Originally posted by utherpendragon
thats good i like that and i agree.I go round and round about this w/family members ,etc. The original sin thing I dont buy into or the eternal damnation. God is love. How can anything other than love come from something that IS love? Makes no sense to me. The Truth is eternal. Gods love is that truth. Sin is ignorance of the truth. All will come to know the truth some sooner some later
One can be a recipient of Gods love only by doing His will. All of mankind has received some expression of Gods love through the death of Christ. But the death of Christ does not automatically mean that all people will receive the full benefit of Gods love. Good works need to be done. You cannot sit on your butt and live a selfish worldy life and expect to receive the reward of salvation. The bible is abundantly clear on that point.
The bible is not abundantly clear on several things - exactly what happens after death, what happens to those who are evil or those who are good. But this story by Christ which demonstrate the consequenses of greed and selfishness, should make you/us check to see if we are on the right path. Its a story that should not be ignored.
Luke 16:19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:
28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.