Caution: This trailer contains some crass humor typical of prime-time television these days.
If you were to ask 1000 random people why God should let them into Heaven when they die, recent polls indicate around 10% would say they don’t believe in God. The vast majority, maybe around 70%-75%, would answer that God should let them enter into Heaven because they’re good people or they’ve tried their best or practiced their religion faithfully; something along those lines. Maybe around 15%-20% would answer that they would go to Heaven only because they have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and are trusting by faith in Him alone. The percentage of professing evangelicals would be even lower in areas outside the Bible Belt, like here in New York State.
Speaking of the notion that good people go to Heaven, a new television show has recently premiered on NBC titled, “The Good Place,” featuring Ted Danson and Kristen Bell. The premise of the show is as follows:
“After she is struck and killed by a tractor-trailer…, a woman named Eleanor (Bell) wakes up to discover she has entered the afterlife. But when she is told by her mentor Michael (Danson) that she is in “the good place” because of her good deeds by helping get innocent people off death row, she realizes that a mistake has been made as people think she is someone else with the same name.” – from Wikipedia
So the culture once again perpetuates the widely-held notion that people merit salvation by being good while bad people go to “the bad place.”
But where does Jesus Christ fit into all of this? I very much doubt there will be any mention of Jesus throughout the life of this series. If people are able to merit their own salvation as they imagine or as they are taught by their false churches, Jesus would not have had to die on the cross to pay the penalty for sins. But the Bible says we are all sinful people, none of us are good, and we all need the Savior.
“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.” – John 5:25-26
Thanks to my buddy, Glenn, for bringing “The Good Place” to my attention.