Teaching them to observe (do)
all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am
with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
2 Corinthians 7:1
... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the
flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
Will Jesus Christ Save Non-Christians?
will be a very controversial
topic; will Jesus Christ save non-Christians? Most
Christians, especially evangelicals, say that salvation is only in the name of
Jesus Christ, but not in any other name or way. Is it true according to the
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
Will Jesus Christ Save Non-Christians?
This will be a very controversial topic; will Jesus Christ save non-Christians? Most Christians, especially evangelicals, say that salvation is only in the name of Jesus Christ, but not in any other name or way. Is it true according to the Bible?
Salvation is preached as a special favor given to Christians, especially for accepting Jesus Christ as the savior. Most of the time this favor extended to all Christians, just for being a Christian. But, salvation is denied to the rest of the people without making a big commotion. But, it is eternal life, which means hell or heaven, which is of greater value to anybody. But, since it is not tangible, people do not make a big deal about it, hoping that it may not be real. Further, 99% of the people think that they are not going to hell. Further, all preachers confirm in the sermons at the funeral homes that the dead person has gone to heaven and he/she is with Jesus, receiving a red carpet welcome from Jesus Christ. It seems that only one qualification to go to heaven is that we must wait until we die, and then we will be in heaven. So, people do not care. However, Jesus Christ has said that just a few (may be less than 5% of all people) may go to heaven, and all others go through a wide gate, and a broad way, that lead to destruction, and to the lake of fire. So, if what Jesus Christ tells is the truth (Jesus Christ is the TRUTH), these people are in serious trouble and they will not go to heaven.
God created everything that are in existence and so he is the God of all people. He is not the God of Christians only and he is impartial towards anybody. But, preachers preach all the time that God loves them as special persons for no reason. They preach that God has a crush on them and God loves them so much that he died for them, and is willing to do anything more, if only they allow God to do it. They preach a lot of nonsense to fool these people and people believe this absurdity as truth. But God tells repeatedly that God loved the whole world equally, and Jesus Christ died for the whole world equally to everybody. There is no special person anywhere. But, if anybody responds to his love and show his LOVE in OBEYING God, then God considers this person and acknowledges his love. Jesus Christ says in John 14:21: "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him." Such people are the only special people to God. God will help them, by giving grace, power, etc, and that is it. But all the rest of the people are bluffing, thinking that they are special, as if, they got the grace of God and so on, for nothing. They respect and reward preachers and listen to their pleasure massage preachings, to deceive themselves.
God judges with righteous judgment, without respecting persons. Leviticus 19:15 says: "Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour." Further God judges every man according to his work, but not according to whether he is a Christian or not. 1 Peter 1:17 says "And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:" Here again, Apostle Peter proclaims that God is not a respecter of persons, that is, God is impartial to anybody. Acts 10 says: "34) Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35) But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him." Please look at these scriptures. Deuteronomy 10:17 says: "For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, …" Matthew 22:16 says: "... Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men." Romans 2:11 says: "For there is no respect of persons with God. 12 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" Galatians 2:6 says: "... God accepteth no man's person..." Ephesians 6:9 says: "… knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him." Colossians 3 says: "11) Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. … 25) But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons." Many more scriptures say that those who obey God are his people.
Romans 2:25 says: "For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision." It refers to the Jews. The law and circumcision were given to them, the law to obey and circumcision as a sign. But, if they do not keep the law, their circumcision is revoked, and God will reject them from being a Jew. So, this Jew is no longer a Jew to God. So also, if Christians do not obey the commandments of Jesus Christ, they will be revoked from being Christians. God is not a respecter of persons. Romans 2 says: "27) And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law? 28) For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 29) But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God." These verses give another scenario. Here, if a gentile obeys the law by NATURE (he was not taught the law), God will consider him as a Jew. So also, if a non-Christian obeys the commandments of Jesus Christ, by NATURE (he was not taught the commandments of Jesus Christ), God will consider him as a Christian, even though he is not a Christian. Verse 29 says that God will look at the heart of the people and pick up the obedient people for himself, irrespective of whether he is Jew, or Christian, or gentile, or non-Christian. Psalm 4:3 says: "But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself:" So, godly people from allover the world, whoever obey the laws or commandments of God from their heart, even by nature, are saved and they will go to heaven.
Jesus Christ proclaimed that he is the way, the truth, and the life. John 14:6 Says: "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." Christians interpreted this verse, as if, we have to shout his name or make a banner with his name, or such things, to go to heaven. No, preachers confuse people to exploit them by telling many things. But they are not outward symbols and signs. They are to walk in the same spirit and same steps on the WAY as Jesus walked, to believe the commandments of Jesus Christ and to obey them as the TRUTH, and to live his LIFE and should not henceforth live unto ourselves, but unto him which died for us, and rose again. Matthew 7:21 says: "Not every one 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." Jesus Christ wants his people to obey his commandments as he has obeyed the commandments of God the Father. John 15:10 says: "If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love." Romans 5:10 says "… we shall be saved by his life." Salvation is obtained by obedient life, not by religious ceremonies or rituals.
