In my humble opinion
, I believe we all have the chance of being saved - even at the time of our death. Revelation 3:20 says "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me
". Jesus doesn’t say, “I stand at the door while you are alive
Several years ago, I was told a story that a nun saw a vision of Jesus and had a conversation with Him. She asked Jesus up to what point in our lives does He allow us to accept Him as our Saviour. The nun said that Jesus answered that up until the moment our soul leaves our body, He reaches out His hand and gives us one last opportunity to follow Him into heaven.
Whether the story is true or not, I understood the “moral” of it. Jesus’ love for us is infinite. And I couldn’t help but think that, if Jesus’ love for us is unconditional and everlasting as it states in the bible, then I could believe it to be true that, even at the time that our soul departs our humanly body, He would be there, with His hand reaching out – giving us one more chance. Praise God!
I also think about the stories many of you had said about how you truly believed everything you were being taught when you were a JW. Remember, many of you began questioning things when something happened (or rather, didn’t happen
) that didn’t seem right to you. And for many of you, it still took a long time before you acted on these questions, which have led you to the point in your life in which you are now, because you truly believed what you had been taught. I remember that as a young girl (9 - 11 yrs old), I believed the JWs to be the only true religion. This was because of the KH we attended. Yes, I was very young, but the atmosphere in that KH seemed to point to the “truth”; it seemed to me that everyone there was following God’s teachings according to the bible. I also remember that, when I was 11, we moved and changed KH. It was almost immediately that I began having questions about many things; questions that at first I didn’t dare ask out loud. Why did I have these questions? Because of the overall atmosphere in this new KH among the “brothers” and “sisters”. Things didn’t seem right; we weren’t welcomed as I expected would happen in the “true” religion. I soon came to realize that the main reason for these questions was that you were expected to follow the “rules” based on your status in the KH. Those who had houses or were financially secure seemed to be treated better or allowed to do things (ie: college) that those of us who lived in housing projects or didn’t have much money were told we couldn’t do. Of course, as I got older, my questions grew to the point that I would ask “if it isn’t okay for us, why is it okay for Elder X’s family?”. That was the beginning of my turn away from the JWs.
Would I still have had these questions if we hadn’t changed KH? Probably, because I’ve always been a “but why” person.
But maybe my questions wouldn’t have come so soon. Then again, maybe I would never have questioned anything if the atmosphere I felt there as a child had remained as I grew older.
If that had been the case, should I not have had the opportunity to be saved and go to heaven? We were all taught that anything anyone said against the JWs was because they were being led by Satan but “we” were being led by Jehovah. This was believable because we were taught, as Matthew 24:11 says, “And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray.”
So, if someone has been raised in the “truth” and because of their beliefs, has not allowed themselves to be exposed to others’ beliefs, should this person not have a chance at eternal life in heaven? Think of it this way (if the story of the nun is true): At the time of your death, you are still a faithful JW. After dying, Jesus comes to you and asks you to follow Him to heaven for eternal salvation. Would you look into Jesus’ Holy face and say “Yes, Lord, I will follow you”? Or would you say, "hey, wait a minute, this can’t be real because I was taught the bible says death …. "
I leave you with that.
God bless you all.