Do “Good” People Go To Hell?

What happens to non-Christians when they die? Do good people who never accept Christ go to hell? What about people of other religions? From my research I’ve realized there are basically three different views on this very controversial Christian theological question. There is the exclusivist, the inclusivist and the universalist. The exclusivist believes that only those who openly express they are Christian and have accepted Jesus Christ will go to heaven and all others will be condemned. Inclusivists believe that there may be possible other ways to achieve salvation than being a 100% dedicated and confessed Christian. They believe that perhaps God will have mercy on some non believers—such as people of other faiths—but they still believe there is a hell and that it will no doubt be inhabited by some. Universalists believe that all souls will in some way be reconciled with God and that all will eventually end up in heaven making hell obsolete or non-existent.

Here’s what I believe:

I believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I believe in the word of God and I believe in the words of Jesus as the word of God! Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). I know God is a loving Father and that His judgments are just. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16-17). “God is a just judge, and God is angry with the wicked every day” (Psalm 7:11).  God loves man but hates sin. “But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8).  God does not want anyone to be condemned but I’m sure everyone can agree that we should be held accountable to consequences and punishments for our actions that are morally wrong. If you do not agree then you would be what we call a sociopath.

We also know that all men are sinners and no one can match up to God’s righteousness. “Everyman has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23).  So what then can be fair? What can make us right with God? How does any man deserve salvation? The answer is we don’t deserve salvation, no one does. How does God deal with this problem? Jesus Christ. Only through Christ can we be saved. Jesus is the only possible way to reconciliation to the Father. Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice and paid the price for our sins. He took our punishment so that we could be saved. He is the mediator stretching one arm down to us while holding on to the Father in heaven with the other. Christ’s death was not something that could have been avoided. On the cross He said: “It is finished!” This was God’s plan all along. This is God’s gift to us. God has paid the price for our sins. Now we are only left to accept this gift and acknowledge our own shortcomings and need for repentance. We must come to the realization that we need help before we can ever be saved.

So am I an exclusivist, a inclusivist or a universalist? I am none. I am a Christian and in that a devoted follower of Christ. I do not label myself in the minute details that we will never know the exact answers to. It’s not our place to question God! “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).  I know God is loving and a just judge and by this I also know that no one will feel wrongfully condemned. That’s the farthest into it I will go. We are to focus on the cross and spread the gospel of Calvary that is the good news of Jesus Christ. How will God deal with undecided or mislead people? I don’t know and it is not my place to question or try to answer it. For in us trying to answer that question wouldn’t we in turn be making ourselves the judge? “What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not! For He says to Moses, ‘I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.’ So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy” (Rom 9:14-16).  “Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things” (Rom 2:1).

Jesus said: “Be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven” (Luke 6:36-37).

It is not our place to walk around telling non-believers that if they don’t have Jesus they are going to hell.  The scare tactic is the complete wrong way to minister! It is the love of God and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ crucified that draws people by the Holy Spirit to be reconciled with God.

Give your life to Christ! If you’re worried about the salvation of others then tell them of God’s love and preach to them the gospel! The rest is left—rightfully so—in God’s hands. This is all we can do and this is all we are meant to know. Jesus Christ and salvation through Him by faith is the simple truth that is the foundational meaning and purpose of the entire Bible. If you cannot accept this then “I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3).

Jesus said: “Enter by the narrow gate; for broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it” (Matt 7:13).  Look around at the world today and life as we know it. I myself see many roads that lead to destruction and many lives that are torn apart from it. There is a path to light! It is a narrow gate that many refuse to enter. It is faith in Jesus Christ. Which road are you on?

“For I know the thoughts I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jer 29:11-13).

-I Want To Believe In God [dot com]

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45 thoughts on “Do “Good” People Go To Hell?

  1. Michael Lopez

    Well said. I think the question left unanswered is why does God allow “good” people to go to hell? Especially if He is a loving God. I would love to hear your answer on that.

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    1. iwanttobelieveingod Post author

      I guess the short answer to that would be that we are all guilty. As I said in the blog nobody is sinless and no one actually deserves salvation from being a “good” person or through their good works. Its all about Jesus! My point was more that we should question God less and point to Jesus rather than rejecting Jesus because we can’t answer the question.

