Dubious wrote: ↑Fri Jan 28, 2022 5:13 am
I forfeit an afterlife
by not believing in Jesus, as stated explicitly if, in the here and now
, I renounce or forfeit
any such belief. So yes, belief is mandatory - being too late when I'm already dead - as made clear by all your biblical quotes if eternal life is to be granted.
I'm actually quite aware of the timing. As are you, apparently. But being aware of a fire doesn't put a fire out. It's what you do with what you know that makes the difference.
If god created us as mortal, subject to error and worse, how would that make us responsible in falling short of his glory and
The first man was not created sinful. Nor was he born prone to death. He could have chosen to remain as he was created, but did not. To borrow a phase from Milton, one might say he was "sufficient to have stood / But free to fall."
For man was created "in the image of God,"
meaning as a creature with genuine volition and choice of his own.
It is his progeny who have been born with the inclination to rebellion and sin -- it was not part of the original design of man as a creature, but rather a choice made by our forefathers, one confirmed by each of us when we reach the age of choice.
But you mistake my purpose. My job here is not to "sell" the Bible to you. It's to tell you what God has said. God does not need a press agent, and I am not aiming at being one. If you know the truth; what you do with it is entirely up to you. For God has made it clear that you will stand or fall on your own choice. [Jesus said] "The one who believes in the Son has eternal life; but the one who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”
And you know. So I need say no more to you.
"Truth is Hell seen too late." - Thomas Hobbes