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Quoting kidlover2:Beautiful... just be warned that what your "needs" are, may be completely different than God's.
I agree, sometimes God has other plans.
The ethics of Jesus are apocalyptic.Jesus is reported to have believed and taught that the world aspeople then knew it was coming to an end; he was an apocalypticpreacher. Matthew chapter 24, Mark chapter 13, Luke chapter 21, allspeak of an apocalyptic end time, with earthquakes, famines, wars,with false prophets and religious persecutions, with mass deaths andturmoil. He stresses that no one knows when this will happen, so weshould keep ourselves ready at all times. In Matthew, Mark, and Lukehe says "This generation will not pass away till all these thingstake place." Though he says no one knows the day and hour, heapparently thinks it will be "soon", within the lifetime of thosehearing him speak. In Matthew 10:23 he says:"When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next; for truly, Isay to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel,before the Son of man comes."Given that he thought the world was ending, the Day of Judgement wascoming when all would be sorted into the saved and the damned, goingto Heaven or Hell respectively (Matt. 25:31-46), it makes perfectsense that his ethics were utterly unworldly, radically unworldly. Heput no value on earthly wealth, fame, power, or family. He urged hisfollowers to forsake all of these to focus entirely on purifyingtheir own character, doing good works, and spreading the gospel. Youare not seeking to have a pleasant or successful life on Earth, youare applying to get into Heaven when the Earth is destroyed.In Matthew chapter 16 for example he says24 Then Jesus told his disciples, "If any man would come after me,let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 Forwhoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his lifefor my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man, if hegains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what shall a man givein return for his life? 27 For the Son of man is to come with hisangels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay every manfor what he has done. 28 Truly, I say to you, there are some standinghere who will not taste death before they see the Son of man comingin his kingdom."This passage is repeated in Mark chapter 8. An even more clearlyunworldly teaching is Luke 14:26-33,26 "If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father andmother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and evenhis own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not bear hisown cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple. 28 For which ofyou, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count thecost, whether he has enough to complete it? ... 33 So therefore,whoever of you does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.Regarding wealth, for example, he says not to accumulate any. (Matt.6) 19 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where mothand rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay upfor yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rustconsumes and where thieves do not break in and steal.24 "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one andlove the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise theother. You cannot serve God and mammon. 25 "Therefore I tell you, donot be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shalldrink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life morethan food, and the body more than clothing?If you have already accumulated some wealth, Jesus says to get rid ofit. In Luke chapter 18 (and Matt. 19, and Mark 10) a rich man asksJesus:18 And a ruler asked him, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inheriteternal life?" 19 And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? Noone is good but God alone. 20 You know the commandments: `Do notcommit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear falsewitness, Honor your father and mother.'" 21 And he said, "All these Ihave observed from my youth." 22 And when Jesus heard it, he said tohim, "One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distributeto the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, followme." 23 But when he heard this he became sad, for he was very rich.24 Jesus looking at him said, "How hard it is for those who haveriches to enter the kingdom of God! 25 For it is easier for a camelto go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter thekingdom of God."In Matthew 13:44-46 he again talks of selling all that you have; thekingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, or like apearl of great price, and the wise man sells all that he has to buy it.In Matthew 5 and Luke 6 he says to give extra to those who steal fromyou, give to all who beg from you, lend without expecting repayment.In Luke 12 he says to beware all covetousness, "sell your possessionsand give alms", to provide yourself with treasure in Heaven. In Luke14, "when you give a feast, do not invite the rich, lest they inviteyou in return, and you be repaid. But invite the poor, the maimed,the blind, and you will be blessed, for they cannot repay you. Youwill be repaid at the resurrection of the just."This is a repeating theme, that you should do good works withoutexpecting any return, in fact you should take care to avoid gettingany return. If you receive any reward here on Earth, you will notreceive reward in Heaven. This is apparently HOW you lay up treasuresin Heaven: do things worthy of reward, and DO NOT TAKE THE REWARDHERE ON EARTH. A just God will see that you get what you deserve; ifyou haven't gotten any reward on Earth, he will reward you in Heaven.
Quoting Beautiful31mom:Don't worry about anything;
This is bad advice.
Yes, too much worry can be a bad thing. Unproductive, and causes stress.
But a certain amount of worry is often justified. There's a good evolutionary reason why our brains are constructed to include a worry mechanism. There's an evolutionary advantage to double checking and keeping looking for solutions to situations which seem dead end and are having negative consequences.
Like a dog worrying at a bone, sometimes persistence pays off.
Such as a woman's need not to get raped, if she stops worrying about the stranger following her?
Quoting kidlover2:Beautiful... just be warned that what your "needs" are, may be completely different than God's.Such as a woman's need not to get raped, if she stops worrying about the stranger following her?
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