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.
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This is nonsense, you did not proved anything here. The Revelation 20:11-13 is about judgement of the dead. There’s even no mention of resurrection of the dead. You must continue the reading up to verse 15. Judgement is not teaching about the truth, it is the time to face all the consequences of our act. You always took text out of context. You only read what you want to read.
I believe I have made my point really clear with this article. I know it’s kind of difficult to grasp the enormous significance of this article. If you don’t know the whole picture of God’s plan of salvation, it’s really difficult to understand the concept being said here. You can’t really understand God’s plan of salvation without keeping His Feasts as listed in Leviticus 23.
Anyway, I believe the blog is sufficient to make my point. It’s up to you if you want to learn more. If you wish to learn more and you’re mind is open to God’s truth and ready to ditch away the tradition of men, let me know and I’ll be happy to send you more resources. Just give me your email address and I’ll send them to you.
Another thing, how can we connect what has been said in Hebrews 9:27 with your teaching of 2nd chance on the 2nd resurrection?
By the way, some of my comments are not showing on the comments section.
I understand it is difficult to explain these truths to you because these are advanced knowledge, BhelaiM. Especially for people believing that being in the New Covenant means getting rid of the Commadnments of God.
Here’s what the Bible says, today, God is only working with a small group of people. He is not saving all the humanity today. That’s why in Revelation it says that only 144,000 people will be saved during this time. After the millennial reign, the rest of humanity will be given their chance.
I know this is a huge topic. If you want to leran more, I’ll be more than happy to give you free resources. Just email me email@example.com.
P.S. please note that I don’t manage my blog full time. Thus, I can’t answer all comments immediately.
What do tou mean by “these are advance knowledge”? Are you saying that this topic requires advance acknowledge in order to understand?
It means that you need to understand fundamental biblical truths first before you can better understand and see the whole picture of God’s plan of salvation.
God’s plan of salvation has nothing to do with your theology of second chance on the second resurrection. God’s plan of salvation is for the people living on earth while they still have a chance. You can also get the lesson from the parable of the rich man and Lazarus.
The feast listed in Leviticus 23 are another foreshadows of the coming Messiah and his new covenant with the people. These feast were given to the people of Israel for them to remember what God has done to them and also a reminder that there is a Messiah to come who will fulfill all of these as these are illustration of God’s plan of salvation to people. But all of these has been completed or fulfilled by the Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah, when He sacrificed Himself, died on the cross and rose again. There is no mention in the God’s plan of salvation that you will have 2nd chance on the 2nd resurrection.
Therefore, i can say that Celebrating these feasts are again another denial of what Jesus had done on the cross. Celebrating these feast, like most of the modern Jewish today, do mot accept that Jesus Christ is the Messiah. They are still expecting that their messiah will come.
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Thanks for being one of my top commentators here. 🙂
I would really love to answer all the points you have mentioned but I believe discussing it here in the comment section won’t be efficient.
Thus, please check this FREE booklet to better understand God’s Festivals and how it explains God’s plan of salvation:
If I might ask you, Josh: How about people that are severely abused by parents claiming to be Christian and thus become literally afraid to approach other Christians for fear of being harmed? They might live a completely good life other than being afraid of Christians; should they be burned for eternity right next to the worst monsters in history because their view of Christians was warped by evil abusers?
Or perhaps an even better example: What about people that are born with severe schizophrenia or other brain conditions and are literally unable to distinguish fiction from reality on any meaningful level? Are they going to be sent to Hell for being sick and confused when they are literally incapable of understanding the reality that they exist in?
That’s a good question.
According to modern Christianity, these people are forever lost.
Thankfully, their teaching isn’t biblically accurate.
Today, God is not trying to save the whole humanity. Everyone will have their own time.
Today, God is working with a small group of people, which the book of Revelation to be just 144,000.
God is training these people to rule with Yahshua in the millenium. After that, God will resurrect all people who have not known the truth and that’s the time they will be given their first chance to salvation.
Just want to say that no one can convert anyone to believe in Jesus. We can only plant the seed or share the Good News with the lost and let God do the converting. That’s why Jesus spoke of the Great Commission – Matt 28:16-20
John 6:44 – “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day”
John 6:65 – Then Jesus said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to Me unless the Father has granted it to him.”
Those millions of babies you spoke about will be in heaven, cause they haven’t sinned. They may have been born with a sinful nature but never committed any sin.
