Originally posted by Akragon
skip ahead and read about jesus man, the rest of the book matters very little...
How interesting that you would say such a thing because if you believed what you read about Jesus then I doubt that you would be saying that the rest
of the book matters very little. Here is a parable that Jesus shared worth reading in Luke 16:19-31
19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus,
covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where
he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and
send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’
25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is
comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go
from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’
27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also
come to this place of torment.’
29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’
30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”
I'd like us to utilize our critical thinking skills here. In this parable Jesus says that those who do not listen to Moses and the Prophets of the
old testament will not be convinced enough to repent of their sins EVEN IF someone rises from the dead. Well now, who rose from the dead..BING BING
BING! Yep, Jesus did! So in essence it doesn't just take merely knowing that Jesus rose from the dead to save us from the place of torment, tears and
gnashing of teeth, we must repent, which means stop sinning, NOT telling ourselves that it's impossible to obey God's commands because Jesus said,
"If you love me you'll obey my commands".