This is one of those posts that I may have to paste on Facebook and Myspace. The thing that always bothered me about organized religion is that there are so many, and no one can ever just play nice and get along. There are some wonderful “Christian” folks that when you try to challenge their beliefs they revert to name calling. Nice isn’t it? If you don’t follow their dogma or rhetoric you’re an idiot. I’m bold enough in my faith that I won’t try to argue with you or even twist around a few Bible verses to make it seem like I’m right. Don’t you love people like that? They will go out of their way to find verses that say they’re right yet the surrounding verses don’t exactly match.
Before I even go into what I wanted to talk about let’s delve into what I believe. It’s 100 % percent backed up by the Word of God and I can open up any chapter in the Bible and prove that I am right. I won’t argue or expect you to have the same beliefs because an adult won’t resort to bullying and name calling to prove a point. There is only one way to get to heaven and that’s through Jesus Christ. John 14:6 supports this and that’s the cornerstone of what I believe. Jesus died on the cross to pay for the sins of mankind. God came to earth to die for us. How many people do you know that would die for you? I have a minute think about it. Hebrews 2:9 makes it a little easier to grasp. I also believe in the trinity of God, The Father, and the Holy Ghost. Jesus was in fact God in the flesh. Crazy isn’t it? John 10:30-38 again supports this which is awesome because all these years I was confused about who Jesus was and once I actually started reading the Bible I began to understand just how awesome God truly is. Those two beliefs right there are the core of my beliefs. I could go into more but those are the most important. Without Jesus Christ there is no salvation. Without Jesus there is no Heaven.
Now, on to the whole point of this blog. I have been reading and hearing about a new religious trend called Universalism. The core of this is that everyone gets into heaven because God couldn’t really be that sadistic to torture the people he created right? Wait, let me get this straight. When you die you basically get a Mulligan? You can be a complete and total scumbag on earth, reject God and you get to Heaven anyway? Seriously? Do you see the problem here? If that were true then Jesus really didn’t need to die for our sins. It was unnecessary. You can also wipe out the portions of the Bible that talk of judgment and wait, Revelations isn’t all that important either because no one goes to hell. Any Bible scholar will tell you how dangerous and misguided this doctrine is. You can go through the entire Bible and wipe out all of the dogma that universalism is. If these chuckle heads are correct there was no point in Jesus shedding his blood at Calvary and hey, why are we even preaching about Salvation anyway? According to these guys you can reject God your whole life and when you die you go to heaven anyway.
You have to repent of your sins and believe in Jesus Christ. There is no way around it. God has given us many opportunities to accept Christ and there will come a day when we will be judged and for those that have rejected Christ and refused the gift of salvation there will be no Mulligan, only eternal torment. Like a lot of people I truly believe that Universalism is wrong and against Scripture. Why did Christ die on the cross if there was a chance that everyone would get a second chance? What does that say about those of us who have accepted Christ and are struggling to do the right things and to lead people to Christ? Are we wasting our time? If you think about it and look at it from a Universalists point of view we really don’t need to worry about Salvation so why bother leading people to Christ because hey, you can accept Christ when you get to heaven.
What really bothers me is that there are religions, and even people who don’t even believe in Christ so how then are they given the opportunity to get to Heaven? Isn’t there a verse in the Bible about denying God all of your life and when you do die and call upon the Lord he’ll deny he even knew you? Heb. 10:26-27 puts the entire Universalism movement to rest. Here are a few more of my beliefs that pretty much destroy Universalism; 1 John 1:9, John 1:12, and Romans 5:1. With Universalism it truly takes away the need for a Savior which dilutes the importance of Christ’s death. You really don’t need to accept Christ, or even confess your sins. As a Christian I am wasting my time because there is no hell! Why then did I accept Christ as my savior?