|Although faith addresses immortality as a consequence of
personal salvation, there is more to religion than being
saved to be immortal. Faith may include immortality as a
consequence of salvation, but there is more to it than that.
Faith offers a broader picture. A Christian must think of others, must consider the Will of God, the covenanted group, and the preservation of creation.
A person who has embraced Christianity solely for immortality has a limited view of it. His motivation has also been selfish and unbalanced. To embrace Christianity for immortality is to miss the whole point of Christianity.
Christianity involves the love of others, the good of involvement, furthering the Spiritual Kingdom of God, a covenanted group and spreading about the compassion of God. Immortality is about the last thing a true Christian should be concerned about. It is only a minor issue, but it will be.
Of course there is immortality. We shall enjoy life with God after we die. The scriptures are clear. In our Father’s house are many mansions. (John 14:2 ) Such assurances are often in scripture. The Apostle kept the faith and got the crown. (2 Timothy 4:7)
But we should not be Christians solely out of a selfish desire to be immortal. That is simply a shallow attempt to manipulate God to get something we desire out of Him. Christianity is deeper than the notion that just by mumbling a creed, you go to glory. The “Lord looketh on the heart” (I Samuel 16: 7)
So do not try to manipulate God for some fancied reward. Luther before he found enlightenment in the Word about living by faith, (Romans 3:28) tried to strike a deal with God on what he would do if he were not hit by lightning in a terrible storm.
Many people try to manipulate God. They come to God, (the right thing to do), to get something from God (the wrong reason.) However, God is a Sovereign Being who is beyond bargaining. And such bargains are one sided. The agreement of God is assumed. Wrong move.
But many who come to God enter churches for the wrong reason, yet they develop and grow in grace as Luther did. By doing the right thing for the wrong reason, they stumble into God. They fumble into the arms of Christ. Is this not irony? Is this not grace?
Dr. James MacLeod may be contacted through the Neill Macaulay Foundation.