Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Way, the Truth & the Life.

I liked this column by Steve Ridgell on John 14:6. If I were a pastor, I could preach a whole sermon on it. Most people seem to think we have to fall down on our knees and accept Jesus get to heaven. I prefer to think of it as the best way, but not the only way. 

John 14:6

Think about it for a moment. If it were the only way, God would not let unbaptized children, jews or muslims into heaven unless he started making exceptions. It specifically implies that the God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob would not let Abraham, Isaac & Jacob into heaven, because they didn't go down on their knees to accept Jesus. They never had the opportunity. And punishing children for what they don't understand? What if the child dies in an abortion before even being born? My God is good God and that must be incorrect logic. I think people are misunderstanding what Jesus means. This is at the Last Supper when Jesus is about to be arrested, flogged & crucified. I think it means without Jesus' death on the cross atoning for our sins, we cannot go to heaven. 

Why? God's 2 big promises are justice & mercy. Wait, how do you punish sinners & give them mercy at the same time? A bullet to the brain & oblivion? No, God takes the punishment for us thru Jesus' death on the cross. The fall down on your knees & repent thing works, but it's not the whole point. If you don't feel like repenting at first, no big deal. I started with convincing myself that there is good evidence for the resurrection as a real historical event & for God's existence, but there are many paths up the mountain. Later on came the realization that there were many things in my life that I needed to ask forgiveness for.

Will God specifically care if you call him Yahweh, Jehovah, Allah, Lord, God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit or Jesus? I don't think so, as long as you get to a belief in God's existence, I think Jesus' death on the cross means we are all good to go as long as we believe. 

I think it also provides a means for those that never got the opportunity to call Jesus our Lord and Savior. I could be wrong, though. Perhaps, after we die or on the Judgement Day, we are given a second chance to confess Jesus as Lord. In this life, I think we all have to bow down to God's sovereignty & realize that He, not us, makes the decisions about who does or doesn't enter heaven. Our reasons why some may not go to heaven may be no better than the reasons why we shouldn't be allowed to go to heaven either. Only God has the right to make that call.

Jesus, in your precious, holy name I pray, may it be so.

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