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What happended to all the people who died before christ came to Earth?

Did they all die and go to hell beacause the "way, the truth and the life" had not come yet?
-Ashley

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spiritguide_23

Asked by spiritguide_23 at 1:21 AM on Apr. 16, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • A lot of them died before the Old Testament was written. The answer is nothing happened to them beyond the fact that they died. The Old Testament only applied to Jews anyway.
    janet116

    Answer by janet116 at 1:30 AM on Apr. 16, 2009

  • He descended into hell and brought all the souls into heaven with him. In some churches you can see Jesus freeing Adam and Eve from their coffins in hell, and Jesus is crushing the serpent, the devil, and in the background you can see other souls coming to Jesus and rising as well. When Jesus was missing from His tomb, you know the whole "who fell asleep and didn't notice this huge boulder was moved" fiasco, he descended into hell to save all souls. Hence, the whole message that Jesus dies for our sins and so that ALL may enter heaven.
    hinson7169

    Answer by hinson7169 at 1:32 AM on Apr. 16, 2009

  • John 3:16; For God so loved the world... the world goes back to Abel. Jesus died for all the dead, Rom.14:9-12; Matt.27:52,53; the living at his lst coming and those that were not born to now 2009 after Christ, and from now to his 2nd coming. 1Cor.15:22-28,51-53; John 5:26-29; Dan.12:2; Acts 17:31; 24:15; Rom.14:9-12; 2Chr.5:10; Isa.26:19; Eze.37:12-14; Psm. 104: 29,30; Job 19:25,26
    hinson7169

    Answer by hinson7169 at 1:35 AM on Apr. 16, 2009

  • Hinson 7169, so Adam and Eve had to spend all that time in hell? And Abraham and Noah too?
    -Ashley
    spiritguide_23

    Answer by spiritguide_23 at 1:36 AM on Apr. 16, 2009

  • thats what I think every man was doomed to hell before Jesus came that's why Jesus came so we will not have to be in Hell thank you Jesus. The reason why we was all doomed to hell is because it all goes back to adam and eve eating from that tree

    hinson7169

    Answer by hinson7169 at 1:41 AM on Apr. 16, 2009

  • Let me add When Jesus died he went to hell for us so we dont have to but we have to ask for forgiveness of our sins

    hinson7169

    Answer by hinson7169 at 1:46 AM on Apr. 16, 2009

  • They were in Abraham's Bosom, or Sheol. It was more of a holding place, but not a bad place. When Christ descended into hell and "took the keys" the people that had died before Christ's time were released and went to be with Him in Heaven.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:48 AM on Apr. 16, 2009

  • I have to admit you know your stuff.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:50 AM on Apr. 16, 2009

  • Those who died with faith that God would provide a "Lamb" were in Abraham's bosom awaiting the Messiah. Abraham was justified by faith. Israel was also to be justified by faith, in God's grace through the Messiah. Just as Abraham was to sacrifice Isaac, he told his son "God will provide the sacrifice." This is both a picture of God sacrificing Jesus for us, and the fact that God would spare us, and provide His own Lamb.

    So yeah, like Hinson said, Jesus went to sheol and preached to those who were there and led them into their salvation.
    Cinnamon-mom

    Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 2:05 AM on Apr. 16, 2009

  • You answered it Hinson, Cinnamon .... nothing left for me to say hehe!

    That was an act of Grace when He went down and preached and took them to Heaven with Him!
    Shaneagle777

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 2:08 AM on Apr. 16, 2009

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