So I think that it is pretty sad that my first official blog entry is about death, but what can I say, it has been on my mind. Everyone has heard about the unfortunate plane crash that happened last week, but does anyone know about the death of a Muslim woman, Aasiya, last Thursday? In short, Aasiya was brutally murdered by her husband in their family’s radio studio right down the street from where I live. But this woman wasn’t just any women, she used to own the 7-11 near my house, which my mom and I were frequent customers of for their coffee. We spent so much time talking with her and her absolutely beautiful children. She was no doubt one of the kindest women that I have ever met with the sweetest children you could ever hope to meet. When I heard that her husband brutally murdered her, I literally sat in my car with my mouth open staring into space. Shock would be the closest thing to describe my state, but somehow doesn’t speak for the true intensity of it. My first thoughts, how could someone do that to the person that they committed to love for their entire life!? Although they were getting a divorce, what could seriously be going on in a person’s head to give them the realistic thought to kill someone…I just don’t get it!
Yesterday, on the way to Holiday Valley to do some snowboarding, I was admiring the beautiful scenery that God had made for us to enjoy and it hit me out of no where..Aasiya was Muslim, not Christian, therefore not saved, therefore, this kind woman who had her life taken from her was quite possibly in Hell. This epiphany made me rethink my whole concept of Heaven and Hell. Now, I still believe that there are such places, obviously, because we need the saving Grace of Jesus Christ to redeem us and allow us to enter Heaven, but how can such a kind person go to Hell? Its like the Catholic belief that all you have to do is be good to go to Heaven, your good actions will make up for the wrongs that you do and your sinful nature. But I don’t believe that…I never have…so now in the midst of this horrible situation, I have such a hard time accepting that Aasiya is in Hell. I’m in a place of contradicting thoughts, on one side I firmly and unchangingly believe that we all need Jesus Christ’s for our salvation, but on the other hand, how can genuinely good people go to such a horrid and evil place as Hell? What if they never had the opportunity to be saved? Or what if they were brought up with another religion that was forced upon them? So then to bring the issue home…how far as a Christian do I go to witness to those around me. The Bible teaches us to love one another and accept one another, but how can we let those we love and care for continue to live lives without Christ? How do we balance loving acceptance with the saving message of Jesus Christ?
Wow, there is so much here to think about and so much to really take into consideration. What do you guys think about all of this? What have you adopted as your “balancing plan”, if you have one?