What Yeshua’s kids are posting

Christian writer and friend of this blog Julie Ferwerda posted on her blog this morning, and I thought it was worth passing forward.

A friend and reader recently asked her,

“Hey Jewels, Pastor was talking at church today, and he said, ‘And there are some people out there now who say there is no hell. If that is true then Jesus died for nothing.’ I’m reading your book for the second time; it is making a lot more sense. Not sure what Jesus died for if there is no hell, was hoping you could help me.”

I can understand this message, as I happen to know that many of my believing readers and friends wonder the same thing.

And while I don’t believe in heaven, hell or Jesus, I was wondering how Julie would respond. And I find her response a positive one, especially for those who find themselves still caught up in the belief mentality.

I hate to post her final thought, but I have to, because it sums up her entire argument.

Jesus died on the cross to save everyone from death—Adam’s curse. That’s the gospel I believe. It’s good news for everyone, and its value is as far reaching as every human life that has crossed the threshold of time.

Read the rest of her post for more explanation.

Her explanation includes everyone. Atheists, Mormons, Hindus, Muslims.

Everyone, whether you believe it or not, gets a place in God’s afterlife, because he is that powerful. That’s quite the concept. Instead of a show of cognitive dissonance that god is all powerful and yet not all powerful at the same time, Julie’s take is, God IS all powerful. Period.

Julie has plenty of citations and references to back it up. And I applaud her for finding and relaying that message to believers who look at the entirety of the “traditional” Christian message and say, “Bollucks.”

I do not hide behind this all-encompassing message.  In the back of my mind, I don’t think, oh sweet … I’ve got a place in heaven … Thanks, Jewels for doing the homework.

There is no good reason to believe that heaven exists. And while many people might say, “Whoa, man! How could you? Wouldn’t life be grand if you knew you’d be with all your friends and loved ones forever?”

To which I say, “Sure. It might. But it still doesn’t add up when given the full picture.”

I would much rather regard my life as all I’ve got. And if it is, it means much more to me than the mindset that, “Oh, I don’t have to really get to know so and so, because I’ll have an eternity to take advantage of that.”

No. My time is now. Your time with your loved ones is now. Stop acting as if you have forever. What if you don’t. And if I want to know — truly know — family and friends, it’s now.

There’s that Christian idea that you don’t know the time or place. It’s true. No one knows when the death toll will honk its horn and pick you up.

This holiday season, pretend — maybe for an hour or two — that this is the last time you’ll see any of your friends and family. See how your mentality changes. See how you soften. You never know, you might like it.

 

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