posted on Dec, 23 2002 @ 11:42 AM
First, let me point out that the reason for posing this question is not to incite flames... I'm curious to hear positions on this only, not looking
for a debate...
That said, I'll also state that though I am not a Christian, I did have a Christian upbringing. I am not an Atheist, but I just have my own beliefs
that don't "fit" with any "organized" religion.
Here is the scenerio:
A. Man A is just about the nicest guy you could ever meet. He works hard, has raised a few equally wonderful children. He has never caused harm to
another, gives to charity, and is just an all-around good guy. He has never even committed one of the Christian "deadly sins". Only one
problem...he does not believe in God. He lives in a remote area, that has never even heard of God, and actually has no set religious beliefs.
B. Man B. In his younger days, he was the slimiest criminal you could meet. He finally went to prison for life, for taking an axe to his entire
family. However, for the past 15 years, he has "reformed", and accepted Jesus Christ as his savior, yada, yada, yada.
Both men die. According to the Christian faith, who gets into Heaven? Why, man B. of course. So, even though Man A. came as close to ideal as
possible, he doesn't get in, based strictly on his beliefs, even though he was never even given the chance, as he's never even heard of God. Does
this sound right? Let's even go further and say that Man A has heard of God, he just chose another religion, or maybe was even raised in another
religion since birth, so of course believes in it instead.
Just curious on opinions....