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Deserving of Death? No

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Lemur posted yesterday, asking for prayer/help/monetary support due to an F4 tornado that destroyed his town. I offered my prayers and put at the end:

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At least God spared you for another day.


I know I am not the most popular for my stances, as they are deemed illogical, mythical, or idiotic, but I feel the need to explain myself. If you don't want to read my religious babble, then please don't. Raynes in particular asked why God would spare Lemur and destroy hundreds of others. Were they less of believers or more deserving of death? Certainly not. Luke 13 has this to say:

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13:1 There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 13:2 And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? 13:3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. 13:4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? 13:5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”


Look at the first 3 verses. This is in reference to an event that took place in 30AD. Here is a description referenced by Cummingham Geikie:

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It was Roman custom to inscribe shields of war with insignia of animals and the bust of the Emperor. The Jews considered this idolatry and refused the presence of such in the Holy City. But Pilate "ordered the new regiments to enter the city by night with the offensive emblems on their standards, and Jerusalem awoke to see idolatrous symbols planted within sight of the Temple." The Jews counseled how this outrage might be removed. Mobs went to Caesarea to entreat Pilate to remove the offense. But, Pilate refused. For five days and nights the Jews continually surrounded his palace, raising the same cry that the emblems be removed. On the seventh day, he met with them, but he had stationed soldiers around the people. "When the Jews began to raise their mutinous cries again, on his refusing to yield, he ordered the troops to enter with drawn swords. But he had miscounted their fanatical earnestness. Baring their throats, and kneeling as if to meet the sword, the multitude cried out that they would rather part with their life than their Law.


These people died for their beliefs and what Christ means in verse 3 is that it is not this life that matters but the next. In my faith, there is a distinction between our body and soul. One is temporary and the other eternal. A physical death in this life has no weight over the "end of your life". In Christianity, there is no end--Only a transition where your soul dwells in or out of the presence of God. Again, Jesus furthers his point with his example of the Tower of Siloam (I'll leave it to you to research it, since this post is already long). He makes the same point--that a physical death in this life has no weight, but if you haven't repented then your soul bears the consequences forever.

That is how I justify what I said and I'm sure Lemur would agree. Take it for what you will.

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Sergio Tapia Icon

24 May 2011 - 05:46 PM
Eh don't sweat it. Atheists generally love to stir the pot and twist words.
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Luckless Icon

24 May 2011 - 07:07 PM
hehe, I'm not sweating, I just wanted to share :wink: Haters gonna hate
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