Sunday, June 23, 2013

Would Those Who Never Heard Of Jesus Be Saved?

University students listening to me under an abndoned building. I was given some help by the great Samson Baron, the spiritual Emile Mayaka and the lovely Geraldine.

 “What about tribes of people that lived and died tens of thousands of years before Jesus? Miwanpela
Oprah once asked this simple question, "do you think if you were somewhere in the planet and you have never heard the name of Jesus, but yet you lived with a loving heart and you lived the way Jesus lived and wanted you to live you cannot get to heaven you think?" This is a simple theological question that the apologists could not answer. Those people who have never heard of Jesus but did things that their consciences approved, will go to heaven because they are judged by their consciences through the ordinances of creation. (Rom 2:12-16; Col 3:25; I Pet 1:17; Mt 7:21; James 1:22; 23; 25; I Jn 3:7; Gen 2:3; Gen 2:17). They are judged in the state before the Law.
Her question is simple: "what about those who never heard of Christ, wouldn't they go to heaven if they died?" The only passage to the Romans addressing specifically the problem reads, " For as many as have sinned without 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. 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 " ( Rom 2:12-15). Those who sinned without the law were judged according to the absence of the law thereof. When Jesus came, his name became both the law and salvation. If you believe in him you are saved, but if you reject him, you are condemned. However, those who have not heard of Jesus will not be condemned because no one will be condemned for rejecting Jesus they have never heard of. In this case, they receive the mercy under the dispensation of grace through which those who died before Jesus came, and the ones who died after he came but never heard of him will be redeemed (Eph 1:10).
Many fear that acknowledging this positing with render to naught the blood of Jesus or the belief in Jesus as the focal point of the gospel. However, the dispensation of Grace is because of Jesus. Those who have heard of Jesus have no other excuse as there is only one way to God (Jn 14:6) and there is only one Mediator between men and God-the Man Christ Jesus (1 Tim 2:5). Nevertheless, this is for the people who have heard of him and accepted or rejected Him. This is different from the person who has never ever heard of Him. It is like someone who is judged without a law. Romans 10:13-14 reads: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?" No one can call on Jesus they have never heard. If they have never heard about him, he has given them their consciences because his death made the human conscience his law in the absence of his name.
 Consequently, Act 4:12 is alive and for anyone who is ready to call a name for salvation, it will be the name of Christ. Nonetheless, there are people who will die without hearing of Christ. The reason why the gospel must be preached in the whole world is so that all would be able to hear of salvation through Christ. Without them hearing of Christ, they will not have the Holy Ghost who will vivify their consciences in case they were dead because some people have already killed their consciences or their consciences have already been killed. With the advent of the Holy Ghost, all things will be brought to remembrance (Jn 14:26) and then they are reproved of sin, righteousness and judgment (Jn 16:8-11).
Therefore, those who never heard of Christ will go to heaven if they do the things and live according to the law of their hearts as directed by their consciences. Rom 2:15 concludes that their consciences will bear witness in the absence of the law.
Notwithstanding, just because someone says they believe in Jesus does not guarantee them an automatic place in heaven. That is why the bible again leaves an opening of surprise beyond human reasoning.  Matthew 7:21-23 read: “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” If by just believing in the name of Jesus without the combination of works equals to salvation, then why should any of these be persona non grata in the kingdom of God?

Until then, I hope that no one will miss heaven.

St Arrey of Ntenako.

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

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