There doesn’t seem to have been a wave of 2,000,000 people floating off in the air. But then, were you worried? I wasn’t. I have met many who believe in the Rapture for the Jesus plus nothing crowd, and haven’t yet met anyone who follows Y’shua’s teachings at the Sermon on the Mount, Yeah that inconvenient bit of Matthew that discusses what you practice, ooops, note I didn’t say believe, I said what you practice. Yup, there it is, putting the slam to the Jesus plus nothing spiel.
Now, just to be clear on this, there are many Christians who believe that they must be obedient to the Master’s teachings to show they are his, so, even though they believe in the free ticket to heaven, they also believe you must be sincere. That kind of Christian is at least a little more bearable to us who no longer call ourselves that. It’s the ones who believe you can pray on the Sabbath, (Constantine’s sabbath, not the established Sabbath in the Tanakh), and go and do as you please the rest of the week that get to me. I would prefer they call themselves Paulists, but that’s another post.
1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
Ask, Seek, Knock
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
The Narrow and Wide Gates
13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
True and False Prophets
15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
True and False Disciples
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
The Wise and Foolish Builders
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
These things actually matter to me, I know, picky, picky, picky: but when you speak to people of his saving grace, you should also be speaking of the path he taught you and everyone else to walk. I personally believe that it is the saving grace of Love, of Compassion, of Kindness, that are the hallmarks of Salvation, so, I quit buying into the Jesus is God and all you have to do to be saved is believe in him for the free ride home. If “knowing” him set you on a path of railing to the “world” about it’s unregenerate nature, and you saw no change in your own behavior, then, sorry, I don’t believe you are “saved”. If the words above, in red to mark they are his, don’t ring in your soul as necessary to your daily practice, perhaps you aren’t his, and you’d better be prepared to be left behind with the rest of us.
Correction, it was supposed to be 200,000,000, gee, I think we woulda noticed that.