Thinking Out Loud

March 28, 2009

Heaven: Who’s In, Who’s Out

Filed under: Christianity, Faith — Tags: , , , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 6:58 pm


I’m one of those people who believe that there will be a lot of surprises in “heaven,” when it comes to who gets in and who is left out.   Of course, we each have to live our lives prepared to give our own account, not obsessing about our relatives, neighbors, fellow workers or fellow students; beyond living lives that will attract them to the person of Christ, and sharing a verbal witness with them when asked.

This comic is from Close to Home by John McPherson.

Related post:  The oft repeated “Preaching at Your Own Funeral” blogged this time by Timothy Archer at the blog  The Kitchen of Half-Baked Thoughts.

Here’s a great quote from D. L. Moody that fits so perfectly that you simply MUST link to this one. (Thanks, Jim Upchurch)



  1. Interestingly I have had this same discussion twice today…Scripture says that Jesus is the only way to eternal life…but the bigger question is “Are there opportunities after death?” CS Lewis, in his wonderful analogy “The Great Divorce”, seemed to believe that most people would continue to choose the destiny they had carved out for themselves on earth. I wish I knew for sure as there are people dear to my heart who cannot or will not accept Jesus as a provable being.

    Comment by Cynthia — March 28, 2009 @ 8:21 pm

  2. Neat cartoon. However, what’s between God and each individual child is private to the two of them.

    We cannot know their hearts, even of those closest to us. And we do not know what transpires at the last breath, either.

    When friend-husband starts this discussion with me, I simply beg off. I have resigned from the committee on judgment. I can trust God to do what is right because He is a Righteous Judge. He will not, unfairly, allow someone to choose separation from Him.

    But when they do, it’s their choice, not His. All I can do is witness His power and sovereignty to them. The choice is theirs, not mine.

    I hear Cynthia’s heart. Someone I loved dearly, died, still an agnostic to the best of my knowledge. I would grieve except I do not know that his agnosticism persevered to the end. I wasn’t there when he drew the last breath. And I can still hope that the Holy Spirit had time to convince him of Jesus’ efficacy for salvation.

    Comment by Judith — March 29, 2009 @ 12:39 pm

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