Jesus Will Save You--Whether You Agree or Not
Controversial minister says Jesus' redemptive death saves everyone, even those who don't believe in him.
BY: Interview with Bishop Carlton Pearson
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Hitler, or he would have stopped him. Why did he allow Hitler to do what he did? In my estimation Hitler's acts are absolutely unforgivable. However, God is responsible for that kind of deviance, and he uses other human beings to counteract and/or prohibit such things. God is ultimately responsible for the devil because He created him. He's got to fix all such aberrations Himself, and Christ is His ultimate answer to such questions and speculations.
I make allowances for God. There's something about evil that we don't understand. It seems so horrible to us in this consciousness. But God must have known, and does know why and how it exists so seemingly unimpeded. There must be something beyond what those precious people endured that is greater than their horror.
I've had to think through this as an African-American. My ancestors were snatched from their homeland, beaten, subjugated to such horror for so many hundreds of years--and there are still many residual remains. But I'm no longer angry at God, and I'm not even angry at white people any more. I don't give anyone that much control over me.
You seem to be saying that even if we act in a Christlike manner we'll have the same eternal life as the child molester. Some Christians might say, "What's the point of believing in Jesus, going to church, and giving to the poor if we're all going to end up in the same place?"
Being kind on earth makes earth kind. If we would all do that, it would be a peaceful planet. Our behavior here affects our planetary experiences. It doesn't necessarily affect the eternals, because that's where perfection is.
So in the "faith vs. works" debate, you say we don't really have to do either.
Yes. Why we should be good is because Jesus wants his will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.
The award of heaven is to all the redeemed. The rewards of heaven are what we receive based upon how we live here on earth.