What happens to those who don’t come to Jesus?
Well, that’s the question for today, isn’t it? Are they saved, whether they want to be or not? Are they saved already, as long as they don’t deny Jesus? Will there be some kind of second chance for them after death? All of these suggestions center on the desire that more people would go to Heaven. But they also all have to twist the simple assertion of the Scripture. Some people will end up in hell.
Be wary of those who can tell you details about things the Scripture says little about. I don’t intend to be one of them. I believe that the Scripture teaches about hell. I believe that hell will not be empty. But what hell will be like, I don’t know. Not good, though.
I don’t like the idea of hell. It grieves me to think that some people will be there. Annihilation sounds better to me, I suppose. Universal salvation certainly sounds better. But none of this is about me and what I want or think. Hell is real. Jesus taught about hell. He wanted people to avoid it. He believed that some people would be there. Who am I to contradict Him?
The one clear message we get about hell is that people go there because of unbelief. The way to Heaven was available to them and they didn’t want it. I do not believe God sends anyone to hell; I believe that all are already on their way to hell because of sin and unbelief. In some way, God allows them what they want—separation from Him. I don’t know what that would be like, but it can’t be good. The little we are told sounds terrible.
The bottom line is that the Scriptures tell us about something that is very difficult to accept. God allows people to choose and He allows them to choose against Him. Those who are learning to see others through the mind and heart of Jesus find hell disturbing to consider. So disturbing, I suppose, that Jesus was willing to suffer torture and death so that people could avoid it. The heart of God desires for all to be saved–but not all will be saved.
So we tell people about Jesus and the love of God that is available to them. We don’t care who they are or where they have been, we just know they need a Savior and we know that He is strong enough, good enough, to overcome anything they have done.