"Christians," "salvation," and opaque love:
A RESULT OF WORMWOOD'S SUCCESS:
Paragraph 3 of Intention of Demons contains these three sentences: "How do we prevent consistent love---in all its forms---from becoming as intrinsic part of their character, and of their instinctive behavior? How do we stop or weaken the nascent engines of constructive action? We do this by primarily corrupting their faith . . . ." This hub gives a perspective of Wormwood's success. It also is from the Wormwood Letters---a letter from Albert's son.
Of all the people who proclaim the banner of Christianity, and Christ their Lord, do you not find it remarkable how few Christians awake from self-imposed torpor, and then shut off the remote, cut back on comfortable puttering, and actually put forth some effort to at least get their friends and family saved, and once saved make sure they stay that Way? I remember reading about a very successful man who was being interviewed by a news reporter. He was asked what the secret was behind his enormous success. He replied, "A sense of urgency." If this assiduous man can develop a sense of urgency to build an empire for the temporal benefit of mankind, then why can't Christians--commanded by God--muster up a sense of urgency for the eternal benefit of individuals? By "eternal benefit" I mean eternal life. It is not relevant that people generally believe in eternal life. What is remarkable is that Christians believe in everlasting life, and they know how wonderful is heaven, and how horrible is hell, and yet very few of them actively try to make this fact clear to others. How can this be? The central tenet, the primary pillar upon which Christianity is build is love: love of God in Jesus Christ, love of others through Jesus Christ, and yet people are constantly dropping off at death's realm like bees and flies caught in a freezing cold meat locker, most of those people are going to hell.
MATTHEW 15:8; MARK 7:6; 1 JOHN 3:10, 11, 14, 15( WITH LEVITICUS 19:17); 19:17,18; 2 JOHN 1:5,6 :
For the sake of argument let's say you are watching TV, and suddenly someone breaks into your living room, and he--engulfed in flames--is screaming to you, "Help! Help! I'm burning up! Help me! For Christ's sake help!" Would you say, "Hold that thought, my good friend. As soon as there is a commercial, I'll mute that duffer, and jump right on that problem you seem to be having"? No, I think even during a really good program most of us will immediately get a sense of urgency to help the guy out. I know I would. I would jump out of that recliner like a rocket; bend over to take a couple more gulps of my cold beverage; chase it with a handful of potato chips; find a fresh tape, shove it in the VCR, and press Record; rip the batteries out of the smoke alarm so the neighbors are not disturbed; run down the hall past the master bedroom where the king-size bed is, and continue on into the play-room to grab the dog's least favored blanket; and then rush right back to that poor suffering man. And I'm here to tell ya, I don't care if the phone is ringing. I'll answer it and just have to say, "Man alive, I have to call ya back; I have an emergency goin on here!" "No! No! No! It's not that, Corina; there is a man literally on fire in my living room. My shag rug is getting ruined, and my ceiling is going to have smoke damage." "I gotta go!" "So" . . . "So" . . . "What?" "No Corina, I can't tell if he's good looking." . . . "Because of the flames, you idiot. I gotta . . . Huh?" . . . "No, his hands are moving like crazy; I can't see a ring either." . . . "Look Corina, I gotta go. I'll call ya . . . " "What? You're kidding. When did she tell you that?" . . . "Her husband too? Both of them? Wow! I never would have dreamed. What else did she say?" . . . "Yah, I know" . . . "I know" . . . "I hear that" . . . "Well, we're going to have to put them on the prayer chain."
FORGETFULNESS( DEUTERONOMY 8:11; PROVERBS 3:1; 4:5):
Ok, Dad, I was going somewhere with that story. You know, I was going to make a really good point. I can't believe I forgot what it was. What causes that? I remember saying, "For the sake of argument let's say . . . ," you know, it was right after that love thing . . . uh . . . .
A PERSONAL COMMENT:
For many years I believed there was an eternal hell for those who rejected God's gift of Jesus Christ. This cognizance of hell was superficial. It was a belief that had no substance, no force, and no quality that could generate action. Nearly anyone would put the fire out on someone literally burning in front of him. That would be so real, so forceful, so urgent, and so mandatory. But my belief in hell was in the shadows of my mind, not in front of my eyes. Maybe it was just buried under a lack of love for others; indifference generates complacency, and complacency generates stagnation. Eventually this ethereal belief began to develop substance. It acquired an indescribable reality that vanquished indifference and complacency. Perhaps that belief requires genuine love to give it blood, life and power. What I can tell you for certain is I have to pray and fight to keep it alive.