I just see some writings, that sort of encourage how we should live this life for reward of the afterlife. I use to think this way, think I must live a certain way out of fear of going to hell, to what the Bible says. Now I think differently. I want to be happy in this life, find peace in this life.
I don't know for sure what happens after death. I even don't live to do what the Bible says if to what just what is suppose to please God, because in many ways I don't know. I do understand certain things, at least I think. I want to love and be good, in this life, and that makes this life more beautiful. Can be a struggle, but it's for three now, not the thereafter.
Yes a pray, I understand God to be goodness and love, in which we were created to live this life, I do desire to please God in that way, but not just blindly please a god as I believed before, I need to know what is God, I need to know and feel that love and goodness in this life. I don't want to live a miserable life. I don't to be one who thinks others are going to hell, and myself heaven. I don't want to not enjoy the good pleasurable things that a Creator has given us in this life. For how can you want good for others, if you don't want it yourself.
If I was to abstain from, marriage, always fast, take no pleasure in food, in my wife, in others company, in the beauty say of the countryside, of the beach, of having fun, of laughing with others in a good joyful way, in helping others. I'm sure the orthodox church does see the beauty of this life, just sometimes I see the focus in attaining heaven in a future life, but what about consentrating in this life.
Is it an error to think on attaining heaven in this life? Not of the pleasures as lusts, but of appreciation, in love and goodness.in enjoying and sharing, and taking delight in others goodness, anothers happiness in this life.
Edited by Olga, 13 February 2015 - 09:22 AM.
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