Melissa Costa (22 Aug 2011)
"Bothered and Bewildered"

Dear Doves,
Several posters have recently sent me to view some wonderful "what is heaven like" videos and now I am upset.  One said that I must be holy, without blemish.  I thought being born again and covered in the atoning blood of Christ was the only way to be holy and without blemish.  I certainly cannot achieve it on my own...though I do try.  The same guy said I must give to the poor, tithe, and make offerings....that the more I do this, the bigger my heavenly bank account, mansion, and easier my "task" will be in heaven.  Wow....I don't know how to respond to that.  I do give (of my time, my talents, my prayers, and yes my money too), but I do it to help others and to serve my Lord.  I am not doing it to "get more in heaven" or to "lighten my load" there.  This all sounds works based to me.  So what am I to assume about the rest of his vision/visits?  Are they real?  Am I wrong?  I'm not visiting the Lord every day in visions/visits.  In fact, I've never had a waking vision.  This guy further states that only a few thousand are going in the rapture with very, very few comig from the United States.  I only mention the last because I live here and therefore that part impacts me.  So, from that and the fact that I'm not living up to the standards this guy says I must live up to, I guess I'm not going in the Rapture.  BUT, my understanding of our Lord is so vastly different from this man's.  Yet, I am not receiving the confirmations that he apparently is.  Please help me to understand this better.
In Christ,