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