This blog is called Confessions of a Misplaced Alaskan so I guess I will do some confessing today.
I haven’t been baptized. I’m almost 30 years old, have gone to church off and on throughout my life but have never been baptized or I guess officially declared my Christian faith. I went to a Church of Christ church growing up, frequented Baptist churches, a Lutheran church, and now go to a Methodist church when we actually go. I have read parts of the Bible, but haven’t not read it all. I have had aspirations to read it from front to back. I’ve purchased a Bible that you read one day at a time and you have it read in a year. I never followed through. I find parts of the Bible uninteresting and I just don’t have the wish to read it most of the time.
I have a lot of Christian friends, a few Jewish ones and even fewer Hindu friends. I believe that there is a God. I believe that Jesus was on Earth. I like to believe that there is a Heaven and a Hell and I hope that one day I can go to Heaven.
My dilemma is this, I think that all people that believe there is a God and follow the teachings of their own religion should go to Heaven. Most religions have somewhere that people go to when they die.
I contemplated writing this post weeks ago but just haven’t gotten my thoughts out. When a friend took his own life almost two weeks ago now, I started to think more about my faith and wanted to find out what other people’s thoughts are on this. I think that God teaches us all how to live our lives and provides great beauty to us in our children, our surroundings, in our health and in our friends and family.
I don’t worry too much about what will happen to my body when I die. I’ve already told my husband that he can bury me wherever he wants if he out lives me, I just want to be buried in a plain pine box and no vault or preservatives. I also want my organs donated. My body won’t do anything for me in the afterlife. I do want to go to Heaven to be with friends and family that are already gone and wait there for my family to join me.
I get so confused though on how to get to Heaven. For some people they say that you just have to accept Jesus as the saviour and no matter what you do, your sins will be forgiven and you will go to Heaven. For others, you have to continually do good deeds throughout your life to go to Heaven. And others only have a temporary Heaven where they stay for awhile and then are reincarnated.
God created us all, so in my mind the various religions are created by him. Couldn’t he have different ways to get the afterlife?