"What happens to those who never get a chance to hear the Gospel and die before they do get a chance?"
No one will go to Hell because they haven't heard of Jesus. They will be condemned for murder, rape, adultery, fornication, lying, stealing, etc. Put your concern for others to hear the gospel aside for the moment. If you died right now you will justly end up in Hell. Get right with God and become a missionary, if you really care about the lost.
“If I were God, I'd hate to have you people speaking on my behalf.”
We do our best, but we are fully aware that “God has chosen the foolishness of preaching to save those who believe” (see 1 Corinthians 1:21). He chose the weak vessels of human beings to take the message of everlasting life to weak and dying human beings.
“If your God was so great, I would see no reason why He would need to force people to submit to Him in worship.”
We are free to be unthankful for our eyesight, hearing, food, sunlight, and all the pleasures He has lavished onto us. But if we die in our sins, we will get justice. That’s why we need a Savior. When He opens our eyes through the new birth, worship comes as easily as songs do to an early morning songbird.
“Are you saying that Christians are better than non-Christians?”
The Christian is no better than a non-Christian, but he is infinitely better off. It is like two men on a plane, one of whom is wearing a parachute while the other is not. Neither is better than the other, but the man with the parachute is certainly better off than the man who is not wearing a parachute. The difference will be seen when they jump from the plane at 20,000 feet. Jesus warned that if we “jump” into death without Him, we would perish. The Law of an infinitely holy and just Creator is even harsher than gravity. Scripture states that sinners are God’s enemy (Romans 5:10) and that “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:31).
The purpose of the moral Law (the Ten Commandments) is to stop the sinner’s mouth of justification. The Law tells him what sin is (see 1 John 3:4) and stops him proclaiming his own goodness. Its intent is to drive him to the cross. John Wesley said, “The first use of [the Law], without question, is to convince the world of sin. By this is the sinner discovered to himself. All his fig-leaves are torn away, and he sees that he is ‘wretched and poor and miserable, blind and naked.’ The Law flashes conviction on every side. He feels himself a mere sinner. He has nothing to pay. His ‘mouth is stopped’ and he stands ‘guilty before God.’”
D. L. Moody said, “Ask Paul why [the Law] was given. Here is his answer, ‘That every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God’ (Romans 3:19). The Law stops every man’s mouth. I can always tell a man who is near the kingdom of God; his mouth is stopped. This, then, is why God gives us the Law—to show us ourselves in our true colors.”
Sadly, many of today’s Jews profess godliness but don’t embrace the Scriptures as we presume they do. Therefore, it is often difficult to reason with them about Jesus being the Messiah. This is why it is imperative to ask a Jew if he has kept the Law of Moses—to “shut” him up under the Law (Galatians 3:23) and strip him of his self-righteousness. The Law will show him his need of a Savior and become a “schoolmaster” to bring him to Christ (Galatians 3:24), as happened to Paul, Nicodemus, and Nathaniel. It was the Law that brought 3,000 Jews to the foot of the cross on the Day of Pentecost. Without it they would not have known that they had sinned (Romans 7:7), and therefore would not have seen their need of the Savior.
God has given light to every man. The word “con-science” means “with knowledge.” The conscience is the headline warning of sin; the Scriptures give the fine print. No man can say he doesn’t know that it’s wrong to murder or commit adultery. That knowledge is written in bold print on his heart. However, in the Scriptures we see the true nature of sin: that God requires truth even in the inward parts (Psalm 51:6). The fine print reveals that lust is adultery of the heart, hatred is murder of the heart, etc.
“Or do you despise the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” Romans 2:4
This verse is sandwiched between statements of God’s judgment and wrath. If Paul was saying that we should speak only of God’s goodness to sinners, he wasn’t practicing what he preached. Isaac Watts said, “I never knew but one person in the whole course of my ministry who acknowledged that the first motions of religion in his own heart arose from a sense of the goodness of God, ‘What shall I render to the Lord, who has dealt so bountifully with me?’ But I think all besides who have come within my notice have rather been first awakened to fly from the wrath to come by the passion of fear."
When I look at a building, how do I know that there was a builder? I can’t see him, hear him, touch, taste, or smell him. Of course, the building is proof that there was a builder. In fact, I couldn’t want better evidence that there was a builder than to have the building in front of me. I don’t need “faith” to know that there was a builder. All I need is eyes that can see and a brain that works.
