Is Ted Turner Going To Heaven? by Ken Ham
I’m sure many of us have heard of Ted Turner, the founder of CNN. He is also well known for helping to bring bison back from the brink of extinction, for his restaurants that sell bison burgers, owning a baseball team, sailing his yacht in competitions, etc.
CNN published a very long article on Ted Turner with the headline, “Ted Turner wants to go to heaven.” You can read the entire (very long) article at this link.
Towards the end of the article we read this:
"‘I don’t want to go to hell’
Even though he is a son of the Bible Belt, Ted Turner and God haven’t been on
the best of terms. Despite his strong stance against religion in the past, he’s
not an atheist. He’s an agnostic, trying to make sense of it all — his way.
He revised the Ten Commandments, which he considered outdated, coming up
instead with his Eleven Voluntary Initiatives, which he printed on cards small
enough to carry in a wallet. He tossed out the commandments that struck him
as outdated — a host of the “thou shalt nots,” particularly the one banning
adultery. “People have had a lot of fun breaking that one. I know I did.”
Then the author of the article writes about Turner and the issue of death and suffering. I’ve read before that this topic of death and suffering, particularly in regard to what happened to his late sister, was a major reason Turner rejected belief in a loving God. If only Ted Turner had understood that death and suffering is our fault because we rebelled against God—that we sinned in Adam! Death is the penalty for sin. As sinners, we don’t even deserve to exist—but God is a gracious God, a God of salvation. Knowing man would sin, God had worked out a plan of salvation from eternity: God’s Son would step into history to pay the penalty for our sin and offers a free gift of salvation.