We are SO going round and round on this. I thought it entirely a protestant bastion, taken out of context like usual. However, in a private moment with our priest, he used it. (though not flippantly like I have always heard)
He is very old and traditional, so I was rather surprised.
Now our protestant family is trying to use this as a hope of some kind since our daughter's diagnosis of Rett Syndrome. So my dh's godfather said to remember those burning on stakes in Nero's garden, or those in the colliseum being eaten by lions. Was that more than THEY could handle? I tend to agree with him instead of my priest! A dh with apnea, a child that was molested and the ensuing court debt, living on one income, a special needs daughter, and a painful childhood...yep, this wonder woman is spent! I hate to see what else He thinks i can handle!!!
I just can't go along with this belief, and I am about to spend an entire weekend with family that is touting it and planning prayer vigils for our daughter....