How often is the gospel misused to comfort the grieving? Amazingly, misusing scripture for temporary comfort is often what I believe has caused many of the falsehoods we see in Christianity today. “Don’t worry. He/She is in a better place now. They’re not suffering any longer.” Really? Is that so? Did they have faith in the saving grace of Jesus Christ? “Well, no, but they were a good person.” No they weren’t. Sure, they may have been wonderful by the standards of society, they may have even been exemplary, but without faith in the one Jesus Christ who died for the sins of all, their suffering in life was mild compared to compared to the fires of Hell where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. We try to comfort those in their time of grieving, but at what cost. Those family and friends we mourn as we raise our drinks to the sky and say, “We’ll see you in a while, buddy.” The more we propagate that false comfort, the more I fear we lose the gospel. Many of our loved ones are burning in Hell right now. What we need to do is accept that and not fluff our emotions with lies. Give comfort to those who mourn by reminding them of the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ rather than comfort them with a cheerful message that will potentially send them to Hell too. Contrary to popular culture today, death is not a time of celebration. It’s a time of mourning. Let the people grieve. Let them hear the true gospel.
Heaven isn’t for everyone