posted on Nov, 9 2004 @ 09:30 AM
Here's what my christian buddy from two cubicles over had to say:
"Here's what I know. These comments are based upon the presumption that if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, by that action
alone, you are exempt from damnation. There are a number of verses that can be quoted regarding this. But that's not the whole story. The one that
stands out the most to me is the following:
Jesus said, "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in
heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many
miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!' " (Matthew 7:21-23)
So Jesus even acknowledges that many of those who've accepted Him and performed great deeds will be rejected. This is one of the great arguments
against "works-based" faith. Volunteering at a homeless shelter and believing in Jesus does not give anyone a free pass to Heaven. As Christians,
we are mandated to drop what it is we're doing as follow Him (Matthew 19:21-22).
Jesus came as a sacrifice for our sins--our council presenting our case before God. Indeed, He said that nodody comes to the Father but throught Him.
But as the aforementioned verse says, He just might not take up your case unless you actively seek to do God's will here on Earth.
So to answer the question, in my opinion, those who came and went before Christ will not necessarily be condemned. They will just have to stand in
front of God by themselves and explain away their actions with no council representing them. God will then make the decision Himself whether or not
that person is worthy of Heaven."