(This is an old post I made, but a new book is about to be released. So, I am posting this again, with the promotional video for this book at the end of this post. I can’t wait for it to arrive.)
Often, people claim to know this answer. Clearly, we do not know this answer. Only Jesus can intervene for salvation. Only He knows. In a sense it is really irrelevant what we think, then, right?
I wonder if any major religious leader endorses the opinion that all are saved. Certainly no Christian can. Do you claim some specific religious affiliation if you believe that all are saved (or not saved as the case may be)? I had never heard this line of reasoning until recently.
I hope of all hopes that we are also all aware that Jesus said that He is the way and the truth and the life. He said that no one comes to the Father, but through Him. So, obviously, the Bible does not agree with any hypotheses about those others who can claim knowledge of individual or group salvation, and their positions. The Bible is the Word of God and Jesus Christ.
In studying the Bible, you will find that much of the writing of the Bible was for a specific audience. You can usually find that at the front of that book of the Bible or in verses preceding what you might read there. In the case of us being able to do more than Jesus (as some say), that was a comment specifically given to believers and followers of Him. Not everyone has His power, none has the power to know who is saved or not.
What we do know are the rules to enter the Kingdom of God.
Rev 21:8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.
Gal 5:19-21 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
I am often asked what it takes to be saved. While that is a simple answer to accept Jesus and confess our sins, the detail of that is much more complex. My discussions often go something like this, “You asked how do we accept Jesus. That shows great wisdom to ask that. You want a short answer, so I will give one.”
“I’ll never forget my personal testimony (by that I mean where and when i actually accepted Jesus). Every believer has a unique story. There is no one way really, as a common sense statement. Jesus comes with the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is personal, given our unique talents and experiences.”
“I feel that just stopping fighting Him off is step one. Step two is essentially taking stock of life and seeing if it really makes emotional sense that He is not there. Step three is jumping in with both feet, and enjoy the ride. It is a wild and exciting one.”
Still, I am not here to fight, and I am glad to pray with you that Jesus will give us what we need and all will somehow be saved, if that is His will.