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half.note posted this thread...
Dec. 29, 2012 at 6:40 pm

With December 21, 2012 behind us, I began to think a lot about "what if the world really did end?"
Then again in Sabbath School we discussed how, at anytime and without warning, the world could end or we could die.
So I want to play a little game of "What if..."
What if you died tomorrow?
Do you believe there is an heaven?
Do you believe you have done all that is required to get there?
Would you be happy with your life and who you are?
If you were given 24 hours to live, what would you do with the time you had left?

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Imaginedangerous replied...
Dec. 29, 2012 at 11:59 pm

I do believe in heaven, and I believe that while there's always room for improvement I would qualify.
I'm happy with who I am, but I don't think I'd be happy with my life thus far. It's been nice, but there's still a lot I want to do and see before I kick the bucket.
If I had 24 hours to live, I would probably panic. Then I would do a heck of a lot of praying. Then I'd say goodbye to all my friends and family. Then I'd go find a quiet peaceful spot up in the mountains.

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JunieSparrow replied...
Dec. 30, 2012 at 4:36 pm

This is an interesting question.  

What if I died tomorrow?  Actually, I wouldn't mind.  If God wanted to kill me, he would, and it would be right, and if he wants to keep me alive, he will, and that's right too.  Who am I to argue with what He wants to do?  

Do you believe there is a heaven?  Well, yes.  But I believe I'd first go into sort of a dormant "sleeping period" until the resurrection.  (1 Thess. 4:13-18)  After that will be the thousand year reign on earth, finishing out the Seventh Day, and then time will end and eternity will continue.  

Do you believe you have done all that is required to get there?  What do you mean "required?"  I believe God has chosen me to believe on Jesus Christ and be saved.  At least I hope so.  And I believe that I do believe on Him.  But that's not me doing anything.  (Eph. 2:8)  

Would you be happy with your life and who you are?  I am that I am by the grace of God.  I'd be happy ending my life because I wouldn't sin any more.  I'd know that I kept my faith to the end.  I guess now I'm kind of in the situation Paul talked about:  According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.  (Phil. 1:20, 21)

If you were given 24 hours to live, what would you do with the time you had left?  Probably fast and pray.  Call some friends.  Tell my dad he needs to learn how to clean his desk because I won't be able to do it for him any more.  Wait.

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KimKendrick replied...
Dec. 30, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Ok, a lot of people on this site are Christian, and technically, I am too.  I am actually kinda confused about my religion, because I don't believe God created the world, but I do believe there is a God... I'm kind of a half Atheist half Christian weirdo who doesn't know what to think.

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CollinF replied...
Dec. 31, 2012 at 12:07 am

Don't let Creation be a hindrance to your faith. No matter how the universe started, it's always possible God did it. The how really isn't a biggy. Besides, God Christianity isn't about taking certain scientific stances. In the past, there have been born-again Christians who believed and disbelieved in a million theories, such as heliocentricity, germ theory, quantum theory, the earth's shape, evolution, and dozens of different cosmological models. 
My point = God saves based on your relationship with him, not your scientific leanings. 
Be a proud Christian for . . . well, Christ's sake. ;)

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half.note replied...
Dec. 31, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Imagine and Sparrow:
Hey, thanks for your replies.
What you said made me laugh, and even want to cry a little. :')
When I read your post, I wondered what I could say in reply. I’m still not absolutely sure if any of my words will help with your confusion, so I decided to quote Psalm 71:1-5.
“In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.
Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me.
Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.
Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.
For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth.”
God doesn’t wish for us to be confused, he just desires that we make the commitment to follow him, and allow him work out all the personal opinions and doctrine.
The best advice I have is to pray and study the Bible.
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)
I read your post just after I’d woken up and had breakfast, so my main thought was, “it’s too early for puns.” :P
Anyways, it looks like fun, so I think I'm going to answer my questions, too:
What if you died tomorrow?
If it’s what God wanted for me, I guess I’d have to accept it, but honestly, I think I’d ask for more time.
Do you believe there is an heaven?
I believe that once I die, I will just be sleeping until Christ returns. If my name is in the book of life, I will go to heaven and live out the millennium until God creates a New Earth and New Jerusalem.
Do you believe you have done all that is required to get there?
This question deals a lot with assurance of salvation and whether we are saved by faith or by works.
Here are some relevant verses:
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.
So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?” (James 2:10-14)
I know that faith and works are both important. I need to take on the character of Christ before I can be saved, and I don’t think I’m there yet. I still cherish some of my sins which I really need to give up. In all honesty… I’m not ready.
Would you be happy with your life and who you are?
I’m generally a happy person, and I would be foolish to say that I didn’t have a fantastic life, but I honestly think my answer to this question would be a surprising “no.” I don’t think I’ve been living up to all that Jesus wants for me in my life. I’m not trying to be ungrateful or anything, God has poured out many blessings on me, but I just feel that I’ve squandered the time I’ve been given.
If you were given 24 hours to live, what would you do with the time you had left?
I’d go to everyone I’ve kept secrets from or sinned against one by one and tell them what was on my heart or ask them to forgive me for what I’ve done.
Then I think I’d find a nice quiet spot and weep and pray, begging God that he would forgive me for all the time I’d wasted.
Okay, thanks, everyone, for your participation. I hope that we will continue to discuss. :)
God bless. <3

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