Tuesday, October 25, 2005

More than Heaven and Hell

Many interpret the Bible to say that one must only confess Jesus is the Christ to qualify for salvation. The Bible also states that at some future date "all knees shall bow and all tongues shall confess that Jesus is the Christ." Does this mean that everyone despite our comportment in this life will be saved and go to heaven. Well, yes and no. This issue comes down to our understanding of salvation and heaven.

Paul discussed the redemption of the the body at the time of the resurrection by describing differing states of quickening, "there are bodies Celestial... Terestrial... and Telestial." These states are likened unto the differing glories of the sun, moon and stars in magnitude respectively. So, according to Paul all men will be resurrected, saved from hell, and redeemed to some level of glory by the grace of God. But, only those who are raised to Celestial glory not only receive salvation from hell but also exaltation.

What is the Mormon concept of heaven, salvation, and exaltation? Mormons believe that one who qualifies for the highest degree of Celestial glory will, together with their spouse to whom they have been married for time and eternity, live with God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. They will receive perfect glorified bodies, will be able to progress in intelligence, power, and have eternal increase until they have become like God. They will have Eternal families and enjoy the same sociality enjoyed in this life. Some consider this concept of heaven and salvation as heresy, sacrilege, and blasphemy.

What about that scripture that says "they neither marry, nor are given in marriage?" Well, that is correct. After the resurrection there is no more marriage. Marriage is something to be done on earth before death and resurrection. Though the keys given to Peter, "what is bound on earth will be bound in heaven." Do you really believe in your heart-of-hearts that your wife and children will be nothing to you in the next life?

I desire an eternal family and eternal progression in the next life and these are things that other faiths have no concept of. Mormon missionaries are not telling people that they are going to hell if they don't become Mormons but that there is more to the next life than just heaven and hell. Ask yourself. What does you’re religion teach about the what heaven in like? What have you always felt it will be like? Do you want to just be saved from hell, or do you want an Eternal family and Eternal progression? Mormon's believe that all people will get exactly what they expect. If you expect to live in heaven, with Christ, with no family relationships, and serve him forever, that is exactly what you're going to get. That idea of heaven is only runner-up to what Mormon's and God's Word teach is possible.

(Gen. 1: 27) "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth."
(Gen. 3: 22) "And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil."
(Ps. 82: 6) "I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High."
(Isa. 41: 23) "Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods: yea, do good, or do evil."
(Matt. 16: 19) "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."
(Matt. 22: 30)(Mark 12: 25) "For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven."
(John 10: 34) "Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?"
(John 17: 3) "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."
(1 Cor. 2: 9) "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."
(1 Cor. 11: 11) "Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord."
Paul tells of glories like the sun, the moon, and the stars (1 Cor. 15: 39-41). He also speaks of the “third heaven” (2 Cor. 12: 2). Jesus spoke of “many mansions” or kingdoms (John 14: 2).
(Rom. 8: 17) "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ."

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