|Question: What About People Who Have Never Heard of Jesus?|
You may hear something like this: "If people who do not accept God are going to Hell, then What about people that live in such remote places that they have never heard of God?"
Often these will be much more personal, including questions about a mother, father, sister, or brother.
This is the type of question that can be a sincere question of someone who is actually seeking God's will, or it may be a question from someone is totally closed-minded. When someone is closed-minded, there is no way that they will receive anything from the Lord. Even a double-minded person receives no wisdom. When the garden of the mind is not able to receive the Seed of the Utterance of God, the Utterance of God can find no place in them. They find it impossible, then, to cooperate with the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit doesn't force Himself on anyone. If the person is unreceptive, this may be ground that is hardened by ungodly counsel: the philosophies, the politics, and the music of this present evil age. It may be ground that is so full of the weeds of desires for the pleasures of this world that nothing of value can grow. It may be stoney ground that is hardened from sin. For these people, you may choose to question the question and the motivation for the question.
We know that hell is real and it's burnings go until the Ages of the Ages (the Eons of the Eons). God is the one who makes the judgments as to who actually goes there, though. Actually, hell is an over-simplification. There is Sheol, Gehenna, and the Lake of Fire. Hell is thrown into The Lake of Fire at a certain point and then The Lake of Fire burns to the Ages of the Ages. It seems that there have been those who have been revived from death who have both gone to Heaven and others who have gone to Hell and come back to life. That may speak to any scare tactic that there is no chance once someone is in Hell--not that being in Hell for even a moment, let alone until The Ages of Ages, would be the most terrible thing imaginable. Is there a place for repentance and how does that work? God has not told us. Our understanding of Hell is that a nano-second in Hell would be worse than a lifetime of the very worst misery on Earth.
A child who dies in innocence will meet Jesus at death. Faith comes by hearing and hearing comes by the utterance of God. Faith goes on into the eternities.
Luke 12:47 and 48 shed some light.
"The servant who know that master's will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving of punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
It is also good to know that judgment is only God's way of turning each person to Himself. Judgment starts with Him speaking to us and correcting us that way. If we ignore Him, we all know that it can be harder when we harden our hearts. He has no joy in punishment. It is a tool.
However, we also know from Scripture that everyone will eventually turn to Him. Every knee will bow. As in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive. They will all be redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb--there is no other way. It is doubtful that any, except for some very hardened hearts, would go into the Lake of Fire that burns to the Eons of the Eons. However, we leave the judgment of such things to Him Who is far more just than we could ever be. We know that He will do what is right, and the outcome will be good.
Last updated: May, 2013
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