Friday, July 04, 2008

The Polarizing Effect of Jesus

Read Mt 3.11-12, Mk 1.7-8, Lk 3.15-18

Jesus Christ will cause division. Right and wrong. Believing and unbelieving. Saved and lost. Eternal life and eternal damnation. This is a matter of fact that comes with relating to Jesus and straight from His words. As much as we’d like to soften the blow eventually it boils down to one question, “Will you follow, trust, embrace, Jesus?” I agree with the Universalist on this point, “All roads do lead to Heaven.” But how long one gets to stay there is where our disagreement begins. There is a final judgment. We will all stand before God to give an account. And the only delineating factor will be our relationship to Jesus. “He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.” (1 Jn 5:12) It is very important as disciplers of Jesus to acknowledge this fact and communicate it in love. We do not use it as a contentious weapon but as a compassionate warning. FJ16

Universalism is a religion and theology that generally holds all persons and creatures are related to God or the divine and will be reconciled to God.