All Who Live Well Have A Place In Heaven

There has been violence done to people of other faiths in the name of religion. This is not a new thing but seems to be resurging.  The thing is, all true religions teach love for God and love for one another and have the Ten Commandments in some form as part of their theology. It would be impossible to justify killing others to glorify God if one was rightly living according to their faith.

Jesus taught gave many examples to show that it was how someone lived that mattered, not whether they were part of “the church”. His illustrations of people doing the right thing were often done by those outside the faith: the good Samaritan, the centurion who’s servant was healed, the one leper of ten that were healed that returned to thank Jesus was a Samaritan. And Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to Me Lord, Lord shall enter the kingdom of heaven but those who do the will of My Father in heaven.” The Father’s will being that we love one another.

In I Corinthians 12 the oneness of all is illustrated by the example of the human body – many parts functioning as one and dependent on one another for health and survival. “Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything? But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where God wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” But God has put the body together… so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.”

We are also taught in the theological writings of Emanuel Swedenborg these same truths:

“The Lord’s mercy is infinite and will not let itself be limited to the few who are inside the Church. Instead it reaches out to all in the whole wide world.”  Secrets of Heaven 1032:2

“Everyone who makes the commandments the principles of their religion becomes a citizen and an inhabitant of heaven.” [Apocalypse Explained 948]

“In the spiritual world, into which everyone comes after death, no one is ever asked ‘What is your religion?’ but rather ‘What is your life?’ for everyone’s life is his or her religion.” [Divine Providence 101]

“The means of salvation has been provided for everyone, and heaven is such that all who live well, of whatever religion they may be, have a place there.” [Divine Providence 330]

“The heavenly Human, which is heaven, in order that all these things may be in it, cannot be composed of people all of one religion but of people of many religions.” [Divine Providence 326]

“That the church of the Lord is spread over all the globe, and is thus universal; and that all those are in it who have lived in the good of charity in accordance with their religion.” [NJHD 246]

We will explore this topic more at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

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