1. When I die, I hope that people will pray for me.
FALSE. The Bible says that it is appointed unto man once to die, and after this comes the judgment. The Bible warns us that we must turn to God now, before it is too late. After a persons dies is too late. (Hebrews 9:27, Isaiah 55:6-7, Psalm 32:6, Luke 16:26)
2. When I die, I hope that people will light candles for me.
FALSE. See previous answer.
3. When I die, I hope that people will hire/rent/ask a priest or minister to do a special ritual on my behalf, so that I might go to heaven.
FALSE. Once dead, you will face God directly at the judgment. That is not the time to begin repenting, or getting yourself out of your state that you are in. You need to do that now. A priest or a minister cannot do anything about your state once you have died. You will go where you have decided to go while you were living on the earth. God will respect your decision and will not be persuaded by a priest, or a minister, even if they light candles for you, or say special prayers. (That is a deception from Satan to get you to be complacent and not repent now, right away, while you still have the chance). (Hebrews 9:27)
4. I believe in a “prayer wheel”. I attach a written prayer on a piece of paper, and attach it to a wheel that blows in the wind. For each revolution of the wheel, I know that God will hear my prayers.
FALSE. Prayer wheels are used by some in an attempt to be “better heard”. But God is looking for your heart. Ask God to forgive you, speak to God from a pure heart, and he will hear you. (1 Samuel 16:7, Isaiah 66:2, Luke 8:15, Luke 18:13-14)
5. I wear special clothing to a religious place of worship because I know that this is what God expects of me. Sometimes, I may take off my shoes in a religious place, because otherwise I might offend God.
FALSE. Religious clothing focuses on the outward appearance. But God is looking at your heart. Be humble before him and he will accept you, no matter what you are wearing. (1 Samuel 16:7, Matthew 15:8-9)
6. I do not eat meat. This offends God.
FALSE. In Genesis 9, God said to Noah, and all that followed him, “Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you” (Genesis 9:3).
7. I do not eat certain meats. Certain meats offend God. For example, I do not eat pork, or cows. Cows may be a re-incarnation of one of my relatives, or my friends, who has died. Therefore, I would not want to eat a cow.
FALSE. Jesus declared all foods clean. The Old Testament injunction against eating certain types of meat was only in effect up until the time that Christ came. The Bible says, “But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed. Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.” (Galatians 3:23-25) Your dead relative is not a cow. Otherwise, God is a liar, because God said you could eat cows in Genesis 9:3 (See previous answer). God also does not believe in re-incarnation, because after you die, comes the judgment, not a second chance. (See previous answers) (Acts 11:9, Hebrews 9:27)
8. The spirits live in trees. In order to prevent the spirits from attacking me, or doing harm to me or my family, I must put out a special offering of food for them. Then, they will be happy and not cause me or my family harm.
FALSE. In order to avoid harm from spirits, turn to Jesus, because he is stronger than spirits. He will protect you. Trust him and him alone. He said that he has all authority. You can have victory in his name. You don’t need to fear spirits. “And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! For with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out.” (Luke 4:36) (See also Matthew 28:18, John 5:27, James 4:6-7.)
9. It is a good thing to sacrifice an animal, so that God will be pleased.
FALSE. All of the animals that were ever sacrificed were sacrificed as a “foreshadowing” (“indication”) of the coming of Christ. They were a “type” of Christ. They were not the real sacrifice. Christ is the real sacrifice. Christ is the “lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world”. Once you trust in Christ, you no longer need to make worldly sacrifices to God in order to be accepted by him. You are accepted by trusting in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who was “once for all” offered for your sins and mine. Trust him. He is all that you need. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). (See also John 1:29, John 14:6, Hebrews 10:10)
10. The priest or minister is more holy than the average person.
FALSE. They are just like you or me. What makes a person holy, or “sanctified”, is being called holy by God. People who trust in Christ for the forgiveness of their sins are called “holy” by God. (Ephesians 5:27, Colossians 1:22)
11. A person cannot just be a saint, “like that”. It takes very special acts of sacrifice to God to be a saint. One also has to be dead first, before one can be made into a saint.
FALSE. The word for “saint” is the same word as for “holy”. All Christians are saints, according to Scripture. A typical greeting of Paul’s is found in 1 Corinthians 1:2 to the church at Corinth: “Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their’s and our’s”. And again: “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” (1 Corinthians 14:33) So whether a Christian feels like it or not, they are a “saint” in God’s eyes (holy). The fault of churches that declare certain individuals to be saints on account of their deeds is that they corrupt the clear teaching of the word of God and make sainthood into something that is earned by what man does, rather than what Christ has done. Thus, they invert the gospel teaching, making it man-centered rather than God-centered (man gets the credit, not God). Warning! This is a clear deviation from what the word of God teaches! Again, the apostle Paul strictly warns us all to beware of deceptive teachings like this, when he writes with full authority, “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:8-9)
12. If I am not baptized when I die, someone can get baptized in my place. In other words, they can baptize me “in absentia”. God will then understand that I am baptized and I can be accepted by him and go to heaven.
FALSE. Baptism for the dead is not taught in Scripture. It is only alluded to by Paul in reference to some “others” that performed baptism for the dead during his day (1 Corinthians 15:29). Baptism also cannot save a person from their sins. The Scripture says that we are saved on account of our faith in what Christ has done in dying on the cross for us, not by works, lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).
13. I must face a certain city when I pray. Otherwise, God will not hear me that well (he might hear me a little, but he would hear me more if I prayed towards a certain city).
FALSE. The woman at the well said to Jesus, “Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:20-24)