Will all Christians go to Heaven?

17 08 2007

The answer may seem obvious, but it depends on how we define “Christians”.  So let’s see how the dictionary defines Christians :

Professing belief in Jesus as Christ or following the religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus. … Manifesting the qualities or spirit of Jesus; Christlike.

The definition probably doesn’t surprise anyone.  But the issue still needs further clarification before I answer that.  If you’re referring to true Christians who believe all that Jesus said and accept His sacrifice and live the life He has called them to live, then the answer is yes.  But there are many people, especially in America, who call themselves Christians yet don’t live the life of a disciple of Jesus.  Some of them don’t even believe all of the Bible.  Some choose what they want to believe, yet call themselves Christians anyway.  These people probably won’t be going to Heaven.  So in that case you can have (self-proclaimed) “Christians” who don’t go to Heaven.

Why would there be people who claim Christianity when they don’t believe it?  Maybe it’s just their “insurance policy”, so they can hope to go to Heaven where everything is great.  Maybe they want to live for God but they refuse to surrender their life to Him.  Maybe they’re just following religious traditions that have been passed down through their family.  Whatever the reason, there are people who are counterfeit Christians.  And, as you might expect, this gives Christianity a bad name, when someone sees a person who claims to follow Jesus yet doesn’t live the life.

Jesus warned us that such people will exist.  In Matthew 7:21-23 He says,

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'”

From that you can see that some people will tell Jesus that they were living for Him and even did things in His name, yet they never had a real relationship with Him.  This is the danger of just following “religion”.  We as humans are creatures of habit.  We usually don’t like our routine to be changed.  That’s why so many people get “stuck” in their denomination and in their lifestyle, thus never fulfilling the full call of God on their life.  (I realize there is more to it than that, but I think this is a big stumbling block for many.)

Sadly, there are churches and denominations that don’t preach the full truth of Jesus Christ, yet they claim Christianity.  That’s why we must search the Scriptures for ourselves to verify what we are being taught.  I know people who accept a limiting belief because that’s what their pastor told them, and they won’t even debate it.  I know we want to hold pastors in high regard (and we usually should), and but they are human like you and me, and thus they are capable of making mistakes.  And unfortunately, some pastors and evangelists are in it for the fame and prosperity.   So you’ve got to be careful of who you’re listening to, and you must verify they are speaking the truth.  Even some well-meaning people are wrong on certain beliefs.

Back to the original question, some people who claim to be Christians will be in for a rude awakening when they stand before God.  Don’t let it happen to you.  This is why we must search for the real truth.  We must seek to have a real relationship with God, where He speaks to us and we have an encounter with Him.  It’s not good enough to just accept beliefs because someone told us or to create our own belief system according to how we think things should be.  God is God, and we will be judged according to His terms, regardless of whether we agree with them or not.  If you’re unsure of what I’m saying, seek to know God.  He wants you to find Him, if only you will sincerely seek Him.  He wants to have a dynamic relationship with each of us.  And this is too important to not be sure of what you believe and why.  You don’t want to just hope you passed the test when you stand before God.  It is possible to know for sure.

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3 responses

19 08 2007
Chris Davis

Good stuff!

23 08 2007
Silas

Yeah, I agree with what you are saying. However, if I was just some random guy on the web who just runs across your website, I would ask three questions of you….

With so many different versions of “the truth” out there, how am I able to know what truth is? Not every christian believes in the bible and besides, what is so special about that book anyway? How would I know that the bible is really the word of God and not the Koran or some other religious text?

29 08 2007
Beppo

Good questions… and tough questions to explain. First, realize that there is “the truth” and then there are a lot of other made-up philosophies. Finding the actual truth is a journey, because there are so many “versions”, and many people are deceived yet think they know the truth. (And ironically, some people these days say there’s no absolute truth, yet they expect you to accept what they say as truth.)

To find out if the Bible is the real truth, a good start would be reading it. And ask God to reveal Himself to you. God wants to be found, but He wants us to seek Him. If you are sincere in wanting to know Him, He will reveal Himself to you, and then you’ll know without a doubt what the truth is, once you experience it.

Sadly, a lot of people don’t really want to find the truth because it would mean they’d have to change their lifestyle. That’s why there are so many religions out there now — some people have decided what they think should be true. But keep in mind that your opinions don’t change the truth. People can claim to be atheists, they can say things like “God wouldn’t be that way because it’s not fair”, but they still have to answer for what they believe.

Since God created us, He gets to define the terms of the deal. How He set things up is the truth. It’s not some relative morals that change because society gets more corrupted. Keep that in mind. Whether you like every part of the truth or not, you can’t change it.

It’s up to you to find the truth about God and what we were created for. If God forced you to receive it, He would be imposing on your free will. But He has made it available to all who want it. You just have to seek Him.

And if you have any questions, feel free to ask them. I don’t have all the answers, but I’ll share what I do know, and I know Who has all the answers (God).

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