“You send scouts to search out the latest in religion, send them all the way to hell and back.” Isaiah 57:9
I remember riding the school bus as a kid—a long, hour ride in the morning. One day a girl from my class, Suzie, said, “If you aren’t a Catholic, you will go to Hell.” I was probably in third or fourth grade and didn’t know anything about religion—especially Roman Catholics. And, I didn’t know much about Hell except for pictures in Sunday school papers showing a flame to represent the heat of Hell. I wasn’t too concerned about her comment because I knew Jesus loved me.
Without proper education and experience, it is dangerous to be a theologian. But sometimes one has such a strong conviction about what they believe, it becomes the gospel truth to them. Today, there are people who just don’t understand Christians.That’s easy to understand because of the different styles of worshipping, the difference in beliefs about social issues, and how one interprets what they hear from the pulpit. I believe it is reasonable to ask questions, “Why do you believe that?” It is imperative to understand what you believe so that you can share it from your heart.
My theology is super simple: God created man; not man for God. Leave the judging to God. Noone can convince me I’m not good enough to go to Heaven.
Lord, thank you for making my road to eternity paved through understanding your power. Amen.