Saturday, October 1, 2011
To Hell With Heaven
The modern gospel is commonly presented as an offer to go to heaven, Christ being the ticket to the heavenly land. Who would not want to go? I mean, given the usual alternative of an everlasting hell, would anybody turn the offer down? Even the devil would choose heaven over hell. After all, no one likes to suffer, not even the devil. Nevertheless, Christ did not send out His apostles as travel agents for heaven. He did send them out with a message of reconciliation as the apostle Paul states, "Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation." (2 Cor. 5:18,19) Christ Jesus said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me." (John 14:6) The destination we need to get to is relational, not geographical. We need to get to the Father, not to heaven. Man's problem is he is an avowed enemy of his Creator. Man is an active enemy combatant, at variance with God's Law. Man is in need of reconciliation, not heaven. Sadly, the modern church has turned heaven into a lethal distraction, and as a result, many will end up in hell.