This is my interpretation of how my faith works
"In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth".... wait a minute, how can that be? How can something come from nothing and create something? That's a great observation and that very question has made more agnostics and atheists, So here is my explanation. When super-science can explain the Universe we live in and give me the dimensions of said universe of where it begins and where it ends (outer edges) and whats beyond that, then you can explain how God works, because you're a higher-educated person than I, also using the "Big Bang Theory" doesn't answer my questions in this matter, but I do enjoy the TV show.
"DarWin, Lose or Draw" or as I call it the "Revolution of Creationism" Darwinism states that all species of organisms arise and develop through the natural selection of small, inherited variations that increase the individual's ability to compete, survive, and reproduce, simply put you grow up and mature as a species as your needs increase or diminish or evolves, a example is your little finger, long ago on this planet when mankind was forming we used our fingers and toes to survive, to gather food and run from our predators as we evolved these extremities slowly lessened in length with the advent of tools and tennis shoes, now here is the kicker, what part of our brain actually programs our DNA code? And who decides what parts of our body that we are using less and less like our appendix and change the DNA code and yet pass this code onto other humans all over the world even in parts of this world where the humans can't "mingle" their code is changed? hmmmmmm could it be Intelligent Design?
I don't believe that the Earth is less than 10,000 years old, I believe that the Earth is Billions of years old, I don't think God was on the Julian calender when he made this place we call home, God's time isn't our time, what's a single day for God "could be" millions of years to us, only God has that answer. God is everywhere and at every time past and future
"One day Science will reach the summit of all knowledge and on that day Science will see that religion has been there all along"-writer unknown, I don't even remember where I first heard this, I even googled it and came up with nothing
"Why is it easier to be bad than good?" Because when mankind became self aware and we were questioning our existence God sent down his Angels to communicate with the humans and the Angels came to like this place called Earth and it became a vacation destination for the Angels and the Angels and us humans intermingled on many mental and physical levels and it got to the point that the Angels liked it here on Earth more than Heaven, and God told the Angels enough is enough its time to come back to Heaven and almost all the Angels did except the Head Angel and many of his associates. When God asked again to come back to Heaven the Head Angel said "No" so God pulled him and his followers from Earth and God wasn't pleased with their disobedience and God told Archangel Michael to take out the trash, so Satan and his followers were tossed one-by-one at the speed of light towards Earth, Satan hit the planet so hard that he passed through the crust of the Earth and heated up the core because of the friction (Satan must have hit the planet head first because that would explain his actions throughout history), and the followers of Satan who were also cast out of Heaven upon landing on Earth fearing the wrath of God fragmented themselves into the Earth so these followers of Satan became demons and the battle of Good and Evil began, The Angels in Heaven lost their sexuality and the elder race of humans was eliminated and God started again with Adam, and we know what happens from there, because of the hiding demons and Satan, evil still ruled this cursed Earth and the new race of man was made impure. This is why God will not walk on this Earth because of all the evil that's afoot here and when this Earth and Heavens are destroyed God will walk amongst us on the New Heavens and Earth where evil will be 100% eliminated.
"But, The Bible Says...." Yes it does, but the Bible was interpreted by Man as told by God and Jesus and we (mankind) aren't exactly firing on all cylinders when it comes to even try to understand what God and Jesus were trying to tell us so we did our best to put into written text what we thought God and Jesus meant, this is why Jesus talked in parables to us, when asked Jesus said "To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand" enough said on that topic, But the bible (to me) is a book of common sense for those who need to be told, "Hey, Don't Kill, its not right" and its not alright to "Do unto others, Then split". The Apostles did their best to translate "The Word" so we could understand and not all timelines are "set-in-stone" that's why I believe the Earth is Billions of years old, remember God is everywhere in time and space how can the common man of 2,000 years ago understand that, let alone mankind of today.
"Do I need to Pray and go to Church?" Matthew 6:
And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. (so, should I go to Church?) But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. (so, should I pray ?) Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Some talk about the "Jesus Prayer" and you need to chant this over and over. now to me don't you think Jesus knows what you do? and to say "I'm a sinner" who are your trying to convince you? Jesus knows you are already, but in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 it says to "pray continually" my interpretation is to keep praying not to babble the same verse over and over like the Jesus Prayer, I talk to Jesus Christ in my prayers and I come to understand things easier when I do talk to my God, He knows what I am thinking before I think it, But "I" want to fully understand myself better, So I pray
Why is Jesus second coming taking so long? II Peter 3:8-9, NIV. "But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."
Does anyone know the exact time of Christ's second coming or Armageddon? Matthew 24:36, NIV. "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father
Here's a simple video about the 2nd coming (thank you American Dad, I couldn't explain this any better)
What Happens When I Die? Depends on how you lived, simply put if you are a follower of Jesus Christ and you accept him as your savior then you ascend into Heaven, no waiting. In the book of Luke 23:43 "Jesus answered him (the thief on the cross who accepted Jesus as his savior), Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." Now if you believe in Jesus but lived a questionable life, you will wait 3 days (this gives you a time-out to think about what you did, then you will ascend into Heaven, (Jesus walked the Earth again in 3 days, because he was prepared to come back to Earth), we won't be walking the Earth again when we die, so our 3 days are different. Now if you don't accept Jesus as your personal savior and lived a life of "Do Unto Others....Then Spit" you will sleep until the second coming of Christ, and when that happens you will rise from the grave and walk the Earth and even then you can still repent and ascend unto Heaven, On the day of the rapture the saved ones ascend into Heaven (just the soul, no physical body, sorry Krishna's) and the unsaved and dead will walk and have to experience the 2nd coming here on Earth and they will have to choose between the anti-Christ and Jesus, the right decision will pass them into Heaven. So even the sinners get a second chance, after the second coming, If you happen to make all the wrong choices and you are left on the scorched Earth, in the Judgement you will be assigned a place in Heaven, doing what I have no idea. as for the saved, yes there is a Judgement too but not as harsh. but in the long run Nobody Goes To Hell!