I am no expert; In fact, I am not yet Catholic, however, I shall endeavour to answer your questions to the best of my understanding.
- How can water in baptism wash away sin?
**Please allow me to use a non-canonical reference to answer this question. It elaborates on the fall of Adam and Eve, and it shows one of the many parallels with Jesus’ salvic actions and those of Adam. From ‘The Book of Adam and Eve II’ , in summary, essentially, to show repentance for their sins, Adam commanded Eve to stand on a rock up to her neck in the Tigris ****River until she could stand there ****no more, and Adam himself walked into the River Jordan and was to stand there for 40 days. **
There is much more, here piney.com/ApocAEVita.html
**but from this, we see that the River Jordan was used by Adam as a place to remit his ‘original’ sin; it is therefore, **
no accident that Jesus was baptized in the River Jordan…baptism being for the remission of original sin; the washing away of impurities.
- If God is good why is there a hell(I can answer this one but others thoughts are always welcome also)
**God is good, true, but we are imperfect. God wants nothing more than to see us turn from sin and go to Him, but as we have free will, we can ‘choo****se’ by our actions, to **reject Him. We are given all our lives to repent, and if we do, He will welcome us into Paradise; however, if we reject Him, we have no-one to blame but ourselves. Hell is for those who refuse to repent of their misdeeds; afterall, you can’t blame God for wanting to keep evil out of Heaven…look what happened last time it resided there…
- Explain original sin and the fall and Satan.
Hmm…essentially, Satan was jealous of God. He wanted the same glory, and so tempted Eve, who in turn, tempted Adam…this was the ‘original’ sin; because of his betrayal of God, Satan was thrown down from heaven; and Adam and Eve renounced their immortality, and that of all human kind. It is only because of Jesus, that we have a chance to become immortal beings once more, but if we choose satan (by our actions) over God, then we will reside with satan, not God. In which case, non-existance would be preferable to eternal damnation.
- If God is good why would He do that to His Son? (Crucified on the Cross) I can explain this also, but your welcome to give input
Once again, we see the parallel between Adam and Jesus in this act. As Jesus existed as part of the Triune God in heaven prior to the fall of man, he willingly took on the ‘job’ of his Salvic sacrifice. It was a tree which took the ‘life’ (immortality) from humans (Ok, we could argue it was Satan, but it was the Tree of Knowledge they were told not to eat from); and therefore a tree (the cross) w****hich would restore immortalality to humans (if we choose the right path.)
- She thinks God is out to get her because she has herpes
Not knowing the particular circumstances pertaining to this issue, I can only offer a blanket statement; whereby I
believe that God is not ‘out to get her’, or anyone, for that matter. If she acted immorally, then she brought this upon herself, however she may be an innocent recipient, in which case, God will give her the grace required to cope.
- If God is Good why did He allow her to be molested as a child by her babysitter
**I am so sorry to hear this. **
God allows us free will, and therefore, we are responsible for our own actions. The person who did this dreadful thing, may or may not have paid the earth****ly penalty, but they will have to answer to God on the day of Judgement.
Kaily, you and your loved ones are in my prayers. I hope your future Sister-In-Law can find peace of mind, and return to the loving arms of God very soon.
**Peace be with you all; and praise the Holy Spirit for guiding the Cardinals ****to elect our new Pope, Benedict XVI **