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Old 06-23-2010, 07:10 AM
 
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Please forgive, in advance, for the seeming stupidity of the question that June is about to ask. Lord knows she's been moderating this subforum since it's inception, but lately there is one aspect that somewhat rather baffles her...

There is no shortage of "ET vs. UR" debate threads on this forum. What June can't quite wrap her little 'just June' heathen mind around is the nature of what these threads are really all about: the after life. Now granted, June may not exactly be a believer, but June's also aware of the fact that we are all very much alive. Time and again she can't help but wonder: What's the deal with "after death?" June gets it that where one is "destined" to go after they die is a doctrinal/dogmatic issue that is near and dear to people's hearts. June gets it that it underscores the basic doctrinal/dogmatic aspects of each side's belief system. However....

What is the deal with the ongoing draw to what, where, when and why AFTER one dies? What about now, while one is still alive? June supposes her real question underscores the notion that while one is still walking the face of this earth as a Christian, that there would be some far more essential and far reaching issues at hand to be dealt with than "after death." She can't help but wonder at times whether the "where one goes after death" isn't a diversion from the larger issues of real life....If she is wrong in that, please: feel free to tell her. She's just somewhat taken, this morning, by this ongoing issue of where one goes after they are no longer here...

--Because you're all here, NOW. --That means that there is much to be done, much to be enjoyed, much to be appreciated, and much to clarify in order to engage in one's own life as a Christian. (Or so June would imagine?) June fully acknowledges/realizes that accordingly, due to her little 'just June' heathen status, that she's on the "fast tract to hell" but in the meantime, June's not done yet. June's got stuff to do, and a whole lot of living left to do! June wishes to not only enjoy her life, but to contribute some little something in terms of how she lives her life, NOW, and not be diverted or derailed by where she ends up later on. (Please forgive her stupidity in this, but truly, folks: Does not the intense focus on who goes where and why after death almost serve a purpose of taking away and negating what life as a Christian is, or means, in the present?)

So to anyone who cares to respond, please:

Help the little heathen better understand: Isn't it life as lived, now, that also counts? June may not be "saved" but she sure knows how to "save" that which is precious, beloved, and most essential in her own life....Such that there is precious meaning in her life now, and meaning that is meant to be lived. --What about everyone else?

Lastly, as losely translated/paraphrased in the Messsage, although only indirectly applicable to this post, this: "The Messiah has made things up between us so that we're now together on this, both non-Jewish outsiders and Jewish insiders. He tore down the wall we used to keep each other at a distance....Instead of continuing with two groups of people separated by centuries of animosity and suspicion, he created a new kind of human being, a fresh start for everybody....Christ came and preached peace to you outsiders and peace to us insiders. He treated us as equals, and so made us equals. Through him we both share the same Spirit and have equal acces to the Father." (Ephesians 2: 14,16)

So why no unity in life, but only division regarding after life? What about life?


~To those who respond, thanks in advance!


Take gentle care.
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Old 06-23-2010, 07:20 AM
 
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According to religion: there is only one thing in life that matters -- be faithful; everything else goes around that.

With that said, what should you do with your life: pray everyday, pay church on time, and fill in the gaps with other things.

June was wondering about afterlife. Hell is real. So be sure do what's said above, or else you know what.
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Old 06-23-2010, 07:28 AM
 
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According to religion: there is only one thing in life that matters -- be faithful; everything else goes around that.

With that said, what should you do with your life: pray everyday, pay church on time, and fill in the gaps with other things.

June was wondering about afterlife. Hell is real. So be sure do what's said above, or else you know what.
I believe she was looking for sincere Christian responses . . . not sarcastic anti-religion "heathen" ones . . . deserved or not.
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Old 06-23-2010, 07:32 AM
 
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I believe she was looking for sincere Christian responses . . . not sarcastic anti-religion "heathen" ones . . . deserved or not.
That happened to be a Christian response (serious too, not in a sarcastic way).
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Old 06-23-2010, 07:40 AM
 
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Please forgive, in advance, for the seeming stupidity of the question that June is about to ask. Lord knows she's been moderating this subforum since it's inception, but lately there is one aspect that somewhat rather baffles her...

