There’s this concept out there among individuals who claim to be Christian, yet claim that EVERYONE goes to Heaven when we die…regardless if they’re a believer or not! This is because individuals that believe in this concept don’t believe in going to Hell for eternity. For example, a close relative of mine (who considers himself spiritual but not religious), believes that if there’s a Hell then we’re in it right now but we will all go back to the source (God) when we die. This idea typically falls under “universal reconciliation”, “universal salvation”, “Christian universalism”, “Unitarian Universalism”, or simply “universalism”. Based on how it’s been described to me by people that believe this, I like to refer to it as the “new” Christianity!
My biggest question is: Where in the Bible does it state that EVERYONE will enter Heaven? It DOESN’T! Here’s why:
- 1 Corinthians 11:27-30 NLT says “So anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup. For if you eat the bread or drink the cup without honoring the body of Christ, you are eating and drinking God’s judgement upon yourself. That is why many of you are weak and sick and some have even died”;
- Romans 3:9-19 states that “all people are sinners”;
- 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 NLT says “Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people – none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21 is another similar verse);
- Jesus says in John 3:5 ESV “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” To explain that further, Acts 2:38 NLT says “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit”;
- “But anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. This is a sin with eternal consequences” as stated in Mark 3:29;
- Revelation 21:8 ESV says “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death”;
- Hebrews 10:26-29 NLT says “If we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins. There is only the terrible expectation of God’s judgement and the raging fire that will consume his enemies. For anyone who refused to obey the law of Moses was put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to us”;
- “Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death” as stated in James 1:14-15 NLT.
- Matthew 7:21-23 ESV says “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.'”
There are MANY other verses in the Bible that state the same thing…NO ONE can enter the Kingdom of Heaven unless they repent, get baptized in Jesus’ Name and are filled with the Holy Spirit, and also place God above everything (among other things mentioned throughout Scripture)!
The goal is for us to go to Heaven but that won’t happen for everyone. We all have free will and the choices that we make determine where we’ll ultimately end up. 2 Corinthians 5:10 NLT says “For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.” Unless this ideology can be proven solely through Scripture, it’s nothing more than a man-made belief system and is not of God! If this way of thinking was true, what would be the point of following God’s commands, the concept of sin and taking responsibility of one’s actions?