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Volitional Consequences- to Mr. Mansoor

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Submitted by jennifer solis (United States), Oct 6, 2007 at 20:56

Hello Mr. Mansoor,

This is the second time on Dr. Pipes' site and response section that I've read your question/comment regarding "the door being opened" when Christ forgave all the sins of the world. You ask the logic of that. It's a logical question. Here goes:

For those whom the Lord loves, he disciplines, and scourges(alive with a whip) every son whom He receives. ( Hebrews 12:6.)

- "disciplines" here is the Greek "paideo" which in the above passage means to chastise with blows, as in discipline. "scourges" in the above passage is the Greek "mastigoo" and means "chastening" by Elohim (God), administered in love to his spiritual sons (believers in Christ). Believers ARE disciplined by God.

"Lord" in the above passage referes to Elohim (God); "receives" is the Greek word "paradechomai" which means "of a son", acknowledging one's own. "Lord" in the above passage is the Greek word "kurious" (possesor of a thing) which stems from the root word "kuros" which means "supremacy" (Elohim).

When we receive eternal life (salvation) through faith alone in Christ alone, we become sons of Elohim (Galations 3:26). We are FOREVER part of His Family (Romans 8:38, John 10:28). But just as a father disciplines his children out of love to get them back on the "right track", our God the Father disciplines us (believers in Christ).

Regarding being judged on our "good works" on some future "day of judgement", Mr. Mansoor, hold onto your hat. I'm about to give you more Biblical information that will "blow your mind", as you put it.

Jesus Christ was judged for the sins of the world (John 3:16), He paid the price in full. There is no law of "double jeopardy" in the Bible, that is, with regards to being eternally condemed because of our sins. WE WON"T BE SENT TO HELL BECAUSE OF OUR SINS. Christ died for the sins of the world, so we, unbelievers and believers alike will not be judged for them with regards to eternity. EVER.

There will be a judgement seat for unbelievers; they will be judged on their "good works". However, because they have not believed in the name of the Son of God, they will be sent to eternity in Hell. All the "good works" in the world won't get us into Heaven. "For all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds(good works) are like a filthy garment" (Isaiah 64:6). "For by grace you are saved through faith, and that salvation is not of yourselves; it is a gift of God, not of works (good deeds), lest any man should boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9). Revelation 20:12,13,14 describes all unbelievers will be judged on their "deeds" or good works. It will not measure up to God's standards (Romans 3:10, "There is none righteous, not even one"), and all un-believers are then thrown into hell.

There is another judgement seat for believers in Christ, and they (believers) will be judged as to whether or not they glorified Elohim, here on earth, after they believed in Christ. Then, as the Bible describes, we are given "crowns" that we carry for eternity that show we glorified God, and in turn that glorifies God. We can love God only because He first loved us.

I'm sorry Mr. Mansoor that this letter is so long. Once I get going on the Bible scriptures it's hard to stop. You see, I am priviledged by God's Grace to study the Bible in the original languages (Greek and Hebrew) and the Bible is "Sharper than any two-edged sword" (Hebrews 4:12), and it's very clear. The Bible is absolute and lucid. You are right in saying man has "diluted" scripture; Satan has had a major hand in that. But because God is omnipotent and omniscient, His Word, The Bible, The Mind of Christ, in it's original form is given to those who desire it, in spite of Satan's many efforts over the millenia to twist and destroy it. The original languages is the key. With regards to the Bible, one thing that is very easy to understand, in any language, however, is salvation -

Acts 16:31 - "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved.".

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