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HOW CAN A FAMILY SURVIVE FOM THIS WORLD AND GET TO HEAVEN?

  1. mikoas profile image58
    mikoasposted 8 years ago

    How can a family lives without influnce by the world? Your urgent answers please.

    1. kerryg profile image86
      kerrygposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      You can't, and shouldn't try. Faith needs to be tested to be kept strong. No amount of seclusion will keep weak faith alive.

    2. Jeraldine profile image53
      Jeraldineposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      My brother its having a made up mind, not about who you are, but whose you are?  Its two types of people in this world (Saved and Unsaved).  Either you have made Jesus Lord over your life or you have not. If you have not then darkness, gloom, and despair will follow you all the days of your life.

      When I came to a place where I knew I needed to change my life, and mind set was when I was in Dallas, Tx, 1984.  I had relatives there, but not a lot of help from them.

      I knew there had to be more to life than how I had been living it. I was pointed in the right direction while working for a company in Dallas, Tx. I was tolerated and not celebrated. I endured a lot of racist attitudes and I was treated like the office flunky. I was a single parent with a young son just trying to make it.

      I had a very good boss who understood my struggles and he treated me with dignity and respect and rendered help to me a lot of times. One of those times was when my mother died, and I did not have the money to go home (San Antonio, Tx) to her funeral.  He flew me and my son first class with even dinner on the flight.  Now thats a boss!

      There was an associate also in the office who opened up her home to me and my son and gave us a place to live until I could find a place of my own (No charge).  She was a Christian. When I moved into her home I started going to church with her and surrendered my life to Jesus and that set me on a course to search for God for myself.  It changed my life!  When I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior its been better than alright every since. Now don't misunderstand what I am saying to you.  It's was not peaches and cream but this move made all the difference in the world.  I had become a new creature all old things had began to pass away and everything became new.

      I faced the same troubles as anyone else, but I saw them differently. I read the Bible faithfully.  I soaked up everything it said and believed everything it said. I placed my trust in Him.  I allowed Him to lead the way.  I didn't know where I was going or how I was going to get there, but I allowed the words on those holy pages speak to my heart. I memorized the words on those holy pages and when I would meet troubled waters I spoke The Word.  As Jesus would say "peace be still".  Whatever storms that were raging, I now had a sword which is the Word of God to speak to that mountain and not wavering I stood on His Word.   

      See, when you are in Jesus, you live in this world, but you are not of it.  I live in the hope that I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me. We as Christians occupy until He comes. It is because I know who I am (A child of God) and Whose I am (I belong to the Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirt).  The three best friends you will ever have.  I will pray for you brother and ask the Lord to send laborers into your vineyard--you and your family.  Seek Him, and you'll find Him, Knock and the door shall be opened, Ask and you shall receive.  He's waiting.  May God Bless you and your family.

      1. Paraglider profile image88
        Paragliderposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        That's simply not true. I have not made Jesus Lord over my life, yet darkness, gloom, and despair do not follow me. Sorry if that spoils your theory smile

        1. quicksand profile image81
          quicksandposted 8 years ago in reply to this

          smile smile smile

          1. Paraglider profile image88
            Paragliderposted 8 years ago in reply to this

            These guys don't look much like gloom, darkness and despair either!

            1. quicksand profile image81
              quicksandposted 8 years ago in reply to this

              LOL! We certainly can create our own moods!!!

          2. Teresa McGurk profile image59
            Teresa McGurkposted 8 years ago in reply to this

            darkness, gloom, and despair?  It's a beautiful morning and the sun is shining over the marsh at the edge of the river.  My dog, Willum, is outside sniffing the air inquisitively.  My other dog, Lily, is sitting beside me, imploring me to give her a ginger snap.  Sometimes white herons wheel and glide in over the marsh grass.  Get the picture?

            1. quicksand profile image81
              quicksandposted 8 years ago in reply to this

              Religion certainly is good if you can take away the "gloom" component! LOL!
              smile smile smile

              1. Jeraldine profile image53
                Jeraldineposted 8 years ago in reply to this

                What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul? (Mark 8:36)
                Let me first give the definition of doom....judgement esp : a judicial condemnation or sentence. (2) Destiny  (3) Ruin: Death; Gloom: partial or total darkness, lowness of spirit; dejection; an atomostphere of despondency.  Get back to me.

