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THIS BLOG IS: my personal journey of how I am rethinking some of my spiritual beliefs.
THIS BLOG IS NOT: intended to point fingers at people who I think are wrong.
I do not believe the final judgement will be based on how many correct answers we get on a theology exam. I believe many people throughout history have had genuine relationships with our Lord and Saviour Jesus, despite holding questionable beliefs and practices. I make no claim to having it all figured out or being your judge. If we end up disagreeing over these topics I pray we can find a way to demonstrate grace.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Matt 25:31-46

OK, here's the rest of the passage I was looking at the other day here.

Matt 25:31-46
"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'
"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
"Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'
"They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'
"He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'
"Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."
Aside from my lack of ability to fully understand the afterlife... there are some other important points to note from this passage.

In this passage what is the difference between the righteous and the unrighteous? It is how they responded to others in need - the poor, needy, lonely, and sick. Life under the reign of God is much more than just belief in the truth (or belief in Jesus). Justification by faith alone? Faith is obviously required, but this passage makes it clear we must respond to the needy in the same way Jesus would respond.

To be a follower of Jesus, we need to follow his example.

From what I can tell, I don't see the Scriptures giving a completely clear description of what the afterlife will be like. There are small references to what comes after life here and there, but it's not laid out clear enough for me to fully understand. I think the main message of Scripture does focus on how we should be living here and now.

Believe in Jesus, and wait around for the afterlife? - NOPE

Believe in Jesus, follow now, and trust God to work out the details of the afterlife. Yes, this is what I need to do.

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