This essay started with a very simply put question; can’t you lead a good life without believing in Christianity? Lewis’ thoughts on this matter got me thinking, but more than that were the discussions that we had in class. This is a topic that I’m sure lots of Christians struggle with on top of if you lead a good life and you are not Christian are you going to go to heaven. I have, but not even a small measure, and answer to this question, but some people have points of view worth considering. I think that some people in the class thought that heaven in going to be for just Christ followers, but that God I giving everyone an equal chance on Earth to become a follower so in the end God has given everyone a fair chance to be with him after death. Some other people in the class had some thoughts that when you are brought up in a different religion you can’t really control that you haven’t accepted Christ into your life as a result of the religion that you have always been surrounded by and your lack of knowledge about the gospel.
For me it is very hard to accept that people who don’t believe in Christ now might not be given the chance after death to be with God. I know a lot of non Christian people who aren’t just good in order to be happy, but they are good because they listen to the natural law and they just want to be good people. I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be Christian if my parents were and I don’t see any significant thing that would prompt these good people that I know to up and convert to Christianity. I know that God is fair, but at the same time it feels like he’s given me an unfair advantage next to these people of growing up in a Christian home and if these good people can’t be with God then I can’t see the fairness in that.
On the same note of God accepting people from other religions into heaven. I think that God can see people of other religions’ devotion and faith to their religion as a sign of how loyal they can be. They are being very faithful of what they believe to be true and once they realize that God is the truth I think He can see that they would be just as faithful to Him.
Overall the discussion today was very thought provoking and unfortunately I don’ see an answer near or anywhere in sight until we can talk to God ourselves. Because even is someone thinks they have the answer how on Earth are we supposed to know who has captured the truth.