>>>What about babies, or persons who have not heard? What will happen to them?>>>
Well, Evelyn, Father is fair indeed. Contrary to some men's teaching, eveyone without exception, will
get to make a knowledgable choice.
I have purposely pasted some old study notes so when you study the references given, you will neveh have
to wonder again, and better yet, you may comfort your brothers and sisters with God's Word instead of man's.
At the conclusion is something special in regards to Salvation.
Here is some of my old study notes on this subject. The notes will read better if you start with the following
verse and Know the meaning.
Now, don't cheat and scroll down to the punch line. If you are really interested in how Father handles
them that have not heard, study the notes first
41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see;
therefore your sin remaineth. (KJV)
ACCOUNTABLE? YOU DECIDE
MANY HAVE PONDERED THE SO-CALLED 'AGE OF
THERE IS NO MENTION OF THIS IN THE BIBLE WITHIN THE CONTEXT THAT MOST PEOPLE HAVE.
IT IS REASONABLE TO ASSUME THE 'AGE OF ACCOUNTABILITY' IS ONE MORE OF MAN'S 'BUZZ-WORDS' OR TRADITIONS,
PERHAPS STEMMING FROM THE JEWISH BAR-MITZVAH WHICH EACH MALE CHILD UNDERGOES AT THE AGE 0F 13 (ACTUALLY 12 IN OUR TERMS, SINCE
THE JEWS CONSIDER A CHILD 1 YEAR OLD AT BIRTH.)
ACTUALLY, WE WILL SEE FROM THE FOLLOWING STUDY THAT GOD WILL NOT CONDEMN A PERSON WHO HAS NOT HEARD
HIS LAW TO THE SECOND DEATH (THE DEATH OF THE SOUL IN THE LAKE OF FIRE, OR HELL IF YOU PREFER).
THIS IS PERFECTLY CLEAR IN THE LAST EIGHT CHAPTERS OF EZEKIEL, THE LAST THREE OF REVELATION, AND BY
JESUS AGAIN IN JN 9:40-41.
THANK HEAVEN WE ARE NOT DEALING WITH MAN WHO SAYS IN ALL HIS LAWS THAT "IGNORANCE OF THE LAW IS NO EXCUSE".
SOME WELL MEANING PERSONS TRY TO APPLY MAN'S RULES TO GOD'S WORD, AND THAT JUST DOESN'T AGREE WITH THE BIBLE.
PROV 24:12, ISA 9:18, JER 17:10, EZE 7:3 & 27.
THERE ARE SEVERAL CATEGORIES OF PERSONS THAT WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT.
YOUNG CHILDREN, EVEN BABIES.
2) THE AGED BUT MENTALLY RETARDED.
3) HEALTHY PERSONS THAT LIVED IN THE JUNGLES 5000 OR 1500 YEARS AGO,
4) HEALTHY PERSONS THAT LIVE IN OUR CITIES TODAY, BUT FOR SOME REASON HAVE NOT HEARD.
5) PERSONS THAT HAVE ATTENDED CHURCH ALL THEIR LIVES, BUT WERE NEVER TAUGHT THE TRUTH.
ARE GOING TO TOSS SOME OR ALL OF THESE INTO HELL, WHICH ONES WILL IT BE? THE BIBLE STRONGLY CONDEMNS ANY
ONE WHO JUDGES ANOTHER PERSONS' SALVATION, OR THINKS THAT IF THEY DON'T CONFESS IN THE FRONT OF THEIR "CHURCH", THAT PERSON
IS DOOMED TO HELL. (SEE MATT 5:22, 7:1, AND LK 12:47-48, and 20:47).
IN MATT 7:1, THE WORD FOR JUDGE IS A SPECIAL ONE IN GREEK:
Strong's # 2919 krino (kree'-no); properly,
to distinguish, i.e. decide
(mentally or judicially); by implication, to try, condemn, punish: KJV--
condemn, damn, decree, determine, esteem, judge, go to
(sue at the) law, ordain, call in question, sentence to, think.
LETS NOT PASS JUDGEMENT OR SENTENCE ANYONE TO HELL. IT'S NOT OUR JOB!!