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  2. Admin

    God has offered us salvation for free, but it cost him his only Son Jesus Christ. No one gets to the father but through the son, the view of exclusivist or universalist not withstanding!

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  3. Michael Lopez

    You are right it’s all about Jesus. I always hear people saying things like “How would a loving God let good people go to hell?” What non-Christians don’t say is “God is so loving that He sent His Son down to earth to bare the sins of the world and forgive us, I’m just too prideful to accept the free gift of salvation.”

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      1. Rebekah

        1) So basically agnostic Daniel who was a faithful husband, did charity work but also sinned occasionally is going to hell. Christian David who also was a faithful husband, did charity work & occasionally sinned will not be going to hell because the difference is one believed/followed in Jesus and his teachings. Well then I guess everyone should dump their questions and better believe otherwise they’ll be going straight to hell. Hell is so scary. 2) Notice how you rely on the idea of hell.. religion preys on the no.1 fear of humanity.What happens to us when we die?.. But what if we created the idea of religion so that we would have to stop fearing what we do not know? And how do we know if it was created by man or did a deity come truly tell us these things you might ask?
        3) The idea of evidence flies of the window cause this god can’t exactly appear in front of us..This ‘deity’ values the idea of human choice/will. Or if he appears then we won’t love him anymore..and he really wants us to love him by our own choice! Which is a major contradiction.”I don’t want you to love me cause I’m popping out and you have no choice but to believe in me. I rather you choose for yourself. Isn’t that nice? But by the way there is this possibility of burning in hell if you really choose to exercise your free will and decide I don’t exist. But once again its up to you. I’m being great by giving you a chance in heaven too..” 4) How is that respecting our free will if we are told by this ‘being’ the only way to heaven/avoid hell is to believe? He rather we love him cause we fear the flames of hell/yearn the chance of heaven than we love him cause he smiled in front of us? Strange omnipotent ‘jesus’. Doesn’t fear also make it harder to ‘truly’ love him? And pure love can only come from believing in an outdated book written thousands of years ago? It’s quite illogical. It relies on the idea of not questioning. It sounds like it came from man. 5) Simply put, throughout the ages no matter where you lived, people believed in some sort of god. Ethiopians to the Mayans. Cause human beings by nature constantly try rationalize things around them..it’s this very same nature that is why we created philosophy, science and religion. That is not my pride talking. That is just the wonders of our brain. Just food for thought. Is it a free gift to comfort or just simply a comforting idea?

