Loving The World?

One night I was talking with the Lord, and I told Him that I hated this world and all of its problems and junk.

He said that I needed to love the world. I argued with Him about the love of the world being sin, bringing up the scripture in 1 John 2:15 - 17:

15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

But, He brought up John 3:16 - 17:

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

He said that I needed to love if I am to fulfill my call and destiny. The same would hold true for anyone following God's will for their lives. We can't do it without Him and His power, and everything He does is done by Love.

If you think you know your purpose on Earth, and it doesn't involve Love, then you missed it! If it's from God, it will involve Love.

Did Paul Go To Heaven?

We have been taught for years that the Apostle Paul went to Heaven (or the Third Heaven), but did he really go himself, or was he talking about someone else?

2 Corinthians 12:1-5 says,

1 It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.
3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)
4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
5 Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.

To me, it sounds like he is talking about someone else. Look at verse 5,

Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.

He will glory of that man, but not himself? Thar sounds very contradictory to me. Either he was talking about someone else, or he had multiple personality disorder.

I personally believe that he was talking about the Apostle John, when John went to Heaven, and then wrote the Book of Revelation! I know that some futurists want to believe that John was talking about the distant future (our time), but in the light of reality, that fable doesn't make sense (or as they say in the South, "That dog just won't hunt.").

Most of what John was talking about was fulfilled in the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. We are in the "Millennial Reign of Christ" right now, and the resurrection and final judgement is still to come.

Everything else that fearful Christians worry about has passed. It's time to start living like the World Overcomers that we are!