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Your Thoughts.

Discussion in 'Religion' started by Sigmund, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. Sigmund

    Sigmund Well-Known Member

    Good evening.

    "Basra, carrying a torch in one hand and a bucket of water in the other. When someone asked her what she was doing, she answered, 'I am going to take this bucket of water and pour it on the flames of hell, and then I am going to use this torch to burn down the gates of paradise so that people will not love God for want of heaven or fear of hell, but because He is God. ”

    (John Green, Looking For Alaska.)

    I found this intriguing and thought provoking.

    Thoughts and responses are greatly appreciate.


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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...that musta been a damn big bucket...
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  3. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    I don't know about that Sig - I feel like I lost all my fear of everything when I converted, so nothing but love all around really. And who among us really knows what Heaven or Hell really is? Be a light!Your posts are always so thought provoking.
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  4. Dr. Fudd

    Dr. Fudd Bored Taster

    I think the notion of not following God only for what He can do for you or what He can save you from is important. It's repeated throughout the bible, Jesus asks Peter, "do you love me more than these?" Jesus condemns the crowd for following Him only because He'd fed them the day before. It's kind of like what Kennedy said but even then you have to be careful, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." There's nothing God needs us to do other than, because He's chosen to need us, He needs us to do His will. There is salvation, there is blessing and there is propitiation that saves us from unimaginable torment. But I personally want to experience something greater in life, a full assimilation of Gods spirit through Jesus Christ and His promise that I could be useful to Him now, not just to escape hell or experience heaven in the future. I think this quote embodies that thought and sentiment.
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