Will people who don’t know Jesus be saved?

Question: I believe that a person needs to believe Jesus is the Son of God in order to be saved and go to Heaven. What about the people who don’t know about Him? Or the people who believe in Buddha, or the Jewish people who don’t believe Jesus is the Messiah. Will they be saved? Will they be banished to Hell?


Posted on June 8, 2009, in Question of the Week. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Answer: There’s no question that the Bible teaches that Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus said so Himself (John 14:6), and Peter preached, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

    Jesus is the means by which God saves us, but does that mean we must know who Jesus is in order to be saved? Is that what Peter was saying? Notice he didn’t say, “For there is no other name under heaven that men must call upon in order to be saved.”

    And then, as you said, what about those who don’t know Jesus? Well, God is working in those places where Jesus isn’t known. We have heard of entire Muslim villages who have dreams about Jesus, and who come to believe in him as a result. The classic book, “Peace Child” by Don Richardson talks about tribes of people who believe in a Savior, although they don’t call him Jesus. Would God reject the genuine “sinner’s prayer” offered by someone who didn’t invoke the name of Jesus?

    We need to also remember that God in three Persons includes God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. God gave His only Son so that we might be saved, but it is still God who gives us the gift of salvation (Eph. 2:8), and it is the Holy Spirit who enables us to respond to God’s gift through Jesus.

    Finally, we need to trust God for His fairness and justice. And we need to trust Him that He will lead to Christ those who don’t know His name. “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross” (Col. 1:19-20).

    It’s a question like this that has motivated people through the centuries to take the Good News about Jesus to the remote corners of the world. Remember, we aren’t responsible to “save” people–that’s what God does. But we are responsible to “tell” people.

    Now, as for the issue of Buddhists and Jews and people of other faiths, and whether or not they will be saved, it’s important to understand that these belief systems are different from Christianity in many ways, not just because they don’t recognize Jesus. Buddhists don’t even believe in a personal God, and orthodox Jews believe that works are what save us, and even then they don’t necessarily believe in an afterlife.

    Regarding hell, the teaching in Scripture is very clear that hell is a real place. Whether the “fire and brimstone” is literal or figurative is open to debate, but it will definitely be a place of separation from God.

    Again, we may not think it’s “fair” of God to “banish” people to hell, but you have to realize that God doesn’t send anyone there. Because of our sin, we are automatically separated from God. It’s only because of God’s mercy and grace that we have an opportunity to enter into a relationship with God through Jesus and have eternal life with Him. Remember, Jesus didn’t come into the world to condemn us, but to give us the opportunity to be saved from our sins (John 3:17).

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    The wages of sin is death. If we sin we must die.
    God loved the world so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus to this earth to die in our place for our sins. Jesus existed before all things and all things were made for Him and by Him. Even though everything belongs to Jesus in any case He obeyed the Father and came as a normal human like us. He lived a perfect life and never did any sin. He healed the sick and He did many miracles to prove to the people that He was really God. still people did not believe in Him because their deeds were evil. Jesus never judged or condemned anybody but He taught them to stop sinning. To those who believed in Him He promised eternal life if they would follow Him and do as He taught them. His teachings and the things that He did were recorded by four people, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Those are the first four books of the New Testament.

    Many people believed that Jesus was the Son of God but few followed Him because they did not want to stop sinning. The religious people of the time, the Jews, were expecting the coming of the Messiah, Jesus, but they rejected Him because their deeds were evil. They were also responsible for His death on the cross. They accused Him and had Him killed by the Romans. Jesus arose from the dead after three days. He conquered hell and death. He ascended to heaven while the disciples who had been with Him all the time were watching. He promised to return to judge the living and the dead. At His second coming the dead will rise from the graves and everybody, the living and the dead will be judged by their deeds. Those who did good will be rewarded with eternal life with Jesus in heaven. Those who sinned and were disobedient to Jesus will be cast into the lake of fire, where they will be tormented for eternity.

    When Jesus ascended to heaven He promised to send the Holy Spirit as a gift and guide to those who believe and follow Him. He instructed His disciples to go to Jerusalem and wait for the Holy Spirit. They were all praying in the upper room when the Holy Spirit was poured out on them. They were filled with the power of God and under the power of the Holy Spirit they started speaking in other tongues. (Read about this in Acts 2:3,4)

    The Holy Spirit was sent for all those who believe and follow Jesus. The Holy Spirit will come into them and will guide them into all righteousness, to stop sinning and to do the will of Jesus. It is the voice of God inside those who believe. On the day of Pentecost (the day that the Holy Spirit was given) many people were amazed to see this thing happen and they asked what they should do to be saved. Peter, one of the disciples explained to them: “ Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 “For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” 41 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls.’ Acts 2:38-41.

    That is how we are saved. Firstly we must believe in Jesus and then we must repent of our sins. We must make a firm decision to completely turn away from sin and plead with Jesus for forgiveness. We must go on our knees and cry out to Him with remorse, be sorry for the sins we have done. Cry before Jesus because He died in our place and He took the punishment for our sins. If you come with a serious heart Jesus will forgive you and give you joy in your heart so you will know that your sins are forgiven.

    Then you must be baptized in the Name of Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins (according to Acts 2:38) After baptism in water you can ask for and will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, as Jesus promised.

    The Holy Spirit in you will give you the power to overcome sin and He will guide you into the will of Jesus every day of your life. Until you die and come before the judgment throne of God. The Holy Spirit will prepare you so you will be righteous and holy and be ready to enter heaven and be with Jesus forever. It is the voice of Jesus in you. He will never leave you, but you must listen and obey Him. His Spirit will come and live in your spirit, in your heart and will guide you every moment of your life. You just need to ask Him and He will put the answer into your mind so that you will know what to do to remain holy. If you do the slightest wrong He will warn you and then you must repent and so He will help you every step of the way. If you obey the Holy Spirit, the soft voice of Jesus in you, then you will be ready every moment of your life. You will also feel His peace in your heart all the time. That will confirm that Jesus is satisfied with you. If you do wrong the peace will go away and you must pray and ask Jesus to show you what is wrong so you can repent and correct.

    The Holy Spirit will guide you into a constant relationship with Jesus. (John 14:26, John 15:26, John 16:13-15).

    You must be always praying in your mind, asking Jesus to guide you. Also spend time with Him, praying and meditating on Him. Write down the thoughts that He puts into your mind in a journal. That way you build your relationship with Jesus. Read the words of Jesus in the gospels and obey them.

    If you get into sin, immediately repent. Don’t wait. Sin separates us from Jesus. Even one sin that we refuse to give us can send us to hell. Stay focused on Jesus and He will help you and guide you. If you are not sure about anything, pray, ask Jesus and He will show you what to do. He will put the answer in your mind, in your heart. Obey Him and you will have peace in your heart always and be ready to die and face Jesus any time.

    Please contact me if you have any questions

    Jesus bless you.

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