So Basically… Just Be a Good Person And You’ll Go to Heaven?

“Given that — and this is the key point — God’s mercy has no limits, if you go to him with a sincere and repentant heart, the issue for those who do not believe in God is to obey their conscience.”

-Pope Francis

(Quote snagged from the Huffington Post)

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Okay, so look at that quote very carefully. Decide what you believe. Not that easy, right? It seems like such a wonderful, harmless philosophy. As my teacher used to say, “let’s all hold hands and sing we are the world!” Oh, it’s so true! Jesus died for everyone, every little girl and boy, every gentle Buddhist, misunderstood atheist, crazy Christian…

YES and NO!

Now you’re thinking that I’m just being a tool, proving to the skeptics that Christians are wishy washy, contradictory train wrecks. Fear not, I will come to a logical conclusion from this mess.

Jesus did die for everyone. He did give everyone a chance, no matter who you are. So YES. But it’s not like you can just do whatever your “conscience” says is okay. Everyone’s conscience is different, after all, how is that a universal standard? That sounds a lot like… relativism.

If all we need to do is be good people, then why did Jesus come to the earth and show us how it was done? Didn’t the Pharisees think they were being good people? Doesn’t almost everyone think they are being a good person?

Are we really going to start thinking that we are saved by our works? This again! Our works are like those pathetic dried up vegetables they put in instant noodle bowls. It seems like they’re better than nothing, but God does not accept them as currency!

If we believe in God, the resurrection, all of that, we must believe that there IS “absolute truth.” Otherwise we might as well burn our Bibles and party til we pickle our livers, wrapping up our meaningless lives by ODing in a public restroom.

Faith, faith is what will save us. Faith will prompt the works, but the works are meaningless without the faith. That’s not to say that anyone who doesn’t have faith now will be burned in Hell, but that ultimately, at the end of the line, we must choose what we believe, and our choice will determine our destiny.

Believe it or not, like it or not, but there, I’ve said it, and I feel much better now. So if you’re a Christian, please don’t get suckered into it. With all due respect to the Pope, well, the Pope is not God. I know, I feel bad for the people that don’t believe too, especially the little children in Africa, oh the mental image, it breaks my heart! But that’s exactly why we’re supposed to spread the word! And shouldn’t we trust that after we’ve done our best, God will know how to judge his people, the people that He CREATED?

Okay, I’m done now.

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6 comments on “So Basically… Just Be a Good Person And You’ll Go to Heaven?

  1. Rana says:

    I look at it like this. There are people who never have the opportunity to believe in Jesus or God. There are people who never hear the name Jesus in their lives, and so have no ability to believe in Jesus, have faith in the bible of Christianity. The same can be said for those who lived before Jesus. What of them? Are they an exception to the rule? Do they get special privilege to gain heaven through only their good works, while believers need only have faith and be forgiven for their sins? It becomes a question of exceptions to the rule. Additionally, the person may turn away from god, but does that mean that god will turn away from the person as well? According to my understanding, no, god will not. The conscience is another channel by which a person can follow god, despite turning away from the religion which represents god physically on earth. Like you say, god will know how to judge the people, so should we as people judge each other for not following what we consider the proper path to god in this life?

    I suppose I ought to put in a disclaimer here that I am not Christian. I come from a Catholic upbringing and greatly respect the teachings of Jesus, but I do not believe in Christian ideals per se. My statements here are only my opinion based on my observations as a Catholic and as a separated theist. Take it as you will, but as a ‘non-believer’ I consider the pope to be the best representation of Christianity that the church has had at least since Pope John Paul II.

    • Yes, I know that this pope is a very well-liked one. I do understand the reasoning behind his statements. It seems unjust for people who never heard about God to miss out, but maybe God gives their souls a chance after death. I don’t presume to have all the answers, I just know that people must believe in order to be saved (Hebrews11:6). I know this sounds harsh to many people, but I believe it is more important to please God than other people. Thank you for sharing your opinion! This is a very debatable issue now

  2. The secular media love to take Pope Francis’s remarks out of context and twist them to resemble things he didn’t mean. This is another such case. He did not mean, did not imply, that “good people” will go to heaven. It might serve you well to read a less biased account:

    http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/pope-francis-takes-the-faith-to-the-pages-of-the-secular-press/

    Or even read the whole letter:

    http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/pope-francis-letter-to-the-founder-of-la-repubblica-italian-newspaper

  3. Maybe this similarly unconventional approach to spirituality in his blog can be of help in the discussion.
    http://larizanetwork.com/2013/09/08/the-challenges-of-holistic-ministry/

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