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  • There is a difference between an agnostic (not knowing) and an atheist (denying), and the various forms thereof.  The scripture speaks of the atheist ('without God'; Eph. 2:12; Gr. Tr. αθεοι, atheoi), and even gives examples (such as Pharoah in the days of Moses, I know not the LORD, etc) and it also speaks of the one who is denying God in ignorance or in false representation (for some hated God because of the actions/beliefs of others, and so God takes all of that into account, though God has not left himself without witness in the word (Bible), and the (2nd book, of nature) Creation itself), and one who denies God in purpose with full knowing (Romans 1).

    Some persons who call themselves 'atheist' are simply angry at a God, or deny a God, who does not really exist, because others have given the false impression of who God really is, and so God takes that into account.  God is just.

    There are persons who have never heard of the name of Jesus, such as bushmen here or there, and many others, but that does not make them atheist, neither even agnostic towards God, for many of such, worship a God in general, though not knowing everything there is to know in detail as given in the word, but know Him through creation/nature.  This is found in Romans 2:15.

    There are some having never known of Jesus or the gospels as written, and yet God's word says that in the resurretion, having lived to the light they had, they will come and ask Jesus:

    Zechariah 13:6  And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.

    And thus Jesus will answer them and tell them all things, knowing that they will accept the greater light, having lived to the lesser.

  • Yes god pardons by grace so we can learn and become better people.

  • You will be held back for seven years and on the seventh year you are sentenced to hell.

    In thessalonians it says the righteous will rise first and will be caught up in the air with Jesus forever.

    In Proverbs it says the righteous will inherit the kingdom and the ungodly will be rooted out of heaven.

    • You will be held back for seven years and on the seventh year you are sentenced to hell.

      That is certainly what will happen to those who are alive at the point of Jesus' return and , but the discussion is 'what do you think will happen to people who have died and have never heard of Jesus? If people have died without hearing the Gospel message, they cannot be blamed for breaking the law. Our God is a just God who pardons by grace, so I am not going to second guess God on that subject.

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    • Tis question is answered in the Bible at Acts 24:15....There will be a resurrection fo the righteous and the unrighteous.  Meaning that those that showed good hearts amongst mankind and who have never heard of God's word to the point of having a basic understanding, will be resurrected into the New System of things, or the paradise earth.  There will be a 1000 years for these ones to learn about Jehovah and His wonderful works and intentions and then satan will be eleased to again try to  turn people away from the Almighty God and his words of command,”

      The end will not come until everyone alive has hears the Gospel [Matthew 24:14], I am not sure where you get this idea of giving unbelievers a thousand years to learn. Satan is bound without any means of escape for a thousand years [Revelation 20:1-3] and as you say, during that time, we will have a period of peace on earth, men will no longer be under demonic oppression and it will be a time of love, brotherhood, and no more war. But at the end of this time, after man has seen the paradise that results when God's will is done on earth, the devil will be set free one final time. He will lead one final assault on God. But he will lose, and he will be cast into a lake of fire. He and his angels will be there for the rest of eternity with no possibility of escape. [see Revelation 20:7-10].

      Adam will not be a part of this, nor will the likes of those that have heard about God's word and denied it.  We all have the opportunity to hear the Truth, but many hear and  do not decern that they are actually hearing the Truth.  There can only be one truth, you cannot have part truths or a variety of truth, so ask and you will be given.

      Not only hearing the truth, but experiencing it, I look forward to that.

      This, of c ourse, will mean that millions or maybe billions of people will be resurrected, those that were on the earth after Noah's Flood and down to this day,  but remember there is a thousand years to return the unrighteous after the faithful survivors of the battle of Armageddon are established in the new world, the return to the Paradise earth that Jehovah built for mankind.

      As I said in a recent Bible Study, the New Earth will need to accommodate trillions of people, every person from creation who has satisfied the law and God in their obedience or accepted Christ from the time of His resection. Can you imagine the judgement day with every person who has ever lived being resurrected? It is a good job that God's realm is outside of time and space, otherwise it would take the thousand years to judge each one.

  • Many people in the Old Testament have never heard of Jesus, because Jesus was still in Heaven. Judging is for God alone, and all we can do today is pray for the world. 

    • It is true Michel, that no one in the Old Testament had ever heard of Jesus, but there was a different faith system back then.  It was basically a matter of 'paying' for your sins and trying to obey both God's law and the fence laws that man built around God's law.  We must remember that God can see into man's heart and sees his intent, just as He can see into our hearts, to see if it was an intensional sin, in rebellion, or an accidental sin.  Remember also that it was God who decreed the laws and the the sacrifices that people needed to to make (the fine) in order to get forgiveness from the Almighty.


  • I believe that everyone is accountable to God, whether or not they have “heard about Him.” Scripture tells us that God has clearly 'revealed' Himself in nature [Romans 1:20] and in the hearts of people [Ecclesiastes 3:11]. The problem is that the human race is sinful, fallen; most reject this knowledge of God and His Son, Jesus, and rebel against Him [Romans 1:21-23]. If it were not for God's grace, we would be given over to the sinful desires of the flesh. He does this for those who continually reject Him [Romans 1:24-32]. In reality, it is not a matter that some people have not heard about God, rather, the issue is, that they have rejected what they have heard, seen and felt in their hearts, and what they have seen in nature. Deuteronomy 4:29, proclaims, “But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.” This verse teaches an important principle—everyone who truly seeks after God will find Him. If a person truly desires to know God, God will make Himself known.

    It is a waste of time to debate the fairness of God sending someone to hell who never had the opportunity to hear the gospel of Christ. People are responsible to God for what God has already revealed to them. The Bible says that people reject this knowledge, and therefore God is just in condemning them to hell. Instead of debating the fate of those who have never heard, we, as Christians, should be doing our best to make sure they do hear. We are called to spread the gospel throughout the nations [Matthew 28:19-20]; [Acts 1:8]. We know people reject the knowledge of God seen in nature, and that must motivate us to proclaim the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ.
    Only by accepting God’s grace through the Lord Jesus Christ, can people be saved from their sins and given an eternal life in the presence of God.

  • I believe that everyone who has the ability to make a decision (old enough, intelligent enough, etc.) when they die will be given an opportunity to learn about Jesus and make an informed decision before being judged. If they weren't given this opportunity before they died, then there must be some process where they can be given this opportunity after they die. Our God is a just God, and without this process, He would be unjust. Rest assured, no one is going to hell who doesn't freely decide that they want to end up there.

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