A Troubling Question May 7, 2008Posted by Matt in Bible, god, Jesus.
Tags: god, hell, Jesus, prayer, question
Should Christians pray for Jesus to return?
I can’t remember if this came up in a worship service or in Bible class, but someone recently made the statement that they always do pray for Him to come back soon and relieve us of pain and suffering and loss. Now, I’ve heard this type of thing before throughout my life and have never given it much thought, but, on that day, I started to really ponder over the ramifications of that request to God. That led to my next question:
What about everyone else?
With the exception of a few nutcases like myself, I think it is safe to say that the large majority of those involved with our chosen denomination believe firmly in an eternal hell. Though their ideas of this underworld may vary, anywhere from eternality outside of the presence of God to a Dantean plane of everlasting torture, the basic beliefs that it is real, it is eternal, and it is bad remain in place.
So, by using a bit of logic, if you pray for Jesus to come back and save you and others like you, then, by corollary, you pray for God to send the vast majority of humanity to a never-ending time of unspeakable horrors.
Does this strike anybody else as extremely self-serving? We want our mansion, robe, and crown, and we want it now, please. And give our deep regards to those untold billions of souls who either didn’t believe or had the misfortune of being born in a land where they never had the chance to.
We can then cheerily sing that horrible lyric, “Many will meet their doom,” from the hymn Jesus Is Coming Soon, without batting an eye, for our destiny of eternal comfort is guaranteed.
Does anybody else find this attitude bothersome?