Apparently, Now, Everyone who Dies Goes To Heaven...

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Apparently, Now, Everyone Who Dies Now Goes To Heaven….

Those of us who read our Bible and know its Divine contents are always amazed when Hollywood and celebrities of all stripes interpret the Word and put their Politically Correct take on it. One of the Politically Correct common niceties is to give entrance to Jesus’ Heaven, no matter how we lived our lives… we can die with the Heroin needle sticking out of our arms from an overdose or living the homosexual lifestyle or on top of someone’s wife or husband, while committing adultery or fornication, and, apparently, God/Jesus will still welcome us into His Heaven. As an attorney, I do not make up the rules of the law… I know that I must argue my case within the confines of the given tenets and canons of the law to be successful, but apparently, not so with the ultimate of victories... of acceptance to Heaven.

I have wondered lately that if it is the case that you can live your life no different than those who are not Christian and still enter Heaven… then what was the purpose of God writing the contractual rules in the Bible - you know, do this and you will receive this? I dare say that no matter the pomp and pageantry of the respective funerals, no speech from lay-persons, politicians, or preachers or celebrities of note can give the dead access to Heaven… and that no matter the pedigree or one’s station in life or whether they broadcast his or her funeral… so all the world can see… will cause his or her to enter Jesus’ Heaven without living the life that warrants such a reward….

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus conveyed the story of the rich man and Lazarus… telling us how the former looked up from the depths of a literal burning Hell, begging to get a taste of water to quench his thirst. The scary thing about the Lazarus/richman parable was that the latter's noted Sin was not giving to the poor, yet he was in Hell. Now, compare how many of these celebrities lifestyles and how they die, yet we talk about them singing with the angels and serenading God. The question that begs itself about those who have died is… did their songs or movies glorify God - did those same songs enticed their respective fans to hook up and have sex outside of marriage… can we repeat those same song lyrics from the pulpit… can we repeat the dialogue from their movies in a church… without copius editing? Many of us, sad to say, who call ourselves Christians, do not believe in a literal Hell, especially when, if you read your Bible, that you know that Jesus spoke and warned us about the travails of Hell more than any other topics in the Bible.

Many of us repeat the popular perversion of the Word by telling the ignorant that a kind God/Jesus will not suffer anyone to go to Hell... so why did Jesus come to earth... why did He expended so much of His teachings about the place where there is gnashing of teeth and where the worms do not die... and that it is better to enter into Hell a multiple amputee… than to have appendages to feel the burning fire? In our arrogance, we act as though we can love each other more than God loves us… when we smugly say what kind of God would have a Hell, forgetting that we are told by the Divine that He takes no pleasure in the death of Sinners or that Hell was not make for humans, but for the Devil and his angels.

Many of us Christians get caught up in the world of popularity and we ignore the teachings that we have read and continue to read and set them aside because we are afraid the world will say, look how harsh that religion is. But we must ask ourselves… can we back up our beliefs in the Word of God/Jesus with what we have read in the Bible? For indeed if adhering to the Word of God means that your church will be empty or that you are not popular - so be it… than for you to preach or spread perversions of the Word. My constant refrain when I speak or write about the Word of Jesus is that it does not come off as though I am perfect, but only to convey the plain Word of God. When David slept with Uriah’s wife and schemed and had him killed to cover up the adulterous affair and the subsequent pregnancy… did David then say it was alright morally what he had done? When preachers speak out against sinful behaviors… it is not to say that they are perfect, but only to adhere to the warning that God gave to Ezekiel, which says, “warn them for me.” For it is even worse if you tell the masses that Sinful behaviors are ok and that there are no consequences, of which there is a literal burning Hell if we die in our Sins.

I do not know for certain the Eschatological destination of Princess Diana, who died with her boyfriend – not her husband – in that tragic accident or Michael Jackson who died in throes of being hooked on prescription drugs, and last, but not least, what we suspect in the latest celebrity death of Whitney Houston, who was seen before her untimely demise, drinking and hanging out with her off and on boyfriend, RJ. It is a frightening disservice to say to those who do not know the Word that this person entered Heaven when his or her immediate actions before dying did not reflect this reward. I am reminded again that all that Ananias and Sapphira did was lied to the Apostle Peter about land the couple had purchased, yet they were struck down for lying… let the Traditional Christian note the import that this happened to Ananias and Sapphira after Jesus went back to Heaven. I end with a challenge… how many of us Traditional Christians would want to live and die like these celebrities mentioned above… and are certain where they will spend eternity… yet with certainty, I wish when I die, I go where the disciples are, along with the Apostle Paul, King David, the Prophet Samuel, and the Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Israel.






