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Old 11-18-2004, 12:20 PM   #16
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So what does God do with people who want to believe but don't for one reason or another?
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So what does God do with people who want to believe but don't for one reason or another?
I'm not sure there really is a gray area. If someone wants to believe, I think it is entirely possible that they already do believe, and are struggling with the external aspects of it.

One doesn't reach out to God without believing there is a God to reach out to.
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Old 11-18-2004, 12:46 PM   #18
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So if accepting Jesus is the key to paradise, what happened to the people who lived before Jesus was born? Or to kids who are too young to understand any of this? Or to people who have never heard of Jesus for some reason?
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So if accepting Jesus is the key to paradise, what happened to the people who lived before Jesus was born? Or to kids who are too young to understand any of this? Or to people who have never heard of Jesus for some reason?
People accepted God by faith before Jesus came to earth (see Hebrews 11 for a brief list).

I believe there is Scriptural evidence that young children go to heaven (2 Samuel 12:23)

And God says we all have been given evidence of His existence to live by faith (Romans 1:20)

What really matters is what DrTeeth believe, not what happens to others.
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I'm confused now. Do you have to believe that God sent his son to die for your sins to get into heaven or not?
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Today, yes.
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Ah, but what about the old days, and people who have never heard about Jesus?
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I'm excited to find out what life after death is like.



Not that I want to die anytime soon, of course.

nbcrusader you're doing a greaet job contributing to this thread.
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Old 11-18-2004, 01:12 PM   #24
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Just for the record, I'm not asking all of this just to be a smartass or to piss people of. I personally don't believe in God and I doubt that anything said here will ever change my mind, but I'm just trying to find the logic in all of this.
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That's fine, Dr. Teeth. I can understand your curiosity. I am a Christian and am very proud of it, but honestly, I have NO CLUE what happens when people die and we won't know until we're, well, dead.
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If you are not a believer than why does it matter to you if God will be the bigger person?

Thats like saying, "I dont believe in Santa Claus but hopefully Santa Claus will still give me presents this Xmas".
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If you are not a believer than why does it matter to you if God will be the bigger person?
To me, finding out what believers think the answer is or should be is more interesting than the actual answer.
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I don't think anybody knows the ACTUAL answer.
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ive never felt a 'need' for God. what does that mean for me?

this is turning into a q&a with nbc and the sinners.
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Old 11-18-2004, 01:42 PM   #30
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Jesus seemed to know the ACTUAL answer when he said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to Father except through me."
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