      2. Justin Post author

        Hi Rebekah,
        Thanks for your comment and let me say that your honesty is refreshing. I’ve often thought about many of the points you bring up. Basically for me what it comes down to is experience and intuition. I’m sure you’d agree that most of us learn best from experiencing something ourselves. That’s what life is all about in my opinion. But I’m a very analytical person myself too. If someone tells me something I don’t just believe what they say, I ask “why?” And I’ll research until I come up with satisfying answers. The thing is though, with a subject like the meaning of life and spirituality, intellectually I cannot find satisfying answers on a lot of things. We can try and that gives us religion and philosophy like you mentioned. But with me I have to approach life’s meaning and my own spirituality by intuition and personal experience. I then try to intellectually tie together my intuition and experience and it becomes my world view. This doesn’t mean I understand all the ways of God, in fact the more I come to know Him the more I realize things I have been wrong about in the past. It’s a process of humility in yielding our understanding to a higher power. Many people (many Christians) are afraid to do this and they try to come up with black and white answers on things like salvation. I avoid having black and white answers on topics like that because I don’t think God works that way.
        But let me ask you this… If you encountered God, and had a similar experience to what the Apostle Paul had in the book of Acts where God basically knocked him on his butt, blinded him with a bright light and spoke to him in an audible voice, would your misunderstandings of God matter to you at all to believe in His existence? Of course not! You would have experienced God first hand and you would know He existed though you would only have your testimony and story to tell others. Many would probably think you were crazy – as they did to the apostle Paul. Well something happened to Paul on that day that caused him to have a drastic conversion from killing Christians to being one of the most influential people of history in spreading Christianity. This is just one story of thousands – maybe millions of testimonies of people who have encountered God. And not just stories of encountering God but also of encountering the demonic and spirit realm in general. For example all the ghost stories and near death experiences we hear of again and again.
        I was talking to a man yesterday whose son died three years ago after being a drug addict and overdosing in a hotel. The man told me his son came to him in a dream and told his father that he was ok and he was with Jesus now. The father instantly converted to being a believer in Jesus Christ. Did his son repent and accept Jesus by saying a “sinner’s prayer” before overdosing? Probably not. He wasn’t a regular church goer and who knows if he read the bible. But regardless he came to his dad in a dream and said he was with Jesus now. That’s just one story and this stuff happens every single day. I go to a very charismatic church where we believe and pray for miracles. We’ve seen some crazy stuff. My friend’s wife was almost completely blind and was a Christian for about ten years when in a healing service one day her eye sight after prayer was completely restored! I used to watch her walk around with a cane and could see the cloudiness in her eyes. To this day she can see! Just one more story of many that happen every day.
        For over ten years I was an agnostic/borderline atheist. I had the same conclusions that you did. Christianity did not make sense and therefore God must not exist – or at least not the God that Christians believe in. Well one day I was at an old Inn and I encountered the demonic. I was woken up in the middle of the night by a strange cranking noise. The entire room was cloudy and the wall behind me started glowing. An evil presence (how do I know it was evil? This is just one of those intuition things) came on top of me. I could not move and I thought this thing was there to kill me. I could barely breath but I cried out to God and the demon went away.
        From that day on it’s been a long journey of finding humility in yielding my limited finite understanding to what is eternal and beyond my full comprehension. Since that day I have had many encounters with God. I have trembled in the power of His presence, spoken in tongues, been delivered from alcoholism and porn addiction, I have heard his audible voice a couple times, I have had many spiritual dreams and I feel His presence with me every single day. He is more real to me than you are. And if you want to believe that I am deceived then I am completely fine with that. I have found a better way to live than the way I used to live. He makes me come alive! He makes me experience life like I never could before. I have never felt so free before in my entire life! I love Him and will praise Him for the rest of my days. Whether my life is blessed abundantly or burdened with hardships and loss, nothing will ever change my belief in God because I have personally experienced His love and salvation.
        Jesus said, “the Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the Gospel.” He said it’s at hand. Not you’ll get to heaven when you die. Approaching Christianity as only a get out of hell when you die concept is not the Kingdom of God that Jesus was talking about. He said the truth will set you free. He was talking about finding peace and truth in this life and being set free now from the bondage sin has on us. I have experienced this personally which makes my testimony the only truth I need to believe whole heartedly in God.
        Jesus said, “Seek and you will find.” I have found this to be absolute truth. The more I seek the more I find. But you should know that it’s not easy. The deep encounters of God that I have had have been when I am so desperate almost to the point of wanting to die if I could not encounter Him. Why He works that way?? I don’t know.. It’s a process and He designed life to be that way. It’s a journey and the ups and downs make us appreciate the ups. It’s life and the process of seeking truth. I’m not in the rightful position to question Him and tell Him the way I think life should be – although I tried that for a period of time and became very angry with God. Things are what they are and me being mad at God is not going to change that. Anyways I’ve rambled for quite some time and am not sure if I even answered or gave you a good opposing argument to any of your points. I guess what I’m trying to get at is that God is not found intellectually. He is found intuitively when we humbly yield ourselves to that which is beyond us -the power that gives us life. I pray that you find Him. And once you do you’ll realize that He’s been there right in front of you the whole time. Happy seeking my friend.  If you want to talk more about specific things or get into a more long term conversation shoot me an email: iwanttobelieveingod@gmail.com
        -Justin

  4. Braeden

    I think, “Why does God let good people go to hell if He is a loving God?” is a very ignorant question. God is a just God.

    He is the Rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He. Deuteronomy 32:4

    The question is also ignorant to the fact that “good people” don’t exist. None of us deserve to go to heaven. That’s why God sent His Son to die for us. All He’s asking back is our life. Although that may sound like a lot, it’s not much compared to what we’ll get back. Remember this too: Jesus hasn’t asked us to give to Him anything He hasn’t already given to us. He wants our life? He already gave His. He wants us to love? He already loves us. He wants us to believe? He already believes in us.