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Brooke Lorren 4 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

The Bible doesn't say that Ananias and Sapphira went to hell. Yes, they were killed for their sin, but that doesn't mean their destination was hell.

We don't work for our salvation. We could never be good enough. That's why Jesus died. Now, if we are saved, we should want to live for God. That is our responsibility, but that doesn't mean that we will be perfect.

Where did the above people end up? I don't know. I'm not going to assume that they went to Heaven, yet I do not know whether they were backslidden Christians or never repented of their sins in the first place. If they did make it into Heaven, they definitely forfeited many of the good things that God has waiting for those that follow him faithfully.


Huntgoddess profile image

Huntgoddess 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

Many of us are like the older brother in the Parable of the Prodigal Son. The older brother was actually in much worse spiritual shape than the Prodigal.


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Dave Mathews 4 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

If you understood what you read in your Bible you would know that "Hell" is a whole lot different than the"Lake of Fire" wher even Hell and death will end up being hurled into by Jesus.

You would know that any follower of Jesus teachings, believeing in his crucifixion and resurrection through faith will be saved.


Verily Prime profile image

Verily Prime 4 years ago from New York Author

I have asked you over and over again to explain the lazrarus and richman story and you have yet to do so. Jesus Himself spoke of gnashing of teeth and the unquenchable fire and you choose to ignore it. I say to those who read this blog... read your Bible and tell me what Jesus meant about Hell... whether it was symbolic or an actual place...


Verily Prime profile image

Verily Prime 4 years ago from New York Author

Right you are concerning the fates of Ananias and Sapphira...


James A Watkins profile image

James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

God Bless You! Finally, somebody said it. I am with you 100 percent. You speak the Truth. Everything you wrote is divinely discerned and right on target. Thank you very much.


Huntgoddess profile image

Huntgoddess 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

We don't know where anybody goes, but we have an obligation to pray for the living and the dead. Personally, I have enough problems dealing with my own sins. Another person's sins are none of my business. My business is to live my life according to the Corporal and the Spiritual Works of Mercy.

We might know what acts people have done, but we don't know anyone's intention. G-d sees things differently than we do. We don't know what that person's life was like, or what that person may have meant, or how much -- if any --- understanding that person had. Let's go ahead and let G-d be G-d.

And, while we're doing that, let's stop writing scandal and evil about our fellow humans. We should be showing love, kindness and mercy to others, and showing them G-d's love by example.

I agree with Brooke.

God bless.


Verily Prime profile image

Verily Prime 4 years ago from New York Author

This is good - pray for the dead? Last time I checked, I read that there is no redemption in the grave... also it is appointed unto man, once to die and then the judgment, Hebrews 9:27. In my profile that's been up for a year, I specifically say where I am coming from in writing this blog and I welcome spirited debates and so if you say pray for the dead and you can show me where this is in the Bible, I would gladly change if I have misreprsented the Bible. As I said before I write not to judge anyone but with the same token I will not sugarcoat the Word even for my personal failings. And just how there are those who pray me for me and never met me - so do I do the same because it is what Christians do. I did not write any scandal about anyone and I will continue to write the truth about the Word if it means having no followers or people getting mad at me.


Huntgoddess profile image

Huntgoddess 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

Well, Counselor --- you are aware that all laws must conform with the United States Constitution. Yet, citizens don't go around carrying copies of the U.S. Constitution with them, and interpreting it any way they see fit.

We have the U.S. Supreme Court for that. Only the Supreme Court has the authority to interpret the Constitution.

So, who interprets the Bible? Each citizen for her or himself?

Nobody is "mad at" you. I disagree. Disagreement does not equal anger. You actually seem a little angry yourself. Perhaps you are not doing such a great job of showing Our Lord's love by example --- because you are so angry. Surely you are aware that some of the people you mention here were victims of exploitation, and didn't really have much chance in life.

