Winning the Spiritual Lottery

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God gives us a dress rehearsal of death every night when we sleep.   Since your personal judgment happens at the moment of your death (Luke 16:22, 22-43; Matthew 16:26; Romans 14:10; 12; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; Hebrews 9:27 & 12-23), the idea of examining your day in light of Christ’s judgment makes sense.

God gives us a dress rehearsal of death every night when we sleep.

At our death we will stand before Jesus Christ Himself  (cf. 2 Corinthians 10).

When Jesus spoke about the last judgment in Matthew 25, He connected true faith with works.    As the Psalmist said, “the commandment of the Lord” (cf. Psalm 19) is clear.  Throughout the Bible, God shows partiality to the least in society.

In the last judgment, Jesus offers us identity politics upside down.

In Matthew 25, Jesus supersizes Moses’ law (cf. Leviticus 19:8-18) equating our neighbor with Himself.

  1. For I was hungry and you gave me food,
  2. I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
  3. a stranger and you welcomed me,
  4. naked and you clothed me,
  5. ill and you cared for me,
  6. in prison and you visited me.’

Moses commands, “Do not curse the deaf or withhold overnight wages to the hired hand.”   The new Moses Jesus warns us an unhealthy attachment to money (cf. Matthew 6:19-24; Luke 12:16-21; 14:33) may rob you of  eternity.   Moses commanded Israel not to cheat the daily laborer(Lev. 19:13b, Deut. 24:14−15) or devise an economic system that favors the rich (Lev. 19:35−36, Deut.  25:13−16).  When Jesus talked to the rich young ruler, he included Moses command, “do not defraud.”  In Jesus parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus prepares for our personal judgment.   The setting for the parable is a question of how get to heaven,  “what must I do to inherit eternal life?    Answer: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’   Jesus’ illustration of who is my neighbor illustrates the basic thrust of the final judgment.

If you are an Evangelical or a modern day Catholic, there is no such thing as mortal sin. 

In the Evangelical world, saying a prayer is like winning the spiritual lottery.  All your spiritual troubles are over.  Unfortunately, winning any lottery devastates the soul.  It robs us of the truth of the Gospel.  Most Catholics never hear of hell or mortal sin since we are all going to heaven, why bother? (cf.  Council of Trent)

Reading the Bible with the long lenses of the Church is good for both Protestant and Catholics.  If it’s new (500 years is new in God’s Church) it’s probably not better and its probably deadly.

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