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Will God Send Good People To Hell For Not Accepting Christ?

21 Apr

Question Text: How would you explain God sending some one like Gandhi to hell for not accepting Christ, when Jesus said you shall know them by their fruit?

Answer Text: You have posted an excellent question.   Good people in hell can be understood by the fact that they are dead in spirt and therefore lived a life separated from God here and will do so hereafter.

The Bible doctrine that no man is good stands unchallenged (Ps.14:3). Your statement that we can know them by their fruit was made by our Lord in the context of false teachers (Mt.7:20). Your assumption that Gandhi’s fruit was good is to a great extend agreeable though in his autobiography Gandhi confesses to have lied on occasions. Yet, he was known as the Mahathma which literally means a ‘great soul’.

Gandhi was indeed a great soul with out a doubt. But his spirit was dead and was separated from God. The Bible teaches that man is a tripartite being. Man has a body, soul and spirit (1The.5:3). The spirit in man is that part of man by which man could be in contact with God. When Adam committed sin, he became dead in spirit. Which means Adam lost His fellowship with God as he was separated from God by sin. In Adam all die (1Cor.15:22). This means all men are born in this world being separated from God. Unless a regeneration takes place every man born on earth is born and lives being separated from God. A natural man is lead by his soul element in him (1Cor.2:14). The original word for ‘natural man’ in 1Cor.2:14 is ‘psuchikos’ which means a ‘soulish (man)’. Until some one accepts Christ, he is lead by his soul and he remains separate from God.

When some one accepts Christ, a reversal takes place. A death takes place (2Cor.5:14) and a new life begins (Eph.2:1). He dies to self (soul) and he is made alive in spirit. Now a child of God is to be lead by the spirit (Rom.8:14). Tragically there are occasions when a child of God also is lead by the soul like ordinary men (1Cor.3:3). Thus they become carnal Christians. The important thing to note is that soul and spirit are identical twins and we really can not identify them or separate them and indeed, we would not have even known about these two different elements in man if the Word of God had not made it clear to us (Heb.4:12).

Gandhi being a ‘great soul’ produced fruit very similar to that of the fruit of the spirit as taught in Gal.5:22. But surely, it was the fruit of his soul and not of the spirit. His spirit being separated from God is not capable of producing the fruit of the spirit.

It is God’s desire that all men should be with Him in heaven (1Tim.2:4). God has done every thing possible for every man to be saved. Now it is man’s duty to make the choice whether to be found with God or with out Him. We know from the biographies of Gandhi that he was clearly exposed to the gospel of Christ. In fact Gandhi liked the Sermon on the Mount so dearly that he read it almost regularly.

Yet, Gandhi chose not to accept Christ as his Lord and savior and remained a soulish man and never became linked to God in a practical way in his spirit. God of love does NOT force any one to accept Him. If Gandhi does not want to be with God in heaven, God is helpless and God can not and will not take him to heaven.

To me, hell also is a sign of God’s loving nature, being unwilling to force any man in to His mould with out man’s clear permission and decision. So if there is any truth in the Bible, Gandhi can not be in heaven because he did not choose to be in link with God while here on earth through Christ who said no one can come to the Father but by me (Jn.14:6). It is not a question of God sending any one to hell, it is a question of people choosing to live with out God here and now which will be their fate all through eternity as well. I hope this clarifies your question.

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Posted by on April 21, 2009 in Bible Questions, heaven and hell

 

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2 responses to “Will God Send Good People To Hell For Not Accepting Christ?

  1. jackfennec

    October 12, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    You are a sad, confused person. You say “God is helpless and God can not and will not take him to heaven”. Well that means God is not all powerful.

    You say “It is God’s desire that all men should be with Him in heaven”. God can’t even fulfill his own desires!? He is not all powerful.

    God is also incapable of forgiveness without a blood sacrifice. That’s why he had to turn into a human and sacrifice himself TO himself to save us FROM himself.

    It sounds to me like your god is weak and completely incompetent.

     
    • thisword

      October 16, 2011 at 9:37 am

      Hi,

      Thank you for the comment in my question answer site…

      You said, “You are a sad, confused person.

      Re: No. You are not right. I am a happy and a confident person. I am happy because I know God is Almighty and I am confident because I know what the Bible teaches about God about His ways with man.

      You say “God is helpless and God can not and will not take him to heaven”. Well that means God is not all powerful”.

      Re: The Bible clearly teaches that God is Almighty and that He can do all things. When the Bible says “He can do all things” it means He can do all things which HE WANTS TO DO. We want to do many things and humans but WE CAN NOT DO EVERY THING WE WANT TO DO. Can we? But God can do all things He wants to do. Having said that, in His sovereignty God gave freedom to man and God DOES NOT WANT TO interfere with man’s freedom. If God decides to interfere in human freedom and force man to do some thing against his will, God would be breaking His original decision having created man in HIS OWN IMAGE. One aspect of image of God is that we have the freedom to chooose for ourselves. We can choose to live for God or we can choose to reject His Word. God will NOT interfere in our decision. That does not make God less powerful. That makes God unchanging in His original decision who gave man his freedom. If you do not want God in your life, God will never force you to accept Him. Please read Eze.18:23, 31, 32. Read the whole passage and see what it says. God says, ” why should Israel die?”. If Israel dies, it is NOT because God does not want them to live, but because they chose to do evil. Is not God helpless when people deliberately choose to do evil? What do you think?

      Your second sentence was, “You say “It is God’s desire that all men should be with Him in heaven”

      Re: Right. Is it not what we read in 1Tim.2:4?. God can’t even fulfill his own desires!? He is not all powerful/” Yes, my friend, the Bible clearly says that there are certain things which God can NOT do. He can not deny Himself (2Tim.2:13). Then the Bible says it is impossible for God to tell lies (Heb.6:18). How can God tell lies? Whatever He says come to happen (Ps.33:9). He can NOT lie. But that is not His weakness. That is His strength. That is why He is Almighty. He can do all things WHICH HE WANTS TO DO.

      Then you said, “God is also incapable of forgiveness without a blood sacrifice. That’s why he had to turn into a human and sacrifice himself TO himself to save us FROM himself”.

      Re: Yes, that ONLY shows God’s perfect righteousness. He CAN NOT IGNORE SIN. SIN MUST BE PUNISHED. IF HE IGNORES OR LEAVES SIN UNPUNISHED, IT MEANS HE IS SIDING WITH SIN. CAN THAT EVER HAPPEN??

      Then you said, “It sounds to me like your god is weak and completely incompetent”

      Re: Not at all. He is Almighty in that He can do all things which He wants to do. He is righteous in that He does not change His decision and force man to do what man does not choose for himself. God is righteous and He will surely punish sin where ever it is found. But in His love He took upon Hiself the punishment for our sins. That does NOT show His weakness but His love and justice. Because He is Almighty, He came back alive from the grave. Praise Him.

       

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