Will Non-Christians Get to Heaven?

Will People from Other Religions get to Heaven?

I do not think that eternal torment is in store for everyone who is not saved. God did not threaten Adam with eternal punishment. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (Genesis 2:17 KJV)

Jesus did not threaten the general population with hell, either. (Though In Matthew 23:33, He wondered how the Pharisees would escape…)  Hell was created for Satan and his demons. Though there will clearly be people in hell, I see no evidence that the default destination for people is eternal torment.

Jesus spoke of people who refused or reject Him. He spoke of people who will be outside of Heaven. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 25:30 KJV) There were also the foolish virgins who were not invited to the wedding. That doesn’t sound like the best of fates, but it also doesn’t like eternal torment to me.
People will be judged according to their deeds. The children who die before they are five years old will not suffer the same fate as a mass-murderer. Jesus also spoke of eternal fate being determined by your deeds. He said that it would be better for a person who offends children who believe in Him to have a millstone tied around their neck and be cast into the sea. Clearly people will be judged according to their deeds.
People who are not written in the book of Life will be cast into the Lake of Fire. The first mention of the Lake of Fire is in Revelation. This is one of the few opinions of mine that you will see on the website. The way it is written, it looks like everyone is written in to the Book of Life until such time as their rebellion forces their names to be blotted out. See if you don’t agree. He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. (Revelation 3:5 KJV)

Allen Howard

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