Saturday, 24 September 2011
According to what we're taught, the things we read or are told, people, in their minds, have created a category that certain types of people are going fall under -- and those types of people are people who are presumingly going to go to hell. Hell is a scary subject that we know we have no control over, but God does. He gets to be the one who says "Yes, you're going to spend eternity with me in heaven." Or not.
The people here on Earth don't have this authority. But let's admit it. According to what we've been taught, we pretty much have a good idea of who will and who won't be going to hell. Our own naive perceptions and innocent minds have already condemned certain types of people or characteristics these people have to hell.
Some of us might look at a lawyer who has deliberately helped the guilty get away. And we have already condemned that person to hell because he does not have Christ-like characteristics. But is he any different from me?
When I stole a jacket that I couldn't afford from a store, did I not also have Christ-like characteristics? (which I didn't) Or can you argue that I was young and naive? If that's the case, then aren't we both considered guilty because we have committed acts that God would not like?
I know this is silly to even bring up, but really, who are we to think that a certain type of person who can commit such degrees of sin will go to hell, when we are no better? We don't know what goes on in God's mind, and yet, God is a forgiving God. So isn't it much safer to say that we are followers should pray for everyone's salvation and not just our own and for the people who've we've condemned as bad? As sinners? Shouldn't we play it safe and pray for everyone? What about people who don't even know God? Or won't even give Him a chance in their lives?
Whose salvation do you pray for? Do you pray more for people who already know God or for people who might be going to hell? Or do you just pray for everyone?