How I avoided accidentally ending up in HELL

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I’d like to thank http://merrymeet.today.com/ for their kind comments about us on their blog.  I think anyone reading my blog will enjoy Merrymeet very much.

I thought I’d write a little about the point of my blog.  What is this all about?  Why am I writing what I am writing?  As a young man, in my late teens I flirted with evangelical Christianity.   At the time I was intrigued by the televangelists such Pat Robertson of the 700 Club.  Watching them, I accepted Christ as my personal savior.  However, as I continued to watch them, pretty soon I grew disillusioned.  Firstly, by the outright wackiness of much of what they said.  I noticed that they espoused right-wing politics, which really has nothing to do with Christianity.  And the insistence on Biblical literalism, what is up with that?  It was as if I had to abandon reason to be a Christian.  If forced to make a choice between evolution and Biblical creationism, I’d side with reason. 

But what finally drove me away from conservative Christianity was their view on salvation.  Everybody who was not “born again” went to hell.  Everyone.  Muslim, Jew, Buddhist, Pagan or atheist would burn for all eternity.  Say what…huh??  It was salvation by dogma.  If someone “drank the coolaid” and swallowed their theology whole, they had salvation.  But if not…the fires of hell awaited.  The problem with this logic is that salvation thru dogma means we better subscribe to the right dogma or we’re toast.  Since all religions are really just speculation, we’d better speculate correctly or hell is round the corner.  But what if the Jehovah’s Witnesses are the One True Faith, and then all Southern Baptists go to hell?  The Baptist would be in for a rude surprise on judgment day.  So salvation all depended on luck…hoping our parents lucked out on picking the right religion and raising us in the same.

I came to the conclusion that any theology that believes only those who subscribe to their theology have salvation is not only wrong, but is a power play to keep it’s members brainwashed.  So I moved on in my spiritual journey.  I never abandoned the idea of God and the reality of the Unseen World.  But I have taken an eclectic view towards spirituality.  I have sought to personally experience the spiritual, to touch and see the Unseen.  What I have learned is that this passage from the Bible is quite true, “Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened for you.”  If we want to personally experience the reality of a spiritual existence, all we need to do is look.  The committed skeptic cannot encounter this Unseen World.  We need to knock to open that spiritual door.

11 Responses to “How I avoided accidentally ending up in HELL”

  1. Tara Says:

    Thanks for the linkage. I’ll add you to my permanent links page (which I use in place of a blogroll) tomorrow.

  2. Jen Says:

    Ah…ask, seek, knock…I know it well.

    I don’t think I could agree with you more. I mean, I still consider myself a Christian, but…I can’t reconcile the whole eternity in hell for everyone who picked a “good” path that just happened to not involve Jesus with the loving God I know. It doesn’t mix. I’ve sort of started to take little pieces I like from each religion so I guess that makes me…hmm…

    A hypocrite, I guess. :)

  3. David Says:

    Hi Jen,

    I think having an open mind is a good thing. What is the alternative? A closed mind? A closed mind means we think we have all the answers, and who has all the answers? Lots of people imagine they do.

    Dave

  4. Jen Says:

    Well, sure…lots of people think they have all the answers, but I only know of one individual who actually does.

    Her name is Sydney Cat and she’s currently curled up under a blanket, purring away. ;)

    Jen

  5. David Says:

    I’ve heard it said that cats are a lot smarter then they let on. They can’t be bothered to show off!

  6. Jen Says:

    Are you kidding? Syd is a genius, knows she’s a genius and likes to rum our noses in it every chance she gets. ;)

    Grrrr….I’m so intrigued by your politics/star wars comparison, but I’m too strapped for time to read anything right now. :( Bookmarked and I’ll be back for that one. I use SW references way more than I should…since I’m not one of the peeps who dress up for the premieres or anything.

    Jen

  7. David Says:

    I’m not a big Star Wars fan, but I think the movies work well as a metaphor for many topics. I’l take the the Lord of the Rings trilogy over Star Wars anytime.

  8. Saurooon Says:

    Greatings,
    everything dynamic and very positively

    Thank you
    Saurooon

  9. David Says:

    Hi Saurooon,

    There are nice ways and mean ways to approach any topic; I prefer the nice way! I see too much negativity online.

    Dave

  10. Whitney Says:

    Hello.

    I regret that a man turned you away from our Lord Jesus Christ. I invite you to watch this testimony of a man who came out of the occult/freemasonry: http://howdeeplyineedyou.blogspot.com/2009/02/archived-testimony-of-man-who-left.html

    Don’t put your trust in Princes, beloved. Only in our Lord Jesus:
    Read Psalm 146 and this:
    http://howdeeplyineedyou.blogspot.com/2009/03/pastor-sure-can-preach.html

    Come back to the Lord, beloved. He loves you. And I love you with the love of Christ.

    God bless,
    Whitney

    http://howdeeplyineedyou.blogspot.com

  11. David Says:

    Hi Whitney,

    Thanks for your concern. I have great respect for people of love and faith. Recently I had a debate with some atheists on an online discussion forum. It left me with a bitter taste. Our real struggle is not with people of different faiths, regardless of their theology. The true struggle is with those without any belief. They actually have the upper hand, because the world is turning in that direction. At this discussion board are some of my meager attempts at defending a belief in spirituality, if not any formal theology.

    http://www.blogcatalog.com/discuss/entry/do-you-blieve-in-god-yes-or-no

    Concerning my own religious beliefs, they are basically Christian without the exclusivity of Christianity. Long ago I gave up belief in ANY theology where salvation is exclusive to followers of that theology. That was, and remains, my personal deal breaker. I could be wrong. But I can’t imagine all non-Christians going to hell. If I turned away from “proper” Christianity, it was because of that basic difference. But I truly respect your beliefs and thanks for the kind comment.

    Dave

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