Path of salvation
- The path to salvation and to heaven is to accept Jesus Christ as Lord
and Saviour.People who died before the birth of Jesus Christ had no
chance to know and accept Jesus christ as Lord and saviour;also there are
many primitive and tribal people who have no knowledge of Jesus Christ
and probably will never hear about Jesus during their lifetime. What
will be their path to salvation and heaven?
- Hi. The path of salvation and to the heaven is to believe the Son of
God as Lord and God and to be committed to His word. Every people
before the coming of our God and savior were in shoal, however on
Good Friday after Christ crucified and died, he went to the shoal
and preach about Him self and the kingdom of God to those people
from Adam till the last person who died before that Friday.
Regarding this Apostle Peter on his 1 epistle chapter 3 wrote
this, "For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the
unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the
flesh but made alive by the Spirit, by whom also He went and
preached to the spirits in prison, who formerly were disobedient,
when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah,
while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight
souls, were saved through water." Therefore, Christ has indeed
preached his word after his death and before his resurrection to the
people who died before his advent. Again, apostle peter also says
this about the preaching of our lord on the shoal, "they will give
an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead."
1 Peter 4
For those who never heard about the Word of God, they will be judged
based on their deeds. Remember before the Arch of prophets Moses,
there was no any written bible because they were capable of leading
their life through the word of God planted on their heart. As we
all know we are created in the image of God, therefore we all have
the essence of God in our heart. That means God has already put a
holy sprit in our heart to differentiate good from bad in the first
place. Therefore, those people who have never heard about God will
be judged based on what they did with the gift of God.
May God bless all of Us. Amen.
--- In MalankaraOrthodoxSyrianChristian@yahoogroups.com, shibu
podiyan <podiylu@...> wrote:
> The path to salvation and to heaven is to accept Jesus Christ as
> and Saviour.People who died before the birth of Jesus Christ hadno
> chance to know and accept Jesus christ as Lord and saviour;alsothere are
> many primitive and tribal people who have no knowledge of JesusChrist
> and probably will never hear about Jesus during their lifetime.What
> will be their path to salvation and heaven?
> Shibu Podiyan
> Washington D.C
- Dear Mr Shibu Podiyan,
1) "People who died before the birth of Jesus Christ had no chance
to know and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and saviour". Let me quote
from the Holy Bible: "For Christ died for sins once for all, the
righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to
death in the body but made alive by the Spirit, through whom also he
went and preached to the spirits in prison who disobeyed long ago
when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was
being built" (1 Pet 3:18-20). Again, "But they will have to give
account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For
this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now
dead, so that they might be judged according to men in regard to the
body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit" (1 Pet
4:5,6). After His crucifixion and death, Jesus Christ, preached the
Gospel to the people who died before the crucifixion.
2) "There are many primitive and tribal people who have no knowledge
of Jesus Christ and probably will never hear about Jesus during
their lifetime. What will be their path to salvation and heaven?"
Let me quote from Rom.2:14-16 "Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not
have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a
law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, since they
show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts,
their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now
accusing, now even defending them. This will take place on the day
when God will judge men's secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel
declares." The primitive and tribal people have their own rules and
regulations. So they can lead a moral life with out committing any
kind of sin. They are the "unknown Christians" and they
follow "unknown Christ" through their deeds. Also, ignorance is not
an unforgivable sin, I think.
Fr Jose Thomas Poovathumkal