It's really awesome to read the new testament with the understanding that the church was being developed then and that people were going through an adjustment period and where the culture and religious beliefs really seem to clash with what Christ and the apostles were bringing...and to see Christ et el, trying to explain in a way that they could understand and so that they didn't think they were going against what they've always known to be 'right' in God's eyes all along.
Now I want to ask a question based on your beliefs.
If god would just say come right in to people who have not lead a christian life, then whats the point of christians? I mean, why would anyone dedicate their life to God?
I mean I know if I had a *guaranteed* ticket I would have done a few things that I won't discuss here.
But my faith holds me back, like a voice saying wwjd?
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Firsttimemummy - So when you see Christ talk about 'burning up of weeds' etc and that likening to the day of the Lord or Kingdom of heaven, remember who he's talking to. He's talking to people who could not discern spiritual things so he HAD to use physical examples of what the kingdom of God was like. Later you'll see that the Holy Spirit is described as the Holy Ghost of fire...and that the Holy Spirit is what 'consumes'....so you can then go back and read Jesus' parables with a 'spiritual' twist. So all this 'burning of weeds' simply means that the Holy Spirit is what burns and cleanses the spirit of man (weeds). That's why later on 'judgement day' when everyone is burning in the pit,....I believe that the Holy spirit is what burns away and cleanses people - in the spiritual sense rather than physical. Our physical bodies are already dead...so no point buring up dead corpes...as Paul said this body is merely a 'tent' and is waiting to be redeemed along with our spirit. Wages of sin is death...that's why our body is dead/dying because of sin. Christ has paid that wage now and has died...so therefore our spirit has been 'quickened' (made alive) already and we wait till the trump of God then our bodies will also rise incorruptible and change into glorified bodies (not dead sinful ones) in a twinkling of an eye. (which happens to be my favourite scripture
God forgives us, IF we ask for forgiveness. If we don't, how can we receive it? Our punishments on earth are consequences to our actions.
I had always seen myself as a Christian (not the church every weekend kind though) however since having kids and seeing how the world works my faith has dwindled.
I do believe in a higher spiritual being but as for heaven and hell I'm not so sure.
Some people are put through hell on earth through no fault of their own, some people who preach the word of god do some horrid things, so I find it hard to understand why a god would allow this.
My god does not want people fighting/killing/judging in his name and he will forgive people for not believing as long as they are good people. What he won't forgive is killing and hurting because some acts are just not forgivable even if u believe in god.
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