From: Robert Schneider (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Jan 05 2003 - 12:23:52 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,
Indeed! As the author of the letter to the Ephesians wrote, "For we are what
he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared
beforehand to be our way of life" (2:10).
Grace and peace,
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