In Christianity, do non believers go to hell?

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  1. cblack profile image57
    cblackposted 13 years ago

    In Christianity, do non believers go to hell?

    What happens to the people that believe in another religion and another God. If the Christian God is the only true God, then are those people damned?

  2. LIFE IS ABOUT profile image61
    LIFE IS ABOUTposted 13 years ago

    Yes in Christianity, If you do not believe that Jesus died for your sins you go to hell. That is a problem that a lot of people have with it. You could live a perfectly good life and go to hell and an ax murderer that accepts Christ as his personal savior right before they fry him goes to heaven.

  3. yankeeintexas profile image60
    yankeeintexasposted 13 years ago

    As I read the Bible it not that you believe, or not, it is that you obey the Word! Many people believe in God and are going to go to Hell because they disobey. Read the Book of James, and Hebrews chapter 10. Also, read Acts chaper 2. These should give you help with the answer you are lookng for.

  4. Tom_Radford profile image61
    Tom_Radfordposted 13 years ago

    Apparently they do ... which is ridiculous. If you lived on a desert island and never met another person but never did an evil act your whole life, why should you go to hell?

    1. TheHealthGuy LM profile image83
      TheHealthGuy LMposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Read Romans 1:20, Revelation 21:8, Matthew 10:28. Obviously U haven't. Then mull over the possibility, with todays technology, that someone could not have heard the Gospel that is preached worlwide in almost 300 countries.

  5. puebloman profile image61
    pueblomanposted 13 years ago

    No the last time I talked to God, he told me that it was Christians who go to hell. Followers of Jesus don't, but Jesus wasn't a Christian. Or didn't you know that?

    1. profile image0
      roobposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      How could Jesus Christ be a Christian when a Christian is a follower of Christ. How could He follow Himself? Don't spread false info. Christians don't go to hell. The Bible doesn't say that and that is God's word.

  6. annachristie profile image57
    annachristieposted 13 years ago

    I have a Masters of Divinity from Vancouver School of Theology, a prestigious protestant training school for clergy. Many Christians do indeed believe that non-Christians go to hell. This is especially true of the more evangelical-conservative and Roman Catholic denominations...which are the ones most prominent in news and media. However many Christian denominations including my own, the United Church of Canada, believe no such thing. We take the Bible seriously, but not literally. The God I believe in, as portrayed in the life and teachings of Jesus, is a God of love and would not "condemn" anyone for anything.

    1. gmwilliams profile image85
      gmwilliamsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Exactly, the more liberal Christians don't believe that those who don't believe in Christianity/God will go to hell; however, the more conservative/traditionalist Christians DO believe this.

    2. TheHealthGuy LM profile image83
      TheHealthGuy LMposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      You may want to rethink your Masters of Divinity and your position in regards to being Christian for the Bible IS the Word of God. IF you don't believe that you have a problem. You're right God doesn't send anyone to hell, people send themselves.

  7. MR.POINT OF VIEW profile image60
    MR.POINT OF VIEWposted 13 years ago

    Well all I got to say is this. Everyone who is considered to an expert on what happen to you when you die is alive. So if someone want to take the advice from an alive person about what will happen when you die go ahead.

    Oh to answer your question what don't you ask God about it. I'm serious pray on it.

  8. HOOWANTSTONO profile image61
    HOOWANTSTONOposted 13 years ago

    God was in the beginning, before Religion, so Christianity, is just a label the Romans gave the followers of Jesus Christ and preachers of the Good News.
    God said "He is the Way the Truth and the Life" and no man can come to him unless he believes in his Son. The word "In" is the preference. of being "in" Christ a "new" creature, Born again.

    So its not the Christians that say non believers go to hell but God.

    All religions that do not believe  "In" Christ are a waste of precious time.and subject to judgment in that they reject God by believing in other things.
    Gods human name is "Jesus Christ" he died on the Cross for all humanity. No religion on earth can boast of this "Eternal Sacrifice" which was done by God in showing mankind his Mercy and Grace .

    So if God died on a cross representing me as a sinner then I will only choose him, there is no other more worthy to believe in,

  9. vanillae profile image60
    vanillaeposted 13 years ago

    The God of Christianity is God of justice. He would not punish anyone who does not commit a sin. Of course, not committing a sin is impossible, but to someone who does not know God by name but really follows his conscience and is always sorry for his wrongdoings, there is no way that God will let it happen that his soul go to hell. Besides, hell means separation from God, and a man who does not willfully violate God thru natural law and conscience cannot be separated from him.

