How to get to Heaven from Chris Mole on Vimeo.
This entry was posted on December 24, 2010 by Neil. It was filed under Uncategorized .
Thanks for sharing that. The video leaves some questions that even others have asked of me in my ministry. For example, if it were really the case that God cannot allow anything imperfect (or not holy) into heaven ‘otherwise it wouldn’t be heaven’, why is it Satan was allowed there?
“Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. The LORD said to Satan, ‘From where do you come?’ Then Satan answered the LORD and said, ‘From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.'” (Job 1:6,7)
Further, the video states that at death, our soul lives on, either in heaven or in hell. Yet the Bible states, “the soul that sinneth, it shall die”, not live on elsewhere. (Ezekiel 18:4) Really, if we all live on after death anyways, why is there any need for a resurrection at all? The famous English Bible translator William Tyndale wrote concerning the dead, “In putting them in heaven, hell, and purgatory, [you] destroy the arguments wherewith Christ and Paul prove the resurrection.”
God’s Justice is cited as the reason for a fiery hell, where sinners are presumably tortured forever, and it compares this with an earthly judge upholding the law. Yet, even in earthly courts, is it not a concern that the punishment fit the crime? How just would it be for God to punish (or torture) someone eternally for crimes committed only for a relatively short period of time? Is that balance?
For that matter, the video doesn’t seem to address the fact that we are his creation. If we’re all imperfect and deserving of hell, doesn’t God, as many critics suggest, bear responsibility of creating us that way? Something’s missing here.
I think all of these issues can be harmonized by a careful consideration of God’s original purpose for mankind, what he said to Adam and what Adam did, along with God’s eye-for-eye principle of justice and Jesus’ role as “the last Adam”. (1 Cor. 15:45)
December 27, 2010 at 3:43 PM
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