Originally posted by sonhouse
As far as I know, Mozart died a drunkard's death with no thought of Jesus. Wouldn't that guarantee he will go to hell?
What we know about a man of history is often tainted by the beliefs and opinions of those who write history. How do I know what was going on in Mozart's heart ? I know it through perhaps biographers.
If a biographer is himself an agnostic, that writing of the life of a man may reflect the writer's own agnosticism. The converse is true. An over zealous evangelical may emphasize other aspects of a man's life.
As I said to you, I do not know that much about Mozart. Perhaps someone else knows more. There is a certain David Kavanaugh, a modern day composer and teacher, who has written some books on "The Spiritual Lives of Great Composers"
. I read some of it. But I found even some of it a little bit of a stretch.
I do not know very much about Mozart. Long ago I read that we don't even know what he looked like. Aside from a statue of him as a little boy playing the violin, I am not sure there is any portrait of Mozart painted which is not simply imaginative. I could even be wrong about that because that was decades ago I read that.
Don't ask me about the man's eternal destiny. I don't know and neither do I wish to judge him. I wrote to you, and I am not sure if you accepted it, Romans 10:9,11
concerning the belief in the heart and the confession in the mouth.
This passage is the apostolic teaching concerning how one shall be saved. It is not necessarily the end all of the normal Christian daily life in consecration. But it is not meant to be. How do I know that Mozart did or did not believe in his heart that God had raised Jesus his Lord, from the dead ? Probably his personal letters may tell you something. I simply do not know.
Have some backslidden believers in Jesus died in a pretty poor state of testimony ? Yes. Have some believers died in a state in which it was virtually impossible to distinguish their lifestyle from that of an unbeliever ? Sadly, but realistically, yes.
such be the case ? Of course not. But what is
and what ought to be
are not always the same.
Before the movie Amadeus
came out and further sensationalized the life of this already successful composer, I, personally was never impressed with Mozart's alledged bad behavior.
I knew something of his friendship with Joseph Haydn. I knew something of his trouble with managing money and frequent evictions. I knew something of his phenomenal talent and memory. And I think I recall him dying during a epidemic of some kind in which people were buried in unmarked graves. I think he died a pauper. They may have thought his body deseased as thousands of others during that plague. Probably others know more about this.
But it was not until that movie Amadeus
had I heard anyone make a big deal out of any rivalries Mozart had or his partying habits. It still seems to me to be more hype for sensationalism than anything else. But I have never read a biography of Mozart.
And again, biographies are often tainted by the beliefs of the biographers. So to read more than one to get different angles of a person's life, is really the more scholarly way to find out about them.
What is your point in all this ? The Gospel stands as the truth whether or not Mozart was saved or lost forever.