Excerpt from a conversation in my head:
“Anybody who believes in anything must wonder about life… why we’re here, what we’re here for, where we’re gonna end up. I guess that means the most important questions surround the end game.”
So then I asked myself: “What’s the end game of Christianity?” And I realized, the end game of Christianity… is love.
“The end game of Christianity is to love anyone and everyone. To love your neighbor more than yourself, and to love your enemy more than your neighbor. The righteous commission of every God-fearing believer is to share the good news about Christ with every soul we come into contact with. The fact that in Christ, we’re no longer sinners but saints.”
I learned an important lesson lately, one that checks both guilt and pride simultaneously: “Nothing we do can ever change our standing with God.”
“No matter the good, no matter the bad, nothing changes the overwhelming amount that he loves us. No good deed can earn God’s love; it’s a gift given out of pure grace. And regardless of any evil deed, any impure thought, any deplorable act, Jesus has forgiven us.”
“He took every sin we ever committed, and every one we’ve yet to commit, and he took them upon his shoulders to the grave. God willingly gave his Son, as much as it hurt him. Jesus willingly confronted death, as much as it pained him. And he died in our stead.”
But he died…
“He did. But death couldn’t hold him. After three days, Christ burst forth, with freedom in hand. Freedom from sin, from old laws, and most importantly, from death! And when the time comes for him to return, all who call on his name will be wiped clean, and blessed by spending eternity with him in heaven.”
And Christianity, unlike other religions, wants to see every soul saved. Jesus loves every single person… enough to forgive them, enough to die for them, and enough to invite them into his everlasting kingdom.
“But it’s our own choice whether to accept his gifts: Mercy. Redemption. Life. Love.”
That’s where we circle back. That’s why we have a purpose. To share this message, this good news, this gospel, with the world. Every soul needs and deserves to know that God loves them, and desperately wants to forgive them.
“It’s nice to be reminded that I have a purpose.”
I’ve always found issue with that “Teach all about christ” thing. If God doesn’t send those who don’t know about him to hell, Christians would be doing everyone a favour by never speaking a word about him. *shrugs* Just a thought.
Interesting point. I guess the first thing I’d say is that we don’t really know what God’s going to do. And as for why tell them? I think it might have to do with the joy of knowing God and all that Christ has done for us, even while we’re still on this earth. It’s like knowing an amazing secret and not sharing it. Who are we to deny them the chance to know God?
And from their point of view, which would be better: showing up on judgment day saying, “I may have stumbled a few times, but I did my best for you,” or “Sorry, God, no one ever told me.”
But those are just my thoughts :]
If not knowing is an automatic ticket to heaven (Which is what everyone tells me). I think it’s better to not chance it and just let everyone get into heaven. Nobody deserves eternal damnation.
Well first of all, Christ’s primary and most important command after his resurrection was for all believers to go and share the gospel (Matthew 28:19-20). He also said that He is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no one comes to the Father except through Him,” (John 14:6).
Beyond that, Romans 1:20 says, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” So no one has an excuse not to recognize or seek God.
And lastly, 2 Thessalonians says, “God is just; He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power.”
All that being said, I think we should tell them.
Thanks for clearing it up for me. Usually when you ask something like, what happens to people born in iran or somewhere like that but I guess theres no excuse.
Indeed, you do have a purpose. You are loved beyond your wildest imaginations. You are loved deeper than any question or fear that haunts you. Accepting, rejoicing in and passing on the power, the freedom and the pleasure of being loved and loving others, as displayed by the Father for His Son, is your purpose.
Amen to that!