Also about those billions of billions of people who never knew God or Jesus, here is what Paul says.. Romans 2:14-16
When Gentiles, who do not have the Law [since it was given only to Jews], do instinctively the things the Law requires [guided only by their conscience], they are a law to themselves, though they do not have the Law. They show that the essential requirements of the Law are written in their hearts; and their conscience [their sense of right and wrong, their moral choices] bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or perhaps defending them on that day when, as my gospel proclaims, God will judge the secrets [all the hidden thoughts and concealed sins] of men through Christ Jesus.
Hebrew 10:16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,”
Matt 7:13-14 Enter through the narrow gate (Jesus). For wide is the gate (Satan) and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it.
God is a loving and merciful God and doesn’t want anyone to perish, that is why He gave all of us freewill. It’s up to us to be obedient to His commands. We condemn ourselves. Most people don’t even believe in God, like He is some fairy tale. That is why Jesus said, only a few will find Him and many will lead themselves to destruction. God is loving but Just, look at the Great Flood of Noah’s day, look at Sodom and Gomorrah, the Famine with Joseph. That’s the first book of the Bible with great punishment, judgement and destruction for not acknowledging God Almighty. Go to the 2nd book Exodus and see how He laid out all His people in wilderness for murmuring. Like 2 million of them died in the wilderness cause of their disobedience. Only 2 of them who came out of Egypt crossed over to the promise land. It wasn’t a few that found it, it was a couple.
“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.”
Yes He loves the world, but, that whosever believeth in His Son will not perish, but have everlasting life. It’s your belief and relationship with Jesus that will save you. Not your religion. No where in the Bible does it say follow a certain religion, but it does say, pick up your cross and follow me.
Matt: 16:24 – Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
1 John 4:16-19 – And we have come to know and believe the love that God has for us. God is love; whoever abides in love abides in God, and God in him. In this way, love has been perfected among us, so that we may have confidence on the day of judgment; for in this world we are just like Him.
There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. The one who fears has not been perfected in love. We love because He first loved us.
Thanks for your comment, Mailman.
However, I don’t agree with you that babies will be in heaven. Where do you read that in the BIble?
Moreover, those who haven’t heard of Yahshua or God will be given a chance in the resurrection. They will not automatically be saved simply because they are “good” people following their conscience. They need to consciously accept Christ in their lives. That’s why those who haven’t heard about God or Christ, they will be mercifully given an opportunity to learn.
I like what you’ve said here Mailman. In short God is loving and sent His son to pay for our sins. ALL of our sins not just the good people. Good bad and ugly. So we ALL have the free will He gave us to choose the free gift of salvation through acceptance of Jesus Christ The Lord. It’s not Christian and non Christian. It’s saved and unsaved…There is a literal hell and a literal Heaven. 🙏
Just a side note Joshua sounds like a Jehovah’s Witness. Unfortunately I have family members who are as well. It will be a sad second coming for them…
I’m not JW, Cheryl.
All human beings have inherited a sinful nature through Adam’s original act of disobedience; Adam became sinful, and he passed that sinfulness along to all his descendants.
The Bible speaks matter-of-factly about children who do not know enough “to reject the wrong and choose the right” (Isaiah 7:16). One reason people are guilty before God, Romans 1 says, is that they refuse to acknowledge what is “clearly seen” and “understood” concerning God (verse 20). People who, upon seeing and evaluating the evidence of nature, reject God are “without excuse.” This raises some questions: If a child is too young to know right from wrong and possesses no capacity for reasoning about God, then is that child exempted from judgment? Will God hold babies responsible for not responding to the gospel, when they are incapable of understanding the message? We believe that granting saving grace to babies and young children, on the basis of the sufficiency of Christ’s atonement, is consistent with God’s love and mercy.
In John 9, Jesus heals a man born blind. After the physical healing, the man goes through a process of receiving his spiritual sight. At first, the man is ignorant; he knows Jesus’ name but not where to find Him (John 9:11–12). Later, he arrives at the truth that Jesus is a prophet (verse 17) and that He is from God (verse 33). Then, in speaking to Jesus, the man admits his ignorance and his need for the Savior. Jesus asks him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” and the man replies, “Who is he, sir? . . . Tell me so that I may believe in him” (verses 35–36). Finally, having seen the light spiritually, he says, “Lord, I believe” and worships Jesus (verse 38).
Following the expression of faith from the man born blind, Jesus encounters some spiritually blind Pharisees: “Jesus said, ‘For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.’ Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, ‘What? Are we blind too?’ Jesus said, ‘If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains’” (John 9:39–41). In other words, Jesus says, “If you were truly ignorant [blind], you would have no guilt. It’s because you are not ignorant—you are willfully unbelieving—that you stand guilty before God.”
