My Understanding of The Gospel (You're Saved whether-or-not You Believe)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
March 16, 2018 7:56am CST
Think of it this way: We're standing near an abyss that's full of fog (and are being slowly crowded off the edge). We all know that we're going to fall into the fog, but some of us think the abyss has no bottom while some of us think the bottom is just underneath the fog; some of us think there's a fluffy mattress or a stretchy hammock or a pool of liquid (water? blood? chocolate-syrup?) to catch us, others think we'll be met by solid ground or rocky terrain or a floor full of spikes or fire or something. I hope you can see the word-picture here---how 'the abyss with the clouded base which we'll all fall to the bottom-of' is another understanding of 'the wondering whether we'll experience-utter pain or -absolute pleasure after death.' (the photo is here to show what I mean by 'being slowly crowded off the edge.' I bet a lot of people think of that popular meme of "Jesus serving as a bridge across the abyss"; but no, I'm talking about 'the abyss into which ALL of us will fall' ("death," into which all of our deceased brothers-&-sisters have fallen)) I'm not saying 'what I believe in my brain' (the facts of life & death and the possibilities of afterlife), but In my "heart" I believe that 'all humans are paid-for'---that our eventual fall into the fog is well-known & suitably planned-for. There's a slight difference in 'knowing how far down the floor is' (reminding me that 'you need to slightly bend your knees to catch yourself when you land'---I remember one time I jumped off an auditorium-stage and almost broke my legs by landing with my knees locked straight! ) But the suffering's not forever. Like they say with most trauma-recovery (Traumatic Brain Injury in-particular), "You never really 'recover,' but you learn to accept your new conditions and build on that." Maybe that's why Christians say that 'After the verdict at https://bible.org/article/doctrine-rewards-judgment-seat-bema-christ the judgment-seat, we'll all be re-classified to our positions in Heaven ("the Last will be First," etc.)
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Truly, suffering isn't forever, but it does take a long time to recover in a way that lets you live again as you want to. People have asked me how I possibly can live for over 18 years with a headache, and I tell them "you get used to the pain." I'm still trying to figure out how to get around some of the other challenges, but it's slow going. People who simply live in life with minor problems and complain often, don't really know what it means to suffer on a day to day scale.