LOTR Purist to the end
- Aug 20, 2001
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Welcome to the forum, Hawk! Unfortunately, many people like yourself have never really studied the bible to see what it has to say. They have excepted the word of tradition and priest and pastor without testing the beliefs for themselves. However, just because many believe a certain way, that doesn't make it correct. Mainstream Christianity has blindly accepted ambiguous texts and arguments to bolster there belief that the soul is immortal (which is basically derived from the Greek concept of dualism that was foreign to the Hebrews and Jews until around the 2nd century BC when some Hellenistic Jews began to adopt the belief). Study it for yourself and see that the Bible does not support such a belief. And Guardian angels are just that, the created angels of God. They are not the departed spirits of loved ones. Even if the soul were immortal, there is no scriptural support for such a belief.Originally posted by Hawk
My personal belief, even though I don't believe there is any scripture I can quote this belief from, is that after death we are judged to go to heaven or hell, but I believe that those that go to heaven have the ability to still come back among the living and continue doing good. This would explain the idea of Guardian Angles.
I can't judge your sincerity. I can say, however, that according to scripture, it was not your Grandfather. An angel coming to comfort? Possibly. A demon in disguise? Just as probable. Your Grandfather? Definitely not according to the Bible. If you have any other comments or would like some Biblical proof for what I'm saying, you can send me a private message.Originally posted by Hawk
All of a sudden I looked up for what I think was the first time since I had walked in, to this day I’m still not quite sure why. But I look to one of the front doors of the church and I saw a door open, no one walked in, and I could see that there was no one behind the door, it had just opened seemingly on it’s own. But it is my belief that it was my Grandfather. Don’t ask me to explain why I believe this, but I do, there is not a doubt in my mind that is who it was. So as I said I believe that people do go to heaven, but after they do they can come back and still influence or lives in some ways.