Video Blog# 4 “Will we go to hell?” 7/31/11

22 Responses

  1. Jake B

    This is a wild sight. I remember the stiffest boards made for substantial lines. I feel your passion, and love your energy. It’s odd to beleive that you actually beleive in eternal damnation. There are a lot of snowboarders out there that will be lost according to your view.

    But would you at least agree that there is better music in hell?

    Here is some food for thought. Fundamentalist have the same vigor for their salvation no matter what frame work they are in. Isn’t it odd that everyone is wrong but certain Christians?

    The scripture is pretty cool. And there are many translations. What are your thoughts on the Apocrypha of the Bible? Which translation you think is the most divine?

    I love dialogue. And your views definitely feed the fire. I don’t think it is reasonable to actually argue about faith because it is exactly like the Indiana Jones image of crossing the invisible bridge. Words are the sand that may show the outline, but faith is the step onto the void. And what is amazing is that if you beleive, you will cross that bridge, believing more every step.

    I know God too. He is a bit different then your God. He says, heaven and hell are already here now. You choose your view.

    Peace

    August 2, 2011 at 9:39 am

    • Ya Jake B! Sorry for the delay in response to your comment. The thing about truth is that it is narrow. 2+2=4. 4+4=8. If I drop a glass it falls because of the law of gravity. When God is talked about people tend to change there concept of truth to well it’s all good. You can believe that 2+2 is 5 that’s fine. How would that go over in a math class? Or if you sat before a judge in a courtroom and said to the judge I don’t agree with the speed limit that I broke. The speed limit should have been much higher than 35? Jesus said the rode that leads to heaven is narrow and few find it. He also said that the rode that leads to hell is wide. If we think about it, shouldn’t God get to make the rules? If he is the only thing in the universe that is holy, just, and perfect, then wouldn’t it make sense that he is truth. If Jesus is God? And he said “I am the way the truth and the life and no one can go to heaven except by me. Then quite simply no other way gets there! The historical accuracy of the bible is indisputable as well as the resurrection accounts. I love your analogy from Indiana Jones. Honestly the only way you will believe is if the Spirit of God intervenes. So challenge him! If you want to talk on some of the other questions you had just give me a ring any time. 775 747 9000
      God bless you

      August 23, 2011 at 6:06 pm

  2. Graeson

    Awesome video bro!

    August 2, 2011 at 3:49 pm

  3. mike beallo

    Jim, first of all I appreciate your enthusiasm towards your newly founded religion. It is good to be a positive influence on people who need structure in their lives, since they can’t create structure on their own. I believe that born again’s have contributed to helping (not saving) people that would have just as soon continued to do hard drugs and/or destroyed there lives in some other destructive manner.

    My point is “born again” Christians believe since they have been born again they can say they are deeply religious out of nowhere, instantly and now they must save souls. Normal Christians and followers of Jesus Christ don’t do that. I know that personally, but I’m jewish.

    My point is its not like you have been religious your whole entire life and now you are becoming a preacher. its just the opposite. you were a pro snowboarder and you liked to snowboard, travel, win contests and party. I think someone has brainwashed you somehow. I’m sure I could figure out who if I asked you about 4 or 5 questions.

    I have a friend very similar to you and after high school he got into hard drugs and a few months later he’s claiming born again. He turned his life around but jesus had nothing to do with it. he did it him self. If you ask him he’ll say he found jesus, what a joke. (Only the weak minded can’t claim they did it for them selves) The difference is he isn’t a preacher so even he knows there are limits.

    Here’s the part you might not like, but I think you need to hear it since I know you. I just don’t believe you sincerely believe or understand what you say regarding jesus christ and the bible.

    I really don’t think you are in a position to preach to people about anything, at least not for maybe say another 20 years. that’s a job for someone with authority, respect, and experiences. maybe you can go to church and enjoy that in a private way, but preaching stuff I really don’t believe you have any place doing that.

    I can read the bible or say the Torah and repeat what is says, not a problem. I certainly would’t claim to be an authority in my own religion because it would be a joke, no one would take me seriously and I wouldn’t put my self in such a position.

    I don’t want to attack you but I think you need to hear that. good luck bro.

