|05-07-2003, 06:24 PM||#16|
love, blood, life
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Somewhere in NorCal
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|05-07-2003, 07:33 PM||#17|
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: London, UK
Local Time: 10:39 PM
"I guess what you are describing is our reaction to our own sin. What should we do? As a believer in Jesus Christ, we will not taste the fires of Hell as we are under Grace. God himself gives us this assurance."__________________
Very true, nbcrusader, and I also agree; I do not fear Hell any more than you do (but for an altogether different reason, I'm afraid), and I do believe in Jesus Christ and His Grace. I have so much faith in Him that it was almost large enough to eclipse my other issues concerning the Church, and hence, for years I wanted to become a priest, just so that I could help spread God's Grace, but alas, I would have been an appalling priest.
I do believe in us, as effective Christians (and as Human beings, it follows), accounting for our own sins, and yes we must be able to take this account before God - and we will, I believe. How we do that is an altogether different issue, and one that is undecided for me as an individual. And yet, when I do so, I will do it because I want to, because I love God and do not wish to disappoint It, not out of fear of the consequences of not bending towards a will of which I do not feel I am part (which is not what I personally feel, however, I cannot speak for everyone).
I was raised to love my parents, and I obeyed out of love and respect. Out of fear, yes, but out of fear that I would disappoint and hurt them. Seeing disappointment on their faces was more hurtful than any promise of punishment.
Razors pain you; Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you; And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren't lawful; Nooses give;
Gas smells awful; You might as well live.
Dorothy Parker, 'Resumé'
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