Billy Graham turns 96, talks about Heaven

To celebrate his 96th birthday today, world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham has reached out to the world with a message on heaven, eternal life, and God’s love in a video titled “Heaven”

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      • Amen… He is truly an example of leading a Godly life! He has walked the walk… not just talked the talk. An example for all.
        Thanks for all that you share Bryan! God bless you!

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      • Yes, thanks Bryan for putting Billy Graham on the blog.

        It’s amazing, I never noticed him, not once, in all the years of his ministry, until now after listening to his video above, and something he said really convicted me….that it’s not enough just to love God, that we should be serving Him as well.

        Seems that God is still reaching out to us through him, praise God! And age does not seem to be a barrier with God either, hallelujah!

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  1. …..outer darkness; it’s separation from God. You’re not going to go out there and set up a night club. No! You’ll go out into eternity thirsting for God and you can never find Him.” Billy Graham

    Hmmm? That doesn’t sound right to me. Think about it. From what I have understood to be true, there is no change of heart once we die. A person who has never wanted anything to do with God in the land of the living isn’t suddenly going to want God once he’s dead. If you have never thirsted for God in the here and now, you won’t thirst for Him in Hell. Surely if that were the case, then God would forgive our sins after death? Their hearts and minds “are at enmity” against God and won’t accept Him even when they see Him face to face.

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    • “When death comes to one of them, he says, “My Lord, send me back. I will then work righteousness in everything I left.” Not true. This is a false claim that he makes. A “Barzakh” (barrier) will separate his soul from this world until resurrection” 23:99-100

      The above words of God are clear and unambiguous. When a person dies, God takes his/her soul while he is still in the process of imploring God for another chance. As soon as the human dies a barrier is immediately in place. This barrier prevents his/her soul from returning to earth. This barrier is maintained until the Day of Resurrection.

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  2. And now he wants his “REWARD” !
    It all comes down to escape from non existence.
    As if people had not existed earlier
    Can anyone remember life when they were two weeks old ?
    When you visit someone in a Dementia – Alzheimer ward do you not see that person has long gone?

    And when you consider no part of your body is more than “TEN YEARS OLD ”
    The person who you thought you are has gone many times over in a day by day decline .
    Some parts decline instantly upon birth .
    Your eyes lose photoreceptors from day one .
    Then take into account the percentage in the body that is human.
    About 10% the rest is “ALIENS “

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    • AT, that is true of only the physical body.

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      Study: Brains Function in Clinically Dead
      L O S A N G E L E S, June 29
      By Sarah Tippit

      A British scientist studying heart attack patients says he is finding evidence that suggests that consciousness may continue after the brain has stopped functioning and a patient is clinically dead.

      The research, presented to scientists last week at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), resurrects the debate over whether there is life after death and whether there is such a thing as the human soul.

      “The studies are very significant in that we have a group of people with no brain function … who have well-structured, lucid thought processes with reasoning and memory formation at a time when their brains are shown not to function,” Sam Parnia, one of two doctors from Southampton General Hospital in England who have been studying so-called near-death experiences (NDEs), told Reuters in an interview.

      “We need to do much larger-scale studies, but the possibility is certainly there” to suggest that consciousness, or the soul, keeps thinking and reasoning even if a person’s heart has stopped, he is not breathing and his brain activity is nil, Parnia said.

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    • With the universe functioning on the principle of entropy .
      The decline of everything into the lowest state of existence.
      Until all is none moving .
      Not even a trillionth of a trillionth of a second would exist to pass .
      Those laws of this universe that allows our existence and every thing would have run their course.
      We are in a universe that had a beginning and will have a end .
      Religious people keep on stating you can not get something out of nothing .
      Well that seals the inevitable termination of any chance of getting out of this universe

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      • Two millennia ago the disciples of Jesus of Nazareth asked Him a question that has intrigued people ever since: “What shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” (Matthew:24:3, King James Version).

        People in every generation since have wondered about this. Will the world literally end? If so, how? Why? And when? What does the Bible really say about this crucial and disturbing question?

        Religious people aren’t the only ones asking these questions. In recent decades people from many walks of life have expressed concern about the possibility of the end of the world as we know it. Politicians, educators and scientists foresee the potential destruction of our world from a number of causes —including nuclear warfare, environmental disaster, planetary pollution, overpopulation, killer diseases and collision with a comet or asteroid.

        Doomsday predictions have abounded for centuries; date-setters have been wrong many times. The problem with most of these prognostications was that, though well intentioned, the specific chronological details were the ideas of men who badly misinterpreted information in Scripture.

        When Jesus’ disciples asked Him about “the end of the world,” they weren’t talking about “world” in the sense of our physical planet, the earth. The Greek word translated “world” is aion , from which we get the English word eon . The two mean essentially the same thing—an age, an epoch, an era .

        Christ’s followers well knew the many prophecies of the Old Testament that foretell the coming age of the Messiah. Our present time, the time of human rule on earth under the deceptive sway of Satan (1 John:5:19), is described by the apostle Paul as “this present evil age” (Galatians:1:4).

        Another Greek word translated “world” in the New Testament is kosmos , which denotes the ordered world around us—that is, not the physical planet we live on but man’s society and geopolitical dominion. This is what will end.

