This is a shocking idea and one that will make you realize that God’s job is above your pay scale. I picked up the idea last week in a news comment online. If you ever want to read putrid hate from people, read the online comments to any news article.
Here is the scenario: 1) A man has given his life to Jesus and has followed the guidelines for eternal salvation. 2) Same man has sexual issues (you pick it – there are plenty). 3) Same man rapes a woman. 3) Woman has no relationship with God. Has never given her life to Jesus. She doesn’t forgive the man who raped her. Hates him for the rest of her life. 4) Both man and woman die on the same day and stand at judgment together. They recognize each other. Man asks for forgiveness for what he has done. Woman refuses to forgive and spats hatred at him for what he did.
God walks up to the judgment stand. 1) The man has clearly sinned but he has confessed and repented and has given his life to Jesus. 2) The woman has not confessed or repented to anything and has not given her life to Jesus. She clearly has not forgiven the man for what he did.
Looking at this scenario strictly from Biblical outlines, the man will walk into heaven and the woman will walk into hell. True or false? If you don’t like this scenario, pick another – How about the guards in the concentration camps during WW2? How about the settlers and the Native Americans?
My pay scale of administering justice is very far from even imagining this. How about you?
You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.
We’re all going to hell.
Muslims > Christians – hell
Christians > Muslims – hell
Catholics > Protestants – hell
Protestants > Catholics – hell
Christians > Jehovah’s Witnesses – hell
Jehovah’s Witnesses > everyone else – hell
The list goes on. You get the point. Every group thinks they are on top of the heaven bound train and everyone else is missing it. Even within denominations, there is judgment. Amish to Mennonite. Conservative Mennonite to liberal Mennonite. Liberal Mennonite to Gay Mennonite.
I was reminded of this recently when I heard of a friend that joined a very small rigid church (I would call it a cult). This group has no room to spare for anyone who doesn’t follow their exact teachings. I guess they will be in a mini-heaven of about 30 people. The rest of us are all going to hell.
Seriously, i guess it’s normal for everyone to think “I found the way”. Even those who believe that everyone can go to heaven believe that “evil” people are going to hell including the self righteous that judge.
So who is going to hell? There are very few verses in the Bible that mention hell. We could discuss it here . . . but we probably won’t agree.
But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. . . . . And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
Elaine is going to hell – YouTube
Years ago, our family went into a Wendy’s to eat after church. This particular Wendy’s must have been the post-church-hot-spot because it was packed. We were standing in line to order and I had time to observe a striking lesson.
Families standing in line began to fear that they wouldn’t get a table. They came up with this brilliant idea: One family member (generally the mother/wife) gave their order to the father/husband and went to secure a vacant table. The father/husband stood in line to order the food. Not a bad idea. It’s not illegal or unethical. But it started to cause a bigger problem.
So many people were now reserving tables for their families still in line that there were NO tables left open for the people who now had their food and were trying to sit down. The families that were reserving tables for later were keeping the families with food from being able to eat. If they would have just gotten up and released their tables for the people with food, the dining room would have kept flowing and there would have been seats for everyone in time.
The families reserving the tables were fearful. They were trying to protect their interests at the expense of others. People with trays of food were forced to stand looking at the people with empty tables. The fearful people could only look down because they were embarrassed at the scene in front of them.
Why do we worry? Why do we fret about retirement that is years or decades away? We may be worrying about a need 10, 20, or 30 years away while there are others who have nothing to live on now.
I’m not advocating poor financial planning. I’m not against saving. But what is the cost to those who are hungry today while we worry about food in the future? Should we be concerned about medical care in our senior years when so many need care right now?
Next time you’re in a busy restaurant take notice of the people “saving” a seat. Many restaurants no longer seat parties until the entire group is ready to sit down. hmmm
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.