An article in the Sunday edition of the Atlanta Journal Constitution titled "Pearly Gates open to anyone?" was an attention getter. At least it got my attention.
According to a survey from Baylor University Institute for Studies of Religion conducted by the Gallop Organization of 1,648 U. S. adults in 2007, "heaven is no longer viewed as an exclusive place by many Americans."
Fifty years or so ago, heaven was viewed as a place only Christians could go. Now they merely have the "inside track." From the responses, many think "half or more" of Average Americans, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Muslims and even nonreligious people will go to heaven.
I find that sad. It seems to me that Christ condemned the actions of the religious. So religion can't be what gets you into heaven. Americans, average or otherwise, didn't exist in Christ's time so nationality isn't one of the requirements.
What I do remember is that one must believe that Jesus is the Son of God, be in Christ, have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, obey (now there's one human beings have a problem with) Christ's commandments, and persevere. Did I miss anything?
Obviously God needs to make some changes to accommodate those who participated in the poll, those who initiated it, and those who harbor similar beliefs. After all, this is a democracy and the majority rules. (Ha!)
So, are You listening, God? Americans want to know when we can expect the necessary revisions to Your word to fit the modern view of heaven.
I've never been to seminary and I'm not even a college graduate, but I'd dare an educated Biblical guess -- Never!
God is not swayed by polls or public opinion. Perhaps modern religionists should spend less time trying to "rewrite" the Bible and more time reading it.