Concerning the rapture; the bible does not indicate that you are
raptured immediately upon death, but rather at the appointed time of
Jesus' return for his saved saints. The dead in Christ
will rise first, then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up
together with them in the clouds............................
(I Thessalonians 4:13-17). The remainder of the dead will rise
after the 1000 year period in what is known as the "great white throne"
judgement.. At this time, if your name is not found in the book of
life, well, you know the rest of the story (Revelation Chapter 20).
The cursing is a problem; sin of any kind is a problem. I am not judging your Dad in any way, but I want to share with you what the bible says about this.
Paul said the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God (I
Corinthians 6:11). Paul and the apostles wrote many more scriptures
concerning this topic of sin and continuing in sin.
The problem that your Dad may have & the problem I had before
I obeyed the gospel and received the Holy Ghost was that I had a stony
heart. This is not unique to your Dad or me or anyone else; we are all
born into sin because of Adam and Eve sinning. Please read the
following scriptures concerning the heart and what the Spirit (or Holy
Ghost) will do for us:
And Jesus said:
Matthew 15:18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
What do we do about this situation of sin in
all of our lives? Obey the new testament gospel and be converted by the
Holy Ghost. Look what the Lord spoke though Ezekiel about the heart and
the Holy Ghost:
Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
The Holy Ghost is the only way to get help & power over
sin. We are not to continue in sin, but when we do sin, being
sanctified and sealed with the Holy Ghost and washed in the name of
Jesus, we have an advocate as long as we confess our sin and then we
are forgiven (I John 1:8-10, 2:1). This is why I have posted many times
about the need to do more than just believe, but to act on your belief.
This is why you have to be born again; to receive your new heart and he
also writes his laws in your heart and in your mind.
Paul, prior to my conversion and infilling of the Holy Ghost, I
cursed, drank, lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, pride of life, etc,
etc, etc. I thought I was a pretty good person; I believed & had
been baptized (improperly) and had not repented nor received the Holy
Ghost. I did not know about this from the churches I used to attend,
very sporadically I might add. When I received the Holy Ghost, all of
that stuff above and much more went away because God gave me a new
heart, just like his word promised.
Obey Acts 2:38 and be ready for the most incredible experience you
will ever have in your life, guaranteed. It helps tremendously to
attend a church that preaches and teaches Acts 2:38; this can be done
on your own but I would think it could be difficult to achieve. I never
would have figured out what to do without instruction, etc.
ps I will be glad to answer any questions, concerns, etc.