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Old 03-06-2016, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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There is no NEXT TEST...the exams have ended--IT IS FINISHED..
What's the "it" in your opinion, zthatzmanz? What, specifically, is finished?
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Old 03-07-2016, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Gulf Coast Texas
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There is no NEXT TEST...the exams have ended--IT IS FINISHED..
James 1:2-3 - Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.

Also 1 Peter 1:6-7.

God indeed will test the faith of those who are His.
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Old 03-07-2016, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Southern Oregon
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It isn't God foing the testing.
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Old 03-07-2016, 08:55 AM
 
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The earliest Christians, all of whom were Jewish converts, did not believe that people went directly to Heaven the moment they died. Instead they believed that people's spirits went to an intermediate realm for a period of time. (And no, they didn't believe in Purgatory.)

And they'd be right. And the Catholics got the concept of "purgatory" from the Jews. Peace
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Old 03-07-2016, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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And they'd be right. And the Catholics got the concept of "purgatory" from the Jews. Peace
They might have gotten the general concept from Judaism. As a matter of fact, I am convinced they did. But the Jewish belief in an intermediate realm between heaven and earth is not the same thing as Purgatory.
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