Could a loving God sentence people to an eternity of torment for not having had a chance to hear about Jesus? It was the first time I had encountered the death of a loved one. 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Gospel: Matthew 21: 33-43 Topic: Can Non Christians Go To Heaven? A majority of all American Christians (52%) think that at least some non-Christian faiths can lead to eternal life. Of course this goal may be too lofty for someone like me. Andrew Brown. Jesus is present in Purgatory, and everyone there will accept Jesus as the Saviour before they enter into heaven. So what happens to non-Christians who do not follow Jesus, or atheists who do not believe in God at all â can they get to Heaven? Let’s just assume that Jesus is using figures of speech here, that He didn’t actually mean what He said; because He is literally saying that the Queen of Sheba, Assyrians from Nineveh and the Jews are all going to be judged at the same time. God will be where God will be â even in a manger. Those saying "non-christians" will not go to heaven should go and do a simple study of John 10:16 and Romans chapters 1-5 (or if too lazy read only Romans chapter 2). Do Only Christians Go to Heaven? [ I can’t imagine of a simpler agreement or term to avoid the consequence that is due to us]. Imagine you found out you had a long-lost child.Â You tracked them down and wanted to judge whether or not they were a good and faithful child.Â You wouldn’t base it on how many Christmas cards you got, because they have never met you.Â Instead, you would judge their character based on how they treated their parents as best they knew them. ( Log Out / The summer before 7th grade, my grandfather died. I have to go thought that post again and figure out what I was thinking. Of course the working assumption is that the reader believes in GOD. The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is hereâ (Matthew 12:41-42). But if there is a real impediment to knowing Christ explicitly, the person must still live a life a virtue because they are giving their life to Christ as best they know Him.Â As Lewis said, this is not to say that all religions are equal paths to God.Â All things must still go through Christ, even if anonymously. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. The point is that the popular culture is popular for a reason. So can a non-Christian go to heaven?Â The short answer is yes. Agnostic: We have conflicting and/or inadequate information in the Bible and cannot reach a definitive belief about salvation. Even Islam is more inclusive than Christianity. He answered, Child, all the service thou hast done to Tash, I account as service done to me…. If a former pope says non-Catholics can go to heaven, why be Catholic? salvation - can non-christians be saved? And then try to square that with what they are saying. In John 14:6 Jesus declares, "I am the way and the truth and the life. I think the Christian knows the answer to that – Yes He Will (Prevent the atheist from going to heaven). God is spirit. Those who worship God, worship in spirit. That is a long definition, and every part of it is important.Â If we all desire God, then how is it possible that we all don’t find him? Therefore judgement is unavoidable. Did Jesus Teach That Non-Christians Go to Hell? The catholic church teaches that non christians can go to heaven ( and have), however it is easier to go with in the Church. How about those people who lived and died in places where Christianity is forbidden or during the times when it would be difficult for them to know Christ? Karl Rahner articulated what Lewis pointed to in his theory of Anonymous Christianity.Â In short, if someone, through no fault of his or her own, does not know of Christ and His Church, yet still strives to live a good life, then it is possible for them to be saved. Come to think of it. Donât Christians have to rely on the authority of the Word of God, which clearly teaches that those who donât believe will be condemned (e.g. I. Saying non Christians can get into heaven is saying that they donât need Christ, but the Bible says we must believe in Christ. This group is called âthe rest of the deadâ (verse 5). Acts 7:55â60 â¢ But filled with the Holy Spirit, he gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. He is not a way, He is The Way.Â There is no path to heaven that does not go through Jesus Christ. When the likes of Sam Harris questions the authenticity and relevance of the God of the Bible, this is what you tell them. If God is love, isnât it unfair for Him to destroy the people who have never heard of Jesus Christ? Answer : In the year 2000 the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a document called âDominus Jesusâ â the Lord Jesus. Christians do not proclaim salvation in any other but Jesus Christ; âfor there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be savedâ (Acts 4:12). It is a Hollywood ending. The Texts. II. Fr Feeney taught literally that outside the Catholic Church there is no salvation and only Catholics can go to heaven. Will they also be saved or be eternally tormented in hell-fire? [Because they simply can’t believe such a ludicrous claim]. Iâm going to be careful about saying that those who have never heard the gospel will go to heaven. For most atheists, the obvious answer is, âNo.