    August 4, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    • Hi Mike. Thanks for your comment and no nonsense approach to telling me how you feel. I love it! Ok the first thing you said was that you feel someone has brain washed me. If you get a chance watch the sermon from Seattle on my site. I share my testimony on there of how I simply heard the words of Jesus being taught and got rocked. As far as born agains vs Christians. Your not a Christian unless your born again. Remember in that video blog I talked about Jesus talking to Nicodemus and telling him you must be born again. When I got saved, I had never even read the new testament. When I did and read about being born again, it just reaffirmed the experience I had just had. That’s probably the same type of thing that happened to your friend. The Bible says “God gives grace to the humble but resists the proud”. When you come into a relationship with the Lord you realize that just as the scriptures say “all good and perfect gifts come from the Lord”.
      In response to the “I should wait 20 more years to teach”. I have been studying the bible for 11 years and went to bible school. If Christians had to study for thirty years before teaching, the Church would have died a long time ago. When ever I teach I simple tell people what the Bible says. I am sorry if you don’t think I am worthy of doing that. It’s all good though hommie!!
      I was hoping that the analogies I gave you on Facebook would help you understand why I share Christ with as many people as humanly possible. Love ya buddy God bless

      August 4, 2011 at 10:39 pm

      • mike beallo

        only 11 years? Its a religion of convenience in that case. Time will tell how committed you are.

        August 5, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    • Chad harris

      Dude that’s kinda harsh, leave the Rippster
      alone let him preach the word it’s all about helping and saving people, some things are best unsaid when it comes to opinions especially with religion, either believe or don’t but dont knock others for trying to be good people like Jim. Keep doing what your doing “Hommie”!

      August 14, 2011 at 10:13 pm

      • mike

        Its funny, I was being nice since this is the internet. I’m sure I’ll get harsher depending on what other kinds of ridiculous statements I read here.

        I question anyone and everything. Apparently I’m the only one on this site questioning Jim’s sincerity and knowledge. I read all this weak stuff on this blog about “go Jim go”. really? bullshit.

        The last people I want to see involved in sports (especially snowboarding) are a bunch of ignorant bible thumpers that think we are all going to hell. That is not what we need in snowboarding. we need the opposite type of persons. the kind Jim used to be. Anything less is bullshit and fake.

        there is no place for that in snowboarding, ever.

        I’m sorry Jim wants to be that guy. there’s no reasoning with people like Jim, they are blind to truth. I don’t even think they know what truth is because they are so busy selling cool aid.

        Harsh enough?

        December 21, 2011 at 1:43 am

        • Hi Mike. I am sorry that you are affended by the gospel of Jesus Christ. You started of this rebuke by saying that you test anything and everything. Thats what I did with the bible and i got saved! Only becouse of the grace and mercy of Jesus and him dying on the cross and raising from the dead for the sins of all who would believe. Mike being Jewish, im sure you selabrate all the Jewish holidays and read out of the old testament. You probable acknowledge the fact that the old testament is the true word of God and the ultimate athority on truth. So if God is real? And you believe in God? Wy would you think it so strange for a person who has the spirit of God in him to dedicate his life to telling people how they can have a relationship with him and be fogiven of there sins? If you where to stand for the fact that you believe in God the last thing i would do would be to ridicule you. Unfortunately you have made it very clear what you stand for with your statement about keeping God out of snowboarding. You stand for sin and rebelion to truth. The God of the old testament is Jesus and when he ran into people like you who said that there father was God he told them that if there father was indead God that they would acnowledge the son, but becouse they diddnt acnowledge the son it proved that they diddnt know the father and that there real father was satan. I am extreamly saddened by this and will continue to pray for you. I love you Mike but I must speak truth to you about who God is. If you choose to believe lies that,s your choice. Do you remember what the passover is about? Blood being shed for the remission of sins. The God of the old testament tells us in the bible “I dont want your sacrafises anymore”!! “I am sending my son to be the final sacrafice and anyone who will place there trust in him will be forgiven and come to heaven to be with me for eaturnaty, but who ever rejects this message will not be forgiven but enstead will be held accountable for there sins. They will be seperated from God and spend eternity in hell where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. Burning and eternal torment.
          Trust me bro, God will not be messed with. He will do all that he has said. If i didn’t tell you this truth It would mean that i don’ t care, but I do!

