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What about all the people that lived before Abraham?

One thing I have never understood was the belief that anyone who does not follow God will not be "saved."

So what about the millions of people that lived before Abraham or in places of the earth where there was no one to teach them about him? Are they doomed simply because he didn't bother to send them someone? Or do they get a pass because they didn't know? And if they do get a pass, then why would you really want to tell anyone about him??

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:40 PM on Feb. 27, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • i believe that as long as you are a good person, no matter what you believe in God will accept you at the end of your life.

    Answer by aliishott2 at 9:44 PM on Feb. 27, 2010

  • I believe everyone who has ever lived will get a chance to learn about God and Jesus Christ sometime in the hereafter if they did not have that opportunity while living.

    Answer by DigiScrapperMom at 9:44 PM on Feb. 27, 2010

  • The others like Sodom and Gammorah ect., Do you really think they cared?

    Also Practicing human sacrifice and other abominations is not exactly looking to find God!

    Answer by mommymadness30 at 9:51 PM on Feb. 27, 2010

  • Sacrificing animals is A OK though! Invading Christian armies killed more than anyone who was sacrificed by the very few societies that practiced it. The majority did not.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 10:08 PM on Feb. 27, 2010

  • There were Prophets or people who knew and followed God before Abraham.

    Enoch and Noah are examples...and there was also Melchizedek who was a high priest of God when Abraham was still going by Abram (before his big covenant with the Lord moment).

    It's all in Genesis.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:52 PM on Feb. 27, 2010

  • Jesus spoke of "sheep who are not of this fold." To me that refers to the people who follow Him but may not be part of the "flock" as we know it. I believe that God works with every person, whether the know it or not. He speaks through nature and through the love of friends. I like how CS Lewis represents this in the last chapter of "The Last Battle". Here Aslan tells the young soldier (who was a follower of the demon Tash) that all his earnest devotion and good deeds he thought he was doing for Tash were really done for Aslan, because everything good done is for Aslan, even if done in another name, and everything evil done is not for Aslan, even if done in Aslan's name.

    Answer by Adelicious at 12:20 AM on Feb. 28, 2010

  • In this part of the bible, God spoke directly to people. They did not listen to him. They rebelled right to his face. One characteristic of God is justice. The people who rebelled recieved their justice. Sure some may get their "free pass" in the future, but only God knows who will recieve.

    You are right, these people during this time of the bible did not have Jesus, BUT, there were prophecies about him. Still many did not listen.

    Answer by 3gigglemonsters at 9:55 AM on Feb. 28, 2010

  • Acts 17:30: “God has overlooked the times of such ignorance, yet now he is telling mankind that they should all everywhere repent.”

    Those that don't know the Truth about God are not held accountable for that, back then or now. Only God can judge who, if any, get a 'free pass' or not. The mentally ill or restricted for example? Fortunately, God can see what the heart is. There won't be any injustice. Atleast we can certain of that. xxx


    Answer by Greymulkin at 10:36 AM on Feb. 28, 2010

  • Most people before Abraham were polygamists, so I guess they're screwed?  It's all a bunch of hogwash to me.

    If you're interested, though, watch the documentary, "A History of God."


    Answer by Anonymous at 12:13 PM on Feb. 28, 2010

  • Amen...I agree with Greymulkin

    Answer by NikkiMomof2grls at 7:28 PM on Feb. 28, 2010

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