        Paul and the other apostles understood that, at the end of this age, man’s corrupt civilization will be swept away and a new era will dawn at the return of Christ. Peter described this change as one in which “times of refreshing” will come from God the Father through Jesus, who will return from heaven when “the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets” (Acts:3:19-21

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  3. Just me again. I think too much! 🙂

    Do we still believe in purgatory?

    Vatican II’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church asserted, “This sacred council accepts loyally the venerable faith of our ancestors in the living communion which exists between us and our brothers who are in the glory of heaven or who are yet being purified after their death; and it proposes again the decrees of the Second Council of Nicea, of the Council of Florence, and of the Council of Trent” (#51). Moreover, the Catechism clearly affirms the Church’s belief in purgatory and the purification of the soul after death (cf. #1030-32).

    As Vatican II stated, the Church has consistently believed in a purification of the soul after death. This belief is rooted in the Old Testament. In the Second Book of Maccabees, we read of how Judas Maccabees offered sacrifices and prayers for soldiers who had died wearing amulets, which were forbidden by the Law; Scripture reads, “Turning to supplication, they prayed that the sinful deed might be fully blotted out” (12:43) and “Thus, [Judas Maccabees] made atonement for the dead that they might be freed from the sin” (12:46). This passage gives evidence of the Jewish practice of offering prayers and sacrifices to cleanse the soul of the departed. Rabbinic interpretation of Scripture also attests to the belief. In the Book of the Prophet Zechariah, the Lord spoke, “I will bring the one third through fire, and I will refine them as silver is refined, and I will test them as gold is tested” (13:9); the School of Rabbi Shammai interpreted this passage as a purification of the soul through God’s mercy and goodness, preparing it for eternal life. A similar passage is found in Wisdom 3:1-12. In Sirach 7:33, “Withhold not your kindness from the dead” was interpreted as imploring God to cleanse the soul. In sum, the Old Testament clearly attests to some kind of purification process of the soul of the faithful after death.

    The New Testament has few references about a purging of the soul or even about heaven for that matter. Rather the focus is on preaching the gospel and awaiting the second coming of Christ, which only later did the writers of Sacred Scripture realize could be after their own deaths. However, in Matthew 12:32, Jesus’ statement that certain sins “will not be forgiven either in this world or in the world to come,” at least suggests a purging of the soul after death. Pope St. Gregory (d. 604) stated, “As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come. From this sentence we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come.” The Council of Lyons (1274) likewise affirmed this interpretation of our Lord’s teaching.

    The early Church preserved the belief in offering prayers for the purification of the soul. Pope St. Gregory said, “Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them.” St. Ambrose (d. 397) preached, “We have loved them during life; let us not abandon them in death, until we have conducted them by our prayers into the house of the Lord.” Moreover, the Church has affirmed this belief many times, as Vatican II stated.

    The key to this answer, however, is to see the beauty behind the doctrine of purgatory. We believe that God gave us a free will so that we could choose between right and wrong, good and evil. Our free will allows us to make the one fundamental choice– to love God. An act of the free will also entails responsibility. When we choose not to love God and thereby sin, we are responsible for that sin. God in His justice holds us accountable for such sins, but in His love and mercy desires us to be reconciled to Himself and our neighbor. During our life on this earth, if we really love God, we examine our consciences, admit our sins, express contrition for them, confess them, and receive absolution for them in the Sacrament of Penance. We perform penances and other sacrifices to heal the hurt caused by sin. In so doing, we are continually saying “yes” to the Lord. In a sense our soul is like a lens– when we sin, we cloud the lens; it gets dirty, and we lose the focus of God in our lives. Through confession and penance, God cleanses the “lens” of our soul. When we die, if we leave this life fundamentally loving God, dying in His grace and friendship, and free of mortal sin, we will have eternal salvation and attain the beatific vision– we will see God for who He is. If we die with venial sins or without having done sufficient penance for our sins, God in His love, mercy, and justice will not only hold us accountable for our sins but also purify our souls, “cleanse the lens” so to speak. After such purification, the soul will then be united with God in heaven and enjoy the beatific vision.

    Protestants have difficulty with the doctrine of Purgatory for basically two reasons: First, when Martin Luther translated the Bible into German in 1532, he removed seven books of the Old Testament, including the two Books of Maccabees, Sirach, and Wisdom, where at least implicitly the purification of the soul is found. Second, John Calvin preached that we had lost our free will due to original sin and that God had predetermined whether a soul was saved or damned; therefore, if we cannot choose to sin and if our eternal destiny is predetermined, who needs a purgatory? In all, the Protestant leaders cast aside centuries of Christian Church teaching when they denied the doctrine of purgatory.

    In Crossing the Threshold of Hope , Pope John Paul II related God’s “living flame of Love” spoken of by St. John of the Cross with the doctrine of purgatory: “The ‘living flame of love,’ of which St. John speaks, is above all a purifying fire. The mystical nights described by this great Doctor of the Church on the basis of his own experience corresponds, in a certain sense, to purgatory. God makes man pass through such an interior purgatory of his sensual and spiritual nature in order to bring him into union with Himself. Here we do not find ourselves before a mere tribunal. We present ourselves before the power of love itself. Before all else, it is Love that judges. God, who is Love, judges through love. It is love that demands purification, before man can be made ready for that union with God which is his ultimate vocation and destiny.”

    © 2014 Catholic Straight Answers

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