So as we approach Christmas, I found myself in a debate with my SO about the afterlife. Seems he was at his favorite watering hole and got into a conversation with the bartender (not the hot one, the nice one, like I give a s-word either way) about their respective beliefs on reincarnation. Apparently she gave him quite a bit to think about because he said to me "There might be something to that, you know. Heaven can't be big enough for everybody, and you should have to earn your way in. You know, like try to live a good life and learn some lessons and if you don't quite make it the first time you go back and try again."
Well. I may not know much in this life, but I have learned to tread carefully when this sort of thing comes up. People get veeerrry touchy when it comes to God, and the last thing you want to do is turn them off completely. But since he's stuck with me no matter what I say, I laid it on the line.
I told him there is no earning salvation. There is no way we could ever get their on our own...we all mess up and will continue to do so until the day we die. There is a price to pay, one that we could never afford, but it doesn't matter, because Jesus paid that price for us.
He said "So you're telling me that if I go out and kill 8 people, I just say I'm sorry and I love Jesus and I still get to go to Heaven." To which I could only say, "If you were truly repentant, and you sincerely accepted Jesus as your Saviour, then yes."
Look, I know people struggle with that concept. I struggle with it myself. You think I don't think every child molester shouldn't burn in his own special hell? But it's not up to me who goes to Heaven or hell...that is between each person and God. People who reject the notion of Jesus as salvation always throw this one at you - "So you think I'm going to hell, right?". Well, no I don't because it's not my decision. If it were up to me, everyone I care about would go to Heaven regardless of their beliefs, just as the aforementioned scum of the earth would rot in hell. But I don't get to decide (which is probably a good thing).
So when I explained all this to Grant he said "It can't be that simple." And I thought about it and I realized that it is. Easy, no. Simple, yes. The way to the Father is through the Son.He made you. He knows your heart and He loves you anyway. Be thankful.