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Please tell me if the bible says this.

That there will be those in heaven that NEVER knew of JEsus, but are good peoples so they are taught of what Jesus did and who God is and where they are now and why. Isn't that in there?

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Asked by rhanford at 6:08 AM on Oct. 10, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • No it's not in the Bible. There is a passage in Matthew (?) where people claimed to know Christ and He says I never knew you. Depart from me.

    Answer by micheledo at 6:18 AM on Oct. 10, 2009

  • If I understand your question: The Catholic Church believes in something called "Anonymous Christians", which is basically that people who through no fault of their own, due to their circumstances, where or when they lived, language barriers etc. have never been able to hear the story of Jesus or anything about Him or the Bible can still lead Christ-like lives and people who "strive by their deeds to do His will as it is known to them through the dictates of conscience," can attain salvation.

    "Since Christ died for all men, and since the ultimate vocation of man is in fact one, and divine, we ought to believe that the Holy Spirit in a manner known only to God offers to every man the possibility of being associated with this paschal mystery."

    When reading about where and how this idea came about it makes sense to me, but it is very controversial and as far as I've seen there are no direct biblical references to support it.

    Answer by whittear at 8:52 AM on Oct. 10, 2009

  • No, unfortunately the Bible says instead that "All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God" and that "no one is righteous." It's hard for us to understand but there are no "good" people who can get into heaven on their own. That is why Jesus came to die, and that is why it is so important for Christians to tell others. But the Bible also says that no one is without excuse and that even the skies proclaim the glory of God, so even if a person has lived in some country that has never heard of Jesus, there must be some way in which they could be expected to believe in God and trust in Him. I don't know how that would work at all. It also says that those who died before Jesus existed were saved by their faith even though they couldn't have known. So there must be some amount of hope for them, I just don't know how much.

    Answer by mybella81 at 8:58 AM on Oct. 10, 2009

  • Peter 4:6

    6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.


    Peter 3: 18-19

    18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
    19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;

    There have been a lot of people who have died without hearing of Jesus, and I believe these preachings to the dead in spirit prison were definitely for those people. I think everyone, in this life or the next, will have their chance to accept or reject Jesus as their savior.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:55 AM on Oct. 10, 2009

  • There is also a passage in the Bible which speaks of the end times not coming until all have heard the gospel. It is important that as believers in Christ we share our knowledge whenever possible for the Bible also says that if we are given the chance to share and we do not we will be held accountable for that person's salvation.

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    Answer by JoyceTN at 12:33 PM on Oct. 10, 2009

  • No. And agree with PP.

    Answer by bonn777 at 12:47 PM on Oct. 10, 2009

  • Matthew 24:14 And this good news of the kingdom (the Gospel) will be preached throughout the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then will come the end.

    Answer by bonn777 at 12:51 PM on Oct. 10, 2009

  • Hebrews 9:27, And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:


    Answer by Anonymous at 1:38 PM on Oct. 10, 2009

  • The rich man of the parable was not good.

    He rejected a sick beggar to even eat the crumbs of his table. He was a man, who had the words of the prophets well known amongst his family, and in his life, rejected the principles of the gospel.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:39 PM on Oct. 10, 2009

  • The parable of the Rich and Lazarus is not about Heaven and Hell, it is really allegorical.
    The rich man represented The Jews who were blessed with knowledge of the One True Eternal God of Creation, and His plan of salvation for humankind. Lazarus represents those who lived in spiritual poverty-- the gentiles, with whom the Jews were to share this knowledge. (Is. 49:6) Instead of sharing, the Jews looked down on the Gentiles. They viewed them as dogs that would have to be satisfied with spiritual crumbs from the Jews' table. This parable was in response the Pharisee's conceit. (Read all of Luke 16)

    Jesus pointed out how the very people that the Pharisees looked down upon would be the ones to inherit the Kingdom. (Matthew 21:31)


    Answer by Lexylex at 2:56 PM on Oct. 10, 2009

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