If the Bible is true and people need Jesus to go to heaven and be saved from hell, then what