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TRUTH ABOUT PURGATORY 2

 Purgatory, far from being a “Catholic invention” as most Protestants assume, was believed from the very beginning by Christians.

KEEPING HEAVEN PURE

Those who don’t want their past to be known will experience isolation, until they grow out of their fear and are able to trust. Would their isolation be their purgatory? Purgatory will be our choice not to trust and love, not to open ourselves to the loving, accepting gaze of others. Finally when this stage is passed, those in purgatory will reach the wholeness which God means us to have.

TRUTH ABOUT PURGATORY

“If any person’s work which he has built [on this foundation, that is, any outcome of his effort] remains [and survives this test], he will receive a reward.  But if any person’s work is burned up [by the test], he will suffer the loss [of his reward]; yet he himself will be saved, but only as [one who has barely escaped] through fire.” 
                                                                                                   1 Corinthians. 3:14,15

This purification purges away all the dross that clings to the soul,
things that Paul describes metaphorically as flammable materials
such as “wood, hay, and straw.” These things are burned away in this
judgment by God. Conversely, that man’s good works — which Paul compares with “gold, silver, and precious stones” — are refined and retained.

Since there are only two ultimate destinies possible for all human
beings, heaven or hell, the issue of purgatory must be understood as
simply a part of the process for some souls who are destined for
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THOSE LACKING KNOWLEDGE of GOD 2

WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO LACK KNOWLEDGE?

PARALYZING FEAR OF GOD

Have you ever had a feeling that God is somewhat threatening and somewhat fearsome? God’s love for you can be limited to your fear of God’s power. You may even wish to keep a careful distance even though the desire for closeness is immense. The paralysis of the fear of God is one of the great human tragedies.

No Knowledge of God

God is in charge of the world. Every single force at work in the universe comes from His hand and is under His control. Think of the wonderful workings of your own body: you must know that a vastly superior Being could have engineered such a magnificent machine. So God has revealed Himself. You should automatically have an inherent knowledge of God from this observation alone.

How can God justly judge those have no knowledge of God? Answer: they have rejected the revelation of God in nature.For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”                                                                                                        Romans 1:20

Most of us reject the concept of punishment unfortunately. Like children, we don’t wish to face the consequences of our own choices. What will happen to them? They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might”                                                       2 Thessalonian 1:9

Some people like to make jokes about hell, but if you simply read the scriptures, hell is no laughing matter. One writer calls it the bottomless pit. It conjures the idea of falling, falling, falling. Now imagine that God is hanging on to you, but you decide that you don’t need Him anymore. You don’t want God messing up you plans and telling you what to do. So you let go.

You have just committed treason against the King of the universe. Your sentence has been self-imposed. Remember THE LAW OF CONSEQUENCES. If we choose to sin, there will be evil results. We cannot avoid them.

The world cannot escape the terrible judgments of God. It will be too late then to choose your side. That will not be the time for choosing. Now, today, this moment is our chance to choose the right side.

 But the moment you let go, you begin to fall further and further from the source of help. You know that you have made a mistake but you can’t get back up. How long? Forever! There is no annihilation: that means you can’t just disappear. You have to suck it up!

God does not want anyone to perish like that.  But justice has been carried out.

God knows how we function. That is why He has provided a new resource for believers: the Holy Spirit. “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us,”                                             Ephesians 3:20

GOD’S JOY

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REAL HELL EXPERIENCE 2

Hell experience

THREE CATEGORIES OF HELL EXPERIENCE

The problem of evil exists in every single world-view and religious tradition. The devil really has no power over us unless we give it to him. Jesus identified these demons: “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”                                                              John 8:44

When we die, unfortunately all our choices become eternal. They have eternal ramifications.

There are three categories of experiences that (Near Death Experience) NDEs have experienced:

HELL EXPERIENCE

  1. HELL ON EARTH: it was like a great battlefield. Everywhere people were locked in what looked like fights to the death, writhing, punching, gouging… “”And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”                                                                      Matthew 25:30
  2. THE PIT being trapped in a dark cave accompanied by a putrid smell like feces, sulfur or death in extreme cold or extreme heat and even fire. The demons resembled humans but they were ugly and grotesque.
  3. THE VOID: described as a falling experience through outer darkness. “It became horrific, no feeling, no sensation, no sense of light. Underground laborers, performed some endless, brutally monotonous task. “I saw hell, and I’m not going back. I want to find the God that pulled me out of hell.”

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IS THERE A PURGATORY? 2

Purgatory, far from being a “Catholic invention” as most Protestants assume, was believed from the very beginning by Christians.

 “According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and another man is building upon it. Let each man take care how he builds upon it. For no other foundation can any one lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any one builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw — each man’s work will become manifest; for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work which any man has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire”.                                                                                                                                                        1 Corinthians 3:10-15

 This purification purges away all the dross that clings to the soul, things that St. Paul describes metaphorically as flammable materials such as “wood, hay, and straw.” These things are burned away in this judgment by God. Conversely, that man’s good works — which St. Paul compares with “gold, silver, and precious stones” — are refined and retained.

Since there are only two ultimate destinies possible for all human beings, heaven or hell, the issue of purgatory must be understood as simply a part of the process for some souls who are destined for heaven.

 In Matthew 12:32, the Lord mentions a sin that cannot be forgiven even “in the world to come,” implying that there are some sins that will be forgiven after death.

