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Eternity ...

Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Humans live in time. We know this. All we do is embedded into its temporal development and evolution. There is nothing free of time in this life. Time is one of the categories of our mind. We cannot think without thinking in time, in dynamics, change of things, states, emotions, thoughts, color, sound, visual …

Time …

I had to think about time when I read the following part from the second letter to the Thessalonians. It talks about suffering in this world, about being worthy of the kingdom of God, but also about eternal life and eternal destruction. Let us read from this New Testament book:

5 This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering— 6 since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, 7 and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels 8 in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, 10 when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed. 11 To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. (from 2 Thessalonians 1)

The passage talks about the grace of God, who wants to forgive in Christ Jesus. He has come into this world, and suffered at the cross. He became a part of the world, and by doing so showed his compassion, love and solidarity with mankind.

Eternal Consequences …

Our faith and our relationship to God has eternal consequences. We are offered grace and forgiveness in Christ. And indeed, we need it. We are lost without the cross, without the death of Jesus. God is a God of eternal justice - and only in Jesus eternal justice is obtained for humans. Without him, there is fire and fury!

Today, this part of the Christian message touches social taboos, which have become popular even in parts of the Christian church. How can a loving God impose eternal judgement onto any human? But we forget freedom, we forget dignity of the human mind, and the true nature of love. God offers full grace and love, he offers it to you and to any human on the planet. It is given in Christ Jesus, believe in him, approach him, talk to him, he is present with his spirit in your life and any other. He is knocking at our door, asks us to open the door of our life for him to come in and become our saviour and Lord.

You might have your doubts or objections. But have a deeper look into this classical Christian message. It was true and remains true, God is above all time, the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is full of full truth, full love, full justice … new every morning, the creator of time and freedom. He is there to restore and to heal me and you, step by step, day by day … (Roland Potthast) ... further texts

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