47 comments on “Time to Repent

  1. I can’t help but notice a rhythm from “The Night Before Christmas” mixed into the verse, like a symphony playing a contemporary version of a classic. Was this intentional or have you been reading Christmas tales as you wrote this? Wonderful piece.

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  2. “Slurried wits” is my pick in this–surely a common state for me. I hope you don’t really believe salvation is “earned”–if that were the case, Jesus’ death was in vain, and thus all the more cruel. Leaving the pulpit now…

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    • oh dear, I’m afraid we may disagree – I believe Jesus redeemed us from original sin – after that it’s up to us to use our free will as God endowed it – but if we choose to live a life of unrepentant sin, we go to hell – in other words, we earn salvation or not with the way we live our lives

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      • If “we” reject Christ and “choose to live a life of unrepentant sin”–yes, hell is our eternal destiny. But for those “In Christ”–who have accepted His Lordship over their lives and have received His free gift (not to be confused with “earnings”) of Salvation–forgiveness of sins, and daily grace and mercy–our salvation unto eternal life in Heaven is secured. I have a cake in the oven, so no time to type out all the Bible verses–but you might have another look at Psalm 103. Verse 3 says ALL our sins are forgiven–again, this applies to Believers and Receivers of Christ–which I assumed you are. There’s no way even the best of us could make up for (earn our way out of) all our sins–that’s why God sent us a Savior. Hope you’re havin’ a good day–it’s back to the kitchen for me!

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        • I believe we have we have bumped into a fundamental distinction of (my) Catholic from (your?) Protestant Christianity – namely the Catholic devotion to sacraments and in particular the sacrament of penance – which we believe was instituted by Christ for the remission of sins committed after baptism – and that involves confession and priestly (apostolic) absolution – I’m having a blessed day – hope your kitchen work turns out superbly

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          • I had a feeling it was a Catholic/Protestant issue–and not even all Protestants agree on every point. I believe my faith walk includes ongoing repentance (Gr. “metanoia”, changing the mind) assisted by the transforming power of the Holy Spirit–but not a religious/formal “sacrament of penance”, since Christ already paid the full and complete cost of my sins on the cross. Focusing on His finished work of redemption at the cross lifts me up and motivates me to do my best to honor Him, and His position as Great High Priest–whereas focusing on my sinfulness, even after receiving His salvation, kept me disabled by depression for decades. And I’m convinced He’d rather I be joyful. Hope you don’t think I’m arguing with you, with the goal of persuading you I’m “right”–free will means we can choose how we believe. My beloved cousin is a devout Catholic–and it troubles me that, for all her devotion to the sacraments, she does not voice security re her eternal home. Where is the peace that passes understanding, I wonder?

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  3. yes – with age the wine matures

    read some of the interpretations, Catholic and Protestant – very interesting how a saviour’s suffering or confession is taken as absolution of man’s wrongdoings – much like the Hindu dip in the holy Ganges when the star configurations are right, washes off all sin – but that apparition appears more like Mr. Karma recording meticulously every action like our PCs do in their history which of course we can delete with one finger through that Gangetic dip or Christ on the cross or a confession – but the deletion is illusory comfort ( and comforting is the grace allowed)- the hard disc retains the record like Karmic memory embedded in our ‘subtle bodies’ and while we Hindus do not believe in heaven or hell for errant souls ( as souls are never errant being a spark of the divine within – call it conscience) we reinterpret heaven and hell as reincarnation which creates heavenly and hellish situations to experience as correctives till finally ‘History’ is deleted from the hard disc and the eternal soul finds salvation ( Moksha or Nirvana) not reincarnating physically again as Karmic effects have been dissolved and the soul returns to its sublime source of truth, bliss and enlightenment after several roller coaster rides.

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  4. Hmm, I’m sure tha tyou didn’t intend to stir up a sectarian “war” or debate. I declare myself non-partisan! But heavens alive . . . I really enjoyed reading your piece Paul. May I share it with my writers’ forum? It’s just a bunch of us, like thinkers and no yes men, who feed off of each other’s inspiration. We’re also an informal disciplinary commission, putting boots in butts when a member flags. I’ve been kicked a lot lately! Thanks for sharing in this most unusual but intriguing way. P

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