That Christ Might Be All and In All

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At our organic meeting on Sunday, a brother in Christ asked a question that I would like to attempt to answer. The question was this, “If all babies go to heaven, then why should we try to stop abortion”. I know this is a hot button subject with many, so if you would like to comment, I would appreciate respectful and gentle answers. My first thought, concerning the question, is that I am not sure that all babies go to heaven. I have heard some Scripture quoted that alludes to this idea, but there seems to be no definite answer on the subject. I do know that God is good and just. Therefore, I trust Him and His judgment on this subject. But, that is not where I want to go with this post.

The real issue is an idea that Christian leaders have propagated for a long time. This idea is that our faith is about getting people into heaven. This falls far short of the goal, which is that Christ would be all and in all. Jesus Christ endured the cross, suffered death, and was resurrected for the joy of honoring His Father by having His glorious image displayed in all of creation. We are the firstborn of a new creation that is consumed by a Person, Jesus Christ. When the day of the Lord comes, that great day of disaster and shame for the people and powers of this world, the old creation will be judged and destroyed. In its place will be a creation that utterly and fully radiates the image of God. When we start from the position of God’s eternal purpose in Christ, we can see that abortion does not help to display the image of Christ.

In conclusion, if all babies do go to heaven, supporting the abortion of babies so that they would go to heaven is building the kingdom with one hand, while tearing it down with the other. We are not to sin that grace may abound. In the same way, we do not support the murder of the innocent, so that there will be more people the kingdom of God. May Christ be all and in all.

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Posted on June 14, 2011, in Thoughts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Very thoughtful post brother, beautifully conveying God’s heart.

  2. I guess that the idea that we should preach to get people into heaven comes from the John 3:16 verse…’believe…to have everlasting life’ – and that means ‘in heaven’. However, I believe now that we are to disciple to save and transform the person so that the life of the Lord should be demonstrated in all their walk with Him. His image – in us!

    • Thank you very much for the comment Alan! Even everlasting life should be understood as sharing in the eternal life that Christ has earned through overcoming death. Teaching about going to heaven is legitimate, but even heaven in its current state is not our ultimate destination. Our final destination will be the new heaven and new earth. You are absolutely right about discipleship. We make people into disciples of Christ (or perhaps its that Christ makes them His disciples through us), so that by the power of His Spirit, they will be formed into His image. I really appreciate your thoughtful comment, I don’t get many comments 🙂

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