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When a person dies, they are not automatically judged. There was no real hell; just what would come instantly. A disconnection from god as you were... well.. dead. On the day of judgement (not the final day) all dead would once again walk the earth to be judged and once again it would not be "you be evil, STRAIGHT TO HELL WITH YOU", if you were found pure of heart etc you would be allowed into the true after life but if you had sinned (or as I put it been a d*ck to the n'th degree) you were found wanting and your punishment was to walk the earth attempting to atone for your sins once again completely disconnected from God's embrace. Once you had faced your inner demons and had atoned for your sin's you would finally be reborn into well... heaven.
originally posted by: infolurker
a reply to: thekaboose
The exacting specifics are unknown for those outside of the body of Christ.
You were born into a corrupt world.
Yashua / Jesus paid the price for us and anyone is free to accept it if they truly want to.
The Pharisees focused on the letter of the Law but missed the true spirit of it, which is given in Galatians 5:14: “The whole law can be summed up in this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
When we turn to Christ and receive His forgiveness, we experience a heart change (Luke 9:23; Acts 1:8).
Forgiveness is not cheap, and it does not excuse the sin that separated us from God. It cost God everything to offer us the cleansing that pronounces us righteous before Him (John 3:16; 15:13).
In saying, “Go and sin no more,” Jesus was not speaking of sinless perfection. He was warning against a return to sinful lifestyle choices.
With forgiveness comes the expectation that we will not continue in the same path of rebelliousness.
Rather than continue in the self-centered path that led us astray from Him to begin with, the forgiven can walk in God’s path (Luke 14:27). A move toward God is a move toward righteousness, purity, and holy living (1 Peter 1:16; Romans 8:29). We cannot experience the transforming power of forgiveness without being forever changed.
Once we lived only to please ourselves, but when we have been forgiven, our motivation changes. We now live to please God (Galatians 2:20).
When we meet Jesus, sin no longer holds its fatal attraction. Grace changes things. “Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” (Romans 6:1–2).When we are born again (John 3:3), the power of the Holy Spirit breaks the power that sin once had over us (Romans 6:6).
When true Christians tell you that God will punish sinners for their transgressions after this life, you find it a little easier to turn the other cheek. They'll get theirs...eventually.
When your religious text glorifies conquest over the non-believer and instructs you to punish sinners yourself, and promises physical rewards of sin of the flesh.... well... you can figure it out.
How do you rectify your belief that when a Christian dies they go to heaven when John states that none have ascended except He who descended first? John 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
If when a Christian dies they go to heaven does their spirit reunite with their glorified bodies on the day of the last trump if so why the need for the glorified body since your already with Christ in heaven?