Originally posted by zi2525
this is a question for all christians here. I am not a very religous person (i find it hard for me to stick to one thing, i like to move around alot
and cant go to church ect). I do belive in jesus christ but never go to church or really pray or anything like that. Now my question is, if the world
was going to end and you turned to god and started praying for him to save your soul, what if you where only praying to him becouse you where scared
of going to hell would he still let you in to heaven? You arent really showing love for god just showing fear of going to hell. I am kind of like
that, i fear going to hell but dont know how strong my love is for god. Can some one answer this?
There are a few things here that I would address before I answer your question.
Going to Church:
The important thing is that you seek to understand what it is God wants from you. Whether you do this in church, on your own, with your family, with
friends, or with strangers is your choice.
Amadeus spoke of commandments. Following those are important. However, all of the commandments can be simplified:
Master, which [is] the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul,
and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these
two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Following the commandments is as simple as understanding love.
Understanding love is not something which requires going to church. Though going to church can help you understand. And, perhaps, when your
understanding grows, someone may need to you to help them understand. Those are two important purposes of going to church. Learning and teaching.
You can use pre-made prayers or a long prayer you wrote from the heart.
Whether you are seeking forgiveness, giving thanks or giving praise, the most important part of prayer is sincerity.
Prayer does not have to be a time consuming and complicated. A simple "I am sorry. Thank you. I love you." works too. I simply take the time to say
some or all of those 8 words to myself whenever I think about God.
Strength of your love:
As you learn and begin to understand what love is, you will come to realize that your love is as strong as you let it be. Love is like a lantern in
your heart. Its light and heat is constant. It is the dirt on the panes off glass of the lantern that prevent its light from being seen, not only by
you but by others. That "dirt" is what you let accumulate. Doubt, fear, hate, envy confusion-- all of these are "dirt" that covers the light
Amadeus also made several referances to Matthew chapter 5. I suggest reading the whole chapter in context.
It is the light of love that is being talked about. This is what you are to let shine before the eyes of men. This is what cannot be hidden. This is
that which all the commandments hang. Love.
God loves sinner and saint. But only those who return his love are saved. It is God's love that saves. It is returning this love that saves.
Salvation is a gift given to all. Whether we choose to accept the gift is our choice. It is our choice to Love God or not.
Good works are a natural result of this love for God. Love is meant to be shared with all. What better way of sharing your love with others than by
Now to answer your question:
Only God knows what is in the heart of a man. He will judge not on what is said or what is done but by what is within one's heart. Could the person
in your question go to heaven. Most certainly. God is a forgiving God. Could the person in your question go to hell? Most certainly. God is a vengeful
God. It all depends what is in the man's heart.
That being said, I would have to ask "Why wait?" The choice is simple. You can let fear guide your actions, or let love guide your actions.
Wouldn't you rather spend your time on this earth living with love and not living with fear?