    People only go to hell by their own freewill. God doesn’t SEND anyone to hell. They only go there because they refused to accept God’s remedy. God wants people to be with Him because they chose Him. That’s what this life is: choosing time.

    What about people who never heard? Why do they go to hell? That would be because people aren’t spreading the gospel like they should. You can go ahead and badmouth the Church if you want, but I’d hold my tongue if I were you, because I doubt you’re doing any better. I don’t mean to be rude, I’m just being frank. It is not right for atheists to tell Christians they aren’t living right. It’s like someone sitting in the crowd and telling the basketball players they’re not playing basketball right, while also telling them that they don’t believe in the existence of basketball.

    And don’t think I’m trying to give Christians a free pass, we’ve got to spread the gospel as we’ve been commanded.

    Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:18-20

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    1. dwwork

      Great response. You are exactly right in that none of us deserve to go the heaven. But also, God does not send anyone to hell, everyone that goes to hell chooses to go there rather than accept God’s grace. I believe it was CS Lewis that said, hell is a place that is locked from the inside. A loving God will never force anyone to obey Him. David

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      1. Braeden

        Exactly. God didn’t make humans because He wanted a bunch of robots that would always do what He said; He wanted love, and love can only occur when there is choice. If you force someone to love you, that’s not love, neither by them nor you.

        Here’s an example: Let’s say I was married, and my wife wanted to leave me and look for someone else, and I knew that she would only get a broken heart if she left, but that if she stayed, she would be truly happy. Would it be loving for me to force her to stay against her own will, or would it be loving to tell her what’s true, and then let her decide what to do? Am I then a wicked man if I let her go into her own destruction? No, for I warned her, I gave her a chance, I did everything but force her.

        There are two paths: a narrow one and a broad one. God has told us which one to travel on, and the destination of each. Which destination we reach, then, depends on one thing: our choice. We are the choosers of our own destinies.

        Braeden

  5. robinclaire

    I also believe that if we think we must know it all, then we are just plain “know-it-alls” and I don’t want to be one of them. I love God and He loves me. And that’s all I need to know. Thank you for a wonderful post.

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    1. Justin Post author

      Exactly Robin. I think a lot of the time “know-it-all” people are somewhat insecure and have a need to control everything because of this. They pack God into a finite box of understanding which is actually impossible to do. The man who knows it all is caught in his own deception.

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  6. dwwork

    Great post. I agree, we need to be about our Father’s business spreading the Gospel and not sit around worrying about who will and who will not get into heaven. David

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  7. Don

    Good post. The Bible presents Jesus and tells us that we should believe in Him. There are many questions that the Bible does not answer and I commend you for not trying to answer them. Also, I agree with your point about not using scare tactics—the word “gospel” means “good news.” Jesus dying for us and now willing to be received by us is the best news ever.

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  9. robin claire

    “It is not our place to walk around telling non-believers that if they don’t have Jesus they are going to hell.” I totally agree with this statement. And I also believe that God’s ways are higher than our ways – as you quoted in Isaiah 55. It is not my place to judge what God has in mind for another person. I need to be focused on tending to my own side of the street.
    Love you Justin,
    robin claire

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  10. buzzzky

    Very well written and easy to understand blog. I just so happen to find myself in the middle of Francis Chan’s Erasing Hell. Chan has helped me understand that while we shouldn’t go around preaching only fire and brimstone messages, we have a responsibility to present God in as true a light as possible to all we tell the gospel. We can’t afford to skirt around the tough issues, hell being at the very top of the list. in the words of Chan, “Just because some have swung the pendulum so far in the direction of wrath and judgement, let’s not swing it back too far in the other direction and do away with what scripture emphasizes.” There is a time and a place to discuss hell. We must depend on the Holy Spirit to help us discern that time and place, but to only preach of God’s love and mercy, without teaching about God’s wrath and judgement is irresponsible. We must strive to present our God in as true a light as possible… The good stuff and the hard to digest stuff.