Likewise, when I look at a painting, how can I know that there was a painter? Again, the painting is proof positive that there was a painter. I don’t need “faith” to believe in a painter because I can see the clear evidence. The same principle applies with the existence of God. When I look at creation, how can I know that the Creator exists? I can’t see Him, hear Him, touch Him, taste Him, or smell Him. How can I know that He exists? Why, creation shows me His existence. I couldn’t want better proof that God exists than to have the creation in front of me. I don’t need faith to believe in a Creator; all I need is eyes that can see and a brain that works:
“For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).
If, however, I want the builder to do something for me, then I need to have faith in him. The same applies to God: “Without faith it is impossible to please Him: for He that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
“If the Ten Commandments were truly a reflection of our morality, then why do I only feel guilty about breaking some of them (the obvious ones that were considered wrong long before Christianity came about)? Why do I not feel guilty for not keeping the Sabbath holy? Why is the Bible not a perfect reflection of my moral guilt?" Alan Byers
There are many things we do, about which we feel no guilt at all. The “feeling” of guilt is dependent on the sensitivity of the human conscience—the voice of which is easily silenced. Most of us will see that we are guilty of breaking all of the Ten Commandments (if we look closely at them and study their spiritual nature). However, just because we don't feel guilty doesn't mean that we are not guilty. A criminal may stand condemned in a court of law and not feel his guilt. However, his feelings are irrelevant.
“Ray, you have a tailbone and wisdom teeth, I presume?” Dominic Andre Pitre
I do have wisdom teeth (which I use to chew food) but I don't have a tailbone. Neither do you. It's called a “coccyx vertebrae” and it is the attachment for multiple muscles for daily bodily functions.
"‘Healthy fear’ ... what an idiot!!" Lothar Reiss.
It is wise to have a healthy fear of things that can harm you--the teeth of poisonous snakes, high cliffs with lose edges, and the power of raw electricity. Those who are wise stay away from vicious snakes, edges of cliffs, and they are very cautious around electricity. But the Bible says "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." Be wise—start at the beginning--fear God. Those that don’t fear Him will one day understand how foolish they were…to their eternal detriment.
"Then He said to them all, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.’" Luke 9:23-26 Photo: [Source]
In speaking of the numbers of “gods” that exist, Stephen Michael linked to a site and said, "It may take you quite some time. I will understand if it takes you weeks to get through them all, and even this is an incomplete list." In other words—the facetious question is implied, “Which is the right ‘god’”?
Some tend to forget the First of the Ten Commandments: “You shall have no other gods before Me." There are millions of gods (Hinduism has 450 million). Man is forever making up his own image of what he believes God is like. It’s called “idolatry,” and the reason it’s attractive is that a false god doesn’t have a moral dictate. The Bible says that idols are dumb and so are those who create them. There is only one Creator, and He's the One we must face on Judgment Day. We will either face Him in mercy (trusting in Jesus) or in wrath (dying in our sins).
When someone asked a question but failed to give the name of God a capital, I banned him. He asked, “Would a god of love REALLY command Moses and his men to stone a man to death (very painful) just for picking up sticks on the sabbath? Would an all-loving god allow for his creation to be contaminated with evil, and you believe that its somehow part of his master plan?"
Sophia Brown then wrote, “Ray Comfort, your banning people for using correct grammar now? When Jordan said ‘god’ he wasn't using it as a noun. ‘Would a God of love...’ is incorrect grammar. If you require posters to use incorrect English it is just going to help push the stereotype that all Christians are illiterate and uneducated.”
To which I replied “You may not be familiar with the practice of modern atheists, in putting the word “a” before the name of God. This is done contemptuously and allows the use of lower case for God. Nevertheless I have given him the benefit of the doubt, and have unbanned him.
In answer to his question. God is not “all-loving.” Nowhere does the Bible say such a thing. He is, however, morally perfect, something sinners will find out on Judgment Day if they die in their sins. Rebellion may not be serious crime in the eyes of the rebellious, but in the eyes of a holy Creator it demands the death sentence.