                1. Teresa McGurk profile image59
                  Teresa McGurkposted 8 years ago in reply to this

                  Does that mean that other people will be gloomy? 
                  I'm aware of the definition of the word "doom," it being derived from Old English "dom."  Interestingly, the word has the same Indo-European root as the Sanskrit word for "law" ("dhaman").

        2. Mark Knowles profile image61
          Mark Knowlesposted 8 years ago in reply to this

          The very thought of making a mythical, non-existent biblical figure lord over my life is causing me to sink into gloom, darkness and despair. sad

          1. BDazzler profile image82
            BDazzlerposted 8 years ago in reply to this

            I'm praying for you about that, my friend. big_smile

            1. Mark Knowles profile image61
              Mark Knowlesposted 8 years ago in reply to this

              Um thanks.............. big_smile

        3. Jeraldine profile image53
          Jeraldineposted 8 years ago in reply to this

          What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul? (Mark 8:36)
          Let me first give the definition of doom....judgement esp : a judicial condemnation or sentence. (2) Destiny  (3) Ruin: Death; Gloom: partial or total darkness, lowness of spirit; dejection; an atomostphere of despondency.  Get back to me.

          1. Paraglider profile image88
            Paragliderposted 8 years ago in reply to this

            Well, you know, you were offering me GLOOM, not DOOM (together with darkness and despair of course). Since you've changed your position I'll do another quick check - doom? no, sorry, not a lot of that guy in evidence either.

            Now consider this - your happiness seems to be of an exclusive sort. It seems to depend on believing that everyone who isn't 'saved' should be miserable and desperate. That is a very mean-spirited version of happiness and one of which you should be heartily ashamed.

            1. Jeraldine profile image53
              Jeraldineposted 8 years ago in reply to this

              I would be heartily ashamed if that is what I meant.  Doom, Gloom, are harsh words perhaps.  They are jolting words that got your attention!  Have you ever read the story of Noah.  If you haven't read it, read it sometimes and get back to me. Mean-spirited never!  Often people are doomed and don't even realize it.  Have ever in your life had any feelings of depair.  Tip toe through the tulips kind of life, uh. Then you need a halo!  Well may God Bless you! lol

              1. Paraglider profile image88
                Paragliderposted 8 years ago in reply to this

                Of course I've read Noah's story. It comes from an old book that is part of my cultural heritage. The book is full of stories many of which are patently untrue.

                About despair - it means 'without hope', and no, even in times of personal tragedy, I have never been without hope, at least not for more than a few minutes. But I don't hope to survive my death in any shape or form. I'm quite ok with the idea that we live till we die. In that sense, we're all 'doomed' if you like. And that's fine too.

                1. quicksand profile image81
                  quicksandposted 8 years ago in reply to this

                  I thought you believed in re-birth. smile

                  1. Paraglider profile image88
                    Paragliderposted 8 years ago in reply to this

                    No. What gave you that impression?

      2. gamergirl profile image59
        gamergirlposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        There are plenty of people.. millions upon millions even, who live without having accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, myself included, who live happy, light, joyful lives.  smile  I'm glad you found your path, but yours is not the only path.

    3. roy d profile image59
      roy dposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Mikoas,we cant live w/o the influence of the world but we can use it to our advantage to make us stronger and learn from it.
      Roy d

    4. BDazzler profile image82
      BDazzlerposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      In my humble, yet entirely correct, opinion, the question is wrong, if you are a follower of Jesus.

      Jesus said, "Father ... Your will be done on earth as in heaven"

      So, the question should be, how can you influence the world to be more like heaven?

      A follower of Jesus should not be troubled by the world ... He said, "In this world, you will have trouble ...but don't worry ... I have overcome the world."

    5. redemptionlight profile image57
      redemptionlightposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      First it depends on what kind of influence you are talking about brother, If it is the negative influence of sin and material things that deprives on of serving God fully, It takes patience and great self discipline.. living a life of virtue calls for a personal decision of self denial.
      Willing to do the opposite of what you see as wrong from a biblical perceptive is a starting point

  2. seamist profile image69
    seamistposted 8 years ago

    How can a family survive this world and go to heaven?

    My brother and I were talking about our problems earlier tonight. In reference to them, he said, "You need to keep your eyes on Jesus. How true!

    Paraphrased, the bible says all you need to do to get to heaven is believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross to forgive our sins and ask him forgiveness. After you ask him for forgiveness, be repentant and truly try to change what you are doing wrong. However, since none of us is perfect, it can be difficult to change our ways, even when we want to. Ask him for help, and like my brother said, "Keep your eyes on him." Share your life with him, and when you have problems, pray to him. Talk to him like you would talk to family or a close friend. He knows what is in your heart.

    I struggle with my faith. Sometimes he seems so far away, and I wonder if he even hears me. However, one can't think that way.You have to keep believing that he is with you and listening and cares whether it seems like it or not.

    Thus, keep your eyes on Jesus. Pray. Try to follow what he wants you to do. Ask him to protect and bless your family. And last but not least, thank him.

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      mikeq107posted 8 years ago in reply to this



      2 Thumbs up Jen!!!! Mike :0)

    2. Jeraldine profile image53
      Jeraldineposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Thank You Sister.

  3. profile image0
    I EnLighten Uposted 8 years ago

    By putting God at the head of their lives. "Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven and all these things shall be added unto you". You cannot avoid the world and its evils because you dwell in it, but you can rise above it by staying focused on what "thus sayeth the Lord". You need not become a religious fanatic or a person who stops people in the street and beats them over the head with religious banter. Keep in mind that men whose stories we read about in the bible were not men of perfection. They fell victim to the sins of life and the flesh as well, yet when called upon by God these men followed what they knew was the right path. Familes must stay "prayed up" and do not allow yourselves to be influenced by people who don't know God.

  4. Rangerwife profile image53
    Rangerwifeposted 8 years ago

    A firm foundation.  Those who are not strong will be influenced by the world.  In order to be the least influenced, you and your family need a firm knowledge and understanding of the Bible.  Read it, know it, and live it.  You must live for Christ in order to get to heaven, and in order to live for Him, you must know what He teaches and asks of you.

  5. WHoArtNow profile image83
    WHoArtNowposted 8 years ago

    Why oh why is this in Family when its Religious?

    I'm not religious at all. Yet I know that the first step is to confess your a sinner, and everyone is a sinner. Confess that and accept that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins and you'll be on the right step.

    If we were in the rapture right now, you'd get a mark of God on your forehead wink

    Of course, if people put the same amount of energy into their own lives rather than their faith, they might end up with "heaven" right here on earth.

    Just my 2c

  6. WHoArtNow profile image83
    WHoArtNowposted 8 years ago

    http://www.thechurchofgoogle.org/

    At least we know that's not mythical!

  7. Jeraldine profile image53
    Jeraldineposted 8 years ago

    What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul? (Mark 8:36)
    Let me first give the definition of doom....judgement esp : a judicial condemnation or sentence. (2) Destiny  (3) Ruin: Death; Gloom: partial or total darkness, lowness of spirit; dejection; an atomostphere of despondency.  Get back to me.

    1. Mark Knowles profile image61
      Mark Knowlesposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Nope. Not feeling any of these. And no one is going to judge me. smile

      Head on back to your own personal hell and try not to shove it down any one else's throat.

      1. WHoArtNow profile image83
        WHoArtNowposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        Lol.

        The only person to judge me is the only person who has a right to judge me, and that's me...

        1. Mark Knowles profile image61
          Mark Knowlesposted 8 years ago in reply to this

          big_smile

          Well, unless you go on a murder spree. smile

          Which I hope you are not encouraged to do by the doom, gloom, and depression of not believing in whatever it is she says you must believe in or suffer ..... big_smile

          1. Misha profile image74
            Mishaposted 8 years ago in reply to this

            Or drive too fast tongue

            1. Jeraldine profile image53
              Jeraldineposted 8 years ago in reply to this

              I don't agree with that.  You don't even have the right to judge you.  Only God is the ultimate Judge.  How deceived are we.

              1. Paraglider profile image88
                Paragliderposted 8 years ago in reply to this

                Meanwhile, you have the right to tell people who may not believe in your god that only your god has the right to judge people. Since I see no god, I can only see you being highly judgmental.

              2. Mark Knowles profile image61
                Mark Knowlesposted 8 years ago in reply to this

                LOL

                Speak for yourself. big_smile

                Please stop telling me what I have the right to do or not. I tend to take offense when ignorant, uneducated people such as yourself - who believe in a magical, invisible super being  - have an opinion on what I can or cannot do. I am quite capable of deciding what I should be judged for - by me.

  8. britneydavidson profile image59
    britneydavidsonposted 8 years ago

    wow great topic to discuss....enjoyed people's view...but i got a question in my mind...how do you know that you are in hell or heven lol...???

    1. quicksand profile image81
      quicksandposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      There is a sign at the entrance.

    2. BDazzler profile image82
      BDazzlerposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      big_smile
      I saw a twilite zone like that ... a criminal died in a bank hold up and went someplace where he got everything he wanted.  His "guide" was dressed in white ... he didn't understand why he made it to "this place" ...

      After a while he realized that getting whatever he wanted whenever he wanted it was boring, annoying and pointless ... he told his "angel" that he was bored with heaven and wanted  to go to "the other place" .. the guide laughed and said "You think you're in heaven?"  ... This is the "other place" ... mwahahahahah.

    3. Mr Nice profile image68
      Mr Niceposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Britney, No one is there yet because doomsday has not arrived yet. please wait until the doomsday & I will let you know my experience after I return.......♥♥♥

  9. Lisa HW profile image81
    Lisa HWposted 8 years ago

    When my  kids were little (but also now that they're grown), I always believed that the world outside our home was a different one that the world within our home; and that if we created a healthy, peaceful, nurturing, "world" behind our own front doors, our children will grow up strong enough to be able to be perfectly fine in a troubled world (and also to kind of know how to seek out things in the world that are destructive to the human soul).

    We can't raise our children "according to today's world" or "in keeping with today's beliefs".  I think we need to make our homes "little worlds" where we "incubate" strong children in loving, solid, environment; and make sure they are sufficiently mature before "throwing them to the wolves" in the larger, grown-up, world.

    The "outside" world has always had more than its share of troubles and "awfulness".   Even if our threats are modern and some things can seem worse than they once did, I think the world has far more kind hearts and good souls today than it ever had in its violent history.

  10. Mr Nice profile image68
    Mr Niceposted 8 years ago

    Well I don't know how but here is what I think the answer........

    ~ Everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die. ~

    1. Ralph Deeds profile image70
      Ralph Deedsposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Good point!

    2. Paraglider profile image88
      Paragliderposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Not me, my friend. I'm with John Lennon - "Imagine there's no Heaven, It's easy if you try"
      I don't want to die any time soon, but I don't want to live forever either. When my time comes, I'm ready. If I believed there was a Heaven, then yes, I'd probably want to go there, but I see no reason to believe such a place exists. Ain't seen no photographs...

  11. Jeraldine profile image53
    Jeraldineposted 8 years ago

    For all of the responses that encourage this man to begin to seek God for himself.  I  thank you for your encouraging words.  Joh 6:44  People cannot come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me; and I will raise them to life on the last day. For those who have not been drawn to the Father......I will keep you in my prayers.

    1. Jeraldine profile image53
      Jeraldineposted 8 years ago in reply to this
  12. mohamedhmm profile image54
    mohamedhmmposted 8 years ago

    Have strong faith in our God and fellow the right path without harm for yourself or others...

  13. puregrace profile image65
    puregraceposted 8 years ago

    Your family can survive this world and go to heaven!

    "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved."

    That's it.

    And it's powerful...because the power to live here where there are a lot of struggles and disappointments comes from Someone who is outside of what we see.

    He gives the grace to face all the issues of life here, the joys and the sorrows, in such a way that the journey becomes easy.

    He helps us to see the big picture.

    Ever read "The Pilgrim's Progress" by John Bunyan?
    Very encouraging.

    Keep looking up.

    "I lift up my eyes to the hills...where does my help come from?
    My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth..."

  14. Anthony_Maya profile image55
    Anthony_Mayaposted 8 years ago

    This life it's not about surviving it's about to make heaven here on Earth. I'm not talking about the whole mankind or something. I mean particular person or particular family. For all of us heaven i.e. happiness is different. And nobody can give a good advice, because everybody is unique and only you know what you need to be happy. All you need is just ask your soul and try to feel comfort or discomfort inside. So family should do what they prefer to do and enjoy it.

 
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