Some people in the town in which I live have been spreading the rumor that I do not teach there is life after death. They do this because I do not hold to the medieval church’s teaching concerning Hell and therefore they say this means there can’t be a heaven if there is no Hell. This is not true I have a very deep Faith that all the wonderful people I have loved over the years, upon their death attained the presence of God’s love. I am so sorry people have lied to you about the truths I hold about God and the afterlife but then if you really wanted to know what I thought all you ever had to do was ask. I do hold that at the end of one of the earth ages God dwells on earth with humanity in Love and Glory, essentially Heaven will be on earth, this is our true future not heaven.
Pastor Bill Langill jr.
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 13:29 Then 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.
I was shocked, confused, bewildered as I entered Heaven’s door,
Not by the beauty of it all, nor the lights or its decor.
But it was the folks in Heaven who made me sputter and gasp–
The thieves, the liars, the sinners, the alcoholics and the trash.
There stood the kid from seventh grade who swiped my lunch money twice.
Next to him was my old neighbor who never said anything nice.
Herb, who I always thought was rotting away in Hell,
Was sitting pretty on cloud nine, looking incredibly well.
I nudged Jesus, ‘What’s the deal? I would love to hear your take.
How’d all these sinners get up here? God must’ve made a mistake.
‘And why’s everyone so quiet, so somber – give me a clue.’
‘Hush, child,’ He said, ‘they’re all in shock. No one thought they’d be seeing you.’
Poem By Rod Hemphill
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