Posted by: Ed | May 20, 2011

JUDGEMENT DAY??? OR SEE YOU SUNDAY… MAYBE

I had to put up a quick post. As everyone in San Diego knows, tomorrow is Judgment Day!
Well at least according to some billboards around town.

Aside from the obvious problems with predicting that the world as we know it is ending this weekend (Jesus saying NO one knows the day or the hours, all those green bananas I bought etc) there is another question I would like to pose.

WHAT IF GOD DOES NOT JUDGE THE WORLD TOMORROW?

I’m thinking that tomorrow is probably not Judgment day. I don’t think the Bible properly understood lends itself to laying out a schematic of future event. Yes, I am including those dispensational charts I was taught with lines, arrows of who’s going where when and arguments about when exactly we get to escape all the apocalyptic gnarlienss that God is going to unleash.
But there is going to be judgment. That’s for sure! One of MANY verses in the Bible about this:

2Cor. 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

So what if it’s NOT tomorrow. If you and I do tomorrow and it ends up not being Judgment day we should say the following:
• God has been merciful – every day God delays judgment it is because he is demonstrating wonderful merciful patience toward us.

2Pet. 3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

• WE ARE A DAY CLOSER – the entire scripture is clear that things won’t always go on this way. The wrong thing to say tomorrow if we end up doing another Saturday is, “this is never going to end, thinking about an end is silly, as it has been it will ever be.” WRONG. There will be an end.
• CONTRADICTING JESUS IS A BAD IDEA – this is especially true of those who claim to follow Jesus and speak for him. Jesus said “no one knows the day or the hour” (Matthew 24:36). But how many areas of my life are in contradiction to Jesus? Is it any better of an idea to ignore Him when it comes to caring for the poor, judging people, doing spiritual practices to be seen by people, giving myself a pass on my contempt and anger?

So I expect to see you on Sunday! But then again…

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Responses

  1. I wonder if we can pass a law that puts false prophets in jail? This would be a lot nicer then stoning them!

  2. I expect we will all see each other tomorrow morning at our gathering… we might as well just call it a “Left Behind Party”

  3. There is a GREAT Simpson’s episode about “Left Below” in which Homer after predicts the day of the rapture. Very funny!

  4. In reference to the scripture 2 Cor. 5:10, I’m trying to understand this scripture.Why will Christians that gave their heart to Christ and try to live the WALK and Talk, but we still make mistakes.Why will we still be judged,if we’ve been truly forgiven? Is the Blood of Christ on trial, with God and us when we stand before HIM? Does it really wash away my sins, past,present, and future? This scares me so much,standing before God.

  5. I’m with you Debra. Great question. We never talk about those “blue parakeets”. (Why do you think the “church fathers” thought up pergatory…extra time to get it together for the Varsity squad.) Trying to deal with those scriptures is tough. But never fear. God loves us! “He’s NOT mad at us.” Whatever his plan is, it will be, as Ed also says, “money!” (compared to the alternative!) What do y’all think?

    • Chirs,

      Which Church Fathers are you referring to? To the best of my knowledge, the Catholic Doctrine of Purgatory did not become realized until the 1100’s. This is outside the time frame of the church fathers. Granted, besides Origen, Gregory of Nyssa and maybe a handful more, there really were not any serious majority of Church Fathers, or Apostolic Fathers for that matter, that subscribe to any pergatory.

      And, the “blue parakeet” metaphor you are referencing, well, that passage of Scripture is not a blue parakeet. It is well known. The Bible says that all will come before the judgement seat of Christ. Thankfully, if you are a believer, aka christian, then you too will have your “works”, “deeds” judged in order to determine your rewards. However, regarding your salvation, your sin has already been judged at the cross. So, your salvation is secure, we will never again be judged based on performance for righteousness. We cannot become righteous by the law anyways, that is why Jesus came and fulfilled the law for us. Hence, what Martin Luther called, “The Great Exchange.” We get Christ’s righteousness, and he gets our sin.

      Debra, when God the Father looks at you, he sees what His Son, Jesus has done for you. Simply, all you need to do is trust in Christ for your salvation and believe that, just like the guy who prayed in the Gospels, “Lord, have mercy on me a sinner.” Not, like the pharisee who prayed that he was not like others and boasted about his works. Jesus said that the poor man will be justified.

      en Christos

      William


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