Why are we here?
Make no mistake, for each and every member of humanity, life on earth is the training ground for the eternal. This is where we are given the necessary equipment and schooled to climb the mountain of morality. If we finally reach the peak we will join with the Divine Life which awaits us there. Our task is to become in this life as near perfect as is humanly possible and the source of all the T&C's from which we can learn about reaching the summit to gain entry into God's Kingdom is the Christian Bible and our always available helper is Christ.
When the curtain comes down on the theatre of this life and the producer walks on the stage then all will be over except for the final examination of our earthly lives which we will either pass or fail and which comes at the end when we leave our lives here on earth (which we all must do) for our death is one event about which we can be 100% certain. Crudely put, a pass means eternity in the arms of the loving, living God whilst rejection means separation from Him for all eternity for there is no making amends after death as the parable of the rich man and Lazarus so clearly demonstrates. (Luke 16: 19-31)
The Son of God tells us that whilst many are called few are chosen and that we pass the test by believing in the Humanity, Divinity and Resurrection of Christ; by loving God with all our hearts, minds and souls and by loving and forgiving our fellow human beings much as we love and forgive ourselves. Time spent reading scripture and in prayer will, as with the study of any human activity, reward those who continually engage in the practice.
Sin is endemic in humankind as outlined by John in his letters and Judas Iscariot, one of the Apostles, strikingly proves that no society is without evil but when we repent of those sins we are promised forgiveness providing that we in turn forgive others and this command cannot be diluted in any way. If we want unqualified forgiveness then we must forgive without qualification.
Faith and good works are joined together by an unbreakable bond and the bond which ties them together is the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ without which we are lost, for no amount of good works by unbelievers will save them nor will a lack of good works save those who have faith only.
Paul in his 1st letter to the Corinthians chapter 13 wrote, "If I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing."
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