Yesterday, Karl left me an interesting question in his comment. Is Heaven reserved only for Christians?Well in long winded rambling Bill style I started to reply. the reply was getting so long I decided to switch it to a post where I have the benefit of spell checker. My one remaining memory cell clicked in, I might have a partial post on this topic saved already. I was right, not exactly on topic but I am going to try to blend them together.
I am amazed how we as a people are drawn to news of doom and gloom. This includes me as this past while I have watched a few TV shows that are predicting the possible end of the world or rather are documenting various predictions made by individuals as to when this will happen. According to these predictions we face Armageddon or the end of the world in Dec. 2012, or 2060, or during our life time. i actually google the topic how many times has the end of the earth been predicted. There were dozens and dozens or this predictions of times that have come and long since gone. Memory guy here, I think the first predictions as only 50 or 60 years after the death of Jesus. So many predictions and yet we are still here, huh.
Well not to be left out, I am going to make my own prediction of when the world will end. To me it is simple it all related to the sun. in time the sun will in fact burn out. Now that could leave us a little cold. Now I don’t want to get into debating all of the scientific data involved with this and I understand non of it. But, from the sites I visited scientific estimations seem to vary between 4 1/2 – 6 BILLION years from now. Based on this I predict our planet will be here for at least another 3 BILLION years. Ok that is the physical earth. I believe mankind will be here for that same length of time that is unless scientists have developed space travel to the extent we have all move upward and outward.
I do not believe though that mankind can survive another 3 billion years on this planet in the manner in which we are going. Those same TV shows talk to predictions of Armageddon, the anti-christ, horrific wars so many bad things that ultimately herald the return of Jesus. God, I see as being a very loving and forgiving Father i can’t help be see the return of Jesus as being anything but a wonderful beautiful thing. I have prayed and asked for Him to return many times. Help us lovingly straighten out this mess we have made of the world on our own. I believe that God loves each and every person on this planet as one of His children. That pesky free will thing of ours does at times let His children act out. But I can not imagine that with His capacity for pure love and forgiveness, that any of His children are loved more or less than the next.
Found another partial saved post that sort of relates to this topic, not sure how long ago it was I wrote this.
I have to write things down or I quickly seem to forget to much:
I watched an interesting TV documentary a while back. On the program they were interviewing leaders of I think all of or at least most of the major religions in the world. I remember there was a Christian, a Muslim, a Jew, Buddhist. I am sorry if I have forgotten others. included also in the group was a Muslim extremist and it was interesting to hear his views. All religions and faiths do have their extremists. The basis of the program was of how some of the various religions are trying to reach out to the others to allow us to live together. Now wouldnt’ that be wonderful. One particular question asked of the religious leaders was: When you get to Heaven to you expect to see members of other faiths there also. Over whelming the answer was yes, with 2 notable hold outs. The Muslim extremist was animate that only Muslims would get to Heaven. Now I have to say I was surprised when the mainstream Christina leader was just as adamant that only Christians would get to Heaven. It caused me to take pause and think. We in the West seem to typically frown on or even look down at the extremist Muslim core beliefs. Now I have to wonder are not our main stream Christian beliefs the same. Individually thinking only our group is the right on and will get to Heaven. I am just talking core beliefs and don’t want a big issue over activities bombings etc.
I wonder, If Jesus were to return tomorrow to lead his chosen to Heaven. Within Christianity there are hundreds maybe thousands of different churches. Each preaching basically the same message but each with its own little twist. There are millions of devote Christians attending church and living the very best Christian life they can. They pray to and worship the same God, what could make one more acceptable than the next. That is assuming equal lives are lived with the only difference being the particular Christian church they attended. I believe the role of each church is to guide and lead us t0 live the best lives we can and from which individual church we learn that does not matter.
For what I am saying let’s recognize each religion, each faith has it’s own extremists. It is difficult as it is in fact the extremists that get all the press. But, let’s take them out of the equation. The extremist of any faith are the tiny majority let’s try and put them out of our minds for the time. That leaves us with the vast majority of people in this world.
People, just plain people no different than I am. Each trying to be the best person they can with what they are given. Cultures may vary, languages may vary and even religious practices and beliefs may vary but we are just people all of whom God loves as His own. God does not see skin color, nor the shape of the eyes. I believe God will only see the heart contained with any person, irregardless of anything.
Wow, Karl I used up two previously saved partial posts and added a little more today. Heaven is open to all.
Thank God for spell checker