By Greg Gerber
I had someone ask me the other day if enough people prayed for someone who isn’t a Christian, would a loving God overlook that person’s lack of faith and allow him or her into heaven?
It’s a tough question and one that, undoubtedly, all Christians face when confronted with unbelieving parents, children, spouses and friends.
Unfortunately, the answer is “no.” Faith in God is a personal decision that can only be made by an individual.
John 1:12 specifically notes, “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”
Belief is essential. A saving grace cannot be imposed by another human’s will. A truly just God will require that a penalty be paid for wrongs that were committed. We either pay that penalty ourselves, or we put our faith in Jesus and accept the gift that his death on the cross paid that penalty for us.
However, the answer begs the question, when it comes to Jesus, have you heard of him, met him or do you truly know him? How you answer the question is the most critical decision you will ever make.
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