reply to post by Maddogkull
Off topic, I know, but not period. Others will disagree, but some people, like me, see that the NT does lay out another way of getting to Heaven for
people that truly never knew anything about Jesus. They'll be judged by their own morals basically, and they won't be judged as harshly.
I won't go into the text, but it basically says a just master would not punish someone that had not been given instructions as harshly as one that
had been given the instructions and did not do them. There's some other verses on the topic if I had more time. But in other words someone that
really never really knew about Jesus would not be punished as harshly or perhaps not even at all.
Because if we think about it logically, how can you throw two people into Hell for eternity and have one them being punished less? You can't give two
people the exact same punishment and say that one was punished less than the other. That wouldn't make any sense.
So, the only way for that to be true is if the one that didn't know anything about Jesus obviously doesn't get sent to Hell because that's the only
way their punishment could be lesser.
Many people would disagree with me, but I like to remember Jesus came as the savior for the Jewish people and many of the things he said were directed
to them. So, when he was talking about them he was the only way for them to be saved because he came at a time when their religion was all screwed up
and corrupted and they had all become hypocrites.
He might have simply been saying their only hope is through him. Now if you're Jewish you've obviously most probably heard of Jesus. There's no
getting around that. So, there's no reason to reject him and be judged by your own morals when you can simply says, hey I accepted Jesus.
It's more about purposely rejecting Jesus than it is simply not knowing he ever existed. They say you must believe in Jesus, but in the context I
think what they really mean is, you can't reject Jesus and what he did for us or at least thought he was doing for us and still go to Heaven.
Well, how can you reject him if nobody ever told you about him right? I don't think Jesus would consider that a rejection. The only thing is, if you
do believe in Jesus and Heaven is real and God is real then you'll have a much easier time with Jesus as your advocate up there instead of trying to
get in on your own.
But I didn't know anything about Jesus wasn't going to work as an excuse for the people he was talking to because he was talking to the Jewish
people. Someone in a remote jungle maybe has an excuse for not knowing anything about Jesus, but that's about it lol.
I personally think that's what it's really about.
[edit on 3-11-2009 by tinfoilman]