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Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. "If there is one lesson that we need to learn in life it is that our stay here on earth is a probation. We commonly speak of the trials of life. We should say that our life on earth is a trial. It is a test. It is God’s way of enabling us to prove our loyalty to Him. That is what life, or we correctly say, is - a valley of tears. It is an opportunity to prove our fidelity to the God from whom we came and the condition for our eternity with the God for whom we were made."
I came across this statement while thinking about why we are here on earth.
Why weren't we just created perfect and placed in heaven?
Perhaps for one reason GOD tried that with the angels. Also many others failed GOD when tested by following Satan in his rebellion.
This time GOD is testing his creation before they go to heaven. The whole process is a little too complicated for my brain but during this probationary time called life we become what we are going to be when we get to heaven.
1Corinthians 15:51-52 "Let me tell you a secret. Not all of us will die, but all of us will be changed—in a moment, faster than an eye can blink, at the sound of the last trumpet. Indeed, that trumpet will sound, and then the dead will be raised never to decay, and we will be changed."
It is true we shall receive a resurrection body but you are going to be the same in spirit as you are. What you are now is what you are going to be in heaven. It is what will stand before the judgment seat of Christ
2 Corinthians 5:10 "We must all stand before Christ to be judged. Everyone will get what they should. They will be paid for whatever they did--good or bad--when they lived in this earthly body."
Many arguments can be made about "When I get there I will straighten up" but the scriptures seem to indicate that the time to "straighten up" is now in the present.
If there is a thread of truth in what is said here then it would behoove us to "walk with awareness and cautiously " before GOD as in; Ephesians 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
The words spoken in Matthew chapter seven pretty well explain how judgment will be meted out at the judgment seat to Christians. It would serve each of us to reread these words often.
Matthew 7:24 Therefore whosoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
This house he addresses is YOU and ME. Our probationary officer is the Holy Spirit,
He constantly monitors each and guides us if we allow Him to do so.
John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth.
As the song said "straighten up and fly right."