This thread has been very interesting for me, to say the least. I grew up in a church where "Church-ianity" was the norm, where my parents claimed to be Christian) but didn't live it. Church became synonomous with hypocracy, and I rejected Christianity for many years until I was faced with something for which I have no explanation except for divine intervention.
A few months back my pastor gave a sermon about this topic. Explaining that there were so many people seeking Christ that were turned off by the church and if accepting Christ meant accepting the church, then thanks, but no thanks. I wish I remember more of the sermon, but the baby was nursing quite frequently then, and I'm sure I was up and down through the service. If only I could find those sermon notes, I'll share them with you guys.
While I do believe in an afterlife, I also believe how we live & treat others in this life has a lot to do with our afterlife. Which is why I strongly affirm that what I do in this life, as long as Iím in this life, is far more important than speculation about the afterlife. To be blunt, I believe all serious Christians believe this & try to live it.
Isn't this what is taught through out the>