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    1. Justin Post author

      Thanks for stopping by. How do you like that book? I read Crazy Love by Fancis Chan and it was great. I like his approach to interpreting scripture–take it as is. But I agree with you to depend on the Holy Spirit to help discern the proper times to discuss hell. I find it kinda confusing though that in the original Greek Jesus talked of two different places when talking about judgment and the dead: hades and gehenna. Both ended up being translated as “hell”. Ultimately we are to follow the example of Christ’s ministry. Jesus didn’t walk around telling sick people “follow me or burn in hell for eternity.” He healed them and showed His love for them. He showed them love that the world did not. But… He also told the disciples that many would claim to have followed Him and He would say “in that day” He never knew them… It starts getting pretty crazy complicated and hence all the different views on hell and salvation. I am secure in my salvation from Romans 8:16 “the Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit”. I am constantly touched by the love of God through the Holy Spirit and His presence with me. This presence of God is such overwhelming love that when I tell others of God the last thing I’m thinking about is theology of hell. I’m thinking about this love that the Father shows to me and praying that they could experience it themselves. 🙂

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      1. buzzzky

        The book is a response to Rob Bell’s “Love Wins” which takes a pretty universalist approach to issues. I haven’t read it because I don’t really agree with that mind set, but it probably wouldn’t hurt to read it to at least be able to argue my points more effectively. “Erasing Hell” is a good book in that it presents a lot of the deeper stuff in scripture that people who didn’t attend seminary don’t really have access to. He does a lot of the word studies and presents a lot of scripture to back up what he says. I have read “Crazy Love” and “Forgotten God”. Both books were written with passion and conviction and helped me see and change a lot of sin in my life. I don’t know if it is the subject matter or what, but this book seems to be less passion driven and motivated more out of a response to counteract the misleading that Rob Bell has done in his book. But its worth a read. I have definitely been thinking about the reality of hell a lot more lately. I am still working through how to relate to God who really sends people there… People I love so much… but I do find it adds a sense of urgency to my ministry. The prospect of hell makes things real, and scary, so I better be doing all I can do to disciple my loved ones and all else who cross my path. And I guess these things serve to test one’s faith. If I can still trust, follow, and adore a God who sends people to hell then I am strong in my faith.

        There is one section of the “Erasing Hell” that I can’t quit thinking about especially with regard to when and how we preach on the afterlife. In Acts 17, Paul gets brought before the high council in the city of Athens and had but a moment to share the Gospel. He chose to talk about judgement (30-31). Paul could have discussed a ton of things in the limited amount of time he has before the council, but he talks about judgement, because he saw it as the most effective way to communicate the Gospel to the lost. While I am not advocating we go out an buy a loud speaker and stand on the street corner, we can’t deny that Paul, one of the most influential members of the body of Christ, kind of sounded like one.

        In the end there is a fine line we must walk, and all with the leading of the Holy Spirit. If God wants me to talk about judgement and hell I feel confident He will let me know. Otherwise I will probably stick to the stuff I absolutely love and completely understand.

        Thanks for your tactful, thoughtful responses. I love that you are not defensive and ready to jump down throats when people constructively criticize you. The mark of a true man of faith.

      2. Justin Post author

        Wow, thanks so much for the very detailed reply! I think I want to read Erasing Hell now. Maybe even both that and Love Wins to get a bigger picture from both sides. Just gotta make room for it on the list…

        You bring up a very good point in that Paul chose to talk about judgement. Jesus spoke of judgement often to His disciples. This is a truth we cannot avoid and I agree with you to ask the Holy Spirit’s guidance on the time and place.

        God bless and I hope to have you stop by again. 🙂

  11. endtimepoetry

    I am with you following the Word of God and no other. Thank you for finding me at my website in wordpress. If I could be of any help in sharing the truth in rhyrming words, along with poemsfor youth, I have endtimepoetry.wordpress.com salvationpoetry.wordpress.com
    R.A.Riel

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  12. Michael Lopez

    I read all 3 of Francis Chan’s books and Rob Bell’s “Love Wins.” I appreciate Chan’s passion behind the books. They bring up issues that force us as Christians to truly seek the Holy Spirit for direction. As for Love Wins, it had a lot of flaws. I felt he did a bad job of supporting his beliefs. I was glad to have read it, simply to talk to it, but having watched his video’s and having heard him speak many times, I feel like he has always been teetering on the edge and now has fallen off the cliff.

