Someone asked me if I believed in the "Doctrine Of Inclusion/ All Religions Can Get To Heaven."
I meditated on that question and I responded back. This is my response to that question. I thought that it would be interesting to put my response on here for all to see.
Please feel free to comment and share your views and opinions on this question/subject. I know that many of you will have something to say about this...
The subject of the “doctrine of inclusion/ all religions can get to heaven” is a very controversial subject. Most fire and brimstone, mainstream, fundamental Christians would say that the “doctrine of inclusion” is heresy and satanic.
Carlton Pearson believes in the “doctrine of inclusion” and most mainstream Gospel/Christian people denounced him, turned their backs on him, left his church and called him a heretic. My beliefs are closer to Carlton Pearson’s beliefs and views than his critics. I would probably be thrown out of the church that I attend if I shared some of my views with them. I’d certainly be judged by some people.
Regarding people of other religions going to Heaven, TD Jakes said that God will identify who goes to Heaven. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCb_GAV0_Nc
There is a Scripture in the Bible that I reference when issues like this come up. JAMES 4: 11-12, (NLT), “Don’t speak evil against each other, my dear brothers and sisters. If you criticize each other and condemn each other, then you are criticizing and condemning God’s law. But you are not a judge who can decide whether the law is right or wrong. Your job is to obey it. God alone, who made the law, can rightly judge among us. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to condemn your neighbor?”
God understands ALL and He knows people’s hearts.
I don’t believe that just because people don’t confess Jesus as their Savior that they’re going to Hell, if Hell exists.
There are religions that have been around way longer than Christianity. There are Christians that aren’t that good that I can’t see how they are going to Heaven. There are non-Christians that are the most good, loving, kind, compassionate people and I can’t see how they’re not going to Heaven to live forever with God.
There are people that convert from other religions to Christianity; conversely, there are people that convert from Christianity to other religions and views.
There are people that were raised Muslim, Jewish, etc., and they will never confess Jesus as their Savior. I believe that God understands that. It would be like a Christian who was born and raised Christian converting to some “strange” religion. God understands that there are people who were born and raised Muslim, Jewish, etc., and that it’s impossible for them to name Jesus as their Lord. They believe in God and the Spirit of God. I just believe that God will judge their hearts and understand that they were brought up and taught a certain belief system and they couldn’t abandon that belief system. Would God hold a person’s belief system against them that was instilled in them and drilled in their head since they were a child?
I was born and raised in the Baptist Church. Christianity was instilled in my head and drilled in me since I was a baby. Was I brainwashed? What if there was another “way” that was the real, true “way?” If my belief system is wrong then I hope that the real, true “way” would have mercy, understanding, sensitivity and compassion on me. I would hope and pray that Jesus would have that same mercy, understanding, sensitivity and compassion on people that were raised in a non-Christian belief system.