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Acts 14:22

22strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. "We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God," they said.

So we have to suffer for us to be worthy of heaven?

I'm no Angel

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Asked by Anonymous at 5:32 AM on Jan. 29, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • In those times, the early church was facing persecution for the faith. I'm sure that more than a few were tempted to give up because of all the suffering and the risk of death. This was to encourage them to keep going.

    The lesson for us is that we should be willing to go through anything for Jesus, but we won't necessarily have to.
    Lexylex

    Answer by Lexylex at 6:03 AM on Jan. 29, 2010

  • I think that particular passage is more about the fact that anyone who stands up for their faith, no matter what it is, is going to face hardships and opposition, and it is encouraging others to help their fellows stay strong.
    Ati_13

    Answer by Ati_13 at 6:36 AM on Jan. 29, 2010

  • Yes and No. It's not saying if you want salvation or a ticket to heaven you have to suffer, it's saying along with your freewill choice to believe comes persecution and trials. Mostly from the Earthy situations around you.
    This passage is mostly for encouraging new Christians who may want to give up or give in.
    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 7:47 AM on Jan. 29, 2010

  • Apparently. So much for the saving grace and redemption offered by Jesus' death on the cross!
    witchqueen

    Answer by witchqueen at 1:23 PM on Jan. 29, 2010

  • Hardship includes self-discipline, learning to be more virtuous and not giving in to every whim and pleasure over fulfilling our responsibilities.

    The "Kingdom of Heaven", similar to the mineral kingdom, the kingdom of plants, of animals, the kingdom of man, is a STATE, a condition. The state of having entered the Kingdom of Heaven is the state of having achieved enlightenment so that one is able to perceive spiritual reality ... for instance when Saul had his vision on the way to Damascus.

    To achieve enlightenment - to enter the Kingdom of Heaven - one does need to strengthen and perfect one's self-mastery. That WILL involve hardship.

    As to what Christ's death on the cross redeemed, it was the weight of sins burdening the earth and mankind as a whole. We are still individually responsible to make amends to our fellowmen for the wrongs we have committed against them. Having the will to do this IS the saving grace !
    waldorfmom

    Answer by waldorfmom at 7:55 PM on Jan. 29, 2010

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