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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Thieves cannot inherent heaven.

Luke 23:43, Jesus tells the thief- “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

"But lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal" (Matthew 6:20).

"Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the Heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth" (Luke 12:33).

The verses are pretty clear, a thief cannot be in heaven. So, was Jesus lying when he told the thief that he would be in paradise today with Jesus?

If Jesus went to heaven when he died why did he tell Mary he hadn't yet ascended to his Father (John 20:17)? Now this is at least three days after his conversation with the thief on the cross, and he said, "I'm not yet ascended." Furthermore, according to Acts 1:3, he didn't ascend until forty days thereafter. This, of course, makes at least forty three days from the conversation between Christ and the thief on the cross to the ascension of Christ. Therefore, it is evident, that Christ did not go to heaven the day he and the robber died.

So, a thief cannot go to heaven and Jesus lied when he said the thief was going to be in heaven with him that same day. Yet, for some reason, we are told that Jesus is sinless. Pretty sure Christians consider lying to be a sin. 

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