Matthew 7: 13-14 English Standard Version (ESV)
13 “Enter through the narrow gate. Because the gate is wide and the path is easy[a] that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the path that leads to life is difficult, and there are few who find it. “
The above quote suggests that it is damn hard to get to heaven. But according to Christian teaching, everyone can be forgiven all their sins if they repent … and of course believe in Jesus. The Bible repeatedly says that the only unforgivable sin is “blasphemy against the Holy Spirit”. What does that mean? Here is a definition I found on an evangelical site:
“When you receive Christ, you receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. If you do not receive Christ, then you do not receive the Holy Spirit who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit. “
In other words, unbelief is the only unforgivable sin. Everything else, including murder, torture, rape, incest, as you call it, is forgivable. All a devout Christian has to do is repent of all the terrible things he has done and get a free passage through the Pearly Gates.
Apparently most Christians believe that this is true. According to a 2015 Pew Research survey, 72% of American Christians believe in heaven and 58% in hell.[i] Another survey found that practically all Christians are sure that they will go to heaven, and since the majority of Americans call themselves Christians, this narrow street will be crowded!
I’m certainly not perfect now, but I don’t think I’ve done anything really terrible in my life. I regret some of the stupid things I did when I was young. Is that remorse? If so, I pass this test. But the second part of believing in the Big Daddy in the Sky would be more than difficult for me. It would be impossible. I’ve been an unbeliever all my life and I can’t imagine anything else but that Jesus would come up to me and convince me to change my mind. And even then I would be skeptical and would ask to see his driver’s license and social security card. I’m afraid I didn’t pass this test and I’m doomed to hellfire. (Not)
I am sure that many people who call themselves believing Christians are at least as intelligent as I am. How the hell are they doing this? Okay, they were brainwashed as children, but now they’re thinking of adults. Surely they must have serious doubts. And maybe some of them don’t honestly regret some of the bad things they did. Still, most say they are on their way to heaven. Are you honest with us … and with yourself? They know that God knows what they think. You cannot hide your thoughts from Him. If they pretend, they clink glasses. Literally.
Maybe the Bible quotation is correct at the beginning. Very few of those who think they’ll make it … or say they think they’ll make it … will enter this narrow street.
But if you share my view, we agree that what you believe and whether you are honest is really irrelevant. It’s all just a lot of noise about nothing.
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