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# 02108 :  Will Non-believers Go to Heaven?

Romans 1 says that God is without partiality and that non-believers who are not under the law may be judged according to their conscience.  Romans 2:9-16.  How can these people go to heaven without accepting Christ?  Please submit your thoughts.

 

Post by : jesusmyall  View Profile    since : 30 Nov 2010


Reply by : joyboy   View Profile   Since : 1 Dec 2010 2:37:27 PM Close

No point debating.  Let's leave the decision making to God.

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Reply by : tomj   View Profile   Since : 4 Dec 2010 1:26:40 AM Close

Dear readers,

I felt that this subject needs careful analysis in order to understand better. Many of us do have questions in this regard and many of us do offer some answers. Most of them are true in some sense, but rarely people give a comprehensive study looking at the whole scriptures. So, here is an attempt to do that. I pray that this would be helpful in some way.

 
Charles Ryrie wrote - “The basis of salvation in every age is the death of Christ; the requirement for salvation in every age is faith; the object of faith in every age is God; the content of faith changes in the various ages.”End of quotes.  In other words, no matter when a person has lived, their salvation is ultimately dependent on the work of Christ and a faith placed in God, but the amount of knowledge a person had concerning the specifics of God’s plan has increased through the ages via God’s progressive revelation.
 
Luke gives an account of a tax collector and a Pharisee who approached God in prayer at the temple. “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. ‘I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’ I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 18:10-14).

This event took place before the death and resurrection of Christ, so it clearly involves a person who has no knowledge of the New Testament gospel message as it is articulated today. In the tax collector’s simple statement (“God be merciful to me, the sinner!”) we find (1) an acknowledgement of God, (2) an acknowledgement of sin, and (3) an acknowledgement of faith. Then Jesus makes a very interesting statement: He says the man went home “justified.” This is the exact same term used by Paul to describe the position of a New Testament saint who has believed the gospel message and put their trust in Christ: “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1)
 
In Luke 23:40-43 the thief who was assured of Paradise had confessed (1) his own sin that deserving death (2) sinless nature of the Man who is dying next to him {the Lord} (3) acknowledging his need for someone to help him (4) faith in the Lord for establishing His kingdom.  
 
The account found in Luke helps to ratify the argument that people in the Old Testament were saved by faith just as they are today, but is there more evidence that helps to solidify the position? A quick search of Scripture reveals the following verses in both the Old and New Testament that support the fact that faith in God has always been the avenue one must take for salvation:

   • “Then he [Abraham] believed in the Lord; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness” (Genesis 15:6)

   • “And it will come about that whoever calls on the name of the Lord Will be delivered” (Joel 2:32)

   • “For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins” (Hebrews 10:4).

   • “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval” (Hebrews 11:1-2).

   • And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).

However, even though Scripture seems to plainly state that faith is the key of salvation for all people down through history, how could God save people without them having the revelation of Christ’s sacrifice for them? The answer is that God saved them on the amount of knowledge that they did have. Their faith looked forward into something that they could not see, whereas today, believers look back upon events that they can see.
 
Lewis Sperry Chafer writes; “The fact that no one is saved apart from the death and resurrection of Christ is clearly stated in Scripture (John 14:6). The basis of salvation has been, and will always be, the sacrifice of Christ on the cross and the means of salvation has always been faith in God. However, the content of a person’s faith depended on the amount of revelation that God was pleased to give at a certain time.”
 
Tom Johns - USA
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