  10. Bibowen profile image89
    Bibowenposted 13 years ago

    Anyone that takes the Bible seriously has to deal with the issue of hell. Jesus obviously believed in hell: he talked about hell more than he did heaven. The Bible could not be clearer than it is when it says that  those that do not accept God's son will go to hell and be separated from their Creator for eternity. Hell is described as a place of eternal fire and torment, "where the worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched." Every person should be doing all he can to avoid it.

    The Bible teaches that, given free will, God has done all that He can to rescue men from their sin. The Bible says that if God would not even spare his own son, there is certainly nothing else he would withhold from us. God is not going to withhold the truth from a person who would have otherwise accepted it.

    "But what about the person who has never heard" is not the most important question. Rather, the vital question is "if that person had heard of Jesus, would he have accepted him"? An omniscient God would know such a thing. God would be merciful to withhold the gospel from a man who would not accept the gospel if he heard it. Rejecting the gospel only increases his guilt.

    But that does not apply to you. You know the truth (or at least you do now); it's now time to act on it.

    1. profile image57
      Hell N0posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      That is the stupidest bunch of swill in the history of self righteousness.  Ur answer can be dismissed by ur statement that the bible teaches some mysterious free will and then talking about an omniscient god knowing who would have accepted him.

    2. profile image0
      roobposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      You add nothing to the conversation Hell N0... can you at least apply some logic to your answer... or you just talk like "hell no" lol

  11. profile image53
    thewordofgodposted 12 years ago

    There's no such thing as a place called hell.

    1. TheHealthGuy LM profile image83
      TheHealthGuy LMposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Wrongo kemosabi! Just a couple scriptures that state you are wrong : Revelation 21:8, Matthew 10:28

  12. Jefsaid profile image66
    Jefsaidposted 12 years ago

    What sins did I commit to be condemned to hell's burning fire. Religion preys on people's innate fear to indoctrinate us with man-written drivel.

  13. lone77star profile image74
    lone77starposted 12 years ago

    Belief will not condemn you to, or save you from, hell.

    Only a lack of humility and true faith can save anyone from hell. God loves all His children. Hell is not something dished out as punishment, but is something an individual chooses of their own free will. They may not understand that choice, but only because they did not seek to understand.

    Many a so-called Christian is in danger of chosing hell, because they lack the humility and hunger to search for God's love and wisdom. They think they already have it made. When did their love for Jesus turn to arrogance? When did they start serving the master of this world, ego?

    What is truth? Is your understanding of scripture equal to that of God Almighty? Or do you have the humility to answer "no" to that question? And could it be that "accepting Christ" is the act of perfect faith and humility? Could it be that "saying the name of Jesus" has nothing to do with it? Could it be that Gautama Siddhartha and others have already done this?

    What does "true God" mean? If there is only one true God, could it be that those of another religion who worship "God" or "Allah" are already worshiping the same true God?

    Anyone can say that they "accept Christ" or "love God," but their actions may say something entirely different. I've met many so-called Christians who fit into this category.

  14. baygirl33 profile image58
    baygirl33posted 12 years ago

    Hard to answer,especially for my age group(older than dirt).
    When I was young no one went to heaven except catholics.
    In the neighbourhood there was dirty protestants versus black catholic  depending upon your point of veiw.
    In the Old Testament God was for the Jews.Jesus ,in the new Testament is a Jew who railed against the "letter of the law"pharisees. He made a new motion so to speak where He brounght in love of your fellow man and judged by character i.e. the good Samaritan was not a Christian but he was the only one who stopped to look after the man lying in the side of the road.
    SO,no ,in my experience I have read so many Bible stories that suggest that God loves us all.Not because we deserve to be loved but because we need to be loved.

    1. TheHealthGuy LM profile image83
      TheHealthGuy LMposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Good luck with your belief. The good news is you still have time to accept God's free gift of Salvation, eternal life. If U R older than dirt I would NOT think about it to long. Read Revelation 21:8, Matthew 10:28 then John 3:16-21.

    2. rjbatty profile image61
      rjbattyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Victoria:  You pointed out the psychological break with the Old Testament and the new.  This had to occur.  Mankind needed a more direct form of indoctrination.  The new testament provides this -- at least partially.

