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Submitted by Steve Nelson (European Union), Mar 23, 2007 at 07:39

Yes, "everyone wants to be a good person", but not everyone knows how to go about it, or is strong enough to carry it through. 2 Corinthians 4:7. Speaks of a God given power beyond that which we would normaly have, to do what is right.

Does strenth come from within ? As individuals we can only speak for ourselves. Way back in Eden, God gave mankind the opportunity to pursue an independent course, to "be like God" and make our own decisions as to what is right and wrong. (Genesis 3:4) So far to date we've made a bit of a mess of things.

Dieing for our "Beliefs and finding that there is nothing else after death" would that be a waste ? If we serve God out of selfish motives, then as Jesus said at Matthew 15:9. "It is in vain that they keep worshiping me".True, Christianity does hold out the hope of a resurrection and life after death, but thats not our reason for being Christian. There's a little thing called love and appreciation for God and neighbor (Matthew 22:37-39) that is our motivating force. We do it because we believe such things are pleasing to God.

Steve. eizabethnelson06@aol.com

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