When i went to church last Sunday [since my mom always forces me and as an obedient and 'maro' son i follow] i noticed always that the the rituals and the pastor’s sermons always have to do with believing [ofkors in God]. Like for exmaple, when we eat the bread and wine and other similar stuffs. Its all about remembering and believing in God/Jesus. I also noticed that the Sunday school lessons were also about believing and/or having faith in God/Jesus. [maybe not really "always" but most of the time]. Both the pastor and Sunday School teachers[SSTs] teaches us that when we have faith and that when we believe in God/Jesus, nothing is impossible. They,both pastor and SSTs, really emphasizes [i think] ‘believing/faith’.
But what is with believing anyway? Is believing to God really that important? Can one secure a seat in heaven [assuming that there is] just by believing?
As person who have an open heart and mind on both sides [huh? what sides? lol] i think that believing is not that really important. Maybe for a very deeply religious person, believing is very important because it assures them of things and that they think that believing [alone] in God will assure them of afterlife/heaven. But for me, i think that believing will not really assure one a seat or place in heaven. I mean, a person can believe and have a strong faith in God yet that person can still continue to do what is not right. Right? Example are the corrupt politicians we see on news/TV. They go to church with their family [or for some, 'families'] or they offer a mass for this and that yet they are still corrupt. Or a person goes to church every Sunday yet that person still do what is not right [ still commits immoral acts]. This is really ironic because they call themselves man/child of God yet still continues to commit immoral acts.
So what now can secure a man a seat or place in heaven? ? Hmmm… For me, i believe that having a good conduct and clear conscience can secure a man a seat or place in heaven. These two, i believe, is much more important than believing. I will not elaborate on this because i know that you already know ‘why’. [i hope]. My point is that we should focus more on these two rather than just by believing alone. And that the Church must not only promise its believers of heaven/afterlife but they should also teach its believers how to ‘really’ end up in heaven.