There is a story that I have heard many times in my life from many places about some things that are supposed to happen one day after you’ve died. The story isn’t always the exact same but it generally goes something like this….When you’ve died and you go to heaven before you’re let in Jesus is going to replay every moment of your life. And you will be incredibly ashamed of the things you’ve done when you thought nobody was watching. The moral of this story is that you weren’t supposed to do things that were sinful because you will be exposed one day.
I haven’t thought about it until recently but it seems like kind of a ridiculous story. I mean God goes through all of the trouble of taking the ultimate punishment for sin but then suddenly he has to shame us one last time before we go off into eternity? That is frankly one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard and frankly I wish that when I heard this as a child that I had the mental foresight and analytic ability to tell the people who told me this little story that it was the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.
Think about it for just a second. The insinuation is that God is so vindictive and thin skinned that he can’t just let it ago and that once he poured out his wrath on Jesus on the cross to judge sin that it just wasn’t enough? That says more about human beings than it does anything else. Because people are so flawed and insecure that they can’t let things go and they can’t truly forgive. God says that he forgets sin when we repent. But we project our own precious qualities onto God sometimes.
Just a side note but I always pictured this little meeting happening in a white walled office. The apostle Peter walks in and pops the story of my life vhs in the vcr while they give me nasty looks. Hahahahahaha. Oh Lord what a life I’ve led.