Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Reasonable Statement?

Here is a quote from page 111 of "Love Wins." Is this ok? Is it reasonable for us all to agree that this is a reasonable statement?

"Whatever objections a person might have to this story [that in the final accounting all will be saved and in 'heaven'], and there are many, one has to admit that it is fitting, proper, and Christian to long for it. We can be honest about the warped nature of the human heart, the freedom that love requires, and the destructive choices people make, and still envision God's love to be bigger, stronger, and more compelling than all of that put together. To shun, censor, or ostracize someone for holding this belief is to fail to extend grace to each other in a discussion that has had plenty of room for varied perspectives for hundreds of years now."

Reading it does cause me to get a little bit hot about the Christian cheeks; it flies in the face of a lifetime of affirmation that this is surely not the case, that it is blasphemy to believe otherwise. But. I believe I can, I'm pretty sure it's ok for me to say, from my flawed human perspective: "God, you are great and I am not. You gave us life and everything, and nothing you do can be wrong or evil. If some will burn in hell forever, then I cannot and I will not question your authority to do that or allow that to happen. But from my finite human perspective, the way things look to me, I hope that no one has to remain in hell for eternity. I hope there is way around an awful fate like that. Maybe there is no way, but I sure hope there is."

If my prayer does not resonate at least a bit in your Christian soul, then, will you maybe entertain the idea that you're the weird one, and not me? I fear that it could be me, how about you spend a little time fearing that you may be the odd one out.

3 comments:

Jessica DesLongchamp said...

Wow, that last paragraph is a real doozy...

Jason Dean said...

Thanks! It was much harsher than that, but then I thought about how I'm supposed to sound like Jesus n stuff so I thought I'd dial it back a little.

Jessica DesLongchamp said...

WOW. Yeah, I wouldn't have guessed that was the "dialed back" version.