That story was a quick off the top of my head example, but the message or point was what I was going for.
Notice how I didn't even get to the other 8 guys, they weren't necessary to make my point.
The first and greatest commandment is Love God with all your heart....
soooooo many people think that means praise God with all your might and when you don't.....you aren't following the commandment....you are falling
short....you are dissapointing God...you are making him sad....you are making him jealous.....you are making him Angry......WRONG!@@@
It isn't about praise. He didn't create us so he could be worshipped. When you understand God you just can't help thanking him and being all
joyful and stuff. You just kind of end up singing him praise. Loving God is about knowing God, knowing God is about knowing Love. Notice how the
next commandment is Love thy neighbor as yourself.....it is just another way of restating the first commandment. Why did they even bother with the
other 8? Same thing. Find as many ways to say the same thing and people are bound to understand at least one of the explanations.
Judgement day is another misnomer too. I mean sure, you get to play "this is your life" with Jesus when you meet him but I don't believe it is
going to be a one to one check off list.....for example....Jesus says "ok, here we go...you took my father's name in vain.....47,362 times and yes,
I am counting that one time at the DMV in 1978 where you thought it. But I see that you said the Lord's prayer 47,363.....ooooooh, you just made it
there buddy by 1!" nope, it doesn't work like that either. There is absolutely no way what so ever can I tell you if so and so is getting in or
not or could I even imagine the parameters but the bottom line is...."what so ever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do on to me" If
Jesus vouches for you....in you go. That includes Jews, Muslims, Agnostics, and the Pwattatui's on some remote island that worship the lava rock
because they have never heard of Jesus. Every human that has love has God living in them. He knows the heart of everyone.
Now if you ask me what is the best way to not go to heaven....I would say to spread as much hate as possible....I would also try and get as many
other people to hate as well and for the cherry on top, I would acknowledge that God exists and tell him I want nothing to do with him. God isn't
going to force you to join him. It might not be fair by human standards that these people don't get to die and then have to face Jesus and plead for
their souls. We would just love to see their faces when they find out how wrong they were....but sadly...they just go "blink" bye.
Now, I suppose you still think there is a physical Hell. Lets say your brother screws up so bad that he gets sent there and now you are in heaven
and you miss playing golf with him. Actually you still love your brother very much and it is just killing you that they are in Hell. Doesn't sound
like you are enjoying Heaven all that much at that point.
We are not prohibited from eternity with God simply because we were born in Iran or Israel or our last name is Shapiro.
A big caveat I should also point out. It is written somewhere in the Bible that it is easier for a camel to enter the eye of a needle than it is
to enter Heaven. (literally they were talking about the narrow entrance into some city that is called an eye of the needle) but the lesson
is.....you can not EARN your way into heaven. You can not pretend to know or preach how a person is to get into Heaven and you can't your money nor
possessions, just maybe a small carry on. (kidding) So my take on it is just a part of my Consistent Christian doctrine because JC didn't call me
with the info.
Job... I probably should read it again but if I remember it right, it would require a lengthy explanation on how that fits into CC. But it clearly
is not to understood as Satan and God having a debate and using poor Job as a pawn.
The how you live your life thing.....love as much and as often as you can and you will be loving God in that measure, remember that everyone has God
living in them. Remember that the next time you flip some guy off, you just gave God the finger....Jesus might bring that up, who knows?
God made it so the dumbest and slowest of humans can understand what it is to live a "good" life. I mean who doesn't comprehend "do on to others
as you would have them do on to you" even if they can't form the words or idea in their heads....they just know by "instinct" (a science
explanation) I say it is God that lives inside them. Natural Law to me is explained by a living God. (St. Thomas Aquitas has some great thoughts on
The capacity of God's forgiveness also makes the check off sheet a non issue. Once forgiven.....it is removed from your permanent record. But even
that is a bit dangerous if misunderstood. Just because your sins are forgiven it doesn't mean that you fed Jesus when he was hungry and all of that
stuff....so you may have a clean slate.....but if Jesus doesn't know you he really can't vouch for you. Oh, and I don't think you can say "ok,
God please forgive me for all my sins....amen" I think you need to be specific otherwise you are just paying lip service. (just my take again)