Is Going to Heaven the Point?

"For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, those of my own race..." Romans 9:3

I made a suggestion in one of my comments from an earlier post that the point of following Jesus is not avoiding hell. Is going to heaven the point? Why would Paul even suggest such an idea as willingly being cut off from Christ for the sake of others? This seems even more radical than laying down one's life for friends, as Jesus suggested:

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends" John 15:13

Is giving up one's eternal salvation for someone an even GREATER act of love?? Why would Paul even suggest the idea of this? It seems like blasphemy. Of course, it is a completely different topic as to whether it is even possible to cut yourself off from Christ in order to bring others to Christ. On its face it seems absurd. Paul is making an extreme statement here about his love for the Jews. Extreme indeed. What is he saying?

2 comments:

Just Connie :-) said...

Wow. That is something I have never thought about before. It is quite convicting. I have always operated in a way of escaping this world, and waiting for heaven. I know I would lay down my life, but my soul? I honestly don't think I could do that. Sure gives my reason to sit back and wander if my serving Him is often for my own selfish gain. It is hard to not have any form of an agenda. I could not imagine even choosing to give up my soul for anyone other than my children.
Connie J

Ken said...

Totally. I sometimes wonder how much we have made Christ's message about serving ourselves, rather than serving others.

Sort of leads one to the philosophical arguments regarding altruism. Can there ever be true altruism? Or is everything motivated by self? The Bible says the heart is desperately wicked, and that all our righteousness is as filthy rags, and that nothing good lives in us. Makes me wonder! :-)