Spirituality, What does it mean to die to oneself.

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There are many aspects in defining the meaning of the statement "die to oneself." Many people do not now the meaning of being a Christian the way the bible intended.

In Matthew 10:36 it states that "And a man's foes shall be they of his own household" which means that even one's family may not stand by him in his choice of following the Jesus. In the movie The Omega Code, which takes place after the rapture, Christians are persecuted by their own families and can rely on no one but God. After the rapture people must prove their faith by becoming martyrs. This will the absolute meaning of dying to oneself and proof of the faith one maintains. Matthew 10:39 proclaims that "He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it." In other words, the person that maintains his secular life and forsakes God will not go to heaven, on the other hand, the person who maintains his faith through persecution will discover the eternal life in heaven.

I believe that this life is a testing ground for the after life. A person that truly believes this would not waver in his commitment to God, no matter what the consequences. If a person is too concerned about what his family thinks then he may never give his life over to God. Matthew 10:35 states "For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law." I believe this statement means that when one surrenders himself to God, he leaves his life behind him in a way. For example, a man becomes a Christian and his family disowns him...