What Did Lennon Really Believe?
Where Do We Place Our Trust?
I grew up as a non-Christian, and music was a major part of my life. As were The Beatles. To say I was a Beatles fanatic is to put it lightly.
But, is music just innocent entertainment, like I believed it was growing up? Or did it influence the way I thought? These are important questions – because as it was shown on the video, whatever our standards of right and wrong are, if they’re not God’s standards, they’re irrelevant. And if they’re irrelevant that means we’ve got a problem.
Why? Because according to God’s standards -
“… all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”. Rom 3:23
We’ve all lied, cheated, stolen, and done worse. We’ve let our minds go places when thinking about sex. We’ve put ourselves first ahead of others. And we’ve knowingly disobeyed God.
And when music, the internet, tv, etc., encourage us to “do our own thing” it’s telling us to live to please ourselves only, as if there is no God.
Is Everyone Going To Heaven?
If we’ve sinned against God, we’ve shown we couldn’t be trusted if allowed into heaven … so where does that leave us instead? The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death” Rom 6:23 What that means is if our lives are out of harmony with God’s will (which He expressed in the form of the 10 Commandments) – God will leave us to our own desires, He’ll depart. He’ll honor our will and leave us alone. (see Amos 3:3, “Can two walk together unless they are agreed?”)
Which creates a dilemma. Because when God departs … we die. Why? Because the Scriptures also tell us that God ALONE has immortality … 1 Tim 6:15,16 says God is ” … the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see”.
According to the Bible we don’t go to heaven because we think we’re good, or because we tried to be good … we go to heaven if we believe Jesus is good, and that as a good man He lived a perfect life – which Adam didn’t, in order to save all of humanity who would become repentant for their sins, and trust in what He did in their place. Jesus lived in perfect obedience to God’s laws as a man. This is what makes Him the “second Adam”. 1 Cor 15:22 “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.” That is, all who choose Jesus. We can remain in Adam, or be born again in Christ.
NOTE: So was John Lennon a Christian? Watch the video to discover the answer!