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  13. robin claire

    I love you Justin, and I love what you write about and the way you think. I sent your blog address to my sister to pick up on. She’s a Gnostic and has faith in the universe. I love her soooo much.
    robin claire

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  14. sueandbruce2012

    I believe exactly what you say Justin – you are right! BUT at the same time people should be very aware of eternity and what will happen – it’s not ‘scare tactics’ but a revelation of the truth.
    God spells out plainly that there is a heaven and also that there is a hell and where “It is not our place to walk around telling non-believers that if they don’t have Jesus they are going to hell.” (quote) – we shouldn’t be afraid to expound exactly what the Bible says about eternal punishment.
    There are going to many who will be shocked when they stand before the judgement seat of Christ. Unfortunately many of these will not be unbelievers but rather professing Christians.
    They who took their security in a part of what the New testament teaches but neglected to carefully search out the entire picture.
    Truth be told most people would be left destitute if they planned their futures as carelessly as they planned for eternity – we as ordinary people people need to know about eternity and the glorious, triumphant experience of eternal life with Christ and also unfortunately the opposite of what it means to be eternally separated from God’s Holy face.
    A lot of us Christians unfortunately give very little thought of things eternal.

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  15. melanie jean juneau

    several times now friends have been worried sick that non-believing parents were in a coma .and dying. They saw a change in their faces,all tension and worry left, their parent looked peaceful, the peace grew stronger and was tangible in the room the they opened their eyes smiled, closed their eyes and died. In Both incidents my firends KNEW that their parents had yes to Jesus

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  16. Freedomborn

    Hi Justin, I got your calling card so do you want me to agree with you or share what God tells us in the Scriptures , I will do both . First you are right we are not to condemn anyone, we do not know their eternal Destiny, they may come to repentance on their deathbed many have, yes theirs will be a wasted life with no rewards but they will escape the fire. Jesus said to the woman caught in Adultery who was going to be stoned but who He rescued, that He didn’t condemn her but He also said go and sin no more, is that possible or was Jesus just kidding.

    Like you Justin I do not have a man made Titles or do I claim any Denomination as my own but I also don’t hold onto fleshy worldly understanding. I’m a Christen and God has known me from before I was conceived, He knew I would accept the free gift of Salvation by heartfelt repentance and believing in Jesus’ Name which is what He is and that I was a sinner needing Salvation and I also believed only He could rescue me from the eternal torment in hell and knowing this God chose me to be conformed into the image of Jesus His Son and part of The Godhead or Trinity as They are called today and as I’m perfected in Love putting my flesh to death by The Spirit, I know that no temptation is greater then I can bear and so I accept the freedom we have in Christ Jesus over sin and knowing this I Love others enough to share God’s Truth with them with the confirmation of Scripture, even if it means rejection, many have itching ears.

    The Old Testament Saints did not have the indwelling Holy Spirit like we do although He was working in their lives as He does with us before we come to heart repentance and are sealed, this is why they did not know the things God had planned for them as we can 1Corinthians2:9-16, they did not have the mind of Christ, they were also under the Slavery of sin and had to have sacrifices for repentance, this is why Jesus came to save the lost which we all are without Him, He is the only way to the Father as you shared, He is the spotless Lamb the final sacrifice, so was his death pointless, is there another way to be saved. Below is a much used Scripture but it is in context and the other Scriptures confirm it and there are many more that do…

    John 3: 21 For God so Loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the Name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people Loved darkness instead of Light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the Light, and will not come into the Light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the Truth comes into the Light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God….

    1 John 3:9 No one who is Born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been Born of God.

    1 John 5:18-20 We know that no one who is Born of God sins; but He who was Born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him. We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

    Jesus Christ is The Light, that shines in the darkness and in Him we also shine and we walk as He walked with Love and without sin when we are Born again of God’s seed..

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne.

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  17. krekker

    I just recently watched a documentary called Father of Lights. In it, there is a story of Jesus actually appearing to a Hindu in a dream before he knew who He was. A friend of mine recently returned from a mission trip to the Middle East. During their training, they were told when talking to Muslims, to ask them if they have had any strange dreams that they didn’t understand. Jesus is actually appearing to Muslims in their dreams. I also recently read a book called The Heavenly Man about a believer in China. Again, it described Chinese non-believers experiencing the person of Jesus in their dreams. So although the question still remains about other faiths and religions and heaven and hell, I think that these examples show that Jesus is able to communicate to non-believers His existence even in the absence of the Bible, or a specific conversation with someone of faith. Jesus transcends all barriers, all borders, all expectations!

