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Jesus Went and Prepared a Place, Transcending Theological Doctrine On Our Way to Salvation, Saved Through Faith, R.P. BenDedek Should Look to His Own Salvation, The Testimony of R.P. — an Embittered and Flawed Man [Christian?], May Each of You Find God.
Well My Friends … “Holy Moley” is right. Good Ol’ R.P. BenDedek sounds like he’s a bit embittered by the organized aspect of “religion” and the many hypocrites we find spread across the various denominations. Rather than worry about what the actual Word of God says — what the Holy Bible states [I prefer the King James edition] — he has become a cynic who focuses far too much on what other people in the various sectors of Christianity are doing than what God tells us and what he himself should be doing for his own salvation.
For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, so that we may be saved from our sins and enter the Kingdom of Heaven … Many of You know the story and exactly what it means for all mankind.
Easter isn’t about “dying” as he would have us believe. Jesus died and cast off the grave on the day of the Resurrection to make the only sacrifice that could possibly atone for all of mankind’s sins at once, in the blood of the Divine — God Himself come to earth in the flesh — due to the fact that mankind was unable to adhere to the Commandments set forth in the Bible, “the Word”. Jesus’s Resurrection had less to do with His death than it had to do with the fact that His death and resurrection provided the path towards Life Everlasting, and it required very little of Us, of Mankind on the whole.
God only said that before we can enter the Kingdom of Heaven, we must each sincerely profess our belief and faith in the Divinity of Jesus, that He is the Son of God, and that He died on the Cross for our sins and rose on the third day. We must confess our sins and sincerely ask for His forgiveness of them, and in so doing and in an honest attempt to go forward from that day and attempt to sin no more and to live as Christ-like as possible [not that one must succeed but simply sincerely try] one is assured entry into Heaven by the Blood of Jesus Christ who died to provide Us our Salvation.
It has nothing to do with whether we are baptized or not, although baptism is a rite and an affirmation of one’s faith before the Church. However, one doesn’t need the Church to pass through the Gates of Heaven. One need only be a Believer, and we each find our own path to our final acceptance in Jesus’s Divine Nature. Salvation is a personal matter that transcends any theological doctrinal matter since the Bible and Jesus’s own words tell each of Us what is necessary for our own Salvation.
       In John 10:7-11 Jesus said:

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.

All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.

I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

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The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

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I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.”

       In John 14:3-7 [King James version] Jesus tells the Apostles:
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.”
       God, the all knowing, all seeing God, knows we are sinners; He knows we cannot keep from sinning since we are born into sin from sin, the Original Sin. And that is precisely the reason He had to come to earth in the flesh to deliver Us from Our Sin, that through the Blood of the Divine we too could have Life Eternal and reside in the halls of Heaven with Him forever and ever and ever, if only we follow the simplest of instructions and truly believe and truly honor Him in all things, great and small.
Are there thousands, even millions, of flawed Christians in God’s Church? You bet there are. Church and “organized religion” are for just such sinners. If there weren’t any sinners, there wouldn’t be any need for pastors, clerics, and preachers.
God knows we are imperfect beings. He isn’t asking that we be perfect, which Ol’ R.P. has failed to somehow understand in all the hatred and bitterness he exudes in his diatribe against his fellow Christians. Somewhere along the way, R.P. sounds as though he has allowed whatever love he may have ever had for anyone, be consumed by hatred, especially concerning his fellow Christians.
R.P. needs to worry a whole lot less about what his fellow Christian Brothers and Sisters are doing and start worrying a whole lot more about what he is going to do to secure his own salvation in order to enter the Kingdom of God.
No one who seeks God in all earnest and sincerity will be told by God to ‘get lost’. No one who has asked sincerely for Forgiveness of their sins and tries not to sin again, although they may backslide a time or two, will be told to ‘get lost’ if they are True Believers in the One True God.
Just as We parents do not turn away from our own children whenever they have done wrong, perhaps until they have repeatedly shown they have no interest in doing right, God too will not turn His back on any of us who try to live as Righteously as possible, even though we might still be committing sins; however, just as parents sometimes must show tough love to a child, so too does God show tough love, for no one can simply profess Faith in Jesus in a sincere or insincere fashion, and then simply go out and sin as though there isn’t any tomorrow or a Day of Reckoning, a Day before the Book of Judgement.
       As noted in Ephesians 1:6-7:

“To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace …”
       Ephesians 2:5-8 adds further clarification:
“Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God…”
Even the worst of Us is not beyond Redemption as exemplified through the story of Saul, a vicious persecutor, terrorist and murderer of Christians and Jews alike, who God blinded on the road to Damascus. Acts 9:17-22 tells of Saul’s turnabout and coming to God, by way of God’s miracle; and of course, we all know that Saul, a known murderer, went on to become the Apostle Paul and the head of the Christian Church of the day and what followed in the organization of the Church under the Catholic doctrine, which largely evolved from the Council at Nicea in 326 A.D.
“And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.

And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.
But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests?

But Saul increased the more in strength and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ. ‘

The Resurrection is not only about our Salvation and attaining Life Everlasting alongside Jesus Christ in Heaven. The Resurrection is also about Redemption.
While the Word speaks of the persecution one might experience in following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, it says nothing about “suffering” being any sort of requirement for entering the Kingdom of God. R.P. needs to spend a little more time actually reading the Word of God as opposed to editorializing on what he thinks it says. Read God’s Word and it is all very clear that in all actuality, He asks Us very little for giving Us our Salvation, Redemption and Life Everlasting.
Anyone need only open their mind and heart and spirit to the Lord to receive His Truth and find their own way to Heaven.
I may be way off base according to some, but this has long been my Christian understanding and the manner in which I have seen my own personal relationship with God. I’ll let You know what Heaven’s like when I get there … unless I really messed up somehow along the way.
I hope You all found this most informative and interesting.
May each of You finds God in due time, in Your own pursuit, and before it’s too late. May God Keep and Bless You All.

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Justin O Smith

Justin O. Smith has lived in Tennessee off and on most of his adult life, and he graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1980, with a B.S. and a double major in International Relations and Cultural Geography – minors in Military Science and English, for what its worth. His real education started from that point on. Smith worked 8 years for the LaVergne Fire Dept – two years as their clean-up boy – and became a working fireman at age 16, working his way through college and subsequently joining the U.S. Army. Since then he primarily have contracted construction and traveled – spending quite a bit of time up and down the Columbia River Gorge, in the Puget Sound on Whidby Island and down around Ft. Lauderdale and South Beach. Justin currently writes a weekly column for The Rutherford Reader in Murfreesboro, TN, which he calls home and he spends as much time as possible with his two beautiful and intelligent daughters and five grandchildren. Justin Loves God, Family and Our Majestic and Wonderful America, and he is a Son of Liberty.

 

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