Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Sorting Out

[Jesus speaking] “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a fishing net that was thrown into the water and caught fish of every kind. When the net was full, they dragged it up onto the shore, sat down, and sorted the good fish into crates, but threw the bad ones away. That is the way it will be at the end of the world. The angels will come and separate the wicked people from the righteous, throwing the wicked into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Do you understand all these things?”
Matthew 13:47-51(NLT)

I don’t want to write this post. I don’t want to use this scripture. I’m angry God led me to it. But here goes:

I was scanning my red letter Bible (Jesus’ words are printed in red) for a positive message about the Kingdom of God/Heaven. The theme I repeatedly encountered was of separating the good from the bad. Jesus taught this lesson over and over.

The weeds are sorted out and burned in the fire (Matt 13:40). The lazy servant is thrown into outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matt 25:30). The [goats] will go away into eternal punishment, but the [sheep] will inherit the Kingdom (Matt 35:46). Those who fail to enter through the narrow door will be thrown out (Luke 13:24-24). Unproductive branches that have been severed from the Vine will be gathered into a pile to be burned (John 15:6).

There are probably more, but I’m too sad to look further. It’s disturbing. It’s depressing. It’s not the fairy tale ending we’d like.

Why did Jesus repeat this lesson so many times?

Does this align with your beliefs or challenge them?

Read from the beginning of the Truth series here.

#seedsofscripture #Jesus #truth #eternity

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