Monday, January 13, 2014
Of course, she later said there was really nothing to be saved from, since hell didn't really exist. For that matter, she believed the concept of heaven served only as a way of comforting people (and primarily small children) when a loved one dies. Even now, although she acknowledges that God exists, she tells me that there's nothing after death. A person simply ceases.
Further, she wishes her daughter would embrace some sort of religion...just because everybody should believe in something. She doesn't care whether her daughter chooses Christianity, Buddhism, Islam or Hinduism, but it would certainly be nice if her daughter had the moral compass that comes with religion.
Not that religion should be taken too seriously, she adds. Many mentally ill people are religious fanatics, so it's important to have faith in moderation rather than allow it to envelop every facet of life. One needs other interests in order to maintain a well-rounded personality.
Additionally, she reminds me that, although the Bible is definitely important for understanding Western Culture (and particularly literature), it really mustn't be considered as God's Word. Many of Jesus' remarks about heaven, hell, demons and Satan accommodated First Century superstitions, but modern people are more enlightened. The King James Version gives us marvelous poetry and wonderful moral teaching, but mere men wrote it. And there's no one correct interpretation.
This woman is dear to me, and I pray daily for the Holy Spirit to slice through all her deception with His truth. My witness to her over the years has been enormously flawed, but I've told her the truth. Now I wait, praying for the Lord to open her eyes to His truth.