 Similarly, in the teaching about the Unforgiving Servant, Christ concludes with the fact that the wicked servant, even after his debt was canceled by the king, was thrown into prison for maltreating his fellow servant and told, “You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me; and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers, till he should pay all his debt”.                                                                                                Matthew 18:32-34

 Echoing this theme, St. Peter speaks about the souls who are “in prison,” awaiting their entrance into heaven  1 Peter 3:18-19, 4:6.

 VISIONS OF PURGATORY

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HINDU NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE 2

HINDUISM NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE

HINDUISM & NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE

The doctrine that God created the world out of nothing rather than emanating it out of His own substance or merely shaping some pre-existing material is an idea that simply never occurred to anyone but the Jews and those who learned it from them. Everyone else either thought of the gods as part of the world (paganism) or the world as part of God (pantheism).

Hindus and Christians do not worship the same God. There is no meaningful correlation between the God of the Bible and any of the millions of Hindu gods, nor can God be identified with Brahman, the ultimate, divine essence of the universe in Hindu thought.

Hinduism is pantheistic, not theistic. The Christian doctrine that God created the world out of nothing doesn’t even arise. In Hinduism, the world is part of God (pantheism).

The diverse world of Hinduism contains millions of finite gods whose images are worshiped throughout India and in Hindu households throughout the world. When set next to the strict monotheism of Christianity, it seems absurd on its face to suggest that these two religions have the same object of their worship.

For Hindus, religions are human roads up the divine mountain to enlightenment-religion is relative to human need; there is no “one way” or single objective truth. Hindus also believe that there is no “evil,” apart from the failings of human conscience, and Satan doesn’t exist. Nowhere does one mention the possibility of repentance or forgiveness.

HINDUISM CHRISTIANITY

Yet, many Hindu thinkers claim that all of those gods are just expressions of one ultimate god or one true divine essence. Behind the myriad of local deities is really just one transcendent Being, which is not reasonable.  Consequently there has never been a Hindu god identified in a Near Death Experience. No one described anything like Krishna who has blue skin or Siva, who has three eyes.

Otis and Haraldsson, two researchers, studied five hundred Americans and five hundred Indians to determine how much religious conditioning shaped one’s near death experience.

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NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES 2

NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES

THE 10 NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES

NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE

Our Near Death Experiences showed us that God has prepared a future for you filled with more exhilaration and excitement. It will be the most breathtaking beauty, more love and depth with friends and family than you have ever experienced on earth.

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away …He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:1, 4

How did hundreds of people — doctors, airline pilots, bank presidents , tenured professors– who didn’t need to make up wild stories to make money (and would lose professional credibility doing so),  describe such an amazing similar place.

The prophets like Isaiah were told by God that the new Heaven and new earth will have similarities to the beauty of the present earth, but restored and improved:

“See, I will create
    new heavens and a new earth.
The former things will not be remembered,
    nor will they come to mind.
But be glad and rejoice forever
    in what I will create,
for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight
    and its people a joy.

They will build houses and dwell in them;
    they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.

Before they call I will answer;
    while they are still speaking I will hear.
 The wolf and the lamb will feed together,
    and the lion will eat straw like the ox,
    and dust will be the serpent’s food.
They will neither harm nor destroy
    on all my holy mountain,”
says the Lord.:”                                            Isaiah 65:17,18;24,25

God tells Isaiah His Holy City will be a place of beauty and joy, with plants and trees, vineyards and fruit, mountains and valleys, where all the creatures finally will live in harmony — as we intuitively know it should be.

A FEELING OF OVERWHELMING LOVE

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EXHILARATING HEAVEN 2

EXHILARATING HEAVENTHE EXHILARATING FUTURE THAT AWAITS YOU

In his book, IMAGINE HEAVEN, John Burke writes about survivors brought back from near death who lived to tell of both heavenly and hellish experiences. While not every detail of individual NDEs correlate with Scripture, Burke shows how the common experiences shared by thousands of survivors–including doctors, college professors, bank presidents, people of all ages and cultures, and even blind people–point to the exhilarating picture of Heaven promised in the Bible.

EXHILARATING HEAVEN

The consistency of these experiences is amazing. People world-wide almost all experience a very similar ” Being of light” –some know him immediately as Jesus, while others call him by the name of their god, such as certain Indian gods. Continue reading EXHILARATING HEAVEN 2

THE FOOLISH UNPREPARED 2

  PARABLE OF THE WISE AND FOOLISH BRIDES MAIDS                                                                                       end times                                                                                Matthew 25.1-13 (AO32)

Why did the five “wise” bridesmaids not share their extra oil with the “unwise” or “foolish” ones whose lamps began to flicker around midnight? It would have been the charitable thing to do.

The story makes it clear that some of the bridesmaids were ill-prepared to participate in the wedding rituals.

The bridegroom was a bit late. The foolish bridesmaids did not have enough oil to keep their lamps burning, so they missed out. Lesson learned.

If I were to improve the story, I would have created another “teaching moment”. I would have had the good ones actually give away some of their oil to the foolish ones to teach about the virtue of “sharing”. It would have achieved two lessons with one story — one about preparedness and the other about generosity.

THE END TIMESend times

The parable is a metaphor for the end-times, that time we find out our final destination.

We are the bridesmaids in the story. We are those who want to take part in the wedding feast that is heaven. Continue reading THE FOOLISH UNPREPARED 2