This is the hope for all the people Christ mentioned—people like the queen of Sheba and the inhabitants of Sodom—and all the other people who have ever lived and not known the true God and His truth. When the likes of Sam Harris questions the authenticity and relevance of the God of the Bible, this is what you tell them. On this planet, we have to pay a price every time we break a law. Christians do not proclaim salvation in any other but Jesus Christ; “for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). salvation - can non-christians be saved? ( Log Out /  The cross makes this so.  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.  But the Father is not a sadist and Christ is not a fool, so we can only achieve salvation through Jesus. Revelation 20:12 then goes on to say, “Another book was opened, which is the Book of Life.” This represents the opportunity for eternal life being opened to all these people. But I said, Alas, Lord, I am no son of thine but the servant of Tash. John 3:18)? Andrew Brown. Something like reincarnation even. This was a thought-provoking post, until I reached the Hollywood ending and we all lived happily ever after. Jesus is simply saying, that he will bear our punishment so that we can be set free from the law. Grow in Faith – The Need for New Evangelizers. It is a Hollywood ending. : 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. Now that you have the answer, you might want to go back to what ever you were doing. 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. Revelation 20:12 doesn’t say unbelievers are “taught” from the books. Thank you for your kind comments. You can find St. Paul saying in the First Letter to Timothy that Jesus gave himself as a 'ransom for all.' Could a loving God sentence people to an eternity of torment for not having had a chance to hear about Jesus? Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. 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. Change ). Then again, Christians and atheists can’t even agree… Will they all be thrown into the lake of fire even if it wasn’t their fault? After they are given life, they will be given an opportunity to learn about God’s Word. I have to go thought that post again and figure out what I was thinking. The answers can be found in the two Biblical books devoted to prophecy: Revelation and Ezekiel. Even Islam is more inclusive than Christianity. “The 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 says they are “judged” by the things written in the books. “It’s only by grace you have been saved, through faith — and it is not from yourselves, it is that gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8–9) I grew up absorbing every movie, TV show, comic book, science fiction novel, etc. I. God is spirit. I also found the same with a Messianic Rabbi friend. Will God prevent a good and morally upright atheist from going to heaven; while allowing a reformed child molester to go to heaven? Make sure you read his description and try to imagine what this will be like when human bodies will be reassembled and then resuscitated. Did Jesus Teach That Non-Christians Go to Hell? So, what is the fate of those nonbelievers and non-Christians? But, again, I enjoyed the post. I would rather see them stop sinning and live. Answer : In the year 2000 the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a document called “Dominus Jesus” – the Lord Jesus. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. In John 14:6 Jesus declares, "I am the way and the truth and the life. “The 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.”, “Tell them that as surely as I, the Sovereign LORD, am the living God, I DO NOT ENJOY SEEING SINNERS DIE. Why do you want to die?”. Too bad. or Why does GOD allow evil?” There is a great explanation about this given by Ravi Zacharias on YouTube. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. It would be easy to say, "hey the Catholics think all non Christians are going to … By saying they don’t need Christ means that Christ’s death and resurrection isn’t really needed. This will be accomplished by God offering His Holy Spirit to billions of people (Ezekiel 37:14). You have to be alive to be judged!!! And in this era of religious controversies, it's a timely reminder that God cannot be confined to our narrow categories." Q: How do non-Christians enter heaven without sanctifying grace? To clarify the Church’s 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. Eternal Torment? I was going to say that, but a Christian would already know that. Pope tells atheists: You don't have to believe in God to go to heaven. 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). These are just a few verses showing God’s infinite mercy, love, and compassion toward us. About this episode Join Fr Rob and Alyssa for this episode of the Catholic Influencers Podcast. -O.A. Jesus Christ dogmatically stated: “I am the way, the truth and the life. 