Your post '''' End of days[Believers] vs. Atheists.'''
Why do you see the end of days as Beleivers vs the Atheists?
When the end of days do come(and we are living in it NOW) it wont be beleivers against atheists or atheists against beleivers........
All mankind whether beleivers or non beleivers will be judged.....
BUT to those that say yeh right! ...think whatever because God will not leave it there....
He will for the last time send His two prophets(read Revelation.11:3,6;11:7,8)) ......Elijah(Elias) and Enoch who will proclaim that the end is
here.....and point out the Antichrist.........
When the time is up(the two prophets telling the world)then all will have the choice to make...
A worldly Kingdom on Earth and all its promises(false) or to die and be part of the Resurrection with Christ......
There will be no other choice.....whether you or anyone else beleives this or not......it will come to be.
The Signs that are given to us all for the end of times are nearly all upon us....
Only God knows each and everyone of us.....more so then we know ourselves.....I say this because we may think we are doing good for the goodness of
OR we may do goodness because we ourselves want to be recognised as doing good......for vanity purposes......although many will not admit to this.(I
myself many times without thinking have been in this situation)
How do we know that the goodness we do is good?
We humble ourselves and keep in mind that we are also prone to death like anyone else.....eg//whether one is of a high ranking profession(whatever
it may be) or just a homeless person.....or the other way around ...... we cannot simply think ourselves more worthy then them .....humility is of
God......we simply must....... do things in goodness because it's good and not for our own selfish purpose......for recognition or the like ...
If what we do is good and we forget about it, then it is good in the eyes of God.......why then do good if its for others to see?
For vanity makes one think they can do no wrong.........
Humility is .......here are Words of Wisdom.....
ALL QUOTES///A man who is truly humble is not troubled when he is wronged and he says nothing to justify himself against the injustice,
but he accepts slander as truth; he does not attempt to persuade men that he is calumniated, but he begs forgiveness.
~ St. Isaac the Syrian, from The Ascetical Homilies~......
Some visitors came to the Thebaid one day to visit an old man,
bringing one possessed with a devil that he might heal him.
When they persistently asked him, the old man said to the devil,
"Come out of God's creature."
And the devil said to the old man,
"I am going to come out,
but I am going to ask you a question.
who are the goats and who are the sheep?
" The old man said, (myn//recognition of ones sins)
"I am one of the goats,
but as for the sheep,
God alone knows who they are."
When he heard this,
the devil began to cry out with a loud voice,
"Because of your humility,
I am driven away!" and he departed at the same hour.
~The Desert Fathers~
Tame your steed with the bridle of knowledge, lest, looking here and there, he become inflamed with lust towards women and men and throw you, the
horseman, to the ground. Pray to God, that He may turn "your eyes, lest they see vanity" (Psalms 118:37). And when you will acquire a manful heart,
warfare will depart from you.......
Labor in everything to cut off your own will,
for this is accounted to a man for sacrifice.
This is what is meant by: "For Thee we are mortified all the day,
we are accounted as sheep for slaughter" (Psalms 43:22).
Do not weaken yourselves by conversations,
for they will not allow you to prosper in God.
Firmly bridle the organs of your senses: sight, hearing, smelling, taste, and feeling, and you will prosper by the grace of Christ.
Without tortures(myn/suffering,struggles in life) no one is a martyr,
as the Lord also has said:
"In your patience possess ye your souls" (Luke 21:19)
and the Apostle says,
"in much endurance, in sorrows" (II Corinthians 6:4).
~"Saints Barsanuphius and John: Guidance Toward Spiritual Life," trans. by Fr. Seraphim Rose, (Platina, California: St. Herman of Alaska
take care Duskboy