Monday, January 30, 2012

Question #2 Does everyone go to Heaven?

I pray your weekend was filled with worshiping the ONE who is worthy of all our praise. We are in the middle of our series on heaven.

Our question for the day, does everyone go to heaven is controversial. It is hard to wrap our brains around the idea of a place that God would send anyone filled with torment that never goes away.

This topic goes to the very core of God's nature. If we believe that God is the one and only God, who created everything and is Master of the universe then we have to conclude that He can do what He wants.

Our Father is just that, our Father. He created us for a relationship. As any good father He wants the best for his family. He wants us to love him and obey. The word obey is such a tough concept and can be very hard to swallow. You see, we want to do things our way. Burger King tells us we can have it any way we want! I could bring up numerous adds that tell us we can do whatever we want. Let's look at what Jesus himself said.

Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.

John 5:25-29 (ESV)

It's not popular to think of God or Jesus "executing judgement". That concept doesn't mesh with a loving God. In fact books have been written in the past few years about this topic. The conclusion is that everyone gets to go to heaven. That is Satan's ultimate lie my friend. If everyone is going to heaven then there is nothing to strive for on this earth. No need to be holy if we all go no matter what.

George Barna who is probably the most interesting pollster on the body of Christ says this;

Destinations

"Most Americans do not expect to experience Hell first-hand: just one-half of 1% expect to go to Hell upon their death. Nearly two-thirds of Americans (64%) believe they will go to Heaven. One in 20 adults (5%) claim they will come back as another life form, while the same proportion (5%) contend they will simply cease to exist."

Obviously the vast majority of American's believe they are going to heaven. Let's just rest on that thought for today and continue to next time.

In Christ Alone




Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the ground each morning Satan says, "Oh crud, she's up".

1 comment:

  1. Hey Jill, I've been going backwards on reading your post. I need to go to the beginning :) That a thought! Everyone needs to go back to the beginning to get the story straight....oh, my how God teaches us lessons even in our mistakes. Pondering Post...must get to the first post...haha, to good to miss such great reading. Love, sister In Christ Ana at Our Front Porch...aharshaw@gmail.com

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