Wednesday, June 20, 2018
This question came up on my Facebook feed and there was some lively discussion around the question. I added a comment and was taken to task for it so I thought I'd post the conversation here.
It will most likely ruffle feathers and that is ok, all I'm after is thoughtful, respectful ideas.
KYLIE:The way I think about it, God is love so if you make a choice to live with love, you will most likely go to heaven, no matter what your religion is. Jesus showed us what love is and it's probably easier to live with love if you know about Jesus but I don't think Christianity as we understand it is a prerequisite to heaven or a lot of people would be excluded
Sorry, Kylie, but this is completely against Christian and certainly Salvationist theology. Jesus said "I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except through me." There is but one way to Heaven and that is through faith in Jesus Christ.
Do you really think that if "as long as you live with love" was an option for getting into Heaven, that God would have asked His one and only son to endure what He did, as a sacrifice for you? For me?
I think that our entry to heaven is in accordance with our understanding. I also know that the Holy Spirit speaks to people who have no, or different understanding of God. Or who know God but don't name Him as such.
Jesus was sacrificed for us but do we need to know his name in order to benefit from his sacrifice?
What if a person who doesn't know anything about God in the formalised way we have been taught, hears the Spirit, responds to the Spirit and continues to do that for their lifetime. Is that person excluded from God's presence for all eternity?