A Golden Ticket To Heaven? August 20, 2010Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Mindfulness.
The premise (or promise) of Christianity, as it is generally practiced today, is that all Christians, the tall and the small, the meek and the mild, the wonderful and the wild, are going to Heaven by virtue of their acceptance of the late J.C. as their personal Savior.
And no one else is getting past the bouncer at the gates.
This seems a poor starting point for a religion ostensibly based upon teachings of love, tolerance, compassion, and acceptance.
When taken to its logical extreme, it means that a mass-murderer who spends a lifetime engaged in misdeeds, but who takes a few minutes on the walk to the electric chair to finally recognize Jesus as his personal Savior, will ascend to Heaven the moment the sparks have died down, but the same all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving God would turn away at the gates someone who lived life with kindness, compassion, and love for all, but in ignorant bliss of the boastful claims of Christianity.
If God is willing to forgive a Christian rapist, or a Catholic priest who molests children, I expect that God will forgive all of us . . . whether or not we embrace the tenets, dogma, and trappings of the Christian religion.
The central premise of the Christian religion encourages bad behavior because Christians allegedly hold a Golden Ticket into Heaven, not for following the actual teachings of Jesus, which would make sense, but solely for being willing to accept that God killed his only Son, the late, great J.C., on a cross, in front of witnesses, next to common criminals, to prove how much he loved mankind!
Talk about tough love!
Led to believe that, as members of the one true religion, they alone hold a Golden Ticket to Heaven, many self-identified Christians behave poorly ~ thumping their Bibles while engaging in hate crimes, religious wars, and other acts of moral superiority.
I’ve heard it said that the label Christian is a label that Jesus, if he were alive today, would avoid. I expect they’re right.
Why would Jesus, who stood for love, compassion, acceptance, and kindness want to align himself with present day Christians who focus more on their Golden Ticket to Heaven than their behavior here on Earth?
As used today, the label Christian lacks a uniform meaning or construction, applying as it does to vastly different people:
Some Christians actually follow the teachings of Christ, to the best of their ability, by showing love, compassion, and acceptance to all.
Other Christians give lip service to the teachings of Christ, but fall far, far short of the bar.
And then there are the hypocrites, who blithely excuse their failure to follow even the most basic Christian teachings by saying:
* Hey, I’m human. God understands that engaging in sinful behavior is all part of life here on Earth. That’s why he sent his son, J.C., to die for me on the cross.
* Hey, I’m not perfect, but that’s cool, because I’m getting into Heaven and you’re not!!!! Since you haven’t accepted Christ as your personal savior, you’re going to end up as just another “shrimp on the barbie.”
* I’m free to do whatever I want while I’m here, as long as I confess my sins, and embrace Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior at some point before I breathe my last breath (even if that breath is taken in the gas chamber due to my previously vicious propensities).
Christ encouraged us to live in accordance with his Spiritual lessons, not give lip service to them by joining a church which is both elitist and divisive.
The Christian church is interested in rites, tenets, and dogma.
Jesus is interested in love, compassion, kindness, and acceptance. Rather than engaging in religious rituals, Christ stayed in the moment, using what was offered to demonstrate love, compassion, and acceptance for all.
The Christian church is interested in playing the role of interpreter and glorified translator for us.
Jesus spoke to us directly. He did not preach from a pulpit. He walked among his brothers and sisters to spread his message of love.
We start to see what he meant, without relying on the church to interpret for us.
J.C. did not stop to transcribe his sermons, or thump a Bible. He knew that his lessons of love, peace, and acceptance, would be engraved on our hearts and Spirits.
All we have to do is look within and remember their message.
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