posted on Mar, 30 2010 @ 12:41 AM
Imagine this OP:
Let's say you bought a puppy who was two days old. You fed the little guy when he was hungry. You gave him the shots his little body needed. You
house-trained him and taught him your instructions on how he should behave (i,e. no biting, no barking, no attacking other dogs, no stealing food from
your plate. etc.). Your dog is a wonderful addition to the family. You played with him and gave him the love and attention he so desperately needed,
all the while keeping a firm hand about your instructions/ commands he was to follow. You disciplined him when necessary, because if you didn't
discipline him it would be the same as not caring for him, right? He would turn out to be bad if you didn't. You want your dog to be a good dog, not
bad. As time went by, you continued to 'watch' over him and gave him the love and support he so desperately needed.
Time has gone by and now the puppy is an adolescent and is ready to go to the park to interact with other dogs. Well, the first day at the park, he
was a little skittish, but once he was used to his new environment, he began to play with the other dogs and socializing like good dogs do. It was a
good day at the park. Later on you go home. So, you decide to go back to the park a couple of days later and do it all over again. However, today
there's a new dog at the park. And frankly, this new dog is mean as all hell. He's biting other dogs, barking at the children that were present,
your dog can't stand this dog. This new dog approaches your dog, bearing its' teeth. Your dog turns to look at you as if to ask "What do I do,
master?". All the while, your dog didn't attack the other dog, because he remembered your instructions that were instilled in him from his beginning
days. You tell him "NO, do not attack the other dog. Remember my commandment." Your dog listened to you. You proceed to give your dog love because
he followed your earlier instructions to not hurt other dog. He seems delighted because you rewarded him with affection for behaving. You say, it's
been a long day anyways, and decided to turn and walk you and your dog home. Suddenly, the other dog runs up on your dog from behind and gorges your
dogs' back leg. Your dog breaks free and proceeds to attack this other dog, until your dog has the other dogs' neck in his jaws. Your dog kills the
other dog. What do you do, then?
You know that your dog is a good dog. He is great with the kids. On the other hand, he killed another dog. But, you've seen this dog grow and
you've loved him all his life. What do you do? Your heart is heavy with sadness, because your commandment of "Dog shall not hurt other dogs" has
been broken, now he must pay the price. You decided to put the dog down, because you cannot have a dog around that has already tasted blood. He might
kill again. So, you set up an appointment to have the dog put down the next day. All that night, your dog has been sad and has been moping around.
He's aware that he's did something wrong and has been beating himself up over it, avoiding you all the while. Later on in the evening, your dog
musters up the courage to approach you. He approaches with his head down and walks slowly over to where you are sitting. He yelps to get your
attention and proceeds to flop his head down on your leg, with upturned eyebrows as if to say, "I'm sorry. I won't do it again. I promise.", he
was truly remorseful. You, being the compassionate owner that you are, give in. Your heart is no longer heavy because your dog has come to apologize,
remorsefully. You pet him and all's well. All you wanted to do was see if he would feel grief for breaking one of your commandments and come and ask
you for forgiveness because you are a loving owner and full of forgiveness.
That, my friend is how I believe God is. He forgives all because he is our owner. When we sin, it hurts God. He wants to forgive, but we must ask Him.
A father's true love is to steer their children right. He knows we're going to veer away every now and then, we're human. All he wants if for you
to "live up" to what you've done and to gain WISDOM from what you did.
Now, do I condone murder, rape, child molestation? Of course not, that's why I do none of these things. Some people do, however. Eventually, they
feel remorseful and ask for forgiveness from God and their victim(s). If they don't then they are truly evil and are most likely going to die without
asking for forgiveness, although some people do on their death bed. Let there be no mistake about it, though. There are different levels of heaven.
Yeah, a soul might squeeze in, so to speak, but that doesn't mean it's going to be all fun and games. This is where I think a lot of people are
confused about Christianity and therfor the basis of your post. "So all I have to do is sin and ask for forgiveness later and I am saved?" Yes and
no. The Bible makes it very clear about willfully sinning. The Bible (Yeah, I am a Christian) also tells me that some souls in heaven will be servants
of servants' servants. Anyways, I am not a priest and all this is another thread...
I'm sorry for the reply being so long and for rambling, I just wanted to give it in another perspective. Thanks for your valuable time.