Hi! Sorry to bother you guys, but I have been very frustrated recently, because I have a few questions, and I have asked my dad and pastors, and have prayed constantly but I am still very confused. So here goes, I guess…. (Serious note for the last two Q’s. Yes, I have been diagnosed as chronically depressed, my parents do know, I am getting help, though the help I’m getting isn’t exactly helpful.)
|May 11, 2016 at 03:42|
1). Unconditional means unlimited, unreserved, whole-hearted. If you’re thinking about God’s unconditional love for us, it means that God loves you for you. You don’t have to earn God’s love, or do anything really. You do have to accept it; not to get it, but to feel it, if that makes sense. If you don’t acknowledge it, it won’t really make a difference will it? Like if you thought your dad was always angry with you, but later found out he always had the highest opinion of you and adored you since birth; he loved you all along but it didn’t make a difference to you until you acknowledged it. Make sense?
2). I don’t believe in Hell. It’s a preconceived notion taken from Pagan Greek culture. Yes, it’s easy to find verses that support hell if you read with Hell in mind, but if you go back and look at who the authors were speaking to, and what the beliefs and culture was at the time, you will see that Jesus never threatened anyone with eternal torture. Just because you grew up with a belief doesn’t make it true (I should know! 🙂 ) There are other perspectives and ways of interpreting scripture.
3). God chose to love you because God is love (1 John 4:8). He created you and breathed his very life into you! (Genesis 2:7) You are created in the image of God–the very essence of you, is in the image of God. Think about that for awhile. What is God? Creative, loving, kind, good, intelligent, awesome…you are created in that image, or likeness. (Genesis 1:27)
4). Well, the Bible tells us to love our neighbor as our self, not better. But this isn’t supposed to be a legalistic rule; don’t beat yourself up if you hate yourself. The truth, though, is that you really can’t love people to the best of your ability until you love yourself. It’s hard to receive love if you hate yourself, and how can you give what you don’t have?
5). I don’t think it’s right to make everything out to be a sin. I have no idea if self-harm is a sin or not. What difference does that make? Are you going to stop if it’s a sin and keep doing it if it’s not? Lovely girl, you deserve to be happy, healthy and whole. Jesus died for every sin–past, present and future–to take away any and all guilt and condemnation from you.
6). If you’re contemplating suicide, please, please go get some different help. If you can’t, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
God created you with so much love and put such potential in you! Sometimes it seems like there’s no way out, but just because you don’t have your answer right now doesn’t mean there isn’t one.
But in answer to your question, going to heaven is based on grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. He has already taken away every sin (when he died, 2,000 years ago) so no, you wouldn’t go to hell.
If you have more questions or ever need to chat, email me! Adventuregirl2264@yahoo.com 🙂
|May 11, 2016 at 10:13|
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