At the NRA conference yesterday, attendees were happy to assert that “Jesus loves me and my guns.”
No. There will be no guns in paradise.
Jesus accepts your fascination with Death, and recognizes that Death asserts its sway over you in our consumer society. But he also understands that your fascination is locked in the weapons that you worship, so that when you die it evaporates when the metal is reclaimed for something useful – like making surgical implements or machine fasteners.
Eventually part of you will get to heaven, but it will only be the part that “fears not,” as the Bible commands so many times.
Jesus forgives your fear, but is determined that it be separated from you so that you may enter heaven. That is the measure of his love for us.