What does “count it all as loss” mean?

“Counting everything as a loss except for Jesus and what He did on the cross, does not mean that food, clothing, shelter and the enjoyments of this life have no value. It is a comparison of ~relative~ value. What it means is that, compared to the eternal salvation in Jesus, all the things of this fleeting life seem like a loss, because of the surpassing nature of the salvation in Christ. “Take me to the cross” –it is the source of my salvation in Christ, and it is the source of my ongoing forgiveness in Him.”

Curtis Smale



Bible Questions and Answers

Why allow a seemingly endlessly replenishing world of sinners to be born? To have a moment of irrevocable infinite grace on each one. He who seeks, finds. Omniscience. Also, the damned produce those who will be saved.

Why have Hell be the default destination of humanity? Freewill. Sin. Sinners. Once they believe, sealed for Heaven. Saved by Jesus. Specific knowledge varies. 

Why is Heaven not the default destination? Freewill. Faith. Born again.

Is will a part of faith? Yes. “They ~would not~ come to Me.”

Why must people BELIEVE to be saved? God is worthy of trust. His book is filled with fulfilled prophecies and verifiable physical and moral truths.

Why allow humans to sin at all? Why not allow freewill within goodness only? A wider moral freedom, in this earth time, worthy of more exalted creatures. 

God cannot lie? He is confirmed in goodness, being two-way eternal.

Why do some people get easy pleasurable rich lives? To whom much is given, much will be required, in Heaven or Hell. Justice.

Why not witness the Gospel to every person throughout history? Omniscience. Lesser suffering in Hell for those rebels not approached. Era of Law showed failure of Law. Only Jesus kept it. Prophecies. Progressive revelation. Waiting. 

Omniscience. Justice. Grace.

Why not more explicit salvation verses? There are 185.

Is grace really crazy? No. Loving.

Are good works and a Spirit-led life conditions for salvation? No, absolute-ly not. Likely results, though.

How does a person know if he or she is saved? The way they can know for sure, is if they believe that Jesus is the God-man, who died for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day, according to the Scriptures. They have eternal life and are eternally saved according to John chapter 3; and 1st Corinthians 15:1-4.

(Believers in Jesus are forgiven of all sins, have everlasting life and eternal security, and a new self in Christ.)

How much does God love us in terms of making things go right and enjoyably for us in life? Many purposes for what happens.

What is love? Kindness and goodwill, up to self-sacrifice for the good of another or others.

How accurate is Scripture? 99.5% Only half an 8” x 10” sheet of variants. Not even errors: transpositions, alternate spellings.

Curtis Smale