If there were no Heaven or Hell would you still be a Christian?
If you are just joining me, this is the 2nd of 10 answers I will be sharing in response to the above question. Today, my husband Sam will be answering the question.
Here were the parameters giving to those whom I asked to respond:
Answer the question:
If there were no Heaven or Hell would you still be a Christian in 350 words or less. Your answer should begin with one of the four choices below.
- I absolutely would still be a Christian....
- I think I would still be a Christian....
- I'm not so sure....
- I definitely would not still be a Christian....
You can read my answer HERE.Here are the remaining 10 you can expect to hear from:
- Sandy of The View From Here (or Here)
- Ashley of Ramblings and Photos
- Tim of Guitars and Theology
- Laura of Storybook Reality and Wild Locusts and Honey
- Katie of Katie Lloyd Photography
- Warren of Family Fountain
- Chrissy of Depirro Notes
- Josh of Re-Everything
“If there’s no heaven and hell, is there sin?”
“Did Jesus still come to Earth?”
“If He did come, what did He say?”
“Are we still eternal?”
“If we’re eternal, what happens when we die?”
“Do we die?”
“What do I do with all of the stories/doctrine/questions/answers in the Bible regarding eternity?”
“How could I choose to be a ‘Christian’ if there really is no such thing (allegedly)?”
The framework of presuppositions I set up to enable an answer to the question goes as follows (Note: these presuppositions do not fully reflect my view of God, simply the best I can do with the constraints of the discussion):
- There is no heaven and hell.
- Without heaven and hell, humans are only temporal beings: meaning when we die, that’s it. (An ominous thought to say the least)
- With God’s creation being sinful and temporal, Jesus does not come to Earth. As such, the scriptures are very different, if they exist at all. If we are only temporal, did God have a chosen nation? It’s difficult to redeem the world through people if there is no redemption to be had.
- While the world would be a much different place, God is still the creator and of the same disposition as I believe He Is now and was in the past, and will be in the future.
That said, I believe I would still be a Christian. I say this because I believe that God’s way of life is the best way of living, with or without eternity. I also believe that we are most fully living when we live according to our purpose. Our source of peace and joy is not ourselves, but outside of ourselves. I have found more contentment in living with that hope and aim than I have in hopes for myself. That’s one thing that I don’t think would change with the exclusion of the afterlife.
How about you?
How would you answer the question?
If you would like to join, write your answer in a post and link up below any time during the next two weeks (possibly three weeks. I have yet to decide). The linky will be provided at the end of each SPECIAL EDITION post.