Congratulations on your upcoming milestone. I hope you are in decent health. I will share a few thoughts for your discernment.
I often wondered if Adolph Hitler was loved by God at any time? Can a person have salvation and then lose it?
I read a book written by a exorcist that said Hitler was possessed. Would be a surprise to see him in Heaven, wouldn't it?
I believe a person can throw away their salvation at any point of their life. People get angry with God and choose to blame him for their misery, never forgiving him, others go with the material word and make the choice for mammon over God.
I'm going to be a happy idiot
And struggle for the legal tender
Where the ads take aim and lay their claim
To the heart and the soul of the spender
And believe in whatever may lie
In those things that money can buy
Thought true love could have been a contender
lyrics from "The Pretender" Jackson Browne
Sadly, there are people who chose to be atheists and denounce their faith. For me, God became such a tiny part of my life even though I did not deny him I certainly left him.
If a little baby is killed as a little baby and has no chance to proclaim its love for Christ Jesus, is that child simply erased or will it ever be given the same choice as I have had? Would it be fair to give one human a better chance at salvation than any other human?
Wouldn't heaven be a lovely place to grow up?
But Jesus called for them, saying, "Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
What happens to a guy who has never heard of Jesus or God?
Great question. I go with my heart to answer this one. I believe a just, loving God will introduce Himself to those who don't know Him when they die. How could it be any other way? I may get stoned for that comment, but that is what I believe.
I am Catholic and we believe in Purgatory. Every day I pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for souls most in need of God's mercy, living and deceased.
Our just God loves us beyond all telling. Certainly, He can judge the difference between evil and good. I believe the good always get a chance. I believe your friends that died on the battlefield got a chance to know and choose for or against Christ when they met him. People may argue differently, but I will never put limitations on the love of God that we barely scratch the surface of understanding.