In what appears to be a clear indication of Tik Tok’s algorithm failing me, this popped up on my fyp during the 15 minutes of mindless scrolling I allow myself per day.
Edit: seems like the original video was deleted, but I found it on reddit.
At first, I thought this was a poor attempt at trolling but “Prophet” Oliver Roy seems genuine, which I respect. If you’re going to spew clownery, be confident about it. Since I try not to speak too badly about my brothers and sisters in Christ, I’ll also say kudos to him for semi-calling out gluttony sort of – obesity isn’t the sin, it’s a product of gluttony, which is the sin. But many Christians like to pretend gluttony doesn’t kill more people than drugs, probably because it’s one of the few sins the church can’t cover up and pretend they don’t struggle with.
That said, this is a clown-ish question to propose even theoretically. It displays a lack of knowledge of Biblical truths and is a clear indicator Prophet Oliver Roy shouldn’t be teaching anyone anything if he can’t even grasp the basic fundamentals of the gospel. Even as click-bait it fails because he doesn’t give a direct answer, and what little he does give is wrong. If his goal was to disciple believers, why phrase the question in a way that invites people who aren’t Christians to look?
The answer is yes, which ironically would result in a shorter video than his. Obese people can and will go to Heaven.
If good works got us into Heaven, or as Prophet Oliver says, if taking care of our bodies gives us a chance to get into Heaven, then our entire faith is worthless and Jesus didn’t need to die. Since he’s #hashtagged #Christian here, I’m assuming he’s a Christian and #believes in the #Bible.
Scripturally, there’s one way to get to the Father (Heaven) and it has nothing to do with what you eat – “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me…”
The famous John 3:16 outlines what is required to get into Heaven too, and it says nothing about our outer appearance.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”
Verse 17 extrapolates that those who are condemned are those who have not believed, not those who do not take care of their bodies. Yes, Paul does say adulterers, gossips, etc. will not inherit the kingdom of God, but he’s talking about people who show no desire to change their behavior *coughs in Josh Duggar*, not simply people who struggle with sin or have committed those sins in the past. True Christians will always humble themselves, repent, and seek to change. That’s why Jesus said they’ll know us by our fruit (the fruits of the Spirit, for one) and also warns against wolves in sheep’s clothing, who say and do all the right, Christianese things, but don’t actually know Jesus and consequently, won’t enter into Heaven.
Christians tend to over-complicate the message of Christ probably because they like to think that by abstaining from certain things (sex before marriage, cussing, drinking, or whatever), they’re earning spiritual brownie points for eternity. Of course, God does command us to be holy as He is holy, and gluttony is a sin (Proverbs mentions this a few times), namely because sin’s goal is to merk you and you can easily eat yourself to an early grave. The Bible also speaks of storing up treasures in Heaven and God’s “love language”, if He has one, is acts of service (“if you love Me, keep my commandments” (John 14: 15)). And Christian or not, we’ll all stand before God one day to be judged for our deeds, so this isn’t a call to live a hedonistic lifestyle gorging on Oreos and Chipotle daily knowing that we’ll get to Heaven regardless of how we look. But a reminder that our attempts at living a good life are specks of dirt compared to the goodness that is our holy God and you can’t eat your way out of Heaven. And therein lies the beauty of God’s love and grace for us. Ultimately, whatever we do here on Earth, the most important thing to God is that we spend eternity with Him.
So, whether obese, thin, or making them gainz, the message of the gospel for humanity is the same: believe in Jesus Christ and you too will be saved.