A funeral is an unhappy reason to see an old friend. I didn’t attend the service, but watched her son while she supported her family in a farewell to a baby.
My friend is a Christian, and the family is Mormon. She came over after the service with her sister-in-law to pick up her son. The situation is tragic beyond the fact that was a baby. The baby is with the Lord, we know. They drank tea and we discussed the hope of heaven and redemption, for our own comfort mostly.
The sister-in-law expressed her anticipation that there would be mercy on the other side of this life.*
She felt that only those who intentionally follow Satan will be lost in eternity. She needed to believe that. She hoped beyond hope that there would be heaven awaiting all others.
How sad to live life with an unfounded hope.
Is faith something more? Faith is being sure of what we hope for…Hebrews 11:1
Serenity, one of favorite movies, has a death scene where the preacher grabs the hero and tells him it doesn’t matter what he believes in, so long as he believes. It is the only scene which causes inappropriate emotion. I laugh every time.
Even an atheist has faith, faith that there is no God. So is faith in itself enough?
…sure of what we hope for, certain of what we do not see. How can anyone be certain?
Would God expect us to pick blindly from the many options in this life? How could he be a good God if he let us bumble around choosing from the ever changing, blurry shades of doctrine?
I praise God for the Bible! That we know we can draw near with confidence (Heb 4:16) and we can know that we have eternal life (1 John 5:11-13.) Of this I am certain.
*The standard LDS belief is that there is no redemption for murders. D&C 42:18 At the risk of reiterating my point, not all LDS believe this.