Tuesday, June 19, 2012

What will happen to those who die without hearing anything of Christ Jesus?

The Holy Bible makes it conspicuous and crystal clear that while there are might be people in the world who may not have heard of Christ Jesus, simultaneously, none of them can plead ignorance of God their Creator.

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1, KJV).

Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made” (Romans 1:20)

Wherefore, the order, regularity and natural laws of the universe are the permanent veracity and impeccable airtight testimony of the Invisible God, the Creator of all things, of which all people are instinctively aware. As a consequence, we find among the most ignorant peoples on the earth a desire to worship God, even though it may be in a perverted form.

The Holy Scriptures declared that there is life after death and future judgment upon all living souls, in the same token, the infallible teaching tells us that the heathen who has died without any knowledge of Christ Jesus will be judged without the law as fully exhibited in the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans Chapter 2: 12-15)[12 For as many as have sinned without the law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; 13 For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified 14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves. 15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another]. This means that this person will not be judged according to the supernaturally revealed Mosaic laws, or according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ which he or she has never heard. This person will be judged instead by the law written upon his or her own heart, the product of his or her own conscience, making him/her a law to him/herself. This person will be judged according to the way he/she has obeyed that conscience, weak though it may be, and ignorant though he/she may be concerning God and Christ Jesus.

The Bible says nothing about the fate of those who have never heard of Jesus Christ. However, Jesus makes it plain that there is only one condition of entry into the Kingdom of Heaven and Eternity spent with Him: “Unless one is born anew, he or she cannot enter the Kingdom of God” (John 3:3).

Only the person who has been born again into the family of God through repentance from sin and faith in Christ Jesus will inherit the Kingdom of God. There are no exceptions in this declaration of Jesus Christ.

On a matter where the Holy Scripture are silent, we are often wise to be silent too. We know that we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ Jesus according to 2 Corinthians Chapter 5 Verse 10, but we also know that God cannot be untrue to His own nature:

“Shall not the judge of all the earth do right?” (Genesis 18:15).
Conscious of our limited human wisdom, we can only leave this matter in the hands of the One who is wholly wise, wholly just, wholly true to His own nature. God reminds us in the book of Prophet Isaiah Chapter 55 Verse 8 and 9: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways, say the Lord. For the heavens are higher the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thought than your sought s”

Finally, remember that the only person who can ask this question is a person who has heard of Christ: You could not ask the question otherwise. Have you believed in Him (Jesus Christ) yet as your personally Savior and Lord of your life? Will you, with all your Christian privileges, be declared guilty at the judgment of the greatest sin of all-failure to believe in Jesus Christ? Today, when you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts’ (Hebrews 4:7).

By: Max Shimba, A Bond Servant of Jesus Christ

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