â Ironically, atheists agree with traditional Christians on this point. âThe men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here. It is just sad that the dogma (untested beliefs) of some churches can be very condemning instead of loving. Only by faith in the Seed of God's Word concerning the gospel can any man be born anew of the Spirit of God. by lexyflexy ( m ): 2:00pm On Dec 14 , 2005 As a child I first came to understand how this could be when I read the last Narnia book by C.S. Do only Christians go to Heaven? You had me thinking I could get to heaven for a second. The short answer is yes. Be it as trivial as jay walking or a serious crime like murder. The login page will open in a new window. Christian or not, we are all fallible, even the best among us have shame written on our back side. Will all non-Christians go to hell when they die? Honest rejection of Christ, however mistaken, will be forgiven and healed- âwhoever shall speak a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him.âÂ But to evade the Son of Man; to look the other way; to pretend you havenât noticedâ to become suddenly absorbed in the something on the other side of the streetâ¦ this is a different matter.Â You may not be certain yet whether you ought to be Christian; but you do know you ought to be a Man, not an ostrich hiding its head in the sands.. It's not an option. But the Bible declares that âGod is loveâ (1 John 4:8) and âdesires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truthâ (1 Timothy 2:4, see also 2 Peter 3:9). No one comes to the Father except through Meâ (John 14:6). Several decades ago, theologian Fr. 1. Eternal Torment? All we can do is trust our loved ones to the loving mercy of our good God. So to answer your question, we now that Christians can enter heaven but we do not know if it is possible for non-Christians to enter heaven or not. Answered by Fr. Itâs just that atheists donât think anyone else goes to heaven, either. You can find St. Paul saying in the First Letter to Timothy that Jesus gave himself as a 'ransom for all.' Obviously, a non christian, may have never heard about Jesus. You have to be alive to be judged!!! The answers can be found in the two Biblical books devoted to prophecy: Revelation and Ezekiel. I donât know that this is a good thing, but it has given me a common vocabulary to draw from in order to illustrate whatever theological point I make in class. Robbinson December 22, 2009, 11:37pm #4 Something like reincarnation even. The other being “How can a benevolent GOD, create suffering that kills innocent children? ( Log Out / Even if one did hear about Jesus, very few are willing to step outside the comfort of the religion that they were born in. August 28, 2018 August 29, 2018 curryNcode. He does not want anyone to perish. Millions of people today want salvation and the hope of Heaven, but on their own terms. But the follow-up question of âHow can a non-Christian go to heaven?â is a bit more complicated. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Grow in Faith – The Need for New Evangelizers. It says they are “judged” by the things written in the books. When Jesus had to confront the Pharisees of his time who were demanding a sign from him. Edward McIlmail, LC. How can a person â even a Pope â be confident enough to say that an atheist is in heaven? About this episode Join Fr Rob and Alyssa for this episode of the Catholic Influencers Podcast. Let me flip this around. I grew up absorbing every movie, TV show, comic book, science fiction novel, etc. Verse 12 reads: âI saw the dead, small and great, standing before God.â This will include the vast majority of those who have lived and died through the thousands of years of human historyâall resurrected at the same time. I hope someone finds this useful. âThe Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long-suffering toward us, NOT willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.â, âTell them that as surely as I, the Sovereign LORD, am the living God, I DO NOT ENJOY SEEING SINNERS DIE. I would rather see them stop sinning and live. Here we see something akin to what Karl Rahner would call âAnonymous Christianity,â where those who do not know Christ by name still give their lives over to Goodness.Â Since all Goodness comes from Christ, they turn themselves over to Christ anonymously.Â For these people, Lewis sees the possibility of Salvation.Â Lewis puts it this way: â¦Though all salvation is through Jesus, we need not conclude that He cannot save those who have not explicitly accepted Him in this life.