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Letters to the Editor

Letter: Path to heaven

January 20, 2014

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To the editor:

Here are some samples from the Bible of those who will or will not be occupants of heaven. They are given clearly and concisely in two different ways.

First, it says who will not be. Jesus says, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 7:21). I Corinthians 6:9-10 and 13:1-3 identifies an even wider list of exclusions. Galatians 5:18-21 list the characteristics of those who do not live according to the Holy Spirit. Hebrews 11:6 identifies people without faith; finally, the sober identification of the residents of the Lake of Fire (Revelations 21:8).

The other way has a more positive note: In Matthew 12:46-50, Jesus says, “Who is my mother and who are my brothers? He then gives the answer: “Those who do the will of my Father.” He also says that we must love Him first above all others (Matthew 22:37). He gives clear definition to what this means in John 14:15 when He says, “If you love me, you must keep my commandments” and in John 15:12, “You must love one another as I have loved you.”

It seems to me that future occupants of heaven should be getting along better on the earth than we do; instead of division, there should be unity in marriage, family, churches, community, education, politics, etc. Do we place allegiance to our own wills over Jesus’? If so, then I wonder where this puts us in terms of our eternal dwelling place? I think the answer is obvious.

Comments

Ron Holzwarth 11 months ago

I like a Jewish concept better: We shouldn't concern ourselves with what happens to us after we die. That is, don't worry about Heaven, because we're here to be alive, not to worry about what will happen to us after death. But, the end result should be the same, because Jewish values are all about how to treat each other regardless of ethnicity or religion in a fair and ethical way, and also to care for the earth that we live upon.

After we die, our fate will be in the Creator's hands. I understand that He's really good at separating the wheat from the chaff.

Wayne Kerr 11 months ago

This editorial reminds me of a joke a friend told me. It goes something like this, three men, a Muslim, a Jew, and a Hindu were all killed in a car accident and all three went to heaven. God welcomed them all into heaven explaining that their faith, love, and compassion on earth showed that they all had lived worthy lives. To the Muslim, God explained, he'd reserved the 12th floor for people of his faith, but that he could visit any floor in heaven that he liked except the 33rd floor. To the Jew, he explained, the 15th floor had been reserved for people of his faith, but that he could visit any other floor except the 33rd floor. To the Hindu, he said, the 18th floor had been reserved for him, but like all the others he could go wherever he liked except the 33rd floor. The Hindu, hearing this, raised his hand and said, pardon me Lord for asking, but what's on the 33rd floor? Oh, God said, that's just the Catholics, we're trying not to disturb them, they like to think they're the only ones here.

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