          January 18, 2012 at 6:05 pm

  4. Chad harris

    On Aug 4, 2011, at 8:06 PM, “Chad Harris” wrote:

    Hi Jim,

    Old aquatint and new friend…… I am very inspired by you and your words as I am from a strong Christian background with same beliefs, I’m also a snow shredder and I’ve watched you and respected your talents and achievements wow!!! I love that world and had so much fun doing it but I’m all washed up from old injuries but still goin! The fun never stops but with a few traumatic incidents in my life I’ve since moved away from home left alot behind and have found myself in the classic rut of work bills beers weed cigarettes and feeling lost since I watched your video. I’ve grown up and heard it all before but when it came from your lips it really seemed to hit home! I am rethinking alot lately and I just wanted to drop you a line saying thankyou so much I am so inspired by you and I think you helped me re spark a connection with god! Much love and respect to you Jim I’d love to hear back if u have a chance! :)

    Chad Harris

    Sent from my iPhone

    August 4, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    • Chad praise God! I am so stoked to hear that these video blogs have inspired you. It seems that when you become a Christian everybody has a book for you. Sorry to pass this on to you. I personally don’t love to read so I listen to stuff. This book is a easy read though and packed with great fundamentals of the faith. I would suggest that you read the purpose driven life and maybe see if you can find a good church that you enjoy and start attending. If you feel like the Lord is drawing you close it will take commitment on your part as well. Seeking the Lord is the most rewarding thing you could do with your life because God created you and he is the only one who can fill you. Thanks so much for the message. God bless

      August 15, 2011 at 11:35 am

  5. Brian D.

    Great message Jim and thanks for all the great feedback that you have provide recently on your video blog.

    Your friend,

    Brian

    August 14, 2011 at 4:14 am

    • Thanks Brian. It is so awesome that I get to baptize you next weekend. I love how the Lord is bringing us Quincy folk back together threw are faith in him. Praise Jesus!!!

      August 23, 2011 at 6:12 pm

  6. Justin Andresen

    Jim thank you so much for sharing these messages
    It has a lot of meaning and puts things into perspective.

    September 12, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    • Thanks Justin!! Do me a favor and share them with people that they mite help. Next time you are in Reno call me let’s hook up. God bless

      September 15, 2011 at 4:21 pm

  7. j

    Hey Jim.
    Your points of view are interesting. I have spoken with other born agains about this subject and I would like to hear your opinion. What do you make of people whom have been born into cultures of other religions whom have not been exposed to Christianity? They have never known Christ nor known of him. For example; the amazon culture that has not been exposed to modern society, or african tribes that are remote and lack interaction with others, or even people born into muslim and sikh cultures. These people are condemned to hell because of their geographical positions, or cultural upbringing? I feel as though this is a part of the “born again” view that is narrow minded. God would not be that petty as to allow only people who accept Christ in their lives into heaven, when there are people in this world whom have never been exposed to Christianity. I am interested in hearing your opinion. My mother is a born again and she has never been able to acknowledge this problem.

    September 15, 2011 at 4:49 pm

  8. Hi J. Thanks for your questions. Please read the response I shared with Jake. It starts out Ya Jake B. I wrote at the bottom to feel free to give me a call, that goes for you as well. This is a big subject and i talk faster than I type. God bless you bro!!

    September 21, 2011 at 12:44 pm

  9. Todd Butterworth

    Jim, it was a pleasure for Jeremy and me to meet you and your lovely wife this week. Thanks for having us into your home.

    You speak the TRUTH.

    In the end, we are ALL people of faith. Either we have faith that we were created for a purpose in this world, or we have faith that our lives are a mere accident of fate and, therefore, meaningless in the grand scheme.

    If the latter is true, shouldn’t we just steal what we want and kill those we dislike? After all, there are no long-term, cosmic implications to our actions. I think we all have a sense that these actions would be wrong, even if they weren’t against the law. Where did that sense come from? Even very young children display guilt over their bad behavior; it almost seems written on our hearts.

    On the other hand, if we were created, shouldn’t we explore why we exist and what our purpose is?

