very good question
in answering.... I believe one has to be aware of what exactly is the deciding factor on who goes to heaven and who goes to hell
once we have that answer, then we can better answer the thread's question
I believe everyone in this world falls into one of three categorie...
have not heard
- I believe all the people in 3rd world countries and all are native tribes are destined for hell
I know this may sound harsh to many people ...but this is not my word it is God's
I addessed it in this thread....
- then there all those people who heard about God and/or Jesus Christ who have rejected/denied our Good Lord's existance and that by Jesus's death on the cross our sins are forgiven.
But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. Matthew 10:33
- then there are Christians. Do all christians make it to heaven. I do not believe so
what is the deciding factor within the Christian family on who goes to heaven and who doesn't?
that is one purpose of me being here ...is to seek out that answer and I believe I found it.
consider what MelanieAnne said to me in another thread
The problem often is in the definition of terms. We can all talk about various things but if we don't define certain words and terms precisely, we may be talking past each other.
how many can relate?
having said that, consider this,,,.
I once came on this forum asking catholics if they were to die right know do they know for sure they are saved and will be in heaven?
You can imagine the response, but then I learned the language of Catholics so they can better understand what I was asking and then.....
Praise God for LilyM in this thread
Of course one confesses to God directly as soon as one becomes aware of and/or repentant for one's sins.
And one will be saved by doing so - IF one dies without having had the opportunity to go to confession.
Believe it or not Lily was the first Catholic on here I heard acknowledge that to me
My problem.....I knew catholics believe this in their heart, but I did not know how to communicate with them
having said that....I believe all I stated above is true and by that.....
I believe the people who are destined for hell (those who reject Christ or never heard) far outnumber the christians who will go to heaven.
My christian friends....if I may add
the fields are ripe for the harvest
there will be many people who will spend eternity in hell because of their sin.
May God send the missionaries to 3rd world countries to native tribes to spread the good news
May God send us to our mission field in our own neighborhoods, workplace, schools, grocery stores, shopping malls etc