Am I ever appalled that even up till today there are some Christians arguing for their passage way to heaven and who is eligible. Although, this strikes me a controversial thought: can Christians only be admitted to heaven? Surely, I would want my Buddhist and even non-religious friends to come up there with me when my time has passed. Yet, I can argue on my case that I haven’t been the proper Christian I should have been by attending regular Sunday masses. In fact, the bible did indeed expressively say that I had to keep the Holy Sabbath day, and to be frank I do not. Thus in my argument, do I permit to entering heaven as well? To my curiosity, the article ‘Can only Christians go to heaven?’ written by Vasko Kholmayer, questions if non-Christian followers are to “suffer the torments of hell.” This follows under the pre-tribulation view from one of the Christian teachings that states Jesus Christ would come down from heaven to “rapture” his people that were diligent and obedient Christians. Kholmayer argues that many of the prophets in the bible themselves were Jewish and spoke about God. However, according to Kholmayer, he states that Christian argues only those who follow under the footsteps of Jesus were permitted. Kholmayer also defends his argument by presenting the book of Jobs that does not mention about Moses or the Torah from the Hebrew Scripture. Job, a “righteous gentile” who was neither Jewish nor Christian is believed to be in heaven with God. Thus, does this answer if someone must be Christian to go to heaven? Hence, regardless of religion, Kholmayer and I share the similar belief that heaven is not limited to Christians. In light of growing up in a family with mixed religious ideas, my mother followed the religious teachings of Chinese Buddhism, and my father is Catholic; I have been brought up to learn that all religions had their own type of heaven. Overall, I am not one to predict if either of my parents, friends or even myself will be going to heaven, the void, nirvana or the blank slits of the universe.
To read more about Kholmayer’s article, visit: http://bit.ly/Wotjsb