Last week, we learnt that we are being prepared for after-life responsibilities. Usually one is prepared for responsibilities through some form of training. Is there any formal training for after-life employment?
Fortunately training for such employment is available. There are 17 mandatory courses taught in the University of Life, where admission is free upon request, and there are no prerequisite courses. While it can take a relatively short time to learn the information in each course, it can take longer to become sufficiently proficient at applying this knowledge. Those who graduate will be well prepared to receive after-life responsibilities. Some work will be found for those who do not pursue their training more purposefully, however they will regret falling far short of their potential.
Jesus is the Dean of this University, and he encourages all students to be polite and patient while pursuing these courses. After some preamble, He provides a description of each course in Matthew chapters 5, 6 and 7. Descriptions of the first 8 courses are summarised below.
1. Anger Management
You will learn to control your anger. At the end of this course, you will have matured sufficiently to approach those who are angry or upset with you and sincerely attempt to resolve the issues.
2. Addiction Management
You will learn to resist negative addictions. You will also learn that while you may slip up once in a while, you will not do so habitually. At the end of this course, you will no longer have negative addictions to overcome.
3. Marriage Management
You will learn how to grow with a person of the opposite sex in marriage. You will learn patience, forgiveness, and understanding at hitherto before unknown levels. At the end of this course, you will have become completely committed to your spouse so that nothing can separate you. The exception to this is if your partner commits adultery, at which point you have the option of retaking this course.
4. Honesty Management
Here you will learn to tell the truth in all situations. At the end of this course, you will have developed to the point of telling the truth regardless of the potential personal consequences that you may suffer.
5. Self Management 1
You will also learn that while you are in the right, it may be more beneficial to someone else that you not pursue your right to retaliate. At the end of this course, you will be able to forgo your right to pursue your rights to facilitate someone else’s development.
6. Self Management 2
Here you will learn that other people may not have coped as well as you did with their negative experiences, and they may direct some of their built up anger or hate towards you. At the end of this course, you will be able to genuinely help others despite any feelings of hostility that they may have towards you.
7. Charity Management
Here you will learn to recognize opportunities to do good deeds. At the end of this course, you will be able to do good deeds and perform them without promoting yourself.
8. Relationship Management
Here you will learn to develop a personal relationship with your Creator, which will be measured by your love for others whom He created. At the end of this course, you will be able to genuinely forgive others regardless of how sinful you perceived them to be.
Next week – A description of the remaining 9 courses offered at the University of Life.