Who will go to heaven and who will go to hell? I think that we will be surprised at both. We had an amazing dialogue at paradox tonight about this, which unfortunately didn't get recorded. Perhaps the greatest answer to this is: it's none of your business.
When many people typically think of hell, they think of it in terms of justice. Which works great if you are referring to Hitler. But what about the innocent people that were killed and tortured that maybe didn't accept Christ. So our conversation was steered into what it means to accept Christ. Is it just saying words, or embracing a life, the way of Jesus?
I am planning on doing a podcast on that subject this week. Until then, here are a few paragraphs that I really resonate with.
I was just reading the blog of a friend of mine, Anna. She has put into words some of my recent thoughts and feelings approaching the age of 30.
" While stuck in traffic on the Pacific Coast Highway this afternoon, I
was struck by the juxtapostion of this billboard. Living in Los
Angeles, if there's one thing that's certain at 4 o'clock in the
afternoon, it's traffic. And while the traffic is perfectly
predictable, other parts of my life are certainly not at this point.I'm over the halfway point to 26, firmly ensconced in what our culture
has come to call the "20-somethings." And I was wondering while stuck
next to the tattoo parlours of Venice Beach, what on earth is a
"20-something" anyway? "
"Our rigorous “back to the Bible” efforts turned Christianity into more
of a head-trip than a journey with Jesus. Christianity as head-trip
focuses on reading the Bible in such a way as to get everything just
right:you know the drill."
So I have recently been in an ongoing dialogue and debate with a few friends about the future potential of podcasting . It has really become a fast growing trend and continues to grow each day, creating a huge market. But some think that it will be just another short lived fad that doesn't catch on, much like internet radio they say. While internet radio might not be great, at least it is still around. My argument is that many that are forecasting the death of podcasting were also some of the same who claimed that blogging would never catch on. So I will make my bold proclaimation to the world now: podcasting is here to stay, and it won't just be for geeks!
Well, I recorded and edited this at the beginning of the week, but it has taken me many attempts to finally get this file to a size where it could be uploaded. I want to do this more in the future, but on a different site that could support the bandwidth. Anyways, here is the 12 mb, 28 min. podcast about heaven, hell and the afterlife, with some humor thrown in for good measure. You can stream it or download it. Please don't be too criticial, it was my first attempt!
" THE MEETING House, a Brethren In Christ multi-site congregation that calls itself a "church for people who aren't into church," regularly invites those who don't want to "get in" to their church by making a demonstrable commitment, to "get out."
Known to church staff by the tongue-in-cheek label "purge Sundays," the invitation "to get in or
get out" is viewed as a mechanism to address "Christian tourism."
Teaching pastor Bruxy Cavey admits "purge Sundays" were his idea. "Evangelical Christians can be a trendy bunch, always looking for the good deal and where the action is," he explains. "The more we have grown
as a church, the more we have attracted tourists who come to check us out and will attend for some time, but never consider The Meeting House their home church. We don't think that's healthy for them -- to be a voyeur on church life, rather than a healthy, active, committed participant in church life. "So we started to ask them to leave."