Date: Sun Jan 05 2003 - 05:32:01 EST
Blake Nelson wrote:
> Why do you see
> it as such an important reason why people believe,
> when, in fact, it really isn't a selling point of the
> Gospel at all and talked about only in metaphor?
In many respects [the promise of eternal life] has been
used essentially in that way to draw people in. If I
remember correctly, typical tracts that get handed out
only _promise_ "peace with God", but the loud speakers
here in Japan are always blarring "eien inochi" which is
literally "eternal life" for example, so at the common
level it surely is this that is often said.
However, with a mature faith is a recognition of how
we think we should live and how it is that we expect
to achieve that. It is here that a genuine choice of
faith must be made and that cannot be based upon cheap
promises of eternal life.
by Grace alone we proceed,
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