The billionaire stated, “'I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”
We have to assume that Bloomberg is an intelligent man. But with all his fame and fortune, he still has not learned to believe the God of the Bible.
For those of us who do believe in the God of the Bible, there are several things wrong with his statement.
First, he assumes that there is a heaven, but has doubt that there is really a God—which doesn’t even make sense. How can you have a heaven and not have a God?
Second, there is no “interview” as he puts it—the decision which guarantees a place in heaven is made here, on this side of death, not at some interview at the gates of heaven.
Third, he assumes that God will be impressed with Bloomberg’s massive accumulation of wealth.
Fourth, NO ONE earns a place in heaven—it is a gift made possible by the shed blood of Christ on the cross.
And it doesn’t matter how much money you have. If it did, heaven would have no place for average folks like us, who don’t have the wealth Bloomberg does.
We do have to agree with Bloomberg on one count—“it’s not even close.” But sadly, not the way Bloomberg thinks it is. His own words convict him.
One rich man in a parable Jesus told thought that his wealth was all he needed. But he found out differently. God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?” (Luke 12:20)
The Bible makes it clear: Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6).
But this leads us to look at our own lives. Bloomberg is depending on his generosity and his wealth to get into heaven. On what are you depending?
--Rocky Henriques, www.uticabc.com