MUSINGS OF AN “OLDER” MAN. Nr.140.

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Nr.139 ended with: “One night a professor from a Catholic Seminary attended, you can read about it in nr.67. What a shock his words were for the group of catholic people there……….! (See richardandmarina.net).

After I had given the Bible study and answered some questions, I asked the professor for his opinion of the Bible, you can read his answer in nr.67 on our blog http://www.richardandmarina.net. I also asked him whether he would go to heaven when he died. He said “no”, and that nobody could know that. I told him that I did and that I was sure I would go to heaven. I had everyone look up 1John 5:12, “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.13, These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.” The Catholic people present were so shocked that one of their seminary professors, who would later become bishop, did not know whether he would go to heaven.

Over the years I have talked to at least 55 Catholic priests in Belgium, none of them was sure they would go to heaven except one, an abbot (head of a monastery). He told me that he had sacrificed so much for God that he would go to heaven for sure. “I have certainly earned it, if I don’t go to heaven, no one will,” his own words! How terrible sad. If the leaders don’t have assurance, or the wrong assurance, what of the people they teach and lead? What a mission field!

A woman, who was a teacher of religion in a girl’s high school, invited me to come and speak to the girls of two combined classes. She told me that these girls had no interest whatever in God or the Bible. I spoke for 1½ hours and you could have heard a pin drop, the interest was immense. Afterward she took me to a restaurant for coffee and to talk. She was dumbfounded and asked me how I did it to create such an interest. We got talking about the Bible and at a certain moment did I quote Jesus’ words in John 14, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” Her reply? “Who says Jesus said that?” Then I was dumbfounded…………..! (Go to Musings).

(PS. Seeing many are away during the holiday season, July and August, I will just post one episode a week).

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