Then this “one thing” would necessarily include the here and now but neither of which are mentioned anywhere other than in the title of the article.
And for good reason, it seems.
For most Pauline Christians, and particularly for Adventists, this world is anathema in the sense that it is deplorable, something to be endured at best, detested in the worst case. Given this mindset, life will only become enjoyable and fully appreciated in the hereafter, while the here and now is only manageable due to the belief that it is not a world without end.
But if god has unified all things, including all time and every place, and considers all of these to be a part of him-, her- or itself, is this essentially antagonistic attitude toward our current circumstance reasonable? Or is it instead antithetical to a true and unconditional acceptance of our creator in all its manifestations?
IOW, is so-called Christianity’s real sin the misconception that our creator could somehow achieve perfection as a status, or that heaven will be a place where change is eternally eschewed on the grounds that the grounds cannot be made better, when it might be much truer to think that what we experience on a daily, even momentary basis-while necessarily incomplete and subject to perpetual improvement-is as good as it gets, at least for the time being?
More SDA doomsday mongering?
I actually thought you were better than this, @JXLB75.
The way I read history, we’ve had countless such “witnesses” during the past two millennia, all pushing their supposedly “Christian” brinkmanship but few, if any, of whom would consider that a Christian’s ultimate reward might be nothing more than a good life, lived right here, in this one place, and in the right now, this one, interminably long nanosecond called the present.
(According to Elmore Leonard I should probably delete that last bit because it sounds too much like “writing”.)