Bad Theology: Aaron Hernandez

My wife and I just finished watching the Aaron Hernandez documentary on Netflix last night. It was very well done, and I recommend it to anyone who loves a good documentary. 

If you don’t know how this story ends, stop reading. Aaron was a troubled man, who obviously had his problems. But his final act was an act of self-murder. He was found with a Bible and John 3:16 scrawled on his forehead. It was a truly grisly scene.

We all know the verse:

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. John 3:16

I just want to talk for the Aaron’s theology  for a minute. Aaron seemed to think that he was saved and his final act would send him to eternal life. I actually agree that it would be eternal. But if you accept the Bible as true, why would you introduce yourself to God in a final act of sin. But the question is that if he truly believed in Jesus, why would he have committed suicide?

Belief, according to most, is not just knowing God exists, but trusting him with your life. For Aaron to have committed this act, actually showed that he didn’t trust in Jesus. Not with his life anyways. 

Because if the consequences of sin are death, he actually just made the decision not to trust Jesus, but to sin and die at the same time.

Because I live, you also will live. John 14:19

So while I certainly don’t know where Aaron ended up, I think it’s important to know that whatever he thought he knew had no backing in the Bible. Aaron simply wanted to stop living and go to heaven. And that’s not how salvation works.