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4 thoughts on “Questions and Answers

  1. I have read your book on why everyone is going to heaven. What is your interpretation of Matt 7:21-23? What is taking place? It seems to me that Jesus wants nothing to do with these people and they will not dwell in heaven with Him.
    Thank you.

  2. Kim,

    If you read these words in isolation, they could appear to be teaching about who does and doesn’t go to heaven. However, no words in the Bible should be read in isolation – they should all be read in context.

    Matthew 7:21-23 comes at the conclusion of the Sermon on the Mount, which is about the kingdom of heaven – more frequently called the kingdom of God. Jesus is giving this sermon to the Jews, who, by virtue of being God’s people, have enjoyed a privileged place in God’s dealings with humanity. Jesus is saying that, going forward, that place of privilege will be occupied by those who live as Abraham lived rather than those who can merely claim physical descent from Abraham. (The coming of the kingdom of God homogenized the Jews and Gentiles.)

    This sermon is therefore not about what happens to us when we die; it is about how we are to live while we are on earth. The kingdom of God (i.e. the rule of God) is in our midst (Luke 17:20-21), and Jesus explains how we can enter it.

    How we live on earth doesn’t determine whether or not we go to heaven when we die, it determines where in heaven we go.

  3. Thank you for the clarification, Mike. Also, this concept of no hell is new to me and makes a lot of sense, especially when I think of someone suffering here on earth from starvation, say in Africa and has never heard of Jesus, God, or the Bible then dies and wakes up in hell and is there being tormeted forever, for eternity. What did they ever do to deserve that? The answer is absolutely nothing, and to think a loving God would do that is just absurd.

  4. Kim,

    A further clarification is that I don’t say that there is no hell, but rather that there is no hell as a place of eternal conscious torment in the afterlife as has been traditionally taught by some parts of the organized church. There is hell on earth that we can go through in this life. It is the wrath of God against sin. When you see the word “hell” in the King James Version, it is usually this sort of judgment that is in view. It’s the sort of thing I think of when I remember the words “Yea, tho’ I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil for Thou art with me” from the twenty-third psalm.

    Everyone is going to heaven and sometimes we have to go through hell to get there. Jesus certainly did.

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