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 here” (Matthew 12:41-42). [ I can’t imagine of a simpler agreement or term to avoid the consequence that is due to us]. Can Unbelievers or Non-Christians Go to Heaven? It is woven into the fabric of our lives and imaginations, for good or ill. All we can do is trust our loved ones to the loving mercy of our good God. Be it as trivial as jay walking or a serious crime like murder. I hope someone finds this useful. He does not want anyone to perish. Do Only Christians Go to Heaven? Heaven and hell as literal places are pre-scientific concepts. No one comes to the Father except by Me.” (John 14:6) He is not a way, He is The Way. It is just sad that the dogma (untested beliefs) of some churches can be very condemning instead of loving. Jesus tells us, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit” (John 3:5). I could find. 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. I think the Christian knows the answer to that – Yes He Will (Prevent the atheist from going to heaven). Will all non-Christians go to hell when they die? if no, then clear the air for all. AFAIK there is no definite answer. Only by faith in the Seed of God's Word concerning the gospel can any man be born anew of the Spirit of God. I am a devoutly Catholic theology teacher who loves a popular culture that often, quite frankly, hates me. This question implies that salvation is by works. Robbinson December 22, 2009, 11:37pm #4 This video blog will answer the question that I often get asked: Can non-Christians or unbelievers go to heaven? Acts 7:55–60 • 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. by Caitlin Sica. Do only Christians go to Heaven? This question appears regularly in discussions with Christians, Muslims and Atheists. The real truth about Death & Resurrection is that everyone gets a second chance. “Look,” he said, “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him. Edward McIlmail, LC. The other being “How can a benevolent GOD, create suffering that kills innocent children? Classical evangelical doctrine holds that salvation comes only through faith in Jesus Christ, and that those without such faith will be condemned to hell. 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.  As Lewis said, this is not to say that all religions are equal paths to God.  All things must still go through Christ, even if anonymously. I’ve used American Pie the song to explain the Book of Revelation (I’ll post on this some time later) and American Pie the movie to help explain Eucharist (don’t ask). Let me flip this around. On the other hand, Christians who believe that non-Christians can go to heaven don’t have that driving force compelling them to convert everyone from the corner grocer to major pop stars and sports heroes. We read, “And books were opened” (Revelation 20:12). 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.  Notice I am being very vague in the language, because this is something that can only be judged by God in the individual.  I cannot tell if someone’s ignorance is invincible or if they are using scandal as an excuse for dodging the faith.  But God knows, and we should leave that judgement to Him. I remember being struck at my grandmother’s composure throughout this time–the weeks leading up to his death, the funeral, and the days after. This is probably the “One Question” raised by Atheist’s that literally stumps the average Christian. It's not an option. That is a long definition, and every part of it is important.  If we all desire God, then how is it possible that we all don’t find him? What happens to all the people who die without knowing Jesus Christ? This would mean that God is a complete failure! We are SINNERS and Jesus is the SAVIOR. Christ and His saints will rule for 1,000 years (commonly called the Millennium). 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? I don’t 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. It is an important question that preys on many of us.  We have seen people of heroic moral virtue in other faiths, like Gandhi.  Most of us know people who are not in the Church or have left the Church.  We worry about their salvation and want to be assured that we will be with them in paradise. [Tash and I] are opposites, I take to me the services which thou hast done to him. Here we see something akin to what Karl Rahner would call “Anonymous Christianity,” where those who do not know Christ by name still give their lives over to Goodness.  Since all Goodness comes from Christ, they turn themselves over to Christ anonymously.  For these people, Lewis sees the possibility of Salvation.  Lewis puts it this way: …Though all salvation is through Jesus, we need not conclude that He cannot save those who have not explicitly accepted Him in this life.  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.  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.[2]. The Bible’s most famous verse declares that “ 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 ” (John 3:16). As a child I first came to understand how this could be when I read the last Narnia book by C.S. Verse 12 reads: “I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God.” This will include the vast majority of those who have lived and died through the thousands of years of human history—all resurrected at the same time. It is the same for God.  Those who don’t know Him by name but still live a life striving after goodness may be saved.  Notice it is “may” and not “will,” because just like Christians, non-Christians will be judged by their choices and why they made them.  