One of the most common ideas people get about Christians is that they’re obsessed with Hell. People discuss this idea in social circles, in the media, how many times have we seen the stereotypical Hell, Fire and Brimstone Christian in a movie or TV show? But then again how times have you seen a guy on the street corner screaming about damnation? I grew up scared to death of Hell, I was constantly being reminded of Hell by the people from Church, any slip up, Hell was brought up. Many have had similar experiences from their own Church, or from neighbors or even parents.
Often Christians feel like they can use scare tactics to convert other’s to Christianity, this is a very dangerous thing to do. They say here is the consequences for not believing. But that is all they say. Jesus said we are the light of the World. We have to show the positive influence he had on our lives and how we now do God’s work on Earth.
Becoming a Christian out of fear is not what God wants.
God is so merciful and loving. If you read the Old Testament the Israelite’s consistently rebelled against God and all he asked was for them to turn back to him. Much later Jesus sacrificed himself for the whole World to be saved. Jesus talked about Hell but it was rare compared to talking about love, kindness, forgiveness and helping others. So why do we talk about Hell so much? Also why are we holding on to things? Why are we passing by the homeless in the streets? Why do we shut the doors of our churches on people we disagree with? God says we must forgive to be forgiven, maybe it is time to remove the plank from our eyes instead of worrying about the neighbors speak of dust in someone else’s eye?
Verses to read
“4How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while there is still a beam in your own eye? 5You hypocrite! First takethe beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.“