We recently asked our college Sunday school class where they think they would go if they died today and why. All of them, 100%, said they would go to hell because they’re not worthy of heaven.
There’s something very wrong here that made me want to fire myself from any kind of church teaching that I’ve done in the past 10 years. I shared a discussion of this incident in a post on my blog. Thousands of views later, it seems clear that there’s a real issue here.
It’s been said that half-truths are more dangerous than lies…and we’ve been victims of a terrible half-truth, “We are not worthy of salvation.” But there’s gotta be more to the story.
Fr. Tadros Malaty – an inspirational, once-in-a-generation priest of the Coptic Orthodox church – once said that “we must think of heaven like going home.” In his usual joyful brilliance, he broke down many barriers that we often put between us and heaven in our heads.
Take a second before you continue and think about this question: WHERE WOULD YOU END UP IF YOU DIED TODAY? Heaven or hell? Don’t let yourself off the hook with a “I don’t know, I’m hoping for the best” answer. It’s either heaven, or it’s hell – those are the only two options.
And more importantly, WHY DO YOU THINK YOU’LL END UP THERE? The final decision is in God’s hands, but we should think about the process and not invent our own criteria.