Â And it should (at least in my judgment) be made clear that we are not pronouncing all other religions to be totally false, but rather saying that in Christ whatever is true in all religions is consummated and perfected.Â But on the other hand, I think we must attack wherever we meet in the nonsensical idea that mutually exclusive propositions about God can both be true.. Israel, stop the evil you are doing. Therefore if any man swear by Tash and keep his oath for the oath’s sake, it is by me that he has truly sworn, though he know it not, and it is I who reward him. by Caitlin Sica. And if any man do a cruelty in my name, then, though he says the name Aslan, it is Tash whom he serves and by Tash his deed is accepted… [U]nless thy desire had been for me thou wouldst not have sought so long and so truly. Will God prevent a good and morally upright atheist from going to heaven; while allowing a reformed child molester to go to heaven? By saying they donât need Christ means that Christâs death and resurrection isnât really needed. Your post is acutely relevant. This video blog will answer the question that I often get asked: Can non-Christians or unbelievers go to heaven? The short answer is “YES, they may“. AFAIK there is no definite answer. Change ). Let’s see how Jesus reflects on the subject. Those who were blinded to Godâs truth before (Mark 4:11-12; Revelation 12:9) will then have the Bible opened to themâso they can truly understand it! New Evangelizers, Inc. is a 501(c)3 * non-profit organization. I could find. âLook,â he said, âI see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!â But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him. Would a loving God condemn them to hell? The law is absolute and we have to face the consequences. âAnd the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or nightâ (Revelation 14:11). A number of texts are typically cited in support of this position. This will be accomplished by God offering His Holy Spirit to billions of people (Ezekiel 37:14). But God has not told us whether there may be some other way to enter heaven through Christ that He has not told us about. Re: Christians: Can a Non-Christian Go to Heaven? Now that you have the answer, you might want to go back to what ever you were doing. ( Log Out / Can Unbelievers or Non-Christians Go to Heaven? Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. i'm a Muslim and in Islam you don't need to be a Muslim to enter heaven but if god in Christianity is loving to the world why would he save only the Christians because this seems very hateful that 5 billion people will burn in hell it's just hateful and evil so can righteous man be saved? Then, after the Millennium, another group will be resurrected to life. I’m not an expert on the Bible… maybe they know something we dont… But thats OK… We dont need to be an expert on these things. There is no salvation apart from Jesus Christ.Â He said, âI am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.Â No one comes to the Father except by Me.â (John 14:6). Too bad. Catholics believe these people will go to Purgatory (a step before heaven). : Inclusivism: Non-Christian believers will avoid Hell if they worship a deity of some sort, because God works through all of the world's religious faiths.Agnostics, Atheists, Buddhists, etc. Jesus Christ dogmatically stated: âI am the way, the truth and the life. We read, âAnd books were openedâ (Revelation 20:12). We can not control this â¦ The new Catechism from the US Bishops says in its first chapter that there are three reasons why someone may legitimately not find the truth of the faith: It is possible that each of these could lead to an impassable barrier between a person and the Church.Â Notice I am being very vague in the language, because this is something that can only be judged by God in the individual.Â I cannot tell if someone’s ignorance is invincible or if they are using scandal as an excuse for dodging the faith.Â But God knows, and we should leave that judgement to Him. But rarely do you hear it said by Catholics so forcefully, and with such evident joy. No, we want the pilot to remain narrowly focused! Jesus says. Pope tells atheists: You don't have to believe in God to go to heaven. The Bible teaches that those who had heard but then chose not to believe, will go to eternal condemnation. So, what is the fate of those nonbelievers and non-Christians? Revelation 20:12 then goes on to say, âAnother book was opened, which is the Book of Life.â This represents the opportunity for eternal life being opened to all these people. It never fails that in each of my high school religion classes someone asks, âCan a non-Christian go to heaven?â. What happens to all the people who die without knowing Jesus Christ? So can a non-Christian go to heaven? Christ and His saints will rule for 1,000 years (commonly called the Millennium). We know that people are saved and that the major religions share elements of the Truth with Christianity, so Lewis allows for the possibility of non-Christians to enter the Kingdom.