There are no “nice” people

An article titled, “Do Nice People go to Heaven?”, over at Christian Post addresses a question on the minds of believers and unbelievers alike.

The article does a good job of explaining the Biblical (and thus true) answer to this question. For example,

Some people use a scale to answer the common yet difficult-to-address question. The scale of measuring how qualified a person is for heaven consists of Hitler, considered the most evil person in history, at one end and Mother Theresa, considered the most virtuous, at the other.

“That’s how you come to the conclusion that God grades on the curve,” said Carty. “That’s how you come to the conclusion that nice people really don’t go to hell because you got the wrong standard.

The article’s inquiry begs a preemptive question, just what is meant by “nice”? Indeed, “nice” (whatever that means) people will be in Heaven but it won’t be because they are “nice”.

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3 Responses to There are no “nice” people

  1. After reading some comment threads, particurlay the one about teachers/the Bible etc. I would have agreed with the comment about nice people.

    Maybe civil would be a better term than nice. The lack of civility, particularly along hard secularists and the most politically radical “Christians”, and the quotes are there for a purpose, is offensive, not only to all sane people, but I fel towards the Almighty.

    What did St. John write, It is impossible to say you love God, whom you have not seen, and hate your fellow man.

  2. Do people like the Phelp’s family go to heaven? If they do, can I be in a separate area?

  3. Laz says:

    It seems to me that all of us can shed the civility which we, for the most part tend to show. All it takes is an unguarded moment in the midst of a bad day or a bad situation.

    It is in these situations, when we show our imperfection, when God speaks loudest and reminds us of His Grace.

    The Apostle John was one of these uncivil folk before He met Jesus Christ. His nickname was “Son of Thunder”, that is someone who was known for a short fuse, and this is evident in a couple of instances in the Gospels.

    He went from a fisherman with a bad temper to “the disciple whom Jesus loved” and the Biblical writer who most focused on love. How? God’s Grace, not through anything John did.

    Yes the text which you bring up is most important and reflects the transformation of the Apostle’s life:

    This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us. The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

    If a man who was known as “the Son of Thunder” can be transformed by God in such a manner, why can’t we expect the same to happen to Phelps or to Sam Harris for that matter?

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