See You In Paradise

See You In Paradise

Heaven: Where good people go when they die, the exclusive place for Christians to be with God, or wishful thinking?



The topic of heaven feels like a culmination of several topics we have discussed lately. It considers the human condition as well as the nature of God.

No one wants to think that they aren't going to heaven if there is one. If someone believes that it exists then when asked, they usually believe that they are good enough to be going there, but like I said in my wolves post: everyone is a wolf. So how can anyone be going to heaven if I think everyone is so bad?

Jesus.

I mean any good Christian knows the answer to every question is Jesus.

People say that it doesn't make sense that God would create humanity if he just accepts the "good" people into heaven, but I say that it does not make sense for God to send Jesus to die if everyone was already getting in . Some indicate that through the death of Jesus all of humanity was included in the Salvation that He promised. Why did Jesus tell His disciples to go tell people about what He did then? In Acts 1:8 He tells them that they will receive power to be able to be his witnesses to the whole world. What does it matter if everyone is already saved? “Hey I just saved everyone and I want you to go tell people so that they can be thankful to me before they get there.” I don't think so.  I think that there must be something important about people knowing the condition of the world and their hearts and being able accept what Jesus did for the condition that they got themselves into.

One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
Luke 23:39-43

It seems as if Jesus is implying that the criminal who believed in Him was going to go to heaven and the one that mocked him was not. Does everyone go to heaven? I think the Bible offers a resounding no. Whether you believe only a few people are elected (and who are the elect of God) to go to heaven or that people choose to believe in Jesus and thus go to heaven, there seems to be people left out. One criminal was in and one was out. To the one who was out they must have both sounded crazy, but don't all Christians sound crazy to those who don't believe?

So if heaven exists then hell must also exist and that is why I chose to follow up our discussion on heaven with a discussion on hell. Don't miss it! See You In Hell.

About the Author | Sean Kready
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A pastor wannabe who is searching the plan God has for him, hoping to know God better with others along the way.


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