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If a person is not a self-proclamined Christian and people pray for that person as they die, what do you think happens to that person's soul?

What if the person who is dying did not want to be prayed for, is it ok to do it anyway?


Asked by Anonymous at 2:15 PM on May. 25, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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Answers (23)
  • I think if someone is going to pray for someone that didn't request/want prayer then that still is going against free will(even though they are deceased) of that individual who passed away.

    However, on the other "side of the coin" so to speak, the living individual doing the praying may think they are doing some kind of "religious kindness" by including them in their prayers. There is no harm I don't believe in praying for someone who didn't want it. It's not like they are going to come to you from the other side and yell at you for doing it.(well, maybe, maybe not....??) But maybe just praying for their family and praying that they had a peaceful crossing to the other side would be okay. Your intent isn't that they go to heaven or wherever it is that you believe they go, just that you miss them and hope they found the place they want to be. Know what I mean?

    Answer by CinderAmethyst at 2:23 PM on May. 25, 2009

  • Either recycled or nowhere.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:22 PM on May. 25, 2009

  • Ok to pray of out of sight and ear zone of the person. If the person doesn't want, best to respect that person's wishes.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:23 PM on May. 25, 2009

  • You don't have to be Christian to go to heaven, IMO if you are a good person you will go to heaven whether people pray for you or not.

    Answer by sammiesmom2000 at 2:24 PM on May. 25, 2009

  • If they don't accept Christ then they can't go to heaven. But if they call out on the name of Jesus, even in their thoughts before they die they will go to heaven.

    Pray for them to do so, but you may never know until you go to heaven.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:28 PM on May. 25, 2009

  • I believe that a person is the one who has to accept Christ. .. noone can do it for them. . .you can pray that they will come to know Christ but in the end that person is accountable & has to make that choice.

    Answer by ColtsFan1912 at 2:41 PM on May. 25, 2009

  • Nothing that person will die and enter sleep until God's second coming. Only we can save ourselves no one can save us.

    Answer by rhanford at 2:41 PM on May. 25, 2009

  • Bluntly, the person doing the praying is earning brownie points for himself, but it has no impact on the prayee.

    I had a discussion a while ago with an LDS mommy here about ancestry and the practice of researching the family tree to ensure they are all headed the same place. Ultimately, even though there is a rite to seal the tree to posthumously convert ancestry, it is up to each individual. If your great grandma was a die hard pentecostal and not going to be swayed, nothing anyone did here and now could change that. If that's the case after death, it would make sense to be the case during death. If there is free will, it can't really be any other way.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 2:43 PM on May. 25, 2009

  • You cannot pray someone into Heaven. They have to accept that Jesus died for their sins to get there. The only ones who get a 'free' pass are those too young to understand that Jesus died for their sins or mentally disabled.

    Answer by Mom2SKMB at 2:44 PM on May. 25, 2009

  • There are alot of people that don't "advertise" their spirituality, yet may very well be a Christian.

    Answer by EireLass at 2:45 PM on May. 25, 2009