This one is provocatively titled Do All Creationists Go to Heaven? Here are some excerpts, omitting scripture quotes and links, with bold added by us:
In Romans 1:20, Paul makes it clear that, from what we observe around us, a Creator obviously exists. If someone doesn’t believe this, they are without excuse.
No excuses! Let’s read on:
The Bible also plainly says in Romans 10:9 that we need to do more than recognize our Creator … . So even if a person believes in a Creator and is a creationist, he will be separated from God forever, just as an atheist will, unless he receives the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.
Everyone already knows about salvation, but we didn’t know that we also had to be creationists. Hambo continues:
So, from a biblical perspective, it is not good enough for us just to see a person converted from evolutionism to creationism!
Sorry to disappoint you, dear reader, but creationism alone won’t get you there. Here’s more:
Certainly, in a world where evolutionary naturalism pervades the culture, we need to show people the evidence for the intelligent Creator. In the public schools, students are indoctrinated in the Darwinian view of the origin of life and man — they’re taught that everything arose by natural processes with no supernatural activity involved. These people need to see how obvious it is that life could not have arisen through naturalism.
Yes, we certainly need to show people the evidence. Moving along:
But it would be disastrous simply to show people the evidence for an intelligent Designer and not to pursue the topic any further. When we talk to people about an intelligent Designer, we must recognize the ultimate need of each human. If we leave the Creator’s identity a mystery, we invite people to consider all sorts of gods as this possible intelligence, instead of the one true Creator God.
That’s important! Intelligent design isn’t enough, because according to that the Designer could be any deity. Clearly, ol’ Hambo is talking about the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute (a/k/a the Discoveroids). Another excerpt:
It’s not enough just to convert someone to be a creationist. As the Great Commission of Matthew 28 tells us, we need to preach the gospel … .
Hambo is repeating himself. He’s already said that mere creationism won’t get us through those pearly gates. We’ve got the message. This is how Hambo’s essay ends:
No, not all creationists will go to heaven, but heaven awaits all creationists who place their trust in Jesus Christ, the Creator and Redeemer!
Here’s how we understand what Hambo is telling us. First, creationism is definitely required for entry into heaven. That means all those deeply religious people at BioLogos who accept theistic evolution aren’t going to make it. Second, believing in creationism alone, although it is surely wonderful, isn’t sufficient. Third, believing in the Intelligent Designer isn’t enough either. Those Discoveroids are going to end up in the Lake of Fire.
The fourth and most important thing we learn from ol’ Hambo is that there’s no one in heaven who isn’t a creationist. It must be a wonderful place indeed!
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