willieH: Hi ES... welcome to Tentmaker!
The oldest and most asked question towards Universalists. I was asked this yet again. As usual I dont have a clear answer prepared. What is the best response to someone who wants to know why they should avoid sin.
Here is their exact quote:
"So what is the punishment for sin? What's to stop me from doing whatever I want? I wont go to hell. I'll eventually get to heaven. And if there's no hell and we all go to heaven then why should I try to further the Gospel? Why? There's no point. Everyone will get there sooner or later. I'm just gonna party like it's 1984 man! Rock and roll!"
How do I answer this?
This is the most typical confrontation of UR... I have encountered it many times... here is what I say to them...
"So what is the punishment for sin? What's to stop me from doing whatever I want? I won't go to HELL. I'll eventually get to heaven."My answer:
So what you are saying is: "what you WANT"
is to do other that what GOD WANTS?
If you are so inclined, then GOD has NOT yet called you, for when GOD calls... his TRUE SERVANTS respond, because upon that CALL, they NOW seek to do HIS WILL
Your words... "whatever I WANT"
...is not about HIS WILL
, rather is about YOURS
... and displays what you actually "want"
"And if there's no hell and we all go to heaven then why should I try to further the Gospel? Why? There's no point."My answer: CHRIST
commanding is NOT reason enough
to spread the Gospel? You display by your words that you have NOT been called by Him, for it is HIS WILL that calls for the furthering of the Gospel...
has truly CALLED you, and you are now HIS SERVANT, then you shall SERVE HIM... by doing as He commanded... not hoping or expecting to be rewarded for that service... It is NOT up to us to question that command, but to obey it and fulfill its CALL upon our lives...
The results, should they contain HELL or HEAVEN, are not to even be considered by us as our motive
to further the Gospel... The RESULTS are to be left to HIM...
If we are motivated by the anticipation of gaining HEAVEN, ...then selfishness is our motive and we are trying to EARN or WORK our way to HEAVEN by
spreading the Gospel...
"Everyone will get there sooner or later. I'm just gonna party like it's 1984 man! Rock and roll!"My answer:
Another display of NON-CONVERSION... for if you were BORN AGAIN, or CONVERTED, such an alternative as noted above
would not appear...
This kind of comment only displays that the one making it wishes to CLING to SIN, and that CHRIST
's WILL to SAVE His Children, is not the motivator in that experience... rather, what this one might GAIN is his/her motivation... pEAce