God has given a promise to Abraham. Genesis 22:18 says: "And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice." Here we see that the blessings of God are not only to the family of Abraham, but to all the nations of the earth. The reason or the basis of the blessings is that Abraham obeyed, that is obedience. God chose Jacob and his Children to show the principle of his blessings to all. Deuteronomy 11 says: "26)Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; 27) A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: 28) And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, …" God chose Israel to show the principle of obedience of people and blessings of God. Israel disobeyed God and he destroyed Israel to the extent that even their temple was destroyed. God did not chose Christians as he chose Israel. First, the disciples of Jesus Christ were called as Christians in Antioch. Acts 11:26 says: "… And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch." Now, whoever want to call themselves as Christians and their families are Christians. That is, there are no rules to qualify you as a Christian, except you call yourself a Christian. There are so many varieties of groups and people call themselves Christians. God will not consider them. But, whoever (in the world) lives by the principles of the commandments of Christ, will inherit the kingdom of God.
John 1:29 says: "The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." Here, Jesus Christ came for the world. John 3 says: "14) And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15) That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16) 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. 17) For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." In verse 14, Jesus was crucified for the world and in verse 16 and 17 the resurrected Jesus Christ was sent to the world so that the world may not be condemned. Hebrew 1:6 says: "And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him." Angels are serving the resurrected Jesus Christ as he come into the world. John 6:33 says: "For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world." 1 John 4:9 says: "In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him." These verses say that Jesus Christ came to give life to the world. Colossians 1:6 says: "Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:" Here, Jesus Christ came to the believers as he has come to the world. 1 Timothy 3:16 says: "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." Here it says that part of the world believed in him. 2 Corinthians 5 says: "18) And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19) To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation." The ministry of apostles are also for the purpose of reconciling the world unto God. But, not the entire world was accepted by God. Again the question of believing and obeying God comes into play. 1 Corinthians 1 says: 26) For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27) But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28) And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29) That no flesh should glory in his presence." Simple, ordinary, believing folks, who will be obedient, are accepted by God and God rejects the smart alecks. Yet, preachers build a wall of religious Christianity and claim that salvation belongs to those who are inside the wall. But God sees the world as good and evil, he chooses the good for himself, OR, he sees it as the obedient and the disobedient, and chooses the obedient for himself. Most religious Christians, obey their church, but they will not obey God and God has rejected them. This don't have to happen, but religiosity is not godliness. People love religion and it is a tragedy.
The Church group is under the nourishment of the Bible, as the word of God, which is the milk to a baby. But, God will take care of those, who do not have the opportunity to grow with the Bible as the word of God, by the guidance of the Holy Ghost, under NATURE. They will go to heaven (Paradise) as the thief on the cross went. It is in Luke 23 says: "39) And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. 40) But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 41) And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. 42) And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 43) And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise." Since, God is not a respecter of persons, everyone will get equal opportunity to inherit the kingdom of God.
Every person in the world is given by nature a heart with conscience and a mind with thoughts which reflect the law of God. He/she may choose to obey or not to obey them. It is their choice. Romans 2 says: "14) ... 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: 15) 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; 16) In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel." Non-Christians may obey or disobey God as Christians obey or disobey God. The disobedient people will receive the judgment, and the obedient people will receive the rewards from Jesus Christ. "Romans 2:25 For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision. 26 Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision? 27 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?" 1 Corinthians 7:19 says: "Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God." God divides the whole world in two groups, the Obedient and the Disobedient. Salvation belongs to the Obedient.
Matthew 25 says: "31) When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32) And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:..... 34) Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:.. 37) Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, ... 41) Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:...... 46) And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal." The above is the description of the judgment of the entire world. They were separated into two groups. The two groups are not Christians and Non-Christians, but the Righteous and the Unrighteous. The Righteous are gathered into eternal life and the Unrighteous are into the everlasting fire. The Lord Jesus Christ himself told this parable.
Christians have the word of God, the Bible, which the Non-Christians do not have. The word of God has all instructions that are needed for a person, even to receive the abiding of God. Luke 12:48 says: "But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required." Acts 17:30 says: "And the times of this ignorance God winked at..." God says, much is required from those much is given. That is, God requires more from Christians than he requires from Non-Christians. But Christians think that God will ignore the sins of Christians, just because they are called by his name and God will punish Non-Christians because they are not in his religion. But the judgment of God is upon everyone in proportion to what we have received and how much we have obeyed from it. 2 Timothy 2:19 says: "... Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 1 Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?" So, if we call ourselves Christians, we must not sin. Every sinner will face punishment starting with sinning Christians. It seems Christians are in more trouble than others. But we have the benefit of the written word of God. We can overcome the world and sin, if we follow the Bible. But, Christians think that God will judge as a politician. Romans 2:5 says: "But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;" God is righteous and holy and his judgment will also be righteous. God says that much is given, then much is required.
The God of the Bible is the only true God, and all other gods are devils, demons and Satan, even though they can also do wonders and miracles. The Creator of everything that is in existence, is the God of the Bible. Satan was also created by God as an archangel, but God rejected him from being an angel when sin was found in him. Ezekiel 28:15 says: "Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee." God has created the devils and demons also as angels. When they were in sin with Satan, God has rejected them from being angels. Other gods are called as gods by people. But there are no other gods. All people including Non-Christians are the creation of God of the Bible. He is God of all. He gives opportunity to everybody for salvation according to the Bible. Whoever obey God's commandments will be rewarded in heaven. Those who do not obey him will be punished in the lake of fire. Acts 17:31 says: "... he (God) hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness." God will judge the world in righteousness. Much is given to Christians and so God expects much from them for salvation. God is holy. Amen.
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