Â Emeth is very different in his character than the villains of the story.Â They reject Christ/Aslan not through honest misunderstanding of the truth, but by blind devotion to their evil passions.Â They did not listen to the call to virtue. if no, then clear the air for all. They take up a huge part of my life. John 3:18)? The Bibleâs most famous verse declares that â For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life â (John 3:16). It is the same for God.Â Those who don’t know Him by name but still live a life striving after goodness may be saved.Â Notice it is âmayâ and not âwill,â because just like Christians, non-Christians will be judged by their choices and why they made them.Â But if they strive for goodness, then they are, in reality, striving for the source of goodness. No one comes to the Father except by Me.â (John 14:6) He is not a way, He is The Way. He could not even save the majority of mankind from the evil works of the Devil! After they are given life, they will be given an opportunity to learn about Godâs Word. ... Will God prevent a good and morally upright atheist from going to heaven; while allowing a reformed child molester to go to heaven? It is an important question that preys on many of us.Â We have seen people of heroic moral virtue in other faiths, like Gandhi.Â Most of us know people who are not in the Church or have left the Church.Â We worry about their salvation and want to be assured that we will be with them in paradise. This question implies that salvation is by works. A: You touch on an intriguing topic. Not all see straight. In recent decades, however, some prominent theologians like the late German Jesuit priest Karl Rahner have wrestled with the question whether non-Christians can be saved through their own religions. Who can go to heaven? For all find what they truly seek.. This was a thought-provoking post, until I reached the Hollywood ending and we all lived happily ever after. Please log in again. Do atheists go to heaven? After logging in you can close it and return to this page. This is the hope for all the people Christ mentionedâpeople like the queen of Sheba and the inhabitants of Sodomâand all the other people who have ever lived and not known the true God and His truth. Lewis,Â The Last Battle.Â In the book, there is the Christ-lion, Aslan.Â But the Calormenes worship a demon god named Tash.Â One Calormene named Emeth desires to serve his god honorably..Â Upon seeing Aslan, he approaches to kill him, and the following happens: But the Glorious One bent down his golden head and touched my forehead with his tongue and said, Son, thou art welcome. It assumes that Christians go to heaven because of â¦ All of these people, the billions upon billions of them, will finally be able to understand the Bible, know and believe and obey Jesus Christ and have the opportunity to live forever. I am a devoutly Catholic theology teacher who loves a popular culture that often, quite frankly, hates me. Oju you spoke well, but did answer my question.the question is can a non christian go to heaven?if yes why, and how? ( Log Out / How does one obtain eternal life? PS: I wrote this article as a reminder to myself. This question appears regularly in discussions with Christians, Muslims and Atheists. Can Non-Christians go to Heaven? I also found the same with a Messianic Rabbi friend. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Daily Coronavirus Briefing. These are just a few verses showing Godâs infinite mercy, love, and compassion toward us. Revelation 20:12 doesn’t say unbelievers are “taught” from the books. ... His statement on salvation for non-Christians surprised many Vatican observers, since it is theologically liberal. We are SINNERS and Jesus is the SAVIOR. Trends in opinions about religious exclusivity About the survey. On the other hand, Christians who believe that non-Christians can go to heaven donât have that driving force compelling them to convert everyone from the corner grocer to major pop stars and sports heroes. Will they all be thrown into the lake of fire even if it wasnât their fault? Q: How do non-Christians enter heaven without sanctifying grace? Help us continue to inspire New Evangelizers through your tax deductible donation today. And other questions for the year 2001. or Why does GOD allow evil?” There is a great explanation about this given by Ravi Zacharias on YouTube. Can Non-Christians go to Heaven??? It would be easy to say, "hey the Catholics think all non Christians are going to â¦ Some people will immediately object and say that many billions of people don’t believe this.Â But that is irrelevant.Â A thing’s truth is not based on how many people believe it, but on whether or not it accurately reflects reality.Â Also, if there is another way to get to heaven besides Jesus, then that would mean that God the Father is a sadist and Christ was a fool. Make sure you read his description and try to imagine what this will be like when human bodies will be reassembled and then resuscitated. The prophet Ezekiel was given a vision of this coming resurrection (Ezekiel 37:5-6), and he saw how God will give physical life back to what will turn out to be billions of people. 