Mary Ames (17 March 2011)
"Reply to Rowina"

 
I feel exactly that same way, Rowina.  I am so burdened for the Japanese, I can hardly sleep.  Last night, I had a terrible time with an infection I am fighting--and I was in quite of bit of pain, chilled from fever.  All I could do during the whole ordeal was think how incredibly blessed I was to be in my own bed, in my own home, with a clean bathroom.  How many of these poor Japanese are sicker than I was without any of these comforts? My spirit is so heavy with their afflictions. I understand completely the "birth pang" analogy. And I have this terrible awful feeling that a tragedy of this magnitude is about to hit America.

You are right, we share a controversial opinion.   I do not believe good, kind people will burn up in hell.  Many do have the Messiah in their hearts.  They just may not  know His Name.  

So many scriptures indicate this.  "His mercy endures forever." "Love covers a multitude of sins."  And the BIG one is in Revelation, when "the rest of the dead" are resurrected after the 1,000 year Millennium and judged on their deeds.

And I saw a Great White Throne, and the One sitting on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled; and a place was not found for them. And I saw the dead, the small and the great, standing before God. And books were opened. And another Book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged out of the things written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead in it. And death and hell gave up the dead in them. And they were each judged according to their works. And death and hell were thrown into the Lake of Fire. This is the second death. (Rev 20:11-14)

Yes, sadly, the love of many has waxed cold here in America.  I am saddened how little money Americans have given for this relief effort.  I know we are having hard times financially, but good grief, aren't we supposed to give sacrificially?  We have so much!  

Thank you so much for your reply.  I stand with you in the gap for the Japanese.  May they find comfort in the Almighty as they struggle with such unimaginable conditions.  And may the spirit of giving and love be awakened in America.  And may the spirit of criticism on the part of Christians towards the Japanese be subdued.  (Maybe we should examine just how much paganism is in our own personal worship before we go condemning the Japanese.  Our Father hates us to mix the pagan and the holy to get lukewarm--which we do in Christianity with glee.  At least the Japanese are not hypocritical!)

Scriptures tells us if we feed the poor and hungry, we will never go hungry.  Many Japanese now qualify as the poor and hungry.

Blessed is he who acts wisely toward the poor; YHWH will deliver him in the day of evil. YHWH will watch over him and keep him alive; he shall be blessed on the earth, and You will not deliver him to the soul of his enemies. (Psalm 41:1-2)

He who gives to the poor shall not lack, but he who hides his eyes shall have plenty of curses. 
(Proverbs 28:27)

Thanks again, Rowina for your response.  Blessing to you and I pray that your pain in your feet is relieved.  

Mary Ames