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Protest in Heaven: On the judgment day.
You have lived so righteously as you belief is right and acceptable in the sight of your God. You have worked so hard not to be found wanting on the judgment day when you shall stand before God to give an account of all your activities on earth. You followed your scripture as you understood and you were confident that you got it right just as the founder of your religious sect assured you. Then what will stop you from entering into the promised paradise after you have done all you belief is right?
Someone said, “When I get to heaven on the judgment day, God shall ask me, ‘why must I let you in?’ I shall answer, because ‘I am saved by the blood of the lamb.’ Then God will open the gates and let me in.” The speaker above claimed, it is a waste of time for us to narrate how well or bad we have been or to give any account because it won’t be necessary because Jesus did all that for us. He based his fact on the ground that nobody is perfect so if we depend on our perfection then we shall not make it. Then if he is right that nobody is perfect then nobody is righteous and we are all sinners for it is said, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God that whosoever belief in his name will not perish but have an everlasting life.” What need for Judgment if God knows that we are all sinners and we can’t perfect ourselves?
The main interest here is not on the above theory of the event on the expected Judgment but on the various religions and religious sect since it is said that one God will judge all man. Then on what bases will God judge a Catholic, Pentecostal, Jehovah’s witness, protestant, Muslim, Hindus, atheists, Mystics, among others when they all lived rightly according to their various beliefs. Just as my journey with an unborn child revealed, are they all right or is it only a specific religious sect that is right.
Some people claimed that the devil rebelled against God and that may be little compare to what may happen on the judgment day when many may be found wanting despite that they followed their chosen religion to the fullest and felt assured that they will make it to heaven only for them to be rejected at the gate because they did not follow the right sect. Many people are already ready to lead the protest if they should be denied the heavenly paradise just by their belief/doctrines and not by their works. Just imagine how you will feel if you were rejected for being a protestant or Catholic or witness or Pentecostal despite that you were a Christian.
It will be a big disappointment. But let us also remember that many people had died before the various religions were established and such people must also be judged since all must face judgment by an “unchanging God” whose laws and requirement for righteousness, some people claimed, changes. The point still remains that all claims are based on faith but like Mahatma Gandhi said, “God has no religion.”