1 /1 Pope tells atheists: You don't have to believe in God to go to heaven. Why do you want to die?â. I was going to say that, but a Christian would already know that. If I die in Japan, can a Christian like me go to Japanese Shinto (or Buddhist) heaven, according to the tenets of Japanese religion? Who are the rest of the dead? Jesus tells us, âAmen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spiritâ (John 3:5). [Tash and I] are opposites, I take to me the services which thou hast done to him. Jesus said, YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN (John 3:5-7). Jesus is simply saying, that he will bear our punishment so that we can be set free from the law. In this blog I will attempt to bring together the things of heaven with the things of earth. Who are the Catholic popes to go against the Bible and teach that ânon-Christiansâ can go to Heaven without being born-again? âItâs only by grace you have been saved, through faith â and it is not from yourselves, it is that gift of God â not by works, so that no one can boastâ (Ephesians 2:8â9) Revelation 20 talks about the first resurrection, when Satan will be bound for a thousand years immediately after Christâs return (verses 1-3) and of the resurrection of the saintsâChristâs faithful servants throughout the ages (verses 4-6). The books (Greek biblion) refer to the books of the Bible. We should know but, sadly, in Calvinist reformed churches I grew up in, as well as many Pentecostal & charismatic churches, there is a firm belief to the contrary. And traditional Christians think that atheists go to hellâan idea that atheists reject. Exclusivity is the hallmark of Christianity. You are right. The cross makes this so.Â If I can be saved through the Dharma or the Koran or just being nice to people, then God the Father made His Son suffer and die a horrible, torturous death for no reason.Â But the Father is not a sadist and Christ is not a fool, so we can only achieve salvation through Jesus. But, again, I enjoyed the post. -O.A. Thank you for your kind comments. This would mean that God is a complete failure! It is woven into the fabric of our lives and imaginations, for good or ill. For I and he are of such different kinds that no service which is vile can be done to me, and none which is not vile can be done to him. On this planet, we have to pay a price every time we break a law. Iâve used American Pie the song to explain the Book of Revelation (Iâll post on this some time later) and American Pie the movie to help explain Eucharist (donât ask). Then again, Christians and atheists canât even agreeâ¦ Classical evangelical doctrine holds that salvation comes only through faith in Jesus Christ, and that those without such faith will be condemned to hell. To clarify the Churchâs teaching, the Holy Office, with the approval of Pope Pius XII, sent a letter to the Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Richard Cushing, on 8 August 1949. The real truth about Death & Resurrection is that everyone gets a second chance. He said, âI am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Can Non-Catholics Go to Heaven? Post was not sent - check your email addresses! This is probably the “One Question” raised by Atheist’s that literally stumps the average Christian. All we have to do is put our faith in him. But I said, Alas, Lord, I am no son of thine but the servant of Tash. How do we say that no one is saved outside of Jesus and yet say that non-Christians can be holy people who we will see in heaven? I remember being struck at my grandmotherâs composure throughout this timeâthe weeks leading up to his death, the funeral, and the days after. Where Godâs spirit is, there is a figurative heaven. next post: All Saints Day: Holiness Is for Everyone! Is it fair for Him to punish people in hell for being born in the wrong place at the wrong time? Heaven and hell as literal places are pre-scientific concepts. This article is more than 4 years old. God being spirit, is in a spirit place. And in this era of religious controversies, it's a timely reminder that God cannot be confined to our narrow categories." But the follow-up question of âHow can a non-Christian go to heaven?â is a bit more complicated. Forget everything that you have been told by secular media. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. What will happen to the unbelievers? In fact, He wants to save as many people as possible. There is no salvation apart from Jesus Christ. As of today Iâve watched over 2100 movies and tv shows. I think the Christian knows the answer to that â Yes He Will (Prevent the atheist from going to heaven). How about those millions of babies who didnât even have the chance to even understand what the Bible says?
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