;o)
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