Karma Chameleon

Today’s Daily Prompt asks Reincarnation: do you believe in it?

The simple, easy, answer is NO.
I believe we are sent to a temporary heaven or hell, to await the final resurrection, the final judgment, and then the finality of their eternal destination

Allow me to explain:

The Bible tells us that after death, good souls/spirits are taken to heaven, because their sins are forgiven by having received Christ as Savior (John 3:16, 18, 36). For believers, death is to be “away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:6-8; Philippians 1:23). However, passages such as 1 Corinthians 15:50-54 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 describe believers being resurrected and given glorified bodies. I believe our souls/spirits go to be with Christ immediately after death and our physical body remains in the grave “sleeping.” At the resurrection of believers, the physical body is resurrected, glorified, and then reunited with the soul/spirit. This reunited and glorified body-soul-spirit will be the possession of believers for eternity in the new heavens and new earth (Revelation 21-22).

For those who are not worth to be reunited with Christ, death means everlasting punishment. However, similar to the destiny of believers, I believe they are also sent temporary holding place, to await their final judgment, and eternal destiny. Luke 16:22-23 describes a rich man being tormented immediately after death. Revelation 20:11-15 describes all the unbelieving dead being resurrected, judged at the great white throne, and then being cast into the lake of fire. However, even though they are not instantly sent to the lake of fire, their immediate fate after death is not a pleasant one. The rich man cried out, “I am in agony in this fire” (Luke 16:24).

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Reason To Believe

One of the questions I seem to get asked more than anything is how I can be both Christian and bisexual. ‘Oh, you’re Christian? But I thought you were gay?’ is the usual reaction.

Yes, I’m Christian.
No, I’m not gay. I’m bisexual and married to an amazing woman.
No, I don’t think the two are a contradiction in terms.

My general response is along the lines of God created me the way He saw fit and He loves me. I mostly tend to feel sorry for people who judge me based on who I love and pray for them to be more aware of the love that surrounds all of us.

I have never felt unloved by God. I have never felt alone. He sees my actions, he feels my emotions, my pain – sees me striving for greatness – when no one else can or will ever know. I find truth in the innate desire to never feel alone, to fall in love, to live happy, to become what one dreams to achieve.

If all those subjective reasons to believe in God mean to you that I’m delusional – it’s what people put a word and meaning to feelings they can’t describe, to hopes they can’t share. These are things that are deeply engraved into a person’s soul. The truth is – no one has ever seen God, and no one can produce him. It’s a risky belief for some because God can’t be produced. This is when people build faith and fuel it with going to church, reading the Bible, praying, serving others.

However, when one seeks to know if God exists – something incredible happens. When one receives knowledge that God is real, one can never deny (even under penalty of death) that God is real. I takes a sincere dedication to live that way.