Tuesday, June 22, 2010
My Head is Swimming
This morning my head is swimming. I can't think straight because I could not sleep last night. Every long once in a while I have one of those nights (like I can afford to skip sleep). But my head is swimming because of a member of one of the forums I belong to. He whined and complained, "No one asked me on this forum for the reason for my hope. (boo hoo hoo)" [paraphrased from memory] That is not the nature of the forum but one of the Catholic members asked him to 'go ahead and tell us the reason for his hope.'
I would have gone more along these lines:
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16 KJV from memory.
"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Matt. 4:17 NAB
"Jesus said to him, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6
"Believe on the Lord Jesus and you and your household will be saved." Acts 16:31
"Teacher what good must I do to gain eternal life?" He answered him, "Why do you ask me about the good? There is only One who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments." Matt. 19:16-17
"Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves Me. And whoever loves Me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal Myself to him." John 14:21
that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing." I Cor 13:1-3
"But one who perseveres to the end, will be saved." Matt 24:13
"This saying is trustworthy: If we have died with Him we shall also live with Him; if we persevere we shall also reign with Him. But if we deny Him He will deny us. If we are unfaithful He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself." 2 Tim 2:11-13
"What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, 'Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well.' but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also faith of itself, if it does not have works is dead.
Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she welcomed the messengers and sent them out by a different route? For just as a body without a spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead." James 2:14-26
My hope is in the Lord. Thank God my salvation is not dependent on the judgement of others calling themselves Christians but condemning billions of Christians because he does not agree with the Church's doctrine.