Our death is a good clue that God takes sin seriously. Yet, this same holy Creator is rich in mercy towards all who call upon His name. The Bible says, “Behold, the goodness and the severity of God.” Which will it be for you? If you are interested in God’s goodness--everlasting life, check out www.needGod.com
A man named Jairus once fell at the feet of Jesus, pleading with Him to save his 12 year-old who was on the brink of death. He had pushed through the crowds and for a moment had the attention of the Healer. But the Bible tells us that that a woman came up behind Jesus and touched His clothes. She had been ill for 12 years and had spent all her money on doctors, and got worse. But the moment she touched His clothes, she was healed. Jesus turned His attention from Jairus and said “Who touched Me?” When no one came forward, Peter said that the whole crowd was pushing in and touching Him. Jesus replied, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” That’s when the woman came forward and said she had been healed.
Have you ever felt (like Jairus)--that you don’t have God’s attention? His daughter was dying and it seemed that Jesus didn’t care. Then his situation became even worse. Someone arrived and said “Your daughter is dead.” But then something wonderful happened. You can read the entire story in Luke 8:40-56.
When my daughter recently sent me a text asking if my wife and I were well, I replied, “Your mom has a bad headache, but we are both very well, except for me.” Of course I was kidding her. We weren’t both well. Sue had a headache and I had lost my voice for four days and had a nagging cough.
Ask most people if they are well and you will find that they’re not. They have headaches, canker sores, heartburn, join pain, digestive problems, and 101 other complaints, from small annoying things right up to terminal diseases. So, if we are the result of evolution, it didn’t do a very good job. It produced eyes, birds, flowers, the seasons, the sun, the moon and stars, love, laughter and life itself, and yet this place is a mess—from our physical health, to mental sickness, to hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and death. If it’s the fittest supposedly that survive, why is it that no one ultimately will survive. In time, death will take ten out of ten.
The worldview of godless evolution has no explanation for disease, pain, suffering and death. The Bible has. In the beginning, everything God created was very good. In came sin and the entire creation fell, and brought with it disease, pain, suffering and death. Evolution leaves the believer floundering for an explanation like a dying fish, while the Word of God answers every question—not only about life but about death.
The “Atheist Church” is growing in size and popularity. How funny. They are forced to hang onto the word “church.” If they drop it they become just another group of atheists gathering together. Yet the word “church” (according to the dictionary) is 1. “A building for public Christian worship,” 2. “Public worship of God,” or 3. “The whole body of Christian believers.” Don’t tell them. It will spoil their fun and they will have to go back to their boring existence.
“For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He ponders all his paths.His own iniquities entrap the wicked man, and he is caught in the cords of his sin. He shall die for lack of instruction, and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray” (Proverbs 5:21-23). [Photo: Source]
In reference to Darwinian evolution, Stuart Pittaway said, "And your alternative scientific theory is...?''
My comeback is that we have both observable and testable evidence for creationism. It passes the scientific method. Darwinian evolution doesn't. It can't. It supposedly happened 60,000,000 years ago. It cannot be observed or tested. However, we see every animal as male and female (except for a few snails) and every animal, bird, insect and fish, bringing forth after its own kind just as it says in Genesis chapter 1. It is observable and testable in the existing creation and in the fossil record.
Here is a rule of thumb when reading the Bible: “With God, nothing shall be impossible.”
Now you can believe that seas can open, food can fall from the heavens, the sun can stop, whales swallow people, animals can fit on a boat, arks float, walls tumble, and fish can multiply. It’s really quite simple.
“According to the Bible, God created all, this would include sin. It also says God created man with our flaws and all. Then the Bible goes on to say God will punish us for being sinners which is the way he created us, unless, we ask forgiveness for being the weak humans he created us to be. Does this not make sense to anyone else or is it just me?” Philip Andersen
It’s just you and those who embrace a similar worldview to yours. This is because you don’t believe that in the beginning, God made man without sin. There was no sin, no disease, suffering or death. Here is a worldview that will help you to make sense of it. You are going to die. God offers you eternal life as a free gift. If you refuse to repent and trust alone in Jesus you will die in your sins. On the Day of Judgment you will be held accountable to lying, stealing, lust, fornication, adultery, blasphemy. hatred, greed, rape, murder and every other crime you may have committed against God’s Law. If you think that your defense will be that God made you sinful, try that defense for rape or robbery in a human court and see how far you get. If you are interested in eternal life, see www.needGod.com