The principle Jesus lays down in John 9 is that God does not condemn people for things they are unable to do. “Sin is measured by the capacities or ability of people, and by their opportunities of knowing the truth. If people had no ability to do the will of God, they could incur no blame. If they have all proper ability, and no disposition, God holds them to be guilty” (Albert Barnes, New Testament Notes: Explanatory and Practical, ed. by Robert Frew, Baker Book House, Vol. 1, “Jn. 9:41”). According to this principle, babies and young children who are unable to accept or reject Christ are not held accountable for unbelief.
Before people mature enough to discern right from wrong (sometimes called reaching “the age of accountability”), it would seem that they are not held responsible by God. Toddlers sin, and they bear Adam’s corrupt nature, but lacking the ability to understand the concept of right and wrong, they are under God’s grace, in our opinion.
Other biblical anecdotes (e.g., David testifying that he would be reunited with his dead child after death in 2 Samuel 12:23) support the reasonable belief that infants go to heaven when they die. The same holds true for those with mental disabilities who cannot comprehend right and wrong.
While the idea of a second chance for salvation is appealing, the Bible is clear that death is the end of all chances. Hebrews 9:27 tells us that we die, and then face judgment. So, as long as a person is alive, he has a second, third, fourth, fifth, etc. chance to accept Christ and be saved (John 3:16; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31). Once a person dies, there are no more chances. The idea of purgatory, a place where people go after death to pay for their sins, has no biblical basis, but is rather a tradition of the Roman Catholic Church.
To understand what happens to nonbelievers after they die, we go to Revelation 20:11-15 which describes the Great White Throne judgment. Here takes place the opening of the books and “the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” The books contain all the thoughts and deeds of those being judged, and we know from Romans 3:20 that “by the works of the Law is no flesh justified.” Therefore, all who are judged by their works and thoughts are condemned to hell. Believers in Christ, on the other hand, are not judged by the books of works, but their names are found written in another book—the “Lamb’s Book of Life” (Revelation 21:27). These are the ones who have believed on the Lord Jesus, and they alone will be allowed to enter heaven.
The key to understanding this is the Lamb’s Book of Life. Anyone whose name is written in this book was “saved before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4) by God’s sovereign saving grace to be part of His Son’s bride, the church of Jesus Christ. These people need no “second chance” at salvation because their salvation has been secured by Christ. He chose us, He saved us, and He will keep us saved. Nothing can separate us from Christ (Romans 8:39). Those for whom He died will be saved because Jesus will see to it. He declared “all that the Father has given me will come to me” (John 6:37), and “I give to them eternal life, and they shall never ever perish, and not anyone shall pluck them out of My hand” (John 10:28). For believers, there is no need for a second chance because the first chance is sufficient.
What about those who do not believe? Wouldn’t they repent and believe if they were given a second chance? The answer is no, they would not because their hearts are not changed simply because they die. Their hearts and minds “are at enmity” against God and won’t accept Him even when they see Him face to face. This is evidenced clearly in the story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31. If ever someone should have repented when given a second chance to see clearly the truth, it was the rich man. But although he was in torment in hell, he only asked that Abraham send Lazarus back to earth to warn his brothers so they didn’t have to suffer the same fate. There was no repentance in his heart, only regret for where he found himself. Abraham’s answer says it all: “And he said to him, If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded, even though one rose from the dead” (Luke 16:31). Here we see that the witness of the Scriptures is sufficient for salvation for those who believe it, and no other revelation will bring about salvation to those who do not. No second, third, or fourth chances would be enough to turn the heart of stone into a heart of flesh.
Philippians 2:10-11 declares “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” One day, everyone will bow before Jesus and recognize that He is the Lord and Savior. At that point, though, it will be too late for salvation. After death, all that remains for the unbeliever is judgment (Revelation 20:14-15). That is why we must trust in Him in this life.
Hope this helps you out, Joshua
There was no mention of 2nd chance or 2nd resurrection in the passages you gave. In fact, from one of your blog you point me to another blog, just as always, and it clearly states there that “Jesus’ straightforward point is that it’s too late to change one’s behavior and character after death. His point is that we must live in a godly manner when we are alive, just as the man Lazarus did in the story”
This is the link you gave me – https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/the-truth-about-the-rich-man-and-lazarus/was-the-parable-of-the-rich-man-and-lazarus-a-real-story