Beliefs are personal.
(this post has just been published on Church Set Free)
Because this is personal.
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Whoaah! Where am I – what am I – who am I … ?
Relax Paul. You are here with me.
Where … who .. . why …
What you call “dead”. What I call “alive”.
Dead … heaven … me … ?
If you like. Definitions and labels are so cumbersome I find.
So you are … “God” … ?
As I said I find definitions and labels cumbersome. But for the sake of your well-being – yes I am God. Welcome to heaven. Can I get you anything … glass of champagne … warm towel for your face … a phone call to your wife … ?
Later God – later …
Paul you are a naughty boy! All that “love without condition”. You really were breaking as many rules as you could your lay your hands on weren’t you? All my commandments in the bible. All those certain words I need you to say. All that “biblically correct” teaching I needed from you – and which you turned away from. All that worshiping and praising you never did to my expectation or rules. All that not gathering together inside a great big church building that you should have done. AND all that never tithing or giving much to the building of church at all.
You shouldn’t really be here.
You never believed in me correctly at all.
So is this like a departure lounge –
I either turn left to first class or am told to turn right to economy with an eternity of gnashing my teeth and hellish companions?
Sigh … …
I have to say that that is one the most common responses I get at this point.
This bible you all waved in each other’s faces – this “inerrant and infallible” lump of dung you elevated to idolatry – this “scripturally correct” paper and print you all bleated on about …
Wow, Paul. Like as in how come you missed the point? Like how come you preferred all that crap? As in what is the point of any of all of that? Or, Paul, to put it another way:
How come YOU thought it was okay to love without condition when you shouldn’t have?
How come you thought I loved without condition when I don’t?
How come you thought it was “correct” to take just one bit and make it your “all”? To take “love” and make it your guide to me?
How dare you be so bold – how dare you ignore all that other stuff about not doing this and not doing that – how dare you assume that everyone is loved without condition without ANY (or all) of this “right belief” and “believer stuff”? How dare you think all that is NOT the required for entry into heaven?
Why did you even dare to believe that I did NOT impose or expect ANY of that … ?
God you crack me up!
YOU are EXACTLY who I thought YOU are!
🙂 🙂 🙂
Well thank you my son.
But I ask only one thing … That you tread lightly here.
There are many here who think they earned their way in. Just as there are many who think they earned their way in by NOT believing in me. And there are some like you. A few. Who never thought it was about earning anything at all.
Give them time, Paul.
Each has all eternity to eventually “get it” for themselves.
Thanks, God …
Now about that champagne your mentioned …