God is Watching: Decide Wisely
It is believe by many that every action has an equal or even greater consequence, and that translates within the expansive spectrum of positive and negative things, even as opaque as the line between the two can be. Human behavior is this elusively evasive issue that is shapeless, much like a liquid, steadily shifting to fit into a specific context. The context upon which humans derive their binary assumptions of their world, right and wrong, good and evil, light and dark and etc are derived primarily from the dictations of their religious faith. It is from the ultimate authority of the particular religions deity or deities that humans construct their ethical ideas; at least from what they interpret to be the ultimate will. In Christianity it is most certainly true that ethical decisions made in the flesh contribute to ones potential for salvation.
Despite the shifting of Christianity’s prevailing elements, many of them remain constant; their an archaic testimony to the longevity of ultimate truths. The reason the religion has survived so long, in my opinion, is the archetypal elements of the cannon that resonate with all people across cultures and more importantly, time. Jesus Christ, the savior of the world, who most learn of through the ancient texts of the New Testament, is a uniquely powerful symbol, who harbors aspects of the highest humanity possible; he represents a possibility that humans who strive hard enough for, may one day become akin to; that is the primary objective for an individual in Christianity. Archetypes are base ideas generally symbolized in divine figures that are a transferable through culture and into every surviving religion. Christ is a collection of archetypes, but more predominate than most, at least as depicted in most Christian circles, is the peace bringing pacifist. One can infer from the numerous parables in the canonical text and specifically what Christ taught his followers, that he attempted to have people understand the correct way in God’s perspective to live one’s life. Based on that idea, for ones ethical behavior not to play a role in his or her salvation would give people authority to simply disregard the guideline of the cannon, besides the belief alone that God’s word is supreme, it in fact would undermine his will; it would make the entire notion of Christianity a contradiction amongst itself.
For the sake of argument entertain the idea that ethical behavior plays absolutely no role in the potential for salvation, in Christianity. First and foremost, if ethical behavior does not attribute to salvation, then why would God speak to the writers of the cannon at all? Why not sit back, let humans live as they please and welcome them with open arms at the end of life? Perhaps God does not value life and other qualities that are generally held on a pedestal, like honesty. That idea is nearly nonsensical, simply because for Christians to believe that God does not take into account their actions during life, then why would they have incentive to believe in God? Actually, if that was the case, people would not even know of God, because the writers of the Cannon would have absolutely no incentive or obligation to write the testaments. Believing that the ethical behavior; that Christians derive from their religious text has no role in their salvation gives them absolutely no reason to even acknowledge God. So, plainly, it would not be in the interest of God to not consider behavior.
Retrospectively, the disregard of one’s ethical decisions by God would not be in the best interest of humans during their earthly installment. The basic purpose of any religion anthropologically speaking is to understand the world and more importantly give reasons for existence. In Christianity, the controversial speculations over the exact reason for humans to exist are plentiful; however, for the sake of this argument, assume that the answer is simply to worship God. If that is the case there is no reason to worship God and abide by the principles of his word if it does not have a role in the achievement of “eternal life.” If one examines the progression of the human species through its relatively short expanse, it is obvious that life cannot and was not enjoyable [by modern standards] for nomadic circles before the creation of the younger religions that stem to the fruition of most modern structures of government. For instance, the United States federalist government is not by definition a theocracy, however; it has elements that are definitively religious in nature. The ideas of natural rights called the Bill of Rights in the Constitution are ultimately trickled down from God to every human. Without the inalienable rights given to humans by God, people could not have the rights that they have in the United States. One could be so bold to interject that without ones soul as collateral; societies would develop into anarchic pits that could probably not even be sanely termed “society.” It is because of religion that we have civilizations.
Because the only accountability humans would have without God, who basically does not matter if their actions are not evaluated, atrocities like the Holocaust or the genocide in Rwanda would happen much more often. It is because humans primarily derive the value of life from their religion people innately understand what is wrong with systematically murdering millions, or even murdering one person. On the surface it can sound like a selfish matter for people to only not do bad things because they are afraid what will happen after this life in relation to salvation and their ethical behavior on earth. That is a quality of humanity that will never change; people will always be selfish; however, for the sake of a safer and more peaceful world it seems that that is worth accepting.
Humans have a natural curiosity which is a testament to all of the advances of human endeavors. Every study in academia is first triggered by human intellectual or spiritual interest. The interest into the God and how humans are supposed to behave on earth is by far the most influential. The whole idea behind heaven for instance is something that is depicted to be this grand place, and we know from the cannon that bad angels were rejected from the presence of God. If ethics do not play a role in salvation, which means inherently that all people go to heaven regardless of their character and their actions on earth which is a result of their innate character and values, then heaven will be populated by the entire collection of humanity that has ever and ever will live. That being said, there have been an entire spectrum of people that have lived, and using the principles of the cannon as a basis for judgment, there have been very sick people that have done things that are not ideally heaven material. The possibility of people that do horrible things like murder and brutally rape small children, genocide and the such being in heaven without their actions taken into account, considering that they are not required to repent because there is no incentive to repent, is a complete eradication of canonical principles that would simply be a debauching of Christianity; so it makes perfect sense to believe that one’s ethical decisions determine salvation, because if not, it completely eliminates the need for salvation. The only argument that can be made otherwise is that, ones ethics determine how they experience life on earth, but what could be said to the aborted fetuses, or to the innocent victims killed everyday?
To believe that ethics plays absolutely no role in Christian salvation is basically to simply undermine Gods supremacy. If ethics do not have an effect on salvation then, literary speaking, why even have Christ teach about life; because life is purposeless if ethics are not taken into consideration when being chosen for eternal life. This is because if no matter how one lives their life they still receive the same outcome, it is absolutely pointless to even have a religion let alone follow any God.
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