A while back (in October), i was at a youth retreat with the Heartland youth and young adult ministry. During the Saturday we were all split up into three different “workshops.” I was in the girls workshop. There we made paper hearts to put whatever we wanted in them. After we were able to ask questions. My sister Rae-Lee asked a very hard, deep question. She asked, “If heaven didn’t exist would people still be Christians?”
If you think about it, would you be a christian if there was no after life. Once you die that’s it, nothing else happens. The women there who were answering the questions said that they would because to them it’s not about going to Heaven it’s about a relationship with Christ. maybe it is to them now, but would they become a Christian if God promised no paradise after. I don’t think so. As much as everybody hates to admit it, I think no one would be Christian if we had no Heaven.
When ministering to people we always say that if they accept Christ as their Lord and Savior they will inherit eternal life. Usually at the start of our Christian faith we think about what Heavens going to be like and we don’t want to go to Hell. As we progress in our Christian faith is usually when we start to think much deeper as to minister to people in the middle-east. It’s hard to admit but it’s true. Imagine ministering to people and the conversation going like this:
“If you accept Christ as Lord and Savior then you will have a relationship with Him while your on Earth!”
“What about when we die.”
“Then you die.”
“My god promises paradise forever when I die.”
“That doesn’t exist. There is no after life. God says so in the Bible.”
What would even be the point. would you’d Spend your whole life teaching people about God even though nothing happens after?? It’s such a hard topic to think about. Not gonna lie, i don’t think I’d be a christian if there was no after life with Jesus and all i got was a relationship with a guy i never seen and never will see. And having a different religion wouldn’t matter because there would be no hell either so they wouldn’t go anywhere when they died. If their was no afterlife for anybody then really there wouldn’t even bea point as to be a christian. Or even muslim an buddism would be pointless. Much of what Jesus preached to us in the new testiment about going out to all 4 corners of the Earth and spreading Gods word would be pointless. It’s hard for me to word this in a why everyone can understand, but I feel that this subject is a very sensitive subject and it considers a long time thinking/praying about it.