Eternity and Beyond

A friend posted this on video facebook. ┬áIt compelled me to write a few words about it. The attitude that many Christians, such as Francis Chan in this video, have about life is much of the problem I have with Christianity today. Many of these people are unconcerned with the immediate consequences of their actions because they are focused on a “bigger picture”; one that may not even exist. Their “higher moral ground,” which they believe will grant them access to a heaven that may or may not exist leads them to ignore or even cause atrocities here on Earth.

This concept that people should be “running a moral race” seems ludicrous to me. If there is some sort of loving god, I cannot, and will not believe that s/he/it would approve of ignoring our lives here on Earth in an effort to win his/her/its favor for some life beyond.

If people truly believe there is a god, racing each other to the finishing line is not the answer. Love, truth, and compassion are. Regardless of a person’s faith (or lack there of) the only moral way to behave is to treat others the way you want to be treated. This does not include: belittling someone for having a different religion, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, or being different period. Nor does it include acts of violence–even ones a person deems to be righteous. Bombing abortion clinics, people of different faiths, or anyone else does not make you a religious crusader, it makes you terrorist.

In the end, regardless of our beliefs, we all have only one chance to be a good person on this planet. By turning the quest for eternity into a moral race, Christians can cause more harm than good. Life is not a competition, and shouldn’t be treated as one. Unconditional, brotherly love, or as Aristotle put it, agape, has been missing from our society for a very long time. I know that it is difficult to love our neighbors–I know I struggle with it, but if we all can love one another despite our differences, perhaps a race for eternity won’t be necessary.

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