Does God reject us for our beliefs or does He look at our hearts? March 29, 2005Posted by roopster in Bible, Christianity, faith, God, Jesus, Religion, spirituality, Theology.
Growing up in the fundamental Christian faith, we were taught that beliefs were extremely important in our salvation. In fact, we had a list of “essentials” that one MUST believe in order to be a “true” Christian and bound for heaven. For example, a Mormon or a Jehovah’s Witness were NOT “true” Christians because they do not subscribe to one or more of these “essentials”. The fact that their Jesus was not who orthodox christianity has determined him to be resulted in their churches being classed as a cult.
In the process, the state of one’s heart was immaterial. One could have a heart after God, devote their lives to helping others, and walk in compassion and kindness yet God would reject them because they did not believe what was considered a fundamental truth. God was more concerned about us dotting or i’s and crossing our t’s than the state of our hearts. He would easily reject people because of a flaw in their belief system.
Does this make sense? Is God concerned with whether or not I believed that Jesus was God vs. the Son of God? Would he really reject me for being wrong in what I believed?
I’ve met many Mormons who are wonderful examples of what I believe a “true” Christian is yet evangelical Christians, including the likes of Benny Hinn, Bob Tilton, and Joyce Meyer would condemn them to hell because of a few of their beliefs that are outside of their “essential” doctrines. Who determines what is an “essential” anyway? There is one constant in Christianity and that is we cannot agree on how to interpret the Bible.