With the arrival of Easter I thought it was time to confess this blogger’s religious worldview. I am a Christian Heretic. I’m probably more a heretic then Christian, as I will explain below. Anyone checking out this strange blog will surely think I am among the damned. But I have a coherent, rational and I’d say even logical reason for what I believe.
My central heresy is based on rejection of exclusive salvation thru belief in any religious dogma. I apply logic to this concept. If belief in a dogma is the only path to salvation…how do I know my belief is the correct one?
What if the Jehovah’s Witnesses are the only true path to heaven? Then all Hindus, Muslims, evangelical Christens, Buddhists, Catholics and so forth are damned to torment in the fires of perdition for all eternity. Why? Because we guessed wrong. We picked our theology unwisely. Oh well…off to hell we go! Salvation becomes a matter of chance (or predestination) usually based on the religion we were raised in. Entire regions of the planet are apparently damned.
Before we get up on our high horse and proclaim I am CERTAIN I am saved, so does the other guy. The devout Muslim is no less certain in his beliefs then the devout Christian. Chat with a Jehovah’s Witnesses when they knock on your door and you’ll see real faith. Personal belief proves nothing. If only ONE theology is correct, then everybody else has to be wrong. Salvation is a crapshoot, a roll of the dice.
So it becomes a battle of theologies…whose theology is better then the other. What a pointless argument. Religion is not science. It is all belief and opinion. To consider one faith more worthy then another, who can judge any of that?
This is why I am a Christian heretic. Personally I believe Christ died for all humanity, regardless of religion, not only for born-again evangelical Christians. That is why it’s called the Good News. Otherwise it would be Bad News…very bad news. Imagine a reality where only born-again Christians went to heaven, and everybody else went to hell. Does a Hindu love their child any less then a Christian? No. But they still go to hell because of theological differences?
If Jesus Himself offered exclusive entrance to heaven but excluded a Buddhist, I’d refuse. I’d rather coexist in hell with 90% of humanity then in heaven with the 10% saved. What good is heaven if your “unsaved” son or daughter, your father or mother, or your dear friends are eternally separated from you? How can heaven be heaven when our loved ones are all in hell? The only way to erase such love is to erase our memories. In other words, to go to heaven requires we are blasted into oblivion with our identities erased.
Hell is not a place of fire and brimstone, but is a place where humanity is eternally separated from God. In this hell…a void of unimaginable darkness, 90% of mankind will dwell after death. And what then? The spirits of the damned will eventually interact with each other. Time and space are no longer barriers; without physical bodies there will be no pain outside our inner turmoil. In hell we will actually be reunited with our loved ones, our families and friends forever. Maybe hell won’t be such a bad place.
In hell, I imagine a gathering of enlightened souls. Enlightened individuals like the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa and countless other damned spirits will gather together in love. It will be like a Milky Way galaxy with each soul being a star in the eternal darkness. Gathering towards the center will the brightest lights, the holy men and women of the ages who will attract like-minded souls towards them. Darker souls will wander off hovering in a ring around the center. The worst will fade away into the eternal darkness that mirrors their hearts. Hell will be a fair place where we choose to live in love (or not). I imagine such a place will even create its own reality, shaping the darkness into a new reality. A new universe will be given birth.
Meanwhile, in heaven, the saved will be stripped of their identity, annihilated in the fiery furnace of heaven, and merged into the heavenly light. Know what? Heaven is starting to sound like hell, and hell is becoming more like heaven.
This is why I am a heretic. If I am to go to hell, I will have everybody else joining me. We shall make our own galaxy, our own heaven together.