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Could you maybe say what your meaning behind quoting that poem was?
How do you know I won't understand your meaning? If you don't explain it then how do you expect me to understand? What is your interpretation of the poem? Can you think of a more accurate interpretation?
That is all nice and everything that you have this interpretation and I am not even concerned with that other than to point out that this reality you are describing is based on a fable, to use Templeton's term in his book, The New Testament as True Fiction.
This place does exist, it is happening in front of your eyes every instant, you just don't notice it. Take a picture and that picture is stuck within that moment forever. Think of the dance as a huge flip book, where when you flip through the pages fast enough you will see individual pictures start to move and 'dance', but once you stop at a certain page it is motionless. Each individual page is equivalent to the 'now'.
So, let me make some sense of this. God made us as we are, complete with ego, sexual desire for reproduction or otherwise, and with a will of our own, which, if we do what is natural and God-given, we then sin.
Originally posted by 3NL1GHT3N3D1
I've been a good person my entire life, I follow what Jesus taught to a tee. I love everyone as I love myself and I treat others as I would want to be treated. I have never been in a fight and have never intentionally hurt anyone or swindled anyone for my own benefit. I'm as truthful a person as you will ever find, I never lie unless I believe it is a necessary one in order to avoid hurting someone else. I have never killed any creature intentionally or for sport. I've never even stepped on an ant purposely. I believe I have perfect morality in the fact that I follow what Jesus taught, I grew up learning of the lessons he taught and believed the story around Jesus, the death and resurrection. I know these lessons and modeled my life around what he taught.
The only difference between me now and me while I was Christian is that I do not believe Jesus died on the cross or was resurrected three days later. I do not believe he walked on water or turned water into wine with a wave of a hand.
So tell me, why should I deserve to burn for eternity when I strive to emulate what Jesus was, a kind and loving person who holds no grudges and doesn't judge others based on their personal beliefs/opinions?
I'd like a better reason than 'because you don't believe in Jesus' please.
Thanks.edit on 15-8-2012 by 3NL1GHT3N3D1 because: (no reason given)edit on 15-8-2012 by 3NL1GHT3N3D1 because: (no reason given)
I understand what you mean now, thanks for clarifying.
Originally posted by InTheLight
reply to post by jmdewey60
It was not sarcasm, but rather a conclusion in my mind. Your theory is delivered well, however, you did not address the issue of sinning as being something which we do naturally. As for the topic of this discussion, Hell, if we are to believe that all sinners go to Hell, then what conclusion am I to draw?