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VineBranch:
I am quite new to UR.  I am also new to the notion of UR.  In the short while I have actually started to believe the tenets and insights, I have noticed that it is having a profound effect on me:  I am actually changed, as a person.  Reconciling what I knew in my heart to be true (that God would never let anyone He loved simply 'rot in hell' because they made mistakes), with what I had been told all my life (God will get you if you step out of line and there will [literally] be hell to pay ) has not been easy.  In fact, having tried to believe both these things to be true at the same time has produced a certain cognitive dissonance which has caused a lot of problems, both physically, and spiritually.

Since becoming part of this discussion community I have met a lot of knowledgable folk.  A lot of people here know of what they speak.  I am grateful that God lead me here.  I am also grateful that most of the people here are so generous with their time and knowledge.

I am also finding that the older I get the less interested I become in theology and more interested I become in people:  the personal becomes more important than the public. 

I'ld love to have a place where I could come and just say something like, "I smile more knowing that God is more interested in people than laws (just an example).  For me, knowing that God never planned on letting any of us go does actually make me a bit weepy.  It also makes me sad to think that so many people live in fear of eternal damnation needlessly and that there are people who perpetuate this myth just to keep pews filled.  I know God will draw those who are now the fearmongers among us to Himself as well, but in the present, the needless anxiety they create effects everyone they touch, and that is sad".  It would be great to say that and then hear someone else respond with, "you know when I was child I knew God loved me, yet, somehow the whole hell thing just crept in ... you know"?  The personal just means so much.

ded2daworld:
VB - it was as if you told my story. Thank you :dsunny: :Peace2:

onlytruth:
that was heartfelt...thank-you

Lazarus Short:
VB, you are becoming a new creature, and as Paul said, there is no telling what you will be.  We do know that you will be like Jesus, for we know that Christ is in you (the hope of Glory).  Wow - that'll just "separate your head from your shoulders!"

VineBranch:
Thanks L.S. (is that a slur on my common sense?  :laugh:)
Speaking of separating (neat segue huh?)  I now have a totally diffent take on what Paul meant when he said:  "For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom 8:38-39) KJV

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  (Rom 8:38-39) ESV

I used to think he was talking to the elite, now ... I'm thinking maybe it's to everyone.

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