>Who’s To Say?

>Lately I’ve been wrestling with judgement. For a change it isn’t me judging something/someone, but rather questioning the judgement of theologies. In short, people subscribe to certain Christian theologies believe that people subscribing to specific other Christian theologies are not going to heaven, and vice versa. My question is: What human says who is going where, based solely on their theology? Last time I checked, the scripture read:

25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
~John 11:25-26 (NIV)

Translated in my simple mind this means that whoever has received Christ as their Lord and Savior goes to heaven. End of story. It doesn’t matter if you are Amish, Baptist, Catholic, Episcopalian, Methodist, or belong to the United Church of Christ.*

It is not up to us to judge who ‘gets in’ and who doesn’t. This really struck me after a conversation with my aunt who simply said, “There is no way for anyone to know for sure about another person; Only God really knows for sure. He knows our heart”. That said, the following has solidified in my brain: theology is more about religion and far, far less about actual faith.

*Denominations purposely listed alphabetically for purposes of objectivity. I’m really not trying to offend anyone reads here. Also, please note that by saying that one ‘believes’ I mean that a person has accepted Christ as their savior, after all …even the demons believe that [there is one God] – and shudder. ~James 2:19 NIV

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~ by pe2nia1 on March 13, 2009.

 
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