    The Bible says that God created us in His own image. Does that mean God is balding and wrinkled? No. I believe that God is foremost a being of thought and love. It should be no surprise then that, created in His image, we humans thrive on relationships and understanding.

    God wants a relationship with us. But the catch is that he had to give us free will, otherwise we would just be a bunch of robots who love him without thinking (and we all know that forced love is not love at all). With free will, God knows that if we do happen to love Him, then it is for real.

    The trouble is that our free will got us into so much trouble (just a few chapters into biblical history we were already killing one another) that God needed to build a bridge across the gap that we created between Him and us.

    We could not bridge the gap– we are only human. Thus, God needed someone both fully human and fully God to build a link between earth and Heaven. Jesus was the only possibility.

    But, did the Jesus story really happen? There are several non-biblical historical sources that confirm Jesus’ life, but none that deny it. Additionally, virtually every other person of significance in the Bible shows up in non-religious historical documents. These were clearly real people of history.

    So, what proof do we have that Jesus was actually resurrected? For me, the answer is easy– changed lives.

    Peter was a guy who hung out with Jesus for three years but, when Jesus was put to death, Peter denied even knowing Him. What a wimp!

    Saul of Tarsus was a big Jesus hater and sought to terrorize those who supported him. What an a-hole!

    Yet, Peter and Saul (who changed his name to Paul) have one thing in common. They eventually both chose death rather than deny that Jesus was God.

    Whoa!

    Something BIG must have happened that made the wimp and the terrorist have such a huge change of heart. The thing that happened is the resurrection. Seeing a dead person come back to life seems like something that could bring about such changes in a person’s life. Especially after Jesus predicted ahead of time that he would come back.

    If a book was written in 1950 that perfectly predicted every World Series, Superbowl, Triple Crown, Final Four, Masters, Grand Slam, etc. winner for the next one hundred years, how long would it be before we started to take note of the other predictions in the book?

    The Bible does much better than this. The early books of the Bible (written long before Jesus lived) predicted hundreds of historical events that were later confirmed by NON-BIBLICAL sources. Heck, if the Bible has been so accurate about the past, I wonder what it has to say about the future? I guess we better check it out!

    Jim, if we use the minds that God gave us to objectively and honestly explore the claims of the Bible, we can only come to the conclusion that they are true. What are the implications of Biblical truth?

    It means we are LOVED INFINITELY. That’s pretty cool!

    It means that OUR LIVES HAVE A PURPOSE. If we open our hearts and spend time in silence, God will reveal His plans for us. Nice!

    It means that DEATH, rather than being the end, WILL BE THE BEGINNING of something so great that our human minds can’t even conceive of it. Awesome!

    But what if you and I and the Bible are wrong, Jim?

    Well it means that we tried to live better lives, and to inspire others to do so, because of some imagined higher power. No harm, no foul.

    On the other hand, what if the people who have faith in the “accident theory” are wrong?

    Well, they get cheated twice. First, they lose out on a life of greater purpose and the experience of a kind of love that cannot exist between two humans. Second, well, I’m not sure what eternal separation from God feels like, but I imagine it would be much like being abandoned by a parent. How sad.

    As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD!

    God bless you, your family and your ministry.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:01 pm

  10. Thanks Todd for the awesome message. You made some incredible points. Sorry for the delay in my response. Let me know when you are going to be in town next and maybe we could get together. My # is (530)448-1223.
    God bless you buddy!

    October 10, 2011 at 4:25 pm

  11. BECKY

    Glad i found your posts….Im gonna follow up with the rest of ur videos…I have never had religion but after battles with medical condition… five years have past and i am struggling with finding my place. Im lost i admit.

    .Thanks Jim. Ur cool. Becky

    November 11, 2011 at 3:32 am

    • Hi Becky. Thanks for being transparent and admitting feeling lost. Jesus said come to me all who are heavy laden and I will give you rest. I would suggest reading the gospel of John and the book of Romans. Pray that God would reveal himself to you. On my website click speaking and then click Seatle Wa. Watch that sermon, it mite help. jimrippey.com
      Let me know if there is anything else I can do and what you think after taking those steps. God bless

      January 21, 2012 at 1:42 pm

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