posted on Jan, 3 2013 @ 01:22 PM
I will break it down for you from a Christian perspective, because even many adherent to this religion do not understand what the scriptures teach.
Non-Christians always claim that the Christian God must be cruel to allow all of those people who never got a chance to hear the gospel to go to hell,
but that is not how it works. If people in this category do not openly reject God, live relatively good lives morally speaking, and love their fellow
man, then they are going to most likely go to Heaven. This is because the entire point of Jesus dying on the cross was to basically offer a sacrifice
to atone for the sins of all people.
So basically when a good person dies, but a person who never got the chance to hear the gospel, God will give this person credit for what Jesus did,
and attribute that to their "record," as it were. But the people who know about God and Jesus but still openly reject them are not going to get into
Heaven, at least from my interpretation of scripture. There are also prominent theologians who believe this idea to be correct. And believe it or not,
there will be people who may be given a chance to repent after they die, yet who will still reject God. But I am not positive if anyone or everyone
will get a chance to repent for their sins after death.
Considering that God really is merciful, and really does love us, it stands to reason that if you love Him as well, and generally have love in your
heart for your fellow man, you will be saved. I think the only reason God would purposefully send someone to hell is if they refuse to believe and
turn their lives around. But something that is very important is this: People often say that there is not any point to church and worship if believing
and accepting is enough in itself, but this idea is wrong. There will be different outcomes, imo, between what happens after death to the extremely
pious, and the last minute confessors.
This is not a Christian teaching, but one I've developed on my own, for various reasons I will not get into in this thread. There really are people
who LOVE to worship God, because they love Him. This is what God wants all people to do, but He will likely not condemn people unless they refuse to
acknowledge His divinity. Some say this is conceited, but what people fail to realize is that they cannot read the mind, or know the feelings and
ideas of the Creator. Even his "thinking" would be beyond the scope of our understanding, and this is why He is God.
I also have another extremely important idea regarding belief. I got this idea from the scriptures, but I am not sure that the Christian faith has
picked up on it...Or I could be misinterpreting it, but I don't think so. Even someone who is not a Christian or a Jew or a Muslim, since all worship
the God of Abraham, can still go to Heaven despite the fact they did not worship the real God. This is because of their faith. The whole point is the
ability to put faith into something that can never be proven, and that has many detractors.
Righteousness by faith. It takes a lot to really make that leap into the unknown, and wholeheartedly believe in something that could possibly not even
exist. I think those who are willing to take this step, and worship in church and live a pious life, are going to reap the rewards in the next life,
while those who do not put faith into their religion may or may not experience everlasting life. We cannot know these things with certainty, so it is
better to err on the safe side, and start believing in something. And go beyond belief as well.
And a person can believe in science and evolution and still believe in God. With all of the debate and bickering initiated by some religions in
response to the theory of evolution, I cannot believe that the majority did not stop and think that they were making a huge mistake. God never
revealed how He created the world and the universe, or how these things worked. And even if he had told Moses, who authored the book of Genesis, there
is no way he would have known what God was talking about, lol.
At that time the details were not important. And I think this was done purposefully. I think God influenced the work of the Bible and its various
authors, so that the finished product would present enough evidence for the believers, while deliberately withholding information so that people would
have to use their personal faith, instead of reason, to get the correct answer. Anyway, God could easily have used evolution as a tool for creating
the universe, and anyone who says that this is not the case is quite arrogant. For who are you to dictate what God can and cannot, or will and will