Thursday, September 8, 2011

If There Were No Heaven......Laura's Response

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If there were no Heaven or Hell would you still be a Christian?

If you are just joining me, this is the 9th of 10 responses I will be sharing in response to the above question.    Today, Laura of A Storybook Reality will be answering the question. Laura's current blog is about to go private, but you can still find her at Wild Honey and Locusts where she blogs about faith and food.

Here were the parameters given 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.
  1. I absolutely would still be a Christian....
  2. I think I would still be a Christian....
  3. I'm not so sure....
  4. I definitely would not still be a Christian.... 
Tomorrow this series will come to a close with a final word from:

Laura wrote:

If there were no heaven or hell I ABSOLUTELY would still by a Christian.  Why?

I wasn't sure of this answer until I actually started typing.  First I asked my husband what he thought about this. He is the kind of person who can't look past all the if-thens.  If there were no heaven there would be no God.  If there were no God there wouldn't be logic.  Therefore this conversation is illogical because without God you can have none of the above.  Geesh! 

Then I started thinking that maybe a better question for me would be, "If there wasn't a heaven or hell would you still be a good person." But I know theologically that good doesn't equal Christian.  

I want to think that I would still make good choices.  When I look at the good choices and bad choices I've made in life I regret the bad ones.  Why?  Because they have consequences.  And that is something that is true for anyone regardless of their faith or creed.  Men make bad choices, children do, Christians, Jews, Atheists and even occasionally Kentucky basketball fans make bad choices.  And we all live with the consequences.

Here's the thing.  Life works better when you choose what is right.   The problem is everyone has their own definition of right. When you are constantly choosing your own definition of right you end up hurting other people.  Life would literally be CHAOS if we all just did what we wanted all of the time!  

As Christians we know that  following Christ is God's plan for us.  He gives us a right and wrong and that is the personification of Himself in Christ Jesus.  We have that example of TRUTH to follow.  I can't do life on my own.  I can't just "do what I want" because I am a sinner.  I NEED Christ to walk with me on my journey.  I have no desire to see what a mess I would make on my own!!  Because I have seen this example and how my life is literally transformed because of it I have no other choice than to say absolutely.


Foodnatic said...

I definitely would still be Christian. Showing love and charity for others in my life enriches mine. It teaches my son to look outside himself and be about the Lord's work and be an instrument here on Earth for Him. It is very important to me that he learn to "be good" no matter whom is watching...that he can feel his heart burn inside of him with happiness and love for others and for the Lord. Irregardless what happens to us when we die, we should live for Him and in His name every day. Thank you for this entry.

Shari said...

Interesting question, and I'm not sure I could answer that right off. I will have to give it some thought.