One of my nonreligious friends asked me a question this past week to answer on my YouTube channel. I originally planned on recording a video answer and publishing this post, but I have unexpectedly fallen ill this week (as I type this I have about a hundred degree fever). So for now, I will only be publishing this as written content, my apologies to everyone who enjoys my videos and was looking forward to this one.
Here is the question:
“If a person lives a great life, gives love to his friends, family and random strangers. If he upholds his beliefs and lives by example…
.. but he isn’t religious,
Does he get into heaven?”
There are so many things I want to say in response to this but first I’d like to say how grieved I am that Christianity is seen as a set of rules and regulations by the general population. I say this because of my background in legalism, I know that the Church has failed so many with this and I feel like this question shows that.
To begin answering this question, I must unpack a few things…