LETS OPEN WITH HEB 5:12-6:6; READ EPH 1:3-5 AND JN 3:13-16. REALIZE WHAT THE WORD 'EVERLASTING' MEANS
IN JN 3:16!
Strong's # 166 aionios (ahee-o'-nee-os); from 165; perpetual (also used
of past time, or past and future
as well): KJV-- eternal, for ever,
everlasting, world (began). (DIC)
WHEN DID OR WILL ROM 15:21 AND JN 6:45 COME
ISA 45:17; EZEK. 18:, esp 20,30; EZEK:33:11-20; MATT 12:36-37; JN 9:40-41, JN 15:22-24; ROM 10:17-18,
11:26; 15:21; 1 COR:3:8, 13-15; GAL 6:4-7;
JAS 2:14-26, 4:17; IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION, CHAPTERS 2&3, NOTE THE
WORDS OF JESUS TO EACH OF THE SEVEN CHURCHES; "I KNOW YOUR WORKS"!! (2:2,9,13,19; 3:1,8,15) NOTE ESPECIALLY REV 2:23.
ALSO REV 14:1-5, 14:12-13; 20:4,5,12-13; 22:11,12,14,17;
AFTER DEATH IN THE FLESH-- ECCL 12:7, 2 COR 5:8, 1 THESS 4:13,14,
ALL SOULS RETURN INSTANTLY TO THE FATHER WHO GAVE THEM. JN 3:13, EZE 18:4.
Now that those interested in this subject have had a chance to study the references, let’s see if
the water can be clarified further. Remember that verse I asked you to start with?
41 Jesus said unto
them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth. (KJV)
realize who He was speaking to. Without judging these from the perspective we now have, realize:
1) They were generally
acknowledged ‘men of the cloth’, and head leaders in the ‘church’.
2) They had received their
knowledge from the great seminaries of the day, and by the great church leaders of the day, and also by ‘studying’
the Law and Prophets with them, gladly receiving with earnest heart, every word these teachers said, and ‘seeing‘
the ‘truth‘ that was written in the Word.
3) They were respected and certainly obeyed in all ’church’
doctrine by the sheeple, certainly including the proper ‘church’ method of worshipping God.. They taught the ‘doctrine’
they had learned from the seminary faithfully, even (especially) down to rituals.
4) Most, (but not all) chose to
reject Jesus in favor of the ‘doctrine’ they had been taught, and had been so materially successful with. They
had the ‘respect’ of man.
Can you discern the sin, Jesus was talking about? Of course you can. These were
essentially saying to the LIVING WORD, that ‘you cannot possibly know more than the learned doctors of the Law’,
because you did not go to any seminary. You are just a carpenter’s son. Now, realize these had the written Law and Prophets,
which to us now clearly show the Messiah.
Now they said "We see". Look this up and you will see, it means not only
to gaze at, but to mentally discern, or perceive. Thus they were telling Jesus, by their actions and Words, we believe man,
rather than God. They had made a clear rejection of the Living Word.
Are they condemned to hell? Nope, not yet. He
said their sin "remained". That is, there was still opportunity for them to come into the Kingdom, but they would have to
do that on their own, individually, as some later did.
But, do you percieve the punch line?
What is the condition
of today‘s "churches", the shepherds and sheeple? Is it so different?
Do you really believe that you, your ’church’
or even your ‘shepherd’ can make someone "hear"? Don’t answer until you think about what I just discussed.
Jesus Himself could not make some hear. Think about it.
Praise God, that the ultimate condition of of someone’s
soul is not solely your responsibility. For He had said, "all will Hear". Friend, believe it, for they will. Not necessarily
when you ’save them’, and they fall away because of ‘church‘ traditions, or whatever reason, but in
Ask, instead, why one would ever want to leave your assembly? Do you feed them the Word, in context
and completness, or use prepared verses then change to a different book "teaching" of a few other prepared verses next week?
Does your shepherd only follow rituals? Does he teach salvation every week?
If so, ask exactly how many times you
need to be saved, and know about it?
Realize that the stranger who visits has already been called, else he would be
out playing golf. He needs some MEAT, something to chew on, and to finish off the next week. He needs to know what he is being
saved TO. It's the Kingdom, not your 'church'