Can You Be Saved After Death?
It would be nice if there were an opportunity to change your mind in hell, but the Bible gives no indication that this will be possible. Hebrews 9:27 says we are all "destined to die once, and after that to face judgment."
Another passage that seems to shut the door to a "second chance" is a parable Jesus told in Luke 16:19-31. The parable was about a rich man who died and went to hell. In his agony, the rich man looked up to heaven and cried out for mercy. In response to his cries, the man was told a chasm separated heaven and hell—a chasm that could never be crossed.
As hard as it is to hear, eternal separation from God is the punishment for people who don't accept Christ as Lord and Savior. But please understand that it's not God's desire for anyone to spend eternity in hell. As it says in 2 Peter 3:9, "He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."
So my encouragement to you is to concentrate on the present. I can't tell you what will happen between death and judgment, but I can tell you that God desires for each one of us to experience his love and grace right here, right now.
What's Wrong With Makeup?
I go to a very conservative church, where women can't wear makeup or jewelry. I just don't think it's wrong to wear this stuff. My dad and I are getting into arguments about it. I've tried to show him from the Bible why I'm right, but he always seems to find a different verse to contradict me. What should I do about this situation?
You may be doing all you can, for now. Keep talking with your dad and other leaders in the church. Learn everything you can from the Bible about these issues and make sure you don't get bitter at God over your dad's opinions.
The easiest thing to do is rebel or do things behind your dad's back. But the right way is to look at this as a season in your life that will one day move into another season. Ask God for wisdom and guidance, and when you're an adult you can make whatever decision you believe is God's will for you.
I know some very wonderful people who have come from conservative churches like yours. The individuals who have a vibrant faith are the ones who chose their battles carefully and focused on a positive, loving, grace-filled relationship with God.
Should I Be Baptized Again?
I go to a Lutheran church, and I was baptized as an infant. But some other Christians keep telling me that I have to be baptized as an adult. I don't see why. I'm a Christian, and I was baptized in Christ. Why would I have to do it again?
I'm not a theologian, but I will try my best to answer your question. However, perspectives on baptism differ from denomination to denomination. Please make sure you talk with your pastor about this important experience.
Baptism means a dying of self, washing away our sins by Christ's death and a promise of eternal and new life because of his resurrection. As Galatians 2:20 says: "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."