According to Genesis, God created the world and everything in it first before creating mankind. He put mankind in charge of the things in the universe. I stand to be corrected, but there is nowhere in the creation process that God told the first human beings he created, that is, Adam and Eve, that their purpose for they being on earth is for them to serve God, work out their salvation and ultimately “make it to heaven”.
From the time I started attending church till date, the church leaders have constantly emphasised that the main reason for human beings existence is to “work out their salvation” and “make it to heaven”. These statements I believe has hindered a lot of Christians especially the less privileged and poor in society from exploring the world and even the gifts God has placed in them all because they want to go to heaven.
Let’s juxtapose the creation of mankind by God to a woman’s desire or conception of a child. There has not been a time that I have heard a mother or “potential mothers” say they want to give birth to children so that their children do nothing for themselves but go to church 24/7, work out their salvation and wait for the day they will die in order to go to heaven. If women, created by God, who give birth to children, have better plans for their children and wish their children have the best of everything in the world as well as explore, how much more God, the creator of mankind, bring us to the world just for us to wait around, die and go to heaven.
Upon several observations, I have realised that “religion” has become a big hindrance to the poor in society. They go to church and the pastor tells them that they should not fight for the things of this world or chase after money because all these are worldly desires. Meanwhile, that pastor, nicely dressed standing in front of the congregation, has his or her own houses, cars and they have put their children in the best schools in the world. Their children go for vacations to explore other countries and enjoy life. But they come to stand behind the pulpit and preach to those who cannot afford one meal a day, to spend all their time in church, work out their salvation and “go to heaven” because that is why mankind lives. However, after preaching “horribly” about wealth acquisition, they expect the congregation to give money to the church. How do these pastors expect the congregation to make money when all their time is to be spent in church, working out salvation and waiting for heaven?
I believe there are so many things we can do as humans before we die and serving God cannot be exempted. However, religious leaders should minimise how they use “fear appeal” to limit some congregants from acquiring wealth on earth and living their best lives. They should speak against the wrongs (such as armed robbery, rape, adultery, lying etc) in society so that those engaging in these acts would stop. They should stop making wealth acquisition “awry and useless”.
Yes, we know that we will all die one day. But so far as we are alive, we need more money, house, car, vacation among others to live a better life before our “death day”.