how would you respond to this?

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 08/14/2011 ( 23 moms have responded )

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"It does not really matter if you believe you know God, the real question is does God know you. All of your good works are in vane if He does not know you"

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Krista - posted on 08/14/2011

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How would I respond to it? I would say, "I do my good works because it's the right thing to do, and because it helps other people. Perhaps if we all spent less time worrying about what God thinks and more time actually doing these good works, our world would be a lot better off."

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I'd sigh and say, "the person receiving my good work doesn't give a damn if your god notices or not."

Tara - posted on 08/15/2011

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My good works are for the good of humanity and only for those humans that are still living and breathing and HERE!

I would say that my good works do their job just fine here on Planet Earth. Which really is all that matters to me. And if God doesn't know me, well that's A-Ok, although I'm a bit of a social butterfly, I'm not so vain that I think EVERYONE in the Universe should know me AND like me.
It's enough that my good works are working within my community, my family, my friendship circles etc. that's enough for me...
And really doesn't God love every creature etc. etc.

This has always bothered me. A priest who does good work all his life, then sodomizes a small boy, repents and is forgiven, he will still go to heaven, he will still know god.
But a good honest woman, who helps her neighbours, loves her family, cares for her friends, but doesn't "know" god and god doesn't "know" her will not go to "heaven". Just cause she didn't say "I accept Jesus as my saviour".
To me that's just segregation on a celestial level.

Amanda - posted on 08/17/2011

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If you do a good deed because of God, really how good is it? If you expect a reward after a good deed (Ie going to heaven), really isnt your good deed self pleasing and has nothing to do with the person you are helping? I do good deeds because its the right thing to do, I do not expect anything in return, even going to heaven.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 08/18/2011

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I do give my older daughter a toonie a week for unloading the dishwasher(which is an every day thing b/c we have a small dishwasher), taking care of her cat, and taking care of her laundry. But she does other things without a reward or even asking. Like helping with her baby sister or helping to get our neighbour's cat back. I gave her the chores to teach some responsibility, but she does enough good without asking for something or expecting something so I believe it's balanced out.

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I'm with Krista- same reason I dont give me kids pocket money for chores. I want them to learn to what's right for their own reasons not for reward- sadly life is NOT going to hand you good stuff just coz you're a good person. That said, I still WANT to be a good person, but that's for my own reasons. Dont know if i believe in God as such but I'm guessing if he exists he knows my reasons

Merry - posted on 08/17/2011

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Yeah my two yr old still thinks cleaning up is fun :) I'll enjoy t while it lasts!

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 08/17/2011

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I don't know if I explained the Islamic belief properly. They believe that God predetermines their actions, however they (like Christians) don't believe that God dictates their actions. I hope that clears things up.

Laura, I don't know how related this is or not, but my husband and I spent over an hour this morning rearranging our daughters' room so there would be more floor space. I'd love it if my 6 year old would pick up 1 toy! Even a Barbie shoe would be much appreciated.

Merry - posted on 08/17/2011

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It's like if a kid picks up his toys did he do it to make mom happy? Did he do it to get a hug and a 'good job!'? Did he do it to keep his room accessible?

As a mom, who cares! He cleaned his room! He did good, whatever reason, and as a mom we would be proud.

That's how God sees us, as his children. But only difference is he knows our reasons and thoughts.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 08/16/2011

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I would say: Oh yeah but I have God on my mobile and he talks to me from the toaster. Because anyone who's saying that God doesn't know everyone is in serious need of my sarcasm.

Catholics don't have to worry if God knows them because we have the Saints and the Saints help God out. But I have to give the best idea to the Muslims because they believe that before we're born God has already determined how many good deeds and bad deeds we are going to do and when we'll do them. of course that doesn't mean that we'll follow it (according to what I've researched and heard from a few Muslims I do know) When we do a bad deed when we were supposed to a good deed it counts as 1 bad deed but when we do a good deed when we were supposed to do a bad deed it counts as 13 good deeds. So I believe that God does know everyone.

As for when I do good, well I do it because it feels good. I don't do it for anyone God or otherwise to ooh and aww over it. I've been a hospice aide and a care aide for 5 years, I do it because I like my job. I definitely don't do it for recognition or money.

Jurnee - posted on 08/16/2011

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I do good just because it's the right thing to do. Many religious people say that God knows everything, so I suppose according to them he would know everyone. I dont worry about who knows about my good works,I dont to them to be remembered,I do them because they are right.

Sal - posted on 08/16/2011

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how can our good work be in vein if work is done for the right reason, if you help your neghbour, make a friend feel special, be a wonderful daugter wife or mum....isn't that reward in it self.......if god writes it on your report card thats just a bonus....being a good person is never in vein

Merry - posted on 08/16/2011

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Umm, God knows everyone.
Good works don't 'get you into heaven' it's not a night club...lol.....I you 'join Gods family' you can go live with him when you die.

Jenni - posted on 08/15/2011

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I agree with Krista... I make positive choices and do good things for other's because it makes the world and my world a better place. Whether or not I believe in a god is inconsequencial. I don't do it to impress a higher power. My good works are not in vain, because they improve other's lives here on Earth.

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If you are a religious person and have a relationship with your God, then your God has a mutual 2-way relationship. A religious person does not have a 1-way relationship with their God, it's a 2 way-relationship.

Katherine - posted on 08/14/2011

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Basically saying if you don't have a relationship with Him he doesn't know you. You have to have that first and then he will know you.

Christina - posted on 08/14/2011

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Anyone who believes in God believes that God knows every single one of us personally. He knows our thoughts, our hearts, our intent.
We are not suppose to invite God into our lives so He can get to know us, it is so we can get to know Him.

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Ditto Emma.

I do agree that good works are in 'vain' (in quotes cuz doing good is ALWAYS a good thing... just won't get you into heaven) w/out a personal relationship w/ Jesus Christ, but GOD knows you. It's a question of whether or not YOU know Him. :)

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