Friday, November 10, 2006

A Cruel God?

"Everyone will be going to heaven."

Mentioned one bloke to my father yesterday (I think he was Bahai).

(Unfortunately he wouldn't let us get a word in edge wise, being extremely loud with his belief and us only standing a few feet away from him, so I'm letting out here what we tried to tell him yesterday.)

But doesn't it sound nice?

EVERYONE goes to heaven.

In fact, it wouldn't really matter what you do here on earth, whether it be good or bad, because in the end we'll all be partying in heaven, right?

So we can rape, pillage and loot throughout this life and regardless of what happens here it wont matter because everything will be good in the end.

Wait, a minute... rape... pillage... loot... now???

Hmm, maybe this everyone-going-to-heaven business doesn't sound so crash hot now, huh?

Well, you can believe what you want dude, but if you're going to start throwing Scripture around to back up your belief you better be prepared (2 Timothy 2:15).

So, dude, if what you say is true and it's backed up by the bible, then why did God give Moses the Ten Commandments? Why did God even let His Son die on the cross? And what about the rich man in hell (Luke 16) - if we're all going to heaven then He's obviously forgotten someone and needs to correct that mistake!

"And you believe in the Trinity. There is only one God. It says in John 1:1 'In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God' - see there is only one God, the "Word" and "God" are the same."

Again, dude, if you want to believe there's only God, then that's your prerogative, but don't start using Scripture to back your argument up, because using that verse you've just disproven your own belief. Just read 14 more verses down and you've got your answer... "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."

"So you believe that if a murderer were to confess Christ as their Saviour on their deathbed they would be saved and go to heaven. As opposed to someone who throughout their entire life does something good for the benefit of mankind and doesn't accept Christ, and therefore goes to hell."

Well dude let's say that in order to be saved you have to be "good". Define good. How do we know what is good, or what is bad? Murder might be bad in our society, but what of the lost trides in Papua New Guinea that still practice cannabilism? And do I have to do more "good" than "bad" to go to heaven? Does each "good" act carry a certain amount of points, and each "bad" act similarly carry a certain amount of points? Where can this "point system" be found? Who determined which act carried what amount of points?

And what now of the murderer who lying on their deathbed now discovers this "good-bad point system" and wants to do the right thing? It'll be too late.

The message of salvation is a simple one and yet what we do with it in this short space of time will carry eternal consequences - it's the dichotomy of life. Which is why Jesus' closing words to his disciples were very important "Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." (Mark 16:15)

Where will you spend eternity?

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. (Rev 3:20)


Preacher's Kid said...

Very good use of both scripture and logic. I've always believed that one doesn't cancel the other.
God bless!

Anonymous said...

Go preacher Ryan! Hope you are enjoying U2 (if that's where you are this weekend). Lucky.