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For those who'd like to REALLY be prepared for December 21st...

 
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11/28/2012 11:00 PM
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For those who'd like to REALLY be prepared for December 21st...
I'm not saying that something's actually going to happen, but if you feel like it might (and many have good reason to), then I thought I'd share how you can prepare yourself, spiritually, for your (inevitable) afterlife.

This is going to be an extreme crash course on ancient Christianity.. just a taste, really ..with a link to follow if you feel the need to check it out.

Let me start by saying that Western 'Christians' have been wrong for centuries. By 'Western', I mean the Catholics and all Protestant denominations. Christ's original church is still alive and well ("..the gates of hell shall not prevail against it..") right where it originally started; Jerusalem & Antioch ("where they were first called 'Christians'"), as well as Alexandria, and Constantinople (now Istanbul). Other countries with a big presence are Russia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania, Finland, Hungary, Ukraine, Georgia, and some others.

This church has withstood countless heresies, attacks, and conquerors, essentially letting itself be conquered and pretty much thrown out of most of the above countries. This is the church that hid in the catacombs and relinquished thousands of martyrs for hundreds of years. This is the unchanged church of Christ (not the Campbell/Stone denomination started in the 1800s) that established the canon of scripture back in the late 300s. This is the church that would not give in to the change of even a single word of Holy Scripture, thus culminating in the Great Schism of 1054AD, when Rome left the church. This is the Eastern Orthodox Church, the ecclesiastical church without a pope. This is the liturgical church without a finished 'bible' (the canon was meant to define those books that are wholly infallible, authored by eyewitnesses to Christ Himself.. but they are not the only infallible words of God ..the canon was the church reacting to false canons that were being put forth by heretical teachers).

So what are the big mistakes in the West? What tradition has been lost to the West for hundreds and hundreds of years? The Catholics introduced many things of Roman invention that the Protestants rightly refuted, but incorrectly fixed. The core mistake of Roman Catholicism lies in its papacy.. something the ancient church never embraced. Bishops were all to be equals, and priests were allowed to be married. There was no concept of a separate 'chamber of horrors' (a la Dante's 'Inferno') set completely apart from the presence of God, as it is the very presence of God Himself that will be Heaven to the people who love Him, and Hell to the people who do not.

"Our God is a consuming fire." God does not send anyone to hell and He wants that ALL may come to a knowledge of the truth. So what is hell? Hell is a wrong perception of God's very presence. After the second coming of Christ, there will be no place in the universe where God is not present, and it is the fire of His perfect and infinite love for all of us that will become a hell to those that have not believed Him.

Think of two people that go to the beach one day. The first person plays in the sun all day and the second locks himself in a light-proof outhouse, sitting in the darkness the whole morning and into the afternoon. About 2pm, when the sun is at it's brightest, the other guy yanks open the outhouse door (the second coming) and blazing sunlight covers the man who was in darkness the whole time. The man who was in darkness tries to hide, cover his eyes, and is bombarded by the full heat of the sun. He is experiencing hell, and the other man, the one playing outside in the sun the whole day, is experiencing heaven.. but it's from the SAME source, which in this case is the sun.

The man who was outside all day is not only used to the sun, but glories in its presence (we are called to come into union and communion with God). This is the man who not only brings God into his life, but keeps Him there, and actively seeks to be united with God through communion with God (worship, prayer, the Eucharist, the liturgy, assembling together with others in the Body of Christ). This is a man who obeys God not because he wants to please God (God will always love us no matter what), but because he wants to KNOW God and actually commune with Him.

This is precisely why Jesus says, "Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven."

Jesus goes on.. Mat 7:22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

The will of the Father can be summed up in one word: love

Mat 22:35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

He goes on to say that we should love our neighbor as our self.

I could go on and on of course, but if you'd like to learn about the ancient, unchanged Apostolic church of Christ, then here's a good starting place:

[link to www.antiochian.org]

A few more starter resource links can be found here:

[link to www.orthodox.boards.net]
Serendipitous

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11/28/2012 11:06 PM

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Re: For those who'd like to REALLY be prepared for December 21st...
wall of text

It looks interesting though. I'll read it when I have time to digest it.
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11/28/2012 11:09 PM
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Re: For those who'd like to REALLY be prepared for December 21st...
:wall of text:

It looks interesting though. I'll read it when I have time to digest it.
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It's not meant to take a position on what will happen on Dec 21st, but is something we should be thinking about regardless.

Thanks for the reply.
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11/28/2012 11:12 PM
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Re: For those who'd like to REALLY be prepared for December 21st...
For those who don't like text:

[link to youtu.be]
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11/28/2012 11:14 PM
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Re: For those who'd like to REALLY be prepared for December 21st...
Me going to party at my local bar and get drunk..

Might also get me a cheap hooker.

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11/28/2012 11:24 PM
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Re: For those who'd like to REALLY be prepared for December 21st...
Me going to party at my local bar and get drunk..

Might also get me a cheap hooker.

alone
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 23117648


..which is precisely WHY I wrote the above
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11/28/2012 11:35 PM
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Re: For those who'd like to REALLY be prepared for December 21st...
religitards really are TARDS
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12/03/2012 06:38 PM
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Re: For those who'd like to REALLY be prepared for December 21st...
religitards really are TARDS
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Are you saying that you don't believe in God or that you don't worship God?

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