There is no shortage of "ET vs. UR" debate threads on this forum. What June can't quite wrap her little 'just June' heathen mind around is the nature of what these threads are really all about: the after life. Now granted, June may not exactly be a believer, but June's also aware of the fact that we are all very much alive. Time and again she can't help but wonder: What's the deal with "after death?" June gets it that where one is "destined" to go after they die is a doctrinal/dogmatic issue that is near and dear to people's hearts. June gets it that it underscores the basic doctrinal/dogmatic aspects of each side's belief system. However....

What is the deal with the ongoing draw to what, where, when and why AFTER one dies? What about now, while one is still alive? June supposes her real question underscores the notion that while one is still walking the face of this earth as a Christian, that there would be some far more essential and far reaching issues at hand to be dealt with than "after death." She can't help but wonder at times whether the "where one goes after death" isn't a diversion from the larger issues of real life....If she is wrong in that, please: feel free to tell her. She's just somewhat taken, this morning, by this ongoing issue of where one goes after they are no longer here...

--Because you're all here, NOW. --That means that there is much to be done, much to be enjoyed, much to be appreciated, and much to clarify in order to engage in one's own life as a Christian. (Or so June would imagine?) June fully acknowledges/realizes that accordingly, due to her little 'just June' heathen status, that she's on the "fast tract to hell" but in the meantime, June's not done yet. June's got stuff to do, and a whole lot of living left to do! June wishes to not only enjoy her life, but to contribute some little something in terms of how she lives her life, NOW, and not be diverted or derailed by where she ends up later on. (Please forgive her stupidity in this, but truly, folks: Does not the intense focus on who goes where and why after death almost serve a purpose of taking away and negating what life as a Christian is, or means, in the present?)

So to anyone who cares to respond, please:

Help the little heathen better understand: Isn't it life as lived, now, that also counts? June may not be "saved" but she sure knows how to "save" that which is precious, beloved, and most essential in her own life....Such that there is precious meaning in her life now, and meaning that is meant to be lived. --What about everyone else?

Lastly, as losely translated/paraphrased in the Messsage, although only indirectly applicable to this post, this: "The Messiah has made things up between us so that we're now together on this, both non-Jewish outsiders and Jewish insiders. He tore down the wall we used to keep each other at a distance....Instead of continuing with two groups of people separated by centuries of animosity and suspicion, he created a new kind of human being, a fresh start for everybody....Christ came and preached peace to you outsiders and peace to us insiders. He treated us as equals, and so made us equals. Through him we both share the same Spirit and have equal acces to the Father." (Ephesians 2: 14,16)

So why no unity in life, but only division regarding after life? What about life?
~To those who respond, thanks in advance!
Take gentle care.
You are correct . . . the Now is the focus of Christ's teaching because it impacts what we "produce" in our consciousness. Each "moment" of consciousness exists separately from all the others. Those filled with agape love and the panoply of 1Cor 13 will be retained. The others will be discarded as "hay, stubble, and wood, etc." It will be this individual retained "production" that is referred to in the "30-fold, 60-fold, and 100-fold" verse. So . . . yes absolutely, the focus should be on living Now in the "love of God and each other." The ET, UR and annihilation dispute is really about the corruption of that love with fear and vengeance from not understanding God's true nature . . . as distinct from the primitive OT descriptions. Just my take on it.
Be well.
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Old 06-23-2010, 07:43 AM
 
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That happened to be a Christian response (serious too, not in a sarcastic way).
My bad.
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Old 06-23-2010, 07:44 AM
 
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In my opinion, this life is the one that counts as to who, what, when , where and why we will be in the afterlife..Sort of a "dress rehearsal" If our personalities become part of our souls then we will be in the afterlife as we are now..and if there is a judgement we will be judged upon the fruits of our selves, not on which doctrine, religion or mans words we followed in this life..
For myself I choose to try with all my might to follow the example of Christ's human personality which was that of love and planting seeds of kindness, generosity and a hope to spend eternity in the presence of Him and the Almighty God...

There is no need to threaten or frighten anyone into a false belief of pain and suffering in the worst form of pain that we can humanly imagine to lead people to Him..Children and strangers followed him because of the love of the Father that drew them, not out of fear or obedience to anything they had been told and taught by the wisdom of the world...
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Old 06-23-2010, 07:48 AM
 
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What about now, while one is still alive? June supposes her real question underscores the notion that while one is still walking the face of this earth as a Christian, that there would be some far more essential and far reaching issues at hand to be dealt with than "after death."
An excellent question.

The life (and death) of a believer should be one and the same. The kingdom is - simply put - only accessed by living in a state of spirituality that is not "new age" or "paranormal", but rather abiding in the life of our Savior.

