Well, it’s difficult to discuss so many different questions in one thread. Kind of like a scatter gun effect.
[quote=satellite] You might say something along the lines of “because I enjoy the sensation of Christ residing inside of my body” or “it makes me happy.” But is that really true?
To begin with, No, fear of hell is one of the smaller aspects of my faith. Actually I rarely consider hell, my faith is based on love, not fear. “Are you only a Christian in fear of hell?” the “only” in this question rather implies no other reasons, no love for God, just fear for my own well being.
[quote=satellite] Let’s just say, for the sake of saying, that admittance into the Kingdom of Heaven is guaranteed as long as you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and ask forgiveness for your past sins at some point in time, whether it be at death or at judgement day. Why would we argue about a conclusion which is untrue? First of all “admittance into the Kingdom of Heaven is guaranteed as long as you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and ask forgiveness for your past sins” is not true. That is not what Jesus teaches. Remember His Words to the rich man : “Luke 18:22 - Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.” He is telling us here we must give up everything for God, it isn’t a once in a while thing.
[quote=satellite] If this will permit you into heaven and save you from eternal suffering, then is it really
an economic decision to dedicate your life to pleasing God? Again, it isn’t a list of things you must accomplish, it’s a life you must live.
[quote=satellite] After all, aren’t all of us equal in heaven?
but all will not reach heaven:” Matthew 7:14 - Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
[quote=satellite] Are believers apart of stricter sects or people who become monks or priests or cardinals any better off in heaven than the good-hearted carpenter that can’t take a day off to go to Church but still thinks about God once in awhile when he needs him?
“Matthew 7:21 - Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” Being a priest, monk, cardinal, minister, pastor, does not mean you’re going to heaven. They are (most of them) in those positions because they love God, not because they think it’s their ticket to heaven.
[quote=satellite] Will God pick and nag us about all of the good things we haven’t done that others have and all of the bad things we’ve done that others haven’t?
”pick and nag”? how about judge. “Revelation 20:12 - And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
Revelation 20:13 - And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.”
[quote=satellite] Will these few years on Earth be worth the trouble if none of it will make any difference in the afterlife, can’t we simply make up on the brownie points once we’re absolutely certain that God exists? Or are we just being good Christians for our egos and because we fear death?
After you die it’s too late. I don’t fear death, actually quite the opposite.