Posted 14 May 2004 - 03:06 PM
Posted 14 May 2004 - 03:13 PM
The one Biblical account that casts a doubt on this is Saul / Paul. Saul persecuted the early Christians beyond measure before his conversion. Paul was even called as an apostle.
I didn't lose my mind - I have it backed up on a disk ... somewhere
Posted 14 May 2004 - 03:26 PM
Posted 14 May 2004 - 04:19 PM
Posted 14 May 2004 - 09:55 PM
Posted 17 May 2004 - 05:43 AM
For the non-believer, it isn't a particular sin which separates him from God, but sin in general. repentance means a turning away from sin and a turning -toward- God.
for a believer, a sin becomes a slap in the face of God because he knows better. this doesn't mean believers don't still struggle with sin: Lord knows, I do. but you can either let yourself control your life, or let God. When i do sin, it becomes my responsibility to confess that sin to God (though He knows about it...), and to repent from it; to turn away from it and surrender to Him.
For the hitlers of the world, and the child-molesters and the like, it is the same. However, i doubt you have to worry about seeing hitler in heaven. he died in the midst of a war created by his monstrosity, and probably still believing he was in the right. it's possible that before his death he realized his error and repented, but unlikely: if he had truly repented, he would have gone to lengths to correct his error. which he didn't.
Posted 17 May 2004 - 05:48 AM
Posted 17 May 2004 - 08:42 AM
Posted 17 May 2004 - 09:39 AM
a lot of people see the christian version of salvation as a sort of cosmic key into heaven. chant the words and you're off.
God isn't interested in your words. He's interested in your heart, soul, mind and strength. in other words, He wants all of you, not just a signed statement.
in other words, ana, i think He can recognize true repentance from "a last-ditch effort."
Posted 17 May 2004 - 07:17 PM
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