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.

Movie Review- Lee Daniel’s The Butler

A charming, informative, intriguing day trip through the decades and the Civil Rights movement. The acting was excellent, I didn’t know Oprah had it in her, and the writing was decent, although I did find it hard to believe that Cecil ended up influencing presidents and walking in on all of the most important discussions. But those quirks made the movie interesting, so I respect that.

The lighthearted racial banter was funny, and the intense scenes, moving. I don’t think I was ever madder at the KKK in my whole life than when I saw the Freedom rider bus scene. I did like the director’s style, how he juxtaposed Celcil’s peaceful career in service with Louis’ struggle to receive service from an angry Southern society. And another great thing about this movie was the characterization. The presidents and the servants alike were heroes, but weren’t always heroic. They were people first, and that’s something to be appreciated.

Throughout the movie, the ideology war between the “Uncle Tom’s” and the modern blacks was prevalent. Both had their points. The Uncle Tom’s slowly chiseled away resentment with their hard work and non threatening attitude. But the protestors were only demanding rights that all American citizens deserved, and often did so in nonviolent ways. They were achieving progress faster.

I wonder what kind of person I would have been in such a situation. An Uncle Tom? A protestor? A belligerent, dare I suggest? I hope not, but one must try to understand that years of pain caused the belligerence.

Well, hope we can all just get along, and at least the racism seems to have gotten much better. But commenters, feel free to tell me otherwise 😉

Confessions of a Closet Conservative

Yesterday, when I was looking through my purse, ladies, you know the necessity of rearranging the make-up and throwing out the wrappers every once in a while, I made an interesting observation. I had both a pocket Constitution and an evangelism booklet (which I haven’t used yet) in there. I would have had a Bible too, but for extenuating circumstances. Next thing you know I’ll be driving a Chevy, slinging guns, and listening to country.

Especially when I’m with ultra right-wingers, like the people in my family, I feel relatively progressive and moderate. I’ve always been somewhat upfront about being a Christian, but politically, not so much. If I admit that sometimes I’m not bursting with pride about being saved by God (which is ridiculous, right?) I’m more wishy washy when it comes to political things.

And maybe I shouldn’t get too fixated on one particular point of view, ideology, or party. I get annoyed when Christian conservatives wonder how Christian liberals can look themselves in the mirror, and vice versa. Would Jesus have been more of a Republican or Democrat? The question itself sounds impossible, narrow-minded, possibly blasphemous, yet that is how we think sometimes. We try to match our religion to our ideologies instead of matching our ideology to our religion.

But I’ll say right now that I am kind of conservative. Yes, kind of conservative. I’ll say it because I don’t want to be spineless. I’ll tell the truth. I believe in the free market and in the value of the dollar- but not the attitude of the dollar. I think abortion is the same as murder. I also don’t think that we should get involved in the Syrian conflict. Even if it is true that the Syrian government used the nerve gas and that the rebels aren’t basically the Muslim Brotherhood, the fact that there is doubt and a lot of money at stake should be enough to make us think twice. But apparently no one cares what I think.