i was thinking today about both the conventional view of all things and the emerging church view. the conventional view says that only the elect will leave this earth and go to heaven. there is nothing we can or cannot do that will affect any part of God’s decision to select someone. and i thought, this view is nice. but only if im one of the elect. because if im not, my doom to hell is inevitable. so i thought of the emerging church view which says anybody can go to heaven if they repent of their sins and acknowledge jesus as lord and savior. this view is considered a gift because once again, there is nothing we can or cannot do that will keep us from a relationship with god. but this view still believes that not ALL people will go to heaven. so then, if i believe completely in the emerging churches perspective, i could work or toil (toil is the biblical word) my whole life and still never know my destiny of heaven or hell until the day i die or jesus comes back. so either way, i am possibly doomed to hell or running towards heaven with no road signs…. some people might call this a depressing thought. i just find it peculiar.
erwin mcmanus says that all religion is either fatalistic or legalistic. fatalistic that our destiny is predetermined. legalistic that your ticket to heaven depends on your worship, your heart, your desire…. the list goes on. and when you begin to look at religion this way, it sucks. im so thankful god isnt fatalistic or legalistic. im convinced this is just another one of those things us religious folk made up.