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posted ago by MarkSuckABug ago by MarkSuckABug +301 / -0

By nature, people don't take unnecessary risks. Let's say you take your chance with Jesus and Heaven...

What do you have to lose? Sensual pleasures? Material possessions? Reputation?

To live for Christ is not to deny ourselves what is necessary to stay alive, because our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. But Christ taught that all sin falls into three categories:

  1. Lust of the flesh: sexual indulgence outside the confines of marriage; the mind and soul should be the master of the body, not the other way around. All other fleshly excesses, such as gluttony, fall in this category.
  2. Lust of the eyes: pursuit of material possessions.
  3. Pride of life: seeking the approval or adulation of men, instead of living by God's rules; seeking titles, offices, accomplishments and social status for their own sake, rather than a desire to serve others.

All sin eventually gets expressed in one of these three forms. Keep a watch on those areas of your life. Moderation is key.

Other than that, just love Jesus.

That. is. all. ...

... If heaven is real, you've hit the jackpot. If heaven is not real, in the light of eternity after you are dead and gone, will you really regret not having that affair, not having that latest car model or that smartphone with the latest tech? Will you regret not having titles before and after your name?... You'll either be dead, having no self-consciousness or awareness of space and time; or you'll transition to some other existence and have eternity to make up for what you didn't do in your 80-odd years on Earth.

Take your chance with Jesus and Heaven. Literally a win-win deal. 80 years passes by really fast. 80 (or any number for that matter) when divided by infinity is a big fat ZERO.

Edit: Sermon drawn from 1 John 2: 15-16

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

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Trinity 4 points ago +4 / -0

I have heard a sermon before that taught this same concept. It bothers me that a pastor would be teaching something like this. You can't just decide one day to believe in Christ because even if you're wrong there was nothing lost and if you are right then you get eternal bliss. What you are believing in is the benefits of each position not what is true. Sitting in my warm home, having just ate a filling breakfast and enjoying a cup of coffee it is easy for me to think or hope that I would never seriously doubt the existence of God or the power of the cross. But if my circumstances change and I start having real doubts I do not want to just fake it in case the whole God thing is right and I would hate to be given that advice. I want to know what is true and be convicted in my heart of its truth.

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MarkSuckABug [S] 2 points ago +2 / -0

I get the point you're trying to make. I think the emphasis is for people to consider the path of Christianity, rather than to fake it.

This teaching certainly doesn't advocate faking your Christianity. There is a more charitable interpretation that you ought to have considered first. I can't imagine any preacher would teach something like that. Sounds far worse than even the prosperity gospel teachings.

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TheLion 1 point ago +1 / -0

It’s genuinely simple. Either the Bible is true or it isn’t. If you believe it is, then case closed and you live your life by the guidance it provides or it isn’t and none of it matters.

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Granny 1 point ago +1 / -0

Of course you're right Pede. You can't just decide to believe, you must have a reason to believe. Try studying the Gospel (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), that's where much belief comes from.

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PickleSticks 2 points ago +2 / -0

The fear of dying is used by the devil to make people subservient.

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GrayManNumber333 1 point ago +1 / -0

Just the devil?

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GrayManNumber333 2 points ago +2 / -0

I’m pretty sure Christianity uses people’s fear of death to recruit with the promise of life after death.

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TheLion 1 point ago +1 / -0

The devil wears many costumes.

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RRREEEEfem_bot 2 points ago +2 / -0

thank you for sharing. my pastor preached on pretty much the exact same thing last week. Do you go to SRBC in NC?

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MarkSuckABug [S] 2 points ago +2 / -0

Nah, I'm not in NC. I got it from an online sermon from an Oregon church 😂.

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deplorable-ism 2 points ago +2 / -0

If I were likely to fall for such poor argument based on fear and greed then surely I would be gigavaxxed by now.

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MarkSuckABug [S] 2 points ago +2 / -0

Your choice mate. Hope you'll seek and come across a better argument, one that works for you (I mean that sincerely).

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deplorable-ism 1 point ago +1 / -0

I "liked" this polite response and want to explain:

I have been slowly making my way towards God over the decades. Current year has been important and maybe accelerated things, though this has nothing to do with wanting vaccine exemption; it is a long and slow path that started as a young man when I came to realize that by taking a materialistic and reductionist view I had oversimplified the universe in profound and sad ways)

I have not embraced Jesus as my savior but it could happen. The fact that I have not does not prevent me from admiring and learning and even praying on occasion. The way I raise my family; we are otherwise good Christians. I am not sure what it would change; I do not feel the need to be "saved" my struggles are daily and will remain so. Promising my children an afterlife; that I suppose is the blocker; the logic in Lewis quote you provided would clearly suggest "Don't worry! If the promise is broken they will be dead and never know!"

I think people who choose to live right without the eternal promise/threat of heaven/hell; they are walking an even more difficult road, and this should be recognized and respected.

Technically such people may be "unbelievers" but maybe a new word is needed to refer to such a person as a special kind of ally. I suspect if we discussed things further it would become clear we are in fact allies in the political and spiritual battles now raging. Be well and speak bravely!

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RackOps 2 points ago +2 / -0

I truly envy believers.

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ChickenInspector 1 point ago +1 / -0

I'd rather go to hell to torture democrats for all eternity.

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FuckMeAndMyPassword -7 points ago +1 / -8

You are dumb

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MarkSuckABug [S] 8 points ago +9 / -1

But I have Jesus 😂, and that's all that matters. Praying for you 🙏.