Michael Bloomberg: ‘I Have Earned My Place in Heaven’ written by MATT VASILOGAMBROS
This was a bizzare headline and though the article is short it leaves me scratching my head. How does one earn their place in heaven? How can one look at Jesus and say, “I can do one better”? If I ever meet Mr. Bloomberg that will probably be one of my first questions for him.
Bloomberg is starting another gun-control advocacy group, following his last venture with Mayors Against Illegal Guns. But this time, instead of focusing on television ads, he wants to build a grassroots network that can rival the National Rifle Association. He’s pouring $50 million of his money into the effort.Michael Bloomberg: ‘I Have Earned My Place in Heaven’ The Atlantic
I wonder if it’s the amount of money that he is spending, or his policies that he thinks are better than Christ’s atonement for his sin. Fifty Million is a lot of money yet I wouldn’t trade it for a drop of Christ’s blood. Perhaps it’s his gun control policy that is better than Christ in the flesh atoning for the sin of the world.
Bloomberg is proud of himself, too — ready for his Judgment Day.
“I am telling you, if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in,” he told reporter Jeremy Peters. “I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”Michael Bloomberg: ‘I Have Earned My Place in Heaven’ The Atlantic
Mr. Bloomberg is clearly Biblically illiterate. He thinks that if there is a God then he has earned his way into heaven. This is how the natural man thinks. Suppressing the knowledge of God and and at the same time thinking that God is pleased with works.
I could write a whole article on the doctrine of original sin and how people run from God, hate God, and are unable to do the first table of the Law because they are spiritually dead. Yet, I want to take this at a slightly different angle.
What I find interesting is that people know they have to merit FOR something. They know in their conscience that they have sinned against God. They know that they are not good people. Yet, many people claim that they are good people not because they look at the bad they have done but because they always look at their good deeds.
That is what Michael is doing here. He says that if he is ever going to heaven, if he is judged by his good works, it will earn his way in. Micheal, like all of sinful humanity, knows they they aren’t perfect and that something must make up for their imperfections in order to atain heaven. In other words, that they are sinners in need of something to attain for the punishment that they deserve.
This is an interesting observation of fallen sinful humanity. Just as Paul tells us in Romans:
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known of God is revealed in them, for God revealed it to them. 20 For the invisible things of him since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even his everlasting power and divinity, that they may be without excuse. 21 Because knowing God, they didn’t glorify him as God, and didn’t give thanks, but became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless heart was darkened.22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 and traded the glory of the incorruptible God for the likeness of an image of corruptible man, and of birds, four-footed animals, and creeping things.Romans 1: 18-23
14 (for when Gentiles who don’t have the law do by nature the things of the law, these, not having the law, are a law to themselves, 15 in that they show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience testifying with them, and their thoughts among themselves accusing or else excusing them) 16 in the day when God will judge the secrets of men, according to my Good News, by Jesus Christ.Romans 2:14-16
Everyone knows there is a God and everyone has a conscience. The conscience can be skewed and can become broken through open hardened sin. Through the conscience everyone knows that they have sinned against God and they devise all sorts of efforts and works to tell themselves that they can earn their way into heaven. They try to appease their conscience with idolatry. A false god that they think will grant them access into eternity because they think they are good people because they think their good works make them good people. Yet, without Christ they are doomed.
19 Now we know that whatever things the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be closed, and all the world may be brought under the judgment of God. 20 Because by the works of the law, no flesh will be justified in his sight; for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.21 But now apart from the law, a righteousness of God has been revealed, being testified by the law and the prophets; 22 even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ to all and on all those who believe. For there is no distinction, 23 for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God; 24 being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God sent to be an atoning sacrifice through faith in his blood, for a demonstration of his righteousness through the passing over of prior sins, in God’s forbearance; 26 to demonstrate his righteousness at this present time, that he might himself be just and the justifier of him who has faith in Jesus.Romans 3:19-26
It is Christ, and Christ alone that has merited eternal salvation for us all. God in the flesh. God who united himself with us by taking on our human flesh. Who carried the sins of the world to the cross. Who then was nailed to the tree to suffer the wrath that we deserve. God, whom we all rejected in sin, has come to us to take what we should take, though we rejected Him, He doesn’t reject us but loves us, to the point of a humiliating and excruciating death on the cross, to pay the price for our sins.
He rose from the grave so that we can know that his propitiation for our sin is acceptable, we now have the gift of faith, given so that we can be united with Him for eternity. What a wonderful and glorious God we have that loves us that much and doesn’t tell us to earn our salvation. Micheal, God did all of this for you. You know God exists, and that you have sinned against Him, and now you know that He doesn’t hold that sin against you. You are forgiven by Christ’s merits alone. May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. With your sins forgiven, go in peace.