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    1. Justin Post author

      I love the Father of Lights documentary! and completely agree with you that Jesus communicates to non-believers. He does not have borders!! Amen

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  18. Simon R. Gladdish

    Dear Justin

    Both of my step-daughters married Muslims and consequently I now know a lot of extremely good Muslim men and women. Are we seriously to believe that they are all destined for hell?
    If I had to choose one of your three categories, I would describe myself as an inclusivist!

    Best wishes from Simon

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    1. Four Eyes

      Jesus is the way to eternal life. All human beings have sin that makes us unclean, so to save us God sent his only son to take the burden of our sins. The debt is paid so that we are clean enough to live in God’s kingdom. His love for us must have been unmeasurably great for Him to make such a sacrifice.

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  19. mkweathe

    Regarding the initial question, “do good people go to hell?” the unequivocal answer is, yes!
    I have read through a lot of the previous posts but no one has simply come out and answered the question that one seeking soul had asked and muses over. However, many posts have done a very good job explaining why. So, I will add my two cents worth regarding why. Of course I agree with those who have quoted Jesus words “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” We either have come to believe Jesus exclusive words, or not; where most believing and faithful Christians agree wholeheartedly with Jesus and consequently, in their choosing to believe His statement, “…No one comes to the Father except through Me”, also chose to be exclusive, thus excluding heaven from those who do accept Jesus at His word.
    That said, I would like to include another statement from Jesus, and that is “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” The emphasis here is God so loved that He gave His Son. From a parent’s perspective, having three children, I understand a parent’s love, and if I had lost one, would be of great emotional and physical hurt. Something difficult to explain and has to be experienced, that at your child’s birth, is the uncharacteristic love that shows up in you for this new born. If I were to lose one of these children would be very painful for me.
    When considering Gods judgment and hell, what needs to be considered here is Gods great love for His Son, His only Son, and His eternal love and fellowship He enjoyed with His Son. To say and speak that God sending His Son was at great sacrifice to Him there are no human words to speak of what pain God had experienced, even to allude to such pain on my part can only be an understatement at best. I can only imagine at what great pain the Father had experienced at His Sons death on that cross, however, what are we told, “…God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son”. Let all who would consider and ponder over Gods judgment first consider His love for His Son, and His love for this world.
    Finally, we understand that the Father gave His Son, because He loved the world, knowing that God is not some kind of tyrannical parent, whom if we disobey will punish us, where hell is the ultimate punishment. This perspective is simply not within the bounds of His great love, but rather is dysfunctional, and is found in the heart and life of those who chose to reject Him. Those who reject God, reject Him not on the basis of understanding His love for the world, but reject Him based upon their misunderstanding of His intent and will.
    We need to see and understand, that at Gods judgment will be one of regret and pain in that there will not have to be an exchange of words and arguments between God and the one who has rejected Him, however, I believe God will simply ask His Son to show them His hands and feet, and in doing so places upon them their part in this judgment.

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  20. AR

    The essence of every inquiry, be it scientific or spiritual, is questioning. If you do not question what you are taught, how will you know for yourself, i.e. in your mind, that what you are believing is true? Faith is belief without proof, which is okay, as having an answer to ontological questions offers peace to the delicate human mind. However, when humans begin to classify others as saved vs. condemned is where one must draw the line. Honestly, who the hell do we think we are? Only God can make the call. No one “good” or “bad” goes to hell just because some book says it. The bible states, Luke 14:26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” Does that mean that it’s true? Of course not. Many things in the bible are blatantly wrong. Use your common sense.

    The notion that God sends non-Christians to hell, despite the fact that they were born into their religion without conscious choice, is preposterous. God knows that they were sent into that culture and religion, so why would He punish them for it? They are adamant believers of their faith because they were brought up that way. Sending them to hell, purgatory, whatever for something that they did not have choice in is ludicrous.

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