Oh and if a wife made it to heaven but her children went to hell. Is the wife really in a place of peace and happiness everlasting knowing she would never see her children again and knowing they are suffering eternally? Seems to me that would be hell for both the mother and the child
You know, you make a very good point. But, for me I see the pain being here on earth knowing that my child has rejected Jesus, who I view as my creator, the Grace that a loving God has given them as a free gift. And further more, knowing that here on earth, my child will one day be absolutely alone - with NO HOPE- except for the Hope of a death that results in separation from God forever. I will admit, Heaven is a mystery for me and all that I know about it is what Jesus stated. Also, all I know about Hell is that it is a place NOT in heaven - and that it is not a place one should desire to be - for all I know it is something like Africa - where people are starving or something - but, I do not Know. So I focus on Heaven. As a matter of fact, I tend to HOPE that people that go to HELL will actually get another chance - but, that sure has not been promised - so I am one to just focus on my final destination. Kind of like when one plays golf - if you have a long narrow fairway - if you worry about the rough and trees - or out of bounds - your brain is going to hit it to one of those bad locations - but, if you can focus on a point down the middle - chances are you will hit it down the middle.
I see that you attended Church, studied the bible, and have intellectual knowledge about religion. But, you have missed the point as many others do. It is like wall or silencer is placed in some peoples brain - and they just cannot receive the free gift of Grace that God gives - and the result of this Grace is Faith in Jesus. I am not saying that that wall will never be broken down for you - but it seems to me that the older one gets, the more knowledge that one acquires, the harder it is to become a believer through faith.
I know that I cannot change your mind. You and I could debate all year long about science. I will tell you that Scientists do not have all the answers - and you will say these scientists are brilliant - and yes they do. And on and on we go. I know you have no desire here to engage in a discussion like this. So all I can do is pray for you - that you will keep searching, keep learning, and even keep praying for God to lift the wall.
One more thing - there is only one Christian Church and the members of that Church are members of the Kingdom of God. That Kingdom is in Heaven but extends down to earth and the residents here on earth are just visitors here. And the only thing required to be a citizen of that Kingdom is to bow down before Jesus and proclaim that he is the Only Begotten Son of God - that he was born of a virgin, he lived a sinless life here on earth, he fulfilled what was written in the Old Testament, He was unjustly convicted in a court of law, he was crucified, buried for three days, and most importantly (and this is what separates Jesus from the prophets) Jesus defeated death and came back to life - he appeared to his followers - and they give witness to this fact - and that Jesus is now seated at the right hand of God - and he will judge ALL and holds the keys to the KINGDOM.
You may say there are thousands of religeons - but if any one of these varies one bit from what I have stated - they are not part of the ONE CHURCH ESTABLISHED BY CHRIST.