Here is a URL about why we pray for the dead:

http://www.aboutcatholics.com/life_in_christ/where...

At this website you can read a little more about the spiritual and corporal works of mercy:

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10198d.htm

God bless.


Verily Prime profile image

Verily Prime 4 years ago from New York Author

Hi Hunt Goddess:I am a Traditional Christian

flawed like anyone else, but I am not going to say because, for example, If slept with another man's wife it is ok when I know the God I believe in says that behavior is a sin. There are areas of the Bible that are written plainly and not allegorical and so if my friend is gay I am not going to lie and say any interpretation of the Bible I read say that lifestyle is ok, yet i do not hate anyone because he or she is gay. I will not compromise the Word and call God a liar.


Huntgoddess profile image

Huntgoddess 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

No, of course it is not okay to commit adultery. Yet, there are three elements to a sin: The act itself; Knowledge; Consent. We can only know one of the elements, i.e., the act itself.

Our Lord said the most important things are:

Love God;

Love your neighbor.

We do not show our love for our neighbor by insisting they must be in Hell because they did such and such or so and so while they lived.

True, we are also called to instruct the ignorant, counsel the doubtful and admonish the sinner. Those are three other spiritual works of mercy. But, when someone has already died, we can't do that anymore.

Further, we don't avoid sin simply because we're afraid of Hell. But, ideally we avoid it because it offends G-d, who is all-good and all-loving.


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Verily Prime 4 years ago from New York Author

You think that when I write I do so out of hatred - So all the homilies preached by the disciples and Jesus and my preacher and my own mother to her children, many done in truthful harshness - they all did so out of hatred? The things I do privately due to my faith in Christ Jesus I will not say out loud because it would sound like I am boasting or puff up... our disconnect Godess is because we have a different take on the Gospel on how it should be conveyed and also beliefs in certain doctrines alien to me like praying for the dead and purgatory.


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THWLE 4 years ago from Illinois

Like Dave Matthews said, "hell", which is the Greek word "Hades" found in Revelation 20:14, is thrown into the lake of fire. Here is the definition of Hades from Strong's Concordance.

G86

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hade?s

hah'-dace

From G1 (as a negative particle) and G1492; properly unseen, that is, “Hades” or the place (state) of departed souls: - grave, hell.

As you can see, Hades is the unseen world of the dead which is destroyed by this lake of fire. It is translated in the English Bible as grave or hell. It is very obvious that this particular "hell" is not the place of eternal punishment that you wish to support.

Even when I was a mainstream Christian I knew that Sheole (the Hebrew word in the old testament that is the same word as Hades in Greek), Hades, and Gehenna (the other word Jesus used that was translated into hell in the English Bible) could not be this place of eternal punishment that everyone taught us about in Church. Even then I corrected my leaders and reminded them that it was really the lake of fire that they were needing to refer to and they would always concur. So if it may be boiled down to that quickly I will continue on... if not I will come back with more later.

The very first verse in Revelation explains that the whole vision John receives is "signified" or rendered into signs. No one has a problem seeing that the lamp stands, or the stars, or the dragon that sweeps a third of the stars from the sky, or the horses that ride across the sky etc... are all obvious signs. Yet when we get to the lake of fire, all of the sudden we are dealing with something literal.

First of all, who gets to decide which parts are literal and which parts are symbolic? How about the writer of the book, who said the message was all in signs!?

Also, tell me how a literal fire can literally burn death, which is the state of a being after the body dies? A state or an idea cannot be burnt. This lake of fire is the symbol for the mechanism which Christ used to destroy death, our sin, and the world of the dead aka Hades or "hell" in the English translation. He did this through His death and resurrection.

The entire book of Revelation is a "behind the scenes" look, or full disclosure, of what really happened during the final week of Jesus' life on this earth.

As for dealing with the title of your post, yes, everyone does in fact go to heaven, not because of our own actions. This gift of eternal life we have all received was given to us through the sacrifice of Jesus. This gift is not a "noun" gift that can be accepted or rejected. His gift was an action... a deal made between the Father and the Son on our behalf. We are all equal now. No one is any better than anyone else. This gospel brings peace on earth and proves the goodwill that God has toward his creation.

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