Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Once to die then comes judgment

Here is an excellently presented gospel message from St Georges - Tron Church Glasgow (H/T Joshua Bovis)

Through this presentation runs one of the fault-lines of 21st century Christianity. When everything modernism and post-modernism wishes to say about the Bible (as a revelation of ultimate truth) is said, one saying it is doubtful, the other saying it is one option among many, does it speak truthfully?

The verses highlighted in the presentation include Hebrews 9:27,

"And just as it is given for humankind to die once, and after that comes judgment ..."

Is this true? Is there (or will there be) a judgment of God in which humanity will be divided into two, the sheep and the goats, those destined for heaven and those destined for hell?

If it is not true, then, given that quite a bit of the Bible is about sin, judgment, and salvation (where salvation is being saved from the eternal consequences of sin), is any of the Bible true? Better, given that the Bible has some unexceptional wisdom and morality within it, is anything distinctive in the Bible (say, that God is love) true?

If it is true, that God one day will judge the world, what difference does that make to much that embroils us in the Anglican Communion?

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