  15. spartucusjones profile image91
    spartucusjonesposted 11 years ago

    In the original language of the scriptures there is two words that are translated hell. There is the Hebrew word: she'ohl' and the Greek equivalent that is hai'des. In different Bible translations theses words can be translated "grave" "hell" or "pit". It is of interest that in the scriptures the word that they translate as "grave" is the same word that is translated into "hell". In the scriptures both righteous and unrighteous individuals are described as going to she'ohl' or hai'des when they die.

    So instead of being a eternal place of torment, the scriptures seem to indicate that hell is the common grave of mankind. In that sense we all go to hell when we die. But at Ecclesiastes 9:5 (King James version) it clearly states that "For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any reward". So when we die we are unaware or unconscious (which also refutes eternal hell fire, because you would know if you where being tormented).

    So burning in Hell is not a Biblical teaching. It is a man made religious dogma to exert power over people. So much of "Christianity" may believe that non believers suffer eternal torment in hell, but it is not a Bible teaching. Also not all Christians believe that.

    1. TheHealthGuy LM profile image83
      TheHealthGuy LMposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Shame on you IF you profess to be Christian! You are teaching people that they can do whatever they want and not go to hell? Burning in hell/the lake of fire IS Biblical: Revelation 21:8, Matthew 10:28 so good luck to you.

  16. SidKemp profile image89
    SidKempposted 11 years ago

    Actually, Christianity has no one view on this subject. The Biblical view is that only those who sin against the Holy Spirit are damned, and no one knows exactly what that means. Origen, a Father of the early church, believed in universal salvation - that no one goes to hell.

    One thing we can be sure of. Anyone who says to anyone, "you are going to hell," is in deep doo-doo with Jesus. Jesus did say "judge not, lest you be judged." Also, to proclaim that we know anyone's fate is to take the place of God, and to violate the First Commandment, "thou shalt have no gods before me."

    It is our place, as Christians, to live with humility and charity. We can claim no knowledge of anyone's fate, least of all our own. Let us live in Love, and offer the peace and hope of God to all.

    1. TheHealthGuy LM profile image83
      TheHealthGuy LMposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      No sinning against the Holy Spirit is the ONLY unpardonable sin. You're preaching PC church doctrine which may score you high on hubpages but isn't the truth. I can point to a number of verses that say you are wrong but alas I'm out of space.

  17. profile image54
    Amp Leeposted 9 years ago

    I would think the simple answer would be yes, but I think you already knew the answer didn't you?

  18. gmwilliams profile image85
    gmwilliamsposted 8 years ago

    It all depends upon particular denomination and the individual Christian. In the more liberal Christian denominators, it is contended that those who do not believe in God and/or Christianity but is a good, moral ethical person, h/she will go to heaven or ascend to a higher state of consciousness.  They maintain that such a person will not go to hell or descend to a lower state of consciousness.  Some liberal Christian denominations even refute that there is a hell.

    The more conservative, fundamentalist, and traditional Christian denominations strongly delineate that those who do not believe in God and Christianity are lost and doomed if they do not repent. These denominations strong contend that Christianity and God are the only sanctioned legitimate way of belief and those who elect not to believe are dooming themselves to hell.

    The more liberal, and universalist Christian maintain that there are many roads to God.  They contend that Christianity is not the only legitimate religion/belief system.  They elucidate that there are many good, moral, and ethical people who believe in non-Christian religions, some who even do not believe in God.

    However, the more conservative, dogmatic, fundamentalist, fanatical, and  traditional Christian proclaim that those who are not Christians and believe in God are irrevocably doomed to hell unless they become part of the Christian fold.  They maintain that those who are not Christians and believe in God are simply lost.

  19. TheHealthGuy LM profile image83
    TheHealthGuy LMposted 8 years ago

    Let me answer in one word ... YES. There is ONLY one way into the kingdom of God. Read John 3:16-21.

  20. importantopinions profile image59
    importantopinionsposted 7 years ago

    Only he of higher authority can answer this. (GOD) Any human will fall into the pit wether they believe or not!  Only God understands and knows reason and facts, humanity just follow human leaders.! Non believers are yet humans, created by God. Only God knows them more than they know themselves and only he can be the judge to that.

  21. profile image0
    roobposted 7 years ago

    Hell is eternal separation from the one and only true God of the Bible. Whether that is a place of torture or just eternal separation I do not know. But I honestly want to go to Heaven and i believe God will be fair. Now if someone doesn't want Him, I think He would be fair and separate them from Himself.


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