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Christians Dispatch Unbelievers to Hell
20 August 2013
Bill and George have been friends for many years. But even though they are both Christians, they don't always see eye-to-eye. One day when they were having a chat in the backyard over a beer, George was telling Bill how excited he was about the new Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, particularly because this Mr. Jones was a Christian and a strong supporter of the Second Amendment.
George: The right to own guns is a vital issue! Crime and violence are only getting worse, and I've got to be able to protect myself, my wife, and my property. No one is going to do it for me, and that Obama guy wants to take away our guns AND our rights! Without my gun, I would be like a sitting duck if an armed robber were to break into my house.
Bill: Well, George, that may be, that may be .... So, if a robber broke into your house, you would shoot him, even if it ended up killing him?
George: Hey, if I felt like my life or the life of my wife were in danger, I would for sure shoot. That's just self-defense after all — there's no law against that, is there? And if he dies, well, it was his fault for breaking into my house in the first place, so he just got what he deserved for his crime and stupidity! Better him than me!
Bill pondered that for a while as he sipped his beer, then suddenly he asked,
Bill: George, are you and your wife Christians?
George: What kind of question is that? You know right well that we're Christians! You even attended that patriotic 4th of July rally in support of the troops at our church last year.
Bill: OK, OK ... don't get your feathers ruffled, I was just making sure. And besides, I don't think I would go to an event like that again. But anyway, about this armed robber that might enter your house — do you think HE would be a Christian, or an unbeliever?
George: I don't know what's gotten into you today — you sure are asking weird questions! Well, don't you think it's obvious that if he's an armed robber then he's most definitely NOT a Christian?
Bill: I think that's a reasonable assumption. So, if this unbeliever were to be killed, where would his soul go?
George: Bill, you know the answer to that as well as I do! He would go to Hell, of course! That's what the Bible teaches.
Bill: And if you and / or your wife were killed, where would you go?
George paused for a moment, but not because he didn't know the answer. It was starting to dawn on him where Bill was going with all this, and he was beginning to feel uncomfortable.
George: Well, everyone knows that Christians go to Heaven when they die.
Bill: Yep, that's what I understand. So now, let me get this straight, because there's something I don't get in all this. If this unbelieving robber breaks into your house and you defend yourself by shooting and killing him, you've just dispatched him to Hell for eternity, because now he no longer has an opportunity to become a Christian. But on the other hand, if you don't defend yourself, and he shoots and kills you, you're going directly to Jesus in Heaven for eternity. Do I have this straight?
George just slowly nodded his head, but didn't say a word.
Bill: Well, George, I have to say that it doesn't seem very Christian-like to speed a fellow human being to Hell by killing him, when instead you can let him do you a favor and speed you to the arms of Jesus in Paradise. Unless, of course, you don't really believe what the Bible teaches, but instead you think this earthly life is so important that you have to kill someone to hang onto it.
George couldn't even move his head anymore — he was frozen with shock and amazement.
Bill: George. George! You ARE a Christian, aren't you?
George wasn't so sure any more.
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