reply to post by MrConspiracy
The Hebrew tradition explains that there is indeed a world to come. My favorite description is this one from the Midrash:
"Future bliss can neither be imagined, explained, nor described. We know nothing of its nature, form, greatness, or beauty, its quantity or quality.
This much one should know, the phrase, "the world to come," does not imply that it is a world yet to be called into existence; it exists already,
but the phrase is employed to describe the life into which those who are in the present stage of existence will be transposed when they throw off this
As for the baptism we all participate in at church, there is a deeper meaning. We are immersed into this life for one reason: To repent of the error
of evil with free will. This place is an environment for us to discover love for God. Love is the point and once we find love for God and others, we
have overcome the law. Faith is the key.
Galatians 3 explains the Law and Faith.
23 Before the coming of this faith,[j] we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. 24 So the
law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.
26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to
Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
The Bible will make you disagree at times. It's the purpose of watching humanity raised to new life through baptism. We must be born again. The
wool is pulled over our eyes and then sheered. It is washed white as snow and returned as our new robe (Body) and Crown (Mind). The Bible is a
mirror and you will always see your own reflection in it. Read Judges 19 and 20 and you ask the question about God's goodness. As we see, nothing
in the word was ever there by mistake or in error. It is the mirror we judge our own actions by. God allows the error so we can reach for his
goodness. The things we dislike are tyranny by the law. The things we see as moral and good (Loving) are the results of grace, mercy and Love.
Faith brings us from the results and troubles caused by law to the freedom found in love. We must be exposed to the entire story to see the end from
the beginning. God plays the part of all characters in the play and is the Spirit in His Son, the one Spirit that gives us all life. The Lord of the
OT is the Christ of the NT. He is the Son being raised. We are part of that Son.
15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth,
visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all
things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead,
so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to
himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of[g] your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s
physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23 if you continue in your faith,
established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every
creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
The final act is our entrance into the world without end when we receive our white robe made from our washed sin.
11 Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their
brothers and sisters,[e] were killed just as they had been.
Read my threads and signature link for more.
I enjoyed your story.