More Than “If you were to die tonight, do you know if you would go to Heaven or Hell?”

“The question ought to be, How will Gods new creation come? and then, How will we humans contribute to that renewal of creation and to the fresh projects that the creator God will launch in his new world? The choice before humans would then be framed differently: are you going to worship the creator God and discover thereby what it means to become fully and gloriously human, reflecting his powerful, healing, transformative love into the world? Or are you going to worship the world as it is, boosting your corruptible humanness by gaining power or pleasure from the forces within the world but merely contribute thereby to your own dehumanization and the further corruption of the world  itself?”

-NT Wright, Surprised By Hope

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3 thoughts on “More Than “If you were to die tonight, do you know if you would go to Heaven or Hell?”

  1. Completely agree. I vomit a little in my mouth every time I hear the call of the gospel framed in that context. It is NOT what Jesus came to say.

    • @frognparis I think that phrase came about when people were trying to boil down the Gospel into an elevator speech so that people could “share their faith” with those they meet on the street and didn’t have much time. But I think that’s kind of the larger problem with the way evangelism has been done. We’ve drawn attention away from having genuine relationships with someone and showing them the love of Christ, and just made it about a sales pitch.

      • @beardonabike  @frognparis We need to step away from the elevator pitch and grab a cup of hipster coffee with a side of true conversation. In schooling my kids, realized that one avenue that birthed the idea was the Black Plague. Death before was a natural part of life. After the Plague, death could be tomorrow. “Live today for tomorrow we may die” resulted. The result: If you will die tomorrow, will you burn in hell or go to heaven.

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