Sunday, July 02, 2006
"Will Warren Buffet Go To Heaven?"
Big billionaire news over the past few days. First Bill Gates (#1 rich guy) announces that he will step down from daily involvement at Microsoft in a couple of years so that he can bring more focus and direction to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The BMG Foundation has focused on health issues (especially AIDS) and education. The case can be made that their foundation has made a lot of difference and has powerful potential.
Then Warren Buffet (#2 rich guy) announces that he is going to give about $31 Billion of his worth to the BFM Foundation which doubles the assets of the foundation to about $60 Billion! The world will watch with great interest to see what the BMG Foundation will do.
USA Today's telling of Buffet's contribution quoted Buffet as saying, "There is more than one way to get to heaven, but this is a great one." I have no idea if Buffet was serious or not but the comment certainly reflects the common opinion of many Americans.
Many have concluded that there are many ways of going to heaven and, most believe going to heaven is about being a good person.
As a Bible-believing Christian I accept what Jesus said as recorded in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but by Me." I understand that not everyone accepts what the Bible says as truth. But, if you don't accept the Bible I have two questions--
1. What will be your source of truth? Popular opinion? What makes sense or seems fair to you? You can't accept all religions as "truth" because they differ too much. Someone has to be wrong.
2. If there are many ways to go to heaven and just being good gets you there then the death of Jesus was unnecessary. Hundreds of early Christians died a martyr's death because they believed that Jesus' death was redemptive and unique. Whatever you think about Christians and Christianity the crucifixion of Jesus is a huge historical event.
Who gets to go to heaven?