Many well-intentioned people are under the illusion that they save people from Hell. Now by Hell I mean the Dante version of Hell combined with the idea that we are born blemished and destined for its gates. Most Christians remember the story and it is a story where Jesus uses the example of a rich man who goes to Hell. The real moral of the story is that rich man would not rescue someone from Hell on Earth, did you get that because I think it bears repeating until the lie being told as the Gospel is revealed for what it is.
A parable which is a make-believe story told in order to teach the reader a lesson, this parable is not about some pagan view of Hell after death, but Hell right here and right now. The man in the story represents a view of the world that is all screwed up pardon my french, and to go further the rich man represents cold formalistic Religion. You see this rich man represents those who have made salvation all about angels and the afterlife. Now the poor man in the life to come is given the advantages he could have enjoyed in his previous life, if only those with the blessing had focused on Heaven on Earth. By the life to come I do not mean Heaven or Hell over there, but rather a New Heaven & Earth combination here and now were the first shall be last and the last shall be first.
So the idea of saving people from Hell must become literal to us but not a Hell way out there, which is a religious myth. A myth created to take people’s minds away from Religions refusal to help in creating Heaven on earth, while building and ever bloated empire for itself. I live in a town where some of the people creating the most Hell here are those who believe they are saved from Hell out there after death. As Jesus taught his disciples of which I count myself one it is the eradication of Hell on earth that is the focus of the God of Heaven, and the sooner we start saving people from that Hell the sooner we will truly understand the Real Gospel message of The Kingdom.
Do you see the original gospel is not about saving people from Hell over there, but rather from Hell right here and right now. It’s a movement of transformation not of earths escape to Heaven, but Heavens infiltration of earth and the displacement of Hell everywhere we find it, and the rest literally takes care of itself!
Luke 13:23 Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few be saved?” So he said to them, 13:24 “Exert every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.
If this was the end of this story and Jesus is talking about the whole world, further more if Jesus is talking about literal Heaven & Hell in this story then Yes most human beings ever born go to Hell. If you connect this verse to John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” and interpret this in a Protestant way you can also exclude all Catholics and all other non Born Again believers. How ever if any of these interpretive assumptions are wrong, then just maybe there is a wider hope then we have been lead to believe.
LUKE 13:25 Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, then you will stand outside and start to knock on the door and beg him, ‘Lord, let us in!’ But he will answer you, ‘I don’t know where you come from.’
So which house are we talking about here, could it be the house of Israel? In which case this section of scriptures scope would be restricted to the house of Israel. Could Jesus be speaking of the end of one season and the beginning of another? Do we have to understand this as an absolute and universal statement, or Particular and local?
Luke 13:26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’
This verse appears to be limiting this verse to a particular time as well as location. I understand it so much easier to just understand this verse as absolute and universal but I would plead to you that is just not the case.
Luke 13:27 But he will reply, ‘I don’t know where you come from! Go away from me, all you evildoers!’ 13:28 There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves thrown out.
Ok can you see these are people who are evil doers we have narrow the group Jesus is talking to even further. Wow could Jesus really be talking to a very select group of people and not the whole world. Also is this story talking about Heaven or a coming Earthly Kingdom and did I miss something here or has Hell been mentioned?
Luke 13:29Then people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and take their places at the banquet table in the kingdom of God. 13:30 But indeed, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”
So there is more people than just these evil doers who refuse the narrow gate, and that some who thought they where first or preferred will be last but not forgotten? These teachings of Jesus are much more hopeful than I was taught or lead to believe.Could it be that Jesus is the savior of the world after all, and not the leader of a very small secret society.
It has been said God is outside of Time and has a Master plan before space, matter and therefore time began. This is called His Sovereign Will which is moderated by His good pleasure, no questions asked no help requested. You can see here that your creation and personal being is unnecessary, necessarily. God merely unfolds the plan like a rug and we all are mere dust in the carpet fibers. Time for all intents and purposes is the duration between God’s perfect conception and completion, according to God’s immutable and unchangeable plan.
So why does this God bother is the first thing that comes to my mind, and second why should I worship this God? Do I look like some dark age dork who thinks the earth is flat, and God is only interested in being the Sovereign because they said so. This view is imposed on the God of the Universe and not reflected in the actual narrative of scripture.
God’s Word manifests a universe and then commits to the Moment, and in observation calls it good and full of potential. There is no reason that an All Powerful, All Knowing, Ever Present God has to fix the future, like some insecure god of the Greeks. The Moment is the best place for God to effect a Future in concert with earths children, not because of a have to but choose to. There is no need for all possibilities to be reduced to mere illusion and nothing more. There is no need to cement a nonexistent end with zero input from those made in God’s image.
God’s Infinite intelligence and a heart of love, in place of a tin god’s divine pleasure, reveals a deeper process. Where angels failed before man shall succeed in concert with a God embracing all possibilities, fearing no free choice or strange trail taken. Mixing all the colors together like a Master Painter with an open vision, that includes those new colors freshly co-manifested. In fact expressively excited and passionate about the endless horizon, and willing to be patient for the weaker vessels to grow into the gods of Creations God.
Once committed in love to the creation and it’s pearls of great price, now is the only reality an Infinite God, need dwell in. To see the Open Plan unfolding according to His Interactive Will, Worlds without End amen.