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For Christians... And others that believe in death resulting in only Heaven or Hell...

What if at the time of your death you are an adult. BUT you have never heard of Christianity or the Bible or ever heald a belief even close to either...

Would you just automaticly go to hell for your ignorance?

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Asked by SabrinaMBowen at 1:18 AM on May. 28, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • No. There is something in the bible that talks about that. ...idk remember. I'm sure someone will be along soon to explain

    Answer by outstandingLove at 1:19 AM on May. 28, 2009

  • So, what you are saying is that they would not go to hell... Does that mean they get a free pass to heaven? If so, why preach at all? Why not just allow everyone to live in ignorance to the Bible and Jesus and all that? Wouldn't that have the best outcome for all?

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 1:21 AM on May. 28, 2009

  • I am so glad that I am not the judge : ) I do believe with all my heart that God is just and that He will never do anything that is wrong or unfair.

    Charlie Campbell (I love him) says, "Is it true that people are going to hell just because they have never heard of Christ? No. People go to hell because they are sinners. It is true that some of the people that will end up in hell have never heard of Christ. But that is not why they will end up there. A person will end up in hell for having retreated from, or having ignored the light that God has revealed to them. cont.

    Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 1:30 AM on May. 28, 2009

  • The Bible teaches us that God has revealed Himself to all of creation in two ways:

    A. Creation. (Romans 1:20, Acts 14:17, Ps. 19:1-4)

    Romans 1:19-20 says, "...that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. [How has God made it evident to them?] 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse."

    Acts 14:17 says, "Nevertheless He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness."


    Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 1:30 AM on May. 28, 2009

  • B. Conscience. (Romans 2:14-15)

    Romans 2:15 says, "[The Gentiles] show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness..."

    All of mankind can know, through an examination of creation and their own conscience, that God exists and that they have failed to live up to His laws written in their hearts. And if they respond to the light of creation and their own conscience, God will give more light. He will? Yes.

    Hebrews 11:6 says God, "is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." Jesus said, ", and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you" (Matthew 7:7). God said, "And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart" (Jeremiah 29:13, also see Acts 10:35). He may send a missionary (e.g. Acts 10 with Peter being sent to Cornelius) or send them a Bible (Psalm 119:130). He may give them a vision (e.g. Daniel chapters 2, 7) or send an angel (Rev. 14:6

    Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 1:31 AM on May. 28, 2009

  • For God to give more light to the hard-hearted, to those whom He knows will only continue to be unresponsive to the light He reveals to them, would only result in their greater guilt and condemnation. Why? Greater light brings about greater responsibility.
    In addition to God's witness in creation, and conscience, the Bible says that God has placed each person in a specific place in time and geographic location that he or she might be more prone to call upon the name of the Lord.

    Turn to Acts, Chapter 17.

    Acts 17:26-27 Paul said to the men of Athens...

    26 And He [God] has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings,



    Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 1:31 AM on May. 28, 2009

  • STOP.

    Every person, Paul says, has been placed in a specific time in history and a specific location geographically.


    27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us."

    If a person will simply call out to Lord, He is not far from anybody.

    So, a person will not go to hell because of some historical or geographical misfortune, which somehow prevented them from hearing about Christ. Those who will go to hell will have first rejected the light of God's revelation in creation and their conscience.

    Q. How clear is the light of creation? Answer? Clear enough that nobody who rejects God will have an excuse (Romans 1:20).


    Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 1:32 AM on May. 28, 2009

  • When you add in the testimony of a man's conscience, these two witnesses (creation and conscience) alone should cause men everywhere to recognize their guilt before God, repent, seek His mercy, and forgiveness. "He is not far from each one" (Acts 17:27). If they will "grope for Him" (v.27) they will "find Him."

    Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 1:33 AM on May. 28, 2009

  • I personally have read a few amazing books about how native villages have had their very own spiritists and shaman's prophesy about Jesus and about the missionaries that would come and tell them about Jesus.

    It blows my mind. I am sure that we can't possibly know about all the times this has happened. But God loves everyone and He is good to all people.

    Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 1:34 AM on May. 28, 2009

  • The apostle Paul, speaks of “those who sinned without law.” He further states that “until the Law [given through Moses] sin was in the world, but sin is not charged against anyone when there is no law. Nevertheless, death ruled as king from Adam down to Moses, even over those who had not sinned after the likeness of the transgression by Adam.” (Ro 2:12; 5:13, 14) So those not knowing (not under God's Law) suffered death because the wage sin pays is death, but they were not held to the punishment of the Law by God. just as those who died without knowledge of Jesus will have a resurrection hope


    Answer by lisarose45 at 2:00 AM on May. 28, 2009

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