excellent post pneuma!
rob: Rooster - I have read the bible many years ago and it will be a while before it makes it back on my to read list. I am familiar with the stories and am familiar with its content.
me: not really
you: In regards to the question I posted above, I could put it more simply.
There are some religious beliefs that essentially assert that this world is unimportant compared to the one you're about to go to. There are various flavors of christianity, like Chance mentioned, that you don't have to worry too much about your behaviour on this world, as long as you have belief in Christ... This is a dangerous concept.
me: can you be specific? I actually agree with you. I to some degree. Have you heard of the doctrine of "ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED"? It's the belief that once you are saved, you basically have your pass.
When I got "radically saved" in college a lot of my partying buddies couldn't figure why I was so worked up. They had gotten "saved" at 8 in bible camp (etc.). The reality is they were "living like the devil". I laughed at them. I was like, dude, your having sex, smoking Mary J, drinking, partying...c'mon.
But they would insist they were saved. I didn't buy it.
rob: you're all more or less sinning bastards so as long as you believe in me it's OK.
me: your right, it's been a while since you read the bible:
2Pe 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
2Pe 2:21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known [it], to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
2Pe 2:22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog [is] turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
Eze 18:26 When a righteous [man] turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.