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