Theological in nature
One of the fundamentals of the Christian faith is the doctrine of "the" resurrection from the dead.
Here is what Jesus said about it:
34 Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage,
35 but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage;
36 for they cannot even die anymore, because they are like angels, and are
For the record, I would like to assure the saints that I believe that Christ's second coming is future from now.
However, Christ Jesus our Lord commanded John the Revelator to write what he saw (and heard, etc.) and send it to seven Asian Churches of the first century.
So, if the text of what John wrote to the 7 Asian Churches did not have meaning for their first-century time frame, then there is no real point to the book of Revelation in general.
I've heard people say that Islam teaches a works based salvation.
If I understand Islamic doctrine correctly, that's not accurate.
If I understand Islamic doctrine correctly, the concept of salvation is ALIEN to Islam.
From what I've read, Islam doesn't teach the existence of a sin nature at all. From what I understand, Islam does teach that people have the free will to make morally wrong choices, but have no more inclination towards wrong/evil than right/good.
Updated Dec 13th 2010 at 07:00 PM by gringo300
I've done some research on Islam.
From what I've read, it comes across to me as totally works-oriented.
Coming from the perspective of the Biblical doctrine of an inherited sin nature, this wouldn't make much sense. However, from what I've read, Islam doesn't teach that there is an inherited sin nature.
A person may point out that that's simply not logical from simple observation of human behavior. Well, all I can say to that is, I didn't come up with
Updated Dec 13th 2010 at 07:04 PM by gringo300
There is indeed a reason for the "first resurrection"--and that reason has to do with the reality that the saints in this verse (in bold below):
8“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
9I, John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and perseverance which are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God