If you are of the faith that believes there is a heaven and hell once this life is over, I have questions for you. Is there a get into heaven free card when you die a tragic death? No matter your previous choice to believe or not, whether you wanted to be reincarnated or just wanted it all to end at the end. Do you make the list to get into heaven depending on how you die?
I ask these question because of posts on Facebook, the media and other conversations I have heard or had concerning recent tragedies. Everybody assumes the people who were victims of the senseless tragedies all went to heaven. Dare I say it is presumptuous of us to think the adults all wanted to go to heaven or the families of the children want them in heaven. Are the assumptions more about comforting those of us who are here and needing reassurance they are in a better place? Is this thought a disregard of other faiths as a result of arrogance? Or is it simply our default way of thinking and reacting?
I am sure there wasn’t any malicious intent. However, there doesn’t appear to have been the conscious acknowledgment that maybe, just maybe they wanted a different choice for their afterlife.
The Children I believe went to heaven because they were not at the age of acknowledgement, and the adults, Only God knows their hearts and only he can make that call. A lot of people will say that and want to believe that they “went to a better place” to comfort themselves and others. That is the jist of what i think 🙂 Great questions!
Thanks for the response and for providing your “jist”.
I agree with the above comment. I also know that we will never fully understand the grace that Jesus brings or the judgement that God brings. I hope and pray that His grace covers me, but that doesn’t mean I stop trying to live how He asks me to. I try really hard to never say someone “went to a better place” because I don’t know, but I have hope. Thanks for putting this out there!
Some days hope and prayer are all we have to offer.