Wow what wonderful and thoughtful questions and a great respectful converstaion I might add (joy to read through). I want to chime in with some straight to the point answers, however some of them get a little complicated so hang with me.........
So much (if not all thats being discussed here) can be answered through study of the scriptures (notice I did not say "reading the Bible"). God teaches us alot about Himself, but often in small increments as we journey through His book.
Here goes some key points to consider:
Assuming God does exist, how did "he" come to exist? Does "God", whomever you may want him to be have a creator? If everything has a beginning then it would only make sense that "God" would too right?
God said "I am that I am" , He told Moses (when he asked who should I said sent me?) that "I am" sent me. The Holy Trinity has always been and will always be. Its impossible to fathom as humans a being that has no begining. Do you realize that God holds all of us (the entire universe included) as a thought in His mind? He simply spoke us into existance. None of our world would exist save the for a thought in the mind of God. The Bible teaches us that the entire universe exists through Jesus Christ and because of Jesus Christ. Allow me to quote scripture from The Book of John, chapter one:
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
What was "God" doing for the roughly 14-16 billion years before human existance
A VERY IMPORTANT concept to get your arms around is that God operates OUTSIDE of time and its constraints. He is in all places and all times simutanuously. Also remember its already finished (in Gods mind). God started with the end and created backwards to the begining. Everything we will all do, say, experience, etc has already happened but we must "live" through it. God is already there so to speak. Also realize that the Bible makes it clear that "time" as WE measure it is not particularly significant (a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is but a day unto the Lord)
All that exists came to be by some cause and I feel that whatever is the "cause" is the path to discovering "God".
You got that right
Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man comes to the Father but by me"
Noone knows what happens when you die, and we never will.
Actually we all will (when we die), I assume you meant while we are alive in the first life.
There is alot of suffering in this world, I don't think an eternally kind "overlord" would let it get to the point it has.
Yes there is as a result of MANS sin against God and against himself. Thank mans sin nature for the suffering.
So this makes me think that maybe there are different areas of heaven
Please permit me to bold this for proper emphasis.........
THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO HEAVEN and that is through Jesus Christ, ANYTHING else is an absolute lie.
Another trivial question Ive wondered, If you die in space or on another planet...what happens to your soul then? I know many will say the answer is obvious but what if it isnt that simple?
Absent from the body, present with the Lord. The soul of a believer goes immediately and directly to Jesus Christ, no matter how or where you die
Even the demons believe in god,but you wont see them in heaven.
Intresting and so true....... I love this passage of scripture were Jesus kicks some demon butt:
26They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. 27When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demonpossessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs. 28When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don't torture me!” 29For Jesus had commanded the evil spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places. 30Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him. 31And they begged him repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss. 32A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into them, and he gave them permission. 33When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned
"my name is legion for we are many"............... great stuff
I will leave you guys with this parting thought from the mind of God:
From the Book of Isaiah chapter 55
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
We are have our place and God has His