But if they strive for goodness, then they are, in reality, striving for the source of goodness. How about those millions of babies who didn’t even have the chance to even understand what the Bible says? Oju you spoke well, but did answer my question.the question is can a non christian go to heaven?if yes why, and how? When Jesus had to confront the Pharisees of his time who were demanding a sign from him. There is no salvation apart from Jesus Christ. A: You touch on an intriguing topic. He could not even save the majority of mankind from the evil works of the Devil! 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. Is it fair for Him to punish people in hell for being born in the wrong place at the wrong time? ( Log Out /  What will happen to the unbelievers? God will be where God will be – even in a manger. ... Will God prevent a good and morally upright atheist from going to heaven; while allowing a reformed child molester to go to heaven? Israel, stop the evil you are doing. No, we want the pilot to remain narrowly focused! Jesus says. Your post is acutely relevant. Imagine you found out you had a long-lost child.  You tracked them down and wanted to judge whether or not they were a good and faithful child.  You wouldn’t base it on how many Christmas cards you got, because they have never met you.  Instead, you would judge their character based on how they treated their parents as best they knew them. So can a non-Christian go to heaven? The short answer is yes. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! The short answer is yes. The login page will open in a new window. So can a non-Christian go to heaven? They take up a huge part of my life. This group is called “the rest of the dead” (verse 5). No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). ( Log Out /  ( Log Out /  The Bible teaches that those who had heard but then chose not to believe, will go to eternal condemnation. So what happens to non-Christians who do not follow Jesus, or atheists who do not believe in God at all – can they get to Heaven? I’m going to be careful about saying that those who have never heard the gospel will go to heaven. The law is absolute and we have to face the consequences. Will they also be saved or be eternally tormented in hell-fire? The summer before 7th grade, my grandfather died. But the follow-up question of “How can a non-Christian go to heaven?” is a bit more complicated. Can Non-Catholics Go to Heaven? Jesus is present in Purgatory, and everyone there will accept Jesus as the Saviour before they enter into heaven. Forget everything that you have been told by secular media. There is no salvation apart from Jesus Christ.  He said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  No one comes to the Father except by Me.” (John 14:6). It never fails that in each of my high school religion classes someone asks, “Can a non-Christian go to heaven?”. 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Gospel: Matthew 21: 33-43 Topic: Can Non Christians Go To Heaven? Of course the working assumption is that the reader believes in GOD. He said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. 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.  Emeth is very different in his character than the villains of the story.  They reject Christ/Aslan not through honest misunderstanding of the truth, but by blind devotion to their evil passions.  They did not listen to the call to virtue. Who are the Catholic popes to go against the Bible and teach that “non-Christians” can go to Heaven without being born-again? 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. The Texts. Catholics believe these people will go to Purgatory (a step before heaven). How can a person – even a Pope – be confident enough to say that an atheist is in heaven? How does one obtain eternal life? Even if one did hear about Jesus, very few are willing to step outside the comfort of the religion that they were born in. And then try to square that with what they are saying. As of today I’ve watched over 2100 movies and tv shows. Christian or not, we are all fallible, even the best among us have shame written on our back side. Don’t Christians have to rely on the authority of the Word of God, which clearly teaches that those who don’t believe will be condemned (e.g. 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? Agnostic: We have conflicting and/or inadequate information in the Bible and cannot reach a definitive belief about salvation. For most atheists, the obvious answer is, “No.” Ironically, atheists agree with traditional Christians on this point. The point is that the popular culture is popular for a reason. 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. It assumes that Christians go to heaven because of … The books (Greek biblion) refer to the books of the Bible. I think the Christian knows the answer to that – Yes He Will (Prevent the atheist from going to heaven). Obviously, a non christian, may have never heard about Jesus. Therefore judgement is unavoidable. Fr Feeney taught literally that outside the Catholic Church there is no salvation and only Catholics can go to heaven. In this blog I will attempt to bring together the things of heaven with the things of earth. Would a loving God condemn them to hell?