JuLeah - posted on 02/13/2011 ( 75 moms have responded )
Okay, another can of worms. Please know, I am asking. I don’t mean to offend. Mostly.
I have a new roommate who is a ‘born again Christian’ and self identifies as ‘fundamental.
I am Jewish.
Let me start by saying I know many many Christian who don't believe as my roommate does, so I am not speaking about all.
Okay, so as he has explained things to me, any day (and I mean any day) Jesus will be putting in an appearance for the second time.
Everyone who believes as my roommate does will be … forgot the word … but basically, sucked up into haven to spend all eternity with Jesus. The rest of us will be left here.
Now, you have to be a Christian like he is (my roommate) and not just any old Christian. You have to believe what he believes, exactly as he believes, and you have to be thinking about Jesus when Jesus arrives or you won’t get sucked up.
He tells me that he will catch himself throughout the day not thinking about Jesus and shake in his boots; What if that had been the moment?
It goes without says, I am not going.
Now, to be flip, I am not really seeing the down side to this event and may be the first Jew in history to be praying for it to happen. Think about it. Who is leaving? All the folks that don’t much like me anyway. My family and friends will all be here and we will have dealt with the surplus population.
But, as I understand, it will not be as good as all of that, because us left here are in for a bad bad time. Fire, damnation, pain, suffering, darkness (except for the fires) … you get the idea.
So, here finally, is my question. I was taught that we humans have free will. Why don’t born again Christian believe in free will?
Now my roommate says, “Of course you have free will. You have a choice.”
My choice is “Do what I say or go to hell” ??? That is a choice?
A friend of my Aunt was robbed at gun point some years back. They caught the fellow and he said in his defense, “But she gave me her purse”
And, in fact, she had. He put a gun to her head, asked for the purse, and she handed it right over.
But, and here is what the prosecuting side countered with, she was not really given a choice.
If you are not free to say No, then you are not free to say Yes.
So, whatup with the free will thing? Why would Jesus, who sounds based on all reports to be a wonderful fellow, want to put people in this position? Why would Jesus want people with him who are only there cause they don't wanna go to hell? To do this to someone doesn't seem like the Jesus I have come to understand through other conversations with folks who believe in him.