Does He Want To Be Saved Or Not?

Posted: November 22, 2010 in Q&A, Salvation
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Q. I have zero doubt Jesus died on the cross for MY sins- personally for ME.  He is my Savior and for me that is unshakable.  I had a discussion with a good friend, who is a good and compassionate person but does NOT believe Jesus died for him.  He believes we should live as Jesus preached, but he does not buy the fact that Jesus died for us.  His reasoning, which was impossible for me to refute, is the untold millions of people that have never had the opportunity to hear the name of Jesus—if an undiscovered tribe of people is some far off land has never heard the name Jesus, is that whole tribe doomed to hell?  How to I answer this question?


A. Your friend has an excuse but it’s not a reason.  In the first place, it’s illogical.  If he had terminal cancer would he refuse a cure because other people haven’t been cured? It shows he doesn’t know what it means to be saved.

Second, his opinion that untold millions have died without hearing the gospel can’t be supported in Scripture.  Spending just a few minutes studying the character of God will show that being just and righteous and loving God couldn’t require something of us and then condemn us to hell simply because we didn’t know about the requirement.  A just God can not judge His creation for failing to meet His requirements if He hasn’t informed them because it wouldn’t be fair. A righteous God can’t do it because it wouldn’t be right.  And a God who loves us enough to die for us would want to be sure everyone knew how to avoid judgment because He loves us.

Your friend’s reasoning is without merit and shows that at some level, conscious or subconscious, He really doesn’t want to confront the issue.

  1. butterfly says:

    What I have learned over the years is sometimes there is nothing you can do but show through example, the example of Gods love shining through you. That might not seem harsh but it is has actually done miracles.

    • dthwraith says:

      What you said couldn’t be more true. Even more so for someone who doesn’t want to hear. We should always try to lead by example in everything that we do. Thanks for your comment!

  2. butterfly says:

    I meant to say that it might seem HARSH but it has shown many miracles.

  3. I haven’t checked my comments in a while but I just wanted to say God Bless you all! I need some prayer though…I haven’t been going to church as much as I should or reading the bible as much as I should….I feel like I am getting sucked back into this world and my fleshly desires! Any prayers or suggestions would be great! I am also a recovering addict and just got 19 months of sobriety….I am so happy about that but it is still a struggle on an almost constant basis….Thank goodness God is sooooo good and merciful! Thanks for letting me share!

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