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Apr 18, 17, 04:20 PM #31
Apr 18, 17, 04:59 PM #32I don't believe anybody goes to heaven or hell until the end of time when Jesus actually returns. I believe that when Jesus comes back the dead will rise first, after that those of us that are still living will go up in the air to meet him together all at once.
So I guess I think that hell is completely empty right now. And the only people that are in heaven our God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, angels, Elijah, and Enoch.
Apr 18, 17, 09:40 PM #33
Apr 19, 17, 06:50 AM #34
"13Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18Therefore encourage one another with these words."
As far as the thief on the cross, I am not sure. I think Jesus meant something like "I tell you the truth today, you will be with me in paradise." But in most cases the Bible has the comma before the word today, which kind of changes the meaning to contradict what I believe.
Apr 19, 17, 08:09 AM #35
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Apr 19, 17, 09:41 AM #36
Religions are as much to do with geography, culture, and indoctrination as anything. They evolve, develop and change throughout their history. All begin with someone or a group that have a revelation, develop a cult following, and either grow or fade away. The ones that continue to grow eventually lose the cult label and are considered a religion. All believers of each one feel they are the only one that is true. All have their books, revelations and history to offer proof of why they are faithful. However, all can't be right and most likely none are. When one looks at it rationally it becomes highly likely that all are the construction of men throughout the ages.
The religions with the most followers:
1. Christianity: 2.3 billion
2 Islam: 1.6 billion
3 Hindu: 1 billion
4 Buddhist: 400 million
5 Sikhism: 30 million
6 Judaism: 20 million
7 Bahaism: 8 million
8 Confucianism: 7 million
9 Jainism: 4.5 million
10 Shintoism: 4 million
Three other interesting points I noticed while researching these numbers is (1) although Christianity's origin is the Middle East, only 4% of its members today are located there; (2) analyst predict that Islam will surpass Christianity late in this century; (3) there's an estimated 1 billion non-religious secularist people in the world.
Apr 19, 17, 02:01 PM #37
Apr 19, 17, 02:18 PM #38I don't know what happens but am hopeful that I'll get to see my mom and dad again. It's been 4 and 37 years, respectively.
Apr 19, 17, 04:16 PM #39
Apr 20, 17, 09:45 AM #40Lots of Anti-Christian responses here. "I preach that all religions are delusional but I only attack Christianity."
We, Catholics, who strive to live like Christ, believe that ALL people can get to heaven. There is sacramental baptism (with water), baptism of desire (explicit or implicit desire), or baptism by blood (martyrdom).
Apr 20, 17, 03:58 PM #41
Apr 21, 17, 10:04 AM #42
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- The history book on the shelf is always repeating itself."