Being Christian does not get you into heaven. That is not the point of Christianity. At least it wasn't until Christianity lost it's way and needed a punishment/reward system to compensate for it's waning focus on the centrality of Jesus' work of effecting the forgiveness of God in the concrete history of the world that reinstated humanity as the very presence of God by the indwelling of the Spirit of God and the participating instruments of God's plan to bring the creation to completion (see here) (also, the length of this sentence is a tribute to my partial German heritage).
The work of Jesus is universal in scope for all things are in him.
this complete salvation is incomplete. This universality of salvation
is in principle. Just as the forgiveness of God has been an in principle
reality from the first instance of disobedience. Though God's
forgiveness has always been there it still needed to have its concrete
establishment in the actual history of the world for it to take effect
in the world. In the same way, the universality of this forgiveness and
redemption must work out into the actual dirt and blood of history.
Though in the incarnation all of humanity has been drawn into the life,
death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus and been opened to the life
of the Spirit this reality has yet to actually overcome the futility and
chaos that pervade the concrete reality of history.
This points to the purpose of theology and evangelism.
is the wider end of theology. Where theology deals with the fine
grains, evangelism interacts on the level of large chunks but they are
on the same continuum. They are both addressing the actual structure of
If redemption is universal then why theologize
or evangelize? If what we think and believe has nothing to do with our
ultimate destiny then why concern ourselves with it? If "God Gets Everyone" then what is the point of working hard?
First, because Jesus tells us to proclaim the good news.
because our ultimate destiny was never the issue. The issue has always
been the fulfillment of creation, so the objection is really baseless in
that it assumes a falsity.
Third, we proclaim the
Gospel, we work hard to accurately grasp reality because our purpose is
active participation in this plan of God for creation.
our beliefs are inconsistent or are at odds with reality then we suffer
cognitive dissonance. We must exert a tremendous amount of creative
mental energy to hold together ideas and beliefs that do not fit.
imagine how much God given creative energy would be freed up if we were
delivered from false ideas. Energy that could then be directed toward
our actual purpose in this world: our active participation in bringing
the universal redemption enacted in principle in Jesus into the concrete
blood and dirt of history.
Theology is a deliverance ministry. It releases the the children of God from the demonically onerous futility of screwy ideas.
Evangelism is the process by which the universal body of Christ becomes self-aware.