Still a bit troubled.
It’s this whole thing about salvation: “By grace you are saved through faith.”
The Apostle Paul shared this sentiment, and it set in motion the essence of the Protestant movement, so that today we are most concerned about the salvation of the soul.
Meanwhile, the emotions, the mind and the physicality of the church members wane, having no better effect than those in the world.
I suppose a case can be made that once we are eternally rescued and given a place in heaven, temporary years on Earth don’t seem quite as valuable.
Of course, one could have that opinion if one had not read the Gospel of Jesus. Jesus was intent on having God’s will done on Earth as it is in heaven.
He believed in personal responsibility.
He challenged his followers to go the second mile.
He told us that those who have purity of heart– emotional clarity–would see God.
He asked us to think about the world around us and how it works.
And certainly, he challenged us to be born again–not merely accepting the frailties of our genetic code, but rather, setting in motion a transformation which makes us “new creatures.”
The church offers soul salvation and then wonders why many people opt for “off-campus” emotional healing, renewing of their minds and physical exercise with healthy eating.
If salvation is a gift, why are we told to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling?
If salvation is a gift, why did Jesus tell Zacchaeus that he had “achieved” it by giving back the money he had stolen?
Imagine how powerful the Christian church could become if we simply taught that the salvation of our souls is an eternal work, demanding the grace of God to inaugurate our emotional healing, renewing of our minds and enhancement of our DNA.
It is troubling.
It is troubling that the church contains people who are going to heaven … yet having a hell of a time getting there.