|Skinwalker ch.3 (standard:travel stories, 11990 words) [3/5] show all parts|
|Author: Eutychus||Added: Jan 21 2018||Views/Reads: 336/177||Part vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|After a discussion with Minos, judge of those entering Hell, Moe and Jerry are given leave to proceed to the next circle, the circle of the lustful and after a few eye opening discussions, they move on to other circles and other sins and sinners. We are h|
“Then you can understand?” “The concept, yes, but what is your particular source of anxiety?” “Do you and that interesting ability of yours recall what the author of Hebrews had to say on the subject of marriage?” “Those of us who appreciate that ability refer to it as the 'Gift', all implied irony present in the name. ‘Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled.'” “Yes. I grew up in a world that took that sentiment to heart, but once the culture quit taking the Bible to heart, the sentiments engendered by the Bible lost their place in the culture as well. ‘No fault divorce' came into vogue in the 1970s, implying that the marriage could fail, not one or the other members of the covenant. That opened the institution itself up to attack, to a general devaluation within western society. I happen to value my marriage enough to be deeply offended by any attitude as cavalier as hers.” “How does your offense trump her need for grace, Jerry?” I thought about that for a moment before answering. He was right, of course. She had needed grace far more than I needed to feel comfortable in her presence. Had I just learned something about my reason for being in hell? "I only belabor the point because your reaction was so similar to my own experience with followers of the Savior," Moe said with a hint of sadness. I considered probing deeper but didn't. If Moe wanted to discuss it he probably would. As we walked quietly toward the next circle I pondered the thought Moe had planted and inquired of him for some reference material. "There was an instance in the Corinthian church that Paul addressed in one of his letters. Had to do with a member of the church sleeping with his father's wife. Do you recall how he spoke to that issue?" "He spoke of believers separating themselves from the brother involved in a sexually immoral situation. 'I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people, not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler-not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. Purge the evil person from among you.' " "Thanks for the confirmation. That was what I remembered. It sounds to me like the stance of the believer is to be zealous for the behavior of other believers, as that behavior affects the reputation of Christ in the eyes of the unbelieving world. And concern for the behavior of those outside the family of faith was an ancillary issue in that the unbelieving could not be expected to live by standards that apply only to a heart that has been regenerated. So I'm wrong expecting Lena to act contrary to her nature, just like I would be wrong to expect those who lobby on behalf of self-destructive behaviors on earth to see the self-destructiveness of those actions or to appreciate God's perspective on the matter. And it was also wrong of me to treat her with contempt for the same reasons. I apologize." Moe stopped short and looked at me with an odd expression. "Jerry, if I had heard something like that from the believers I encountered in my life, I may not have been here when you arrived." We had entered an area of the second circle where the wind had died down. Above us was merely that nondescript gray sans the lustful souls. And dotting the surface of the plain before us were dozens of people widely scattered. "Have we transitioned to another circle?" I wondered. "No, this is still the second circle. These are those who lacked in life the social skills to effectively live out their nature. Their hearts were consumed by lust yet they never acted upon it." "And the fact they are here indicates actions are not necessary to bring a person to hell? The bent of the heart is really all that is required?" "Yes. Not indulging in a vice for lack of opportunity is not evidence of its absence. In fact because it is not acted upon it can become the overriding motivation in a Click here to read the rest of this story (1125 more lines)
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