Dr. Scott G. Sinclair
Intro to Christianity through Art
The Last Judgment
The last judgment in the bible talks about how Christ comes to pass judgment on those who have sinned. The person would need to repent for their sins in order to be saved and be able to rejoice in the light of the Lord. There are many ways to interpret the passages in the bible pertaining to the last judgment. It mainly depends on the person and what he or she can draw from the passages that gives them the most meaning to their life and how to apply it to their current situation. I found a few passages that helped me get a better understanding of what the last judgment is about.
Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire."
This passage made me think about a number of different things and in a few ways look at my own life and reflect on certain parts of it. One thing I take away from this passage is that the Lord is sitting on his throne with two books open beside him. He then judges the dead based on what had transpired in their life while they were living. To me it means that a person should try to live their life in a way that they would be proud and welcomed into heaven. So when the person gets to the point where they are being judge, as long as the good outweighs the bad, the person would be allowed to live, or ascend.
Another passage I found interesting and made me reflect on, or what I tried to take away from it, was Romans 14:10. The small part of the passage is:" Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God." When I reflected on this particular part it made me think about a lot of different aspects of me and others. What I tried to take away from this small part is that why do we judge each other so much. It made me think why do we tend to judge our family the harshest when we shouldn't be the ones to condemn their actions. It made me think about all the times I had been too harsh or rash in judging what my brother has done or was currently doing. I asked myself this question the other night, why should I judge him for something that I myself have done once or twice before?
This particular passage from Peter 3:10-13 made me stumble a little when I read it at first. "But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells."
This particular passage made me stumble because I wanted to see how I felt about it and what it had to say. I really wasn't sure what the message I was trying to get from it and how it made me feel as I reflected on it. What I think I am taking away from this passage is that the Lord is currently unhappy with how much people were sinning down on earth. He took it upon himself to "start over" and rebuild the heavens into something that he would be happy with. He wasn't happy with some of the people that made it into heaven and wanted to he wanted to open up to the earth and show how much...