The majority of Christians, pastors, and ministers believe that now is the only day of salvation. It means that people who don’t believe in Jesus (Yahshua) during this lifetime will be eternally tormented in the ever-burning fire of hell. Thus, many missionaries and Christians assumed the responsibility to convert as many non-believers as possible. They travel around the world trying to save souls and lead them to Christ.
To set the record straight; I admire devoted Christians who dedicate their lives in preaching the Gospel. I am always amazed of stories about some Christians sell all their possessions, forsake all that they have, and live a missionary life. However, doing the right thing for the wrong reason can be very misleading and most often than not, dangerous.
Is it really true that all non-Christians today will go to hell? Is the belief that people who don’t accept Christ will be eternally damned?
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A dilemma most Christians don’t want to face
Now, here’s a dilemma for those who believe that non-Christians will be doomed to hell for eternity. (For one, the Bible does not teach that the wicked with be burned forever in hell.)
If God is love (I John 4:8), isn’t it unfair for Him to destroy the people who have never heard of Jesus Christ? Is it fair for Him to punish people in hell for being born in the wrong place at the wrong time? How about those millions of babies who didn’t even have the chance to even understand what the Bible says? 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? Will they all be thrown into the lake of fire even if it wasn’t their fault?
Think about this for a second: Billions upon billions of people have lived and died on earth who didn’t know God and Jesus Christ. Throughout the history of mankind, only a tiny percentage of humanity can even be qualified to be called Christians. Even today, the number of non-Christians are higher compared to those who are Christians.
If this is the case, then God is a complete failure! He could not even save the majority of mankind from the evil works of the Devil!
Are we worshiping a God of failure? Or there’s something wrong with what most Christians believe today?
Surely, there’s something wrong with the belief that God will burn people in hell even if they didn’t have the chance to hear of His message. That’s why in this blog, let us examine what the Bible really say about non-Christians and their ultimate destiny.
Something to consider
II Peter 3:9 tells us:
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, NOT willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
Ezekiel 33:11 adds:
“Tell 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. Israel, stop the evil you are doing. Why do you want to die?”
These are just a few verses showing God’s infinite mercy, love, and compassion toward us. He does not want anyone to perish. In fact, He wants to save as many people as possible.
So, what is the fate of those nonbelievers and non-Christians? Will they also be saved or be eternally tormented in hell-fire?
Non-Christians will be given their chance to salvation
God is the God of justice and mercy at the same time. He is fair. He is compassionate to all of mankind. The most famous verse in the Bible tells us:
“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.”
Now, it didn’t say, “For God so loved the Christians.” It didn’t say, “For God so loved a few people.” It says, For God so loved the WORLD!” What an amazing revelation from the Bible! The problem with most Christians today don’t read the next verse. We read:
“For God sent NOT his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (verse 17).
Did you just grasp what you read? It goes directly contrary to what most Christians believe. God didn’t send His Son to condemn mankind. His primary purpose is to save them and not to burn as many people as possible in hell!
So what does this mean? God will give non-Christians and nonbelievers their chance to salvation. But how?
The Resurrection of the dead
Here’s an astounding TRUTH that you need to learn! God will resurrect all people from the time of Adam and Eve to the last people who have been conceived! Why? To finally give them the chance that they didn’t have during their first life!
We read Revelation 20:4-6:
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 BUT THE REST OF THE DEAD DID NOT LIVE AGAIN UNTIL THE THOUSAND YEARS WERE FINISHED. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.”
Here’s something that is not popularly taught in the Bible. The true believers and Christians today are not found in this world’s famous Christian denomination. Throughout the history, Christians have been a small, persecuted group of people. They are known to be a little flock (Luke 12:32). God is working with just a select few, and He is preparing them to be kings and priests during Jesus’ reign here on earth (Revelation 5:10). They will rule with Christ for a thousand years. During the Millennium, Jesus, along with His saints, will teach the people who survive the great tribulation, God’s way of life.
After the thousand years, there will again be another resurrection. We read it in Revelation 20:11-13:
“11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12 AND I SAW THE DEAD, SMALL AND GREAT, STANDING BEFORE GOD, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.”
These verses are telling us that the people who haven’t heard of Christ, the non-Christians and non-believers, will finally be given the chance to obtain their salvation. They will be taught about the truth and God’s way of life. For the first time in their lives, they will know God, Jesus Christ, and the glorious life that they will have if they accept God’s offer.
I know this is a big topic. I recommend that you request a free copy of the booklet, “What Happens After Death?” to find out more about this vital issue.
Non-Christians will be given their chance to know God during the second resurrection. All those who have lived and died are not forgotten by God. They will be resurrected after the millennial reign and be taught of God’s way of life.
God is fair. He will not condemn people just because they live in the wrong place at the wrong time. Everyone will have their one and only chance of salvation.
So will non-Christians burn in hell? The answer is no provided that they repent and follow God when they finally get to know the truth during the second resurrection. This is the hope that we all must have as Christians. Our loved ones, including the billions of people on earth, who didn’t know God and Christ are not forgotten and lost. God will resurrect them and give them the opportunity to be part of His Family.