How is this possible? By what scripture calls "dying to the flesh" - a process of turning from the nature we were born with and living by faith - complete with His nature infused into us: this is what Jesus meant when He said, "Except you eat of my flesh and drink of my blood, you have no part in Me".

We believe all will have to go down this "road", but the chosen will go ahead of the rest of creation.
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Old 06-23-2010, 07:49 AM
 
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Please forgive, in advance, for the seeming stupidity of the question that June is about to ask. Lord knows she's been moderating this subforum since it's inception, but lately there is one aspect that somewhat rather baffles her...

There is no shortage of "ET vs. UR" debate threads on this forum. What June can't quite wrap her little 'just June' heathen mind around is the nature of what these threads are really all about: the after life. Now granted, June may not exactly be a believer, but June's also aware of the fact that we are all very much alive. Time and again she can't help but wonder: What's the deal with "after death?" June gets it that where one is "destined" to go after they die is a doctrinal/dogmatic issue that is near and dear to people's hearts. June gets it that it underscores the basic doctrinal/dogmatic aspects of each side's belief system. However....

What is the deal with the ongoing draw to what, where, when and why AFTER one dies? What about now, while one is still alive? June supposes her real question underscores the notion that while one is still walking the face of this earth as a Christian, that there would be some far more essential and far reaching issues at hand to be dealt with than "after death." She can't help but wonder at times whether the "where one goes after death" isn't a diversion from the larger issues of real life....If she is wrong in that, please: feel free to tell her. She's just somewhat taken, this morning, by this ongoing issue of where one goes after they are no longer here...

--Because you're all here, NOW. --That means that there is much to be done, much to be enjoyed, much to be appreciated, and much to clarify in order to engage in one's own life as a Christian. (Or so June would imagine?) June fully acknowledges/realizes that accordingly, due to her little 'just June' heathen status, that she's on the "fast tract to hell" but in the meantime, June's not done yet. June's got stuff to do, and a whole lot of living left to do! June wishes to not only enjoy her life, but to contribute some little something in terms of how she lives her life, NOW, and not be diverted or derailed by where she ends up later on. (Please forgive her stupidity in this, but truly, folks: Does not the intense focus on who goes where and why after death almost serve a purpose of taking away and negating what life as a Christian is, or means, in the present?)

So to anyone who cares to respond, please:

Help the little heathen better understand: Isn't it life as lived, now, that also counts? June may not be "saved" but she sure knows how to "save" that which is precious, beloved, and most essential in her own life....Such that there is precious meaning in her life now, and meaning that is meant to be lived. --What about everyone else?

Lastly, as losely translated/paraphrased in the Messsage, although only indirectly applicable to this post, this: "The Messiah has made things up between us so that we're now together on this, both non-Jewish outsiders and Jewish insiders. He tore down the wall we used to keep each other at a distance....Instead of continuing with two groups of people separated by centuries of animosity and suspicion, he created a new kind of human being, a fresh start for everybody....Christ came and preached peace to you outsiders and peace to us insiders. He treated us as equals, and so made us equals. Through him we both share the same Spirit and have equal acces to the Father." (Ephesians 2: 14,16)

So why no unity in life, but only division regarding after life? What about life?


~To those who respond, thanks in advance!


Take gentle care.

Everyone knows my hesitation to quote scripture in an attempt to defend my positions. Too much scriptural ping pong going on these days.
Utlimatley though, it's the "spirit" of the text that we are all stuggling to aquire and define.

And I think June has come very close. Scripture ( particularly the words attributed to Christ ) are full with language that encourages good relationship with our "neighbor", in the here and now.
It's those relationships that reflect our love for Christ, and Christ's love for us,

in the eternal now
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Old 06-23-2010, 08:06 AM
 
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Dear June,
I once received a tract which read on the cover: "what do I have to do to go to hell?"
Inside the cover: "Nothing!"

Is this the message of the Gospel? Does this bring joy unspeakable to the human heart?
The importance of the message we preach is that it affects those who receive it, whether in good or in bad.
My thing is, why are Christians preaching hell, and not the Love of God?? It is the GOODNESS of God that leadeth thee to repentance.

A message of God's love brings reconciliation. (That's how Love works; that's exactly what Jesus came to demonstrate to us.)
A message of intimidation and threats of hell brings rebellion.

Just based on my VERY small experience..

Blessings,
brian
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