I heard someone say the other day, that “this person is just a better Christian than I am”. Nonsense, you can’t be a better Christian than someone else just like any two corpses in the morgue can be deader than each other. You are either a Christian or you are not. It’s important to distinguish between things you have to do and what you want to do.
You don’t have to do anything to be a better a Christian, but you will want to do things because you are.
- You will want to read your Bible.
- You will want to love/serve others.
- You will want to sing praises.
- You will want to Pray.
- You will want to be obedient.
- And you will want to be humble and brag less about how good of a Christian you are.
Day 4 of vacation
First of all, I wasn’t there when the book was written. Nor was I at the beginning of time with God. There are many different views on how Genesis is interpreted and whether or not creation was literal or a framework. If it was seven literal days, great! I’m sure God is capable of fully gifted creation. If it was 7 long periods of time broken down into a chronological summary so that it was easier for people of that time period to understand, awesome!
Again the problem is when people tell you that you are going to hell if you don’t agree with their particular interpretation. Just as with the book of revelation, why spend your time arguing about the two most difficult to interpret books of the Bible? I keep forgetting what these people are basing their salvation on.
Do you know someone who is always on the opposite side of your opinion. I’m not talking about your spouse, it’s supposed to be that way. But someone who always starts out their response with “Well, actually…”
Star Wars vs Star Trek, DC vs Marvel, Republican vs Democrat vs some weird 3rd party, Christian vs Pagan (Don’t even get me started on the Religious sub cultures, that’s and issue that loses more friendships than any)
Some people just like to hear your opinion first so they can play “devil’s advocate” and just get on your nerves. It’s tough to be friends with people like this. How do you deal with it? Well, you can always ask a bunch of follow up questions if they are the type of person that makes statements. The best way is just to keep quiet and not share your opinions. Someone can’t shoot you down if you don’t give them any ammo. Read twitter posts, Facebook status and just grin and move on. But you can’t can you? You must be right all the time, so unleash your best with no mercy and enjoy no friendships. I should delete this blog…
The first and only reason is because my eternity is secure. If there’s a pre-tribulation rapture that would be awesome. Saving me from all the horrible things that will happen in the final days, GREAT! Wisk me away. If there’s not rapture, and I’m not convinced there is, and we have to wait until the end, that’s great too. I’ll be here for the celebration either way as a returning visitor or part of the welcoming committee.
The problem comes in when someone tells you that if you don’t agree with their particular view of the end times then you are not eternally secure. So what are you basing your salvation on again?
I know people mean well, but when we die we are not angels when we go to heaven. We are created higher than angels. So when we go to heaven it’s not a demotion. You don’t hear people talking about going to hell at funerals, they only talk about the nice aspects. No one says, hell just gained another demon. Again, humans are still ranked higher than demons, so at least that’s a promotion when you go to hell.
How disappointed were you when you dug into your Easter basket on Resurrection Day and noticed that your chocolate Easter bunny was hollow and had those tooth breaking candy eyes?
Jesus gave us new hope for our eternal state so we wouldn’t feel hollow inside unlike our chocolate Easter bunnies! I mean Jesus died so that we could have solid chocolate! Well, that and eternal life, if you believe in that worldview.
When people say, “Happy Birthday in Heaven” to lost loved one, you should correct them and say. “You should say that on the day they died”, because that would technically be their new birthday in Heaven.
Well actually, they would still be absent from their body and present with the Lord, so their real new birthday in Heaven is when Jesus comes back and makes all things new in Heaven and Earth. Well, that’s if you believe in that worldview.