For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Most important question to be probed!
This is a very important word from the MASTER - the LORD JESUS CHRIST. It sets the tone of prioritization and value assortment. What do I mean by this? Well, profit is something of benefit and this benefit could have inherent in it some perceived... read more
Absolutely nothing! Even if he becomes the President of the United States.
Right on...why sell your soul to the devil, and enjoy things in this short life, only to burn for an eternity? I guess some people don't see the big picture, or they don't believe in an afterlife.
It is difficult for me, or those with logical thinking and common sense, to understand the impact of religious fear, and guilt, falsely forced on human lives for the sake of control.
For d.william... I dunno... logical thinking and common sense says to me that if there is a transcendent, omnipotent and sovereign God who created and sustains us then we should pay attention to what his desires are.
The operative word in ur comment is "if". I find people tend 2 think it is better 2 say i believe than to question + be wrong. The video is more truth than the words in a book created by politicians 2000 years ago. Not ur version of an after life.
Yes, the important word is "if". One day we will all know the correct answer. I'm content with my choice. If I've guessed wrong so be it. If YOU have guessed wrong, well, that's really going to suck, eh. :-)
L.O.L. I have no fear of the afterlife. I am at peace with the world and the creators.
what a coincidence. I have no fear of the afterlife also. Actually, I am looking towards it with anticipatory celebration. And it's not because I am vain enough to think that "my peace" is the most important... it is Who is at peace with me.
JB: first 1 must B at peace within themselves. God is not to be feared, or fawned over. Unfounded fear or guilt will never give peace of mind. Religious teachings have thwarted logic for control.
Putting ~yourself~ at the center of attention and control is perhaps not the best way to work with a transcendent, omnipotent and sovereign God who created and sustains us But it is your choice, for now.
JB: odd comment. why would U think I am putting myself 1st? I am Gnostic (as was Jesus) and he taught that no middle man was needed to intervene between man and creator. Religions made that condition, not God.
Oh, I dunno... perhaps it was your constant emphasis on "I" and your peace. And, as always, I am content to know that the truth will finally come out for all of us one day. BTW, Paul pretty much destroyed the "Gnostic" argument in his writings.
JB. There is no sin in self awareness + logic. So, J.C. is God, but his religion was discarded? That truly is religion logic. My truths come from a higher power - not some man preaching hell fire 2 scare you.
U do no that ur bible was manmade?
It will profit him little. When the physical passes away and all that remains is your immortal soul then what your relationship is with Jesus Christ becomes the most important question of all.
Great question. We tend to look at such profound questions as being religion based, but this philosophy is pertinent in all walks of life. Its metaphoric meaning is way more important, and far more meaningful, than its religious connotations.
The Lord Christ is placing before us a pair of scales, and on one side of the balances is laid the whole world. The lust of the flesh is there, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. All the power sources of the earth's fossil riches, all its diamonds, and all its agricultural wealth, its vast cities and steaming tropical jungles, and all the sensual delights of the world are there. All the people and places of "Hello" and "OK" magazine are there. All that which beauty, and fame, and wealth, and earthly glory, and honour and physical strength can do to make men and women the most famous and envied people on the globe is all here, on this one side of the scales. Unimaginable splendour is here. The glories of the kingdoms of the world are here. Christ leaves nothing out. If you can describe it, then it is here. If you envy it, then it is here. If you covet it and pant for it, then it is here. Every single atom of it is here, not a pearl is missing from the world that lies there in the scales on this side of the balances.
Then on the other side Jesus puts one single soul. It is the soul of a child perhaps, or of a person with learning difficulties, or an old Chinese peasant woman who has spent her life sowing and harvesting rice on one hillside in central China. That one soul outweighs all the rest! It so outweighs the rest that it were as if we had placed an elephant on this side while on the other there was a little mouse. It so outweighs the other that up it all shoots! Up goes the whole world! Madam Bubble goes into orbit! Vanity Fair is flung far, far away. Paul says that after he has seen Jesus Christ then the world is crucified to him and he to the world. In other words you can offer him all the money and rewards and fame and glittering prizes of the world, and Paul would be as fascinated to look at those things as to gaze at the sight of a man being crucified. It is all to him of no consequence. It is all repugnant to him. Love not the world nor the things that are in the world! He has seen the Son of God. His soul is saved!
just a reminder that this life is temporary...It's more important to feed the soul and spirit instead of the flesh. Life should be more than pursing the material and gaining favor.
Everything that we judge as "important" only strengthens the temporary, physical self of ego. But ego is the blindfold that keeps us in darkness and dependent upon the physical for our perception and action.
Every "thing" of importance is only important to the "self" of this world and is thus shallow and temporary.
The immortal soul is trapped in this world and only with utter humility can it awaken and take over from the ego. Only then will the true self return to the Light and be independent of the physical for perception and action.
your comments are based on your religious judgementalism. The ego gives a person self assurance and self confidence to succeed in this world. Subservience is only promoted by religious entities to attain control over their laity.
"succeed"? That begs the very question that was asked. And you're confusing "subservience" with "following the owner's manual."
JB: owners manual? no one owns our soul but us. We are all integral parts of the whole, that cannot be separated. God made no instruction manuals - man did that. God IS NOT a religion. i follow no man.
When Sears sells a lawnmower they no longer "own" it... but for some silly reason they still put out an "owner's manual" eh. Yes, you own your soul... it's called free will. But that doesn't stop it from needing to be redeemed from being in hock.
JB. ur comments R amusing. where is the owners manual god put out? Please do not tell me it is a book created by roman government and blessed by their religion.
Since the Bible was not "created by roman government " then I guess you don't mind me saying it is the Bible. You can make up what you choose to believe about it, but one day you'll have to answer to the words inside it.
JB; the bible was a compilation of writings selected by several people to depict the religion they wanted to start. I am sorry you are in such fear of our Creator, it must be hard being perfect in all ways. Do not judge what U do not know
You have it backwards. The Bible is writings that were ~acknowledged~, not "selected" as from the inspiration of God. But see, Dear Readers, the best that Will can do is pretend that I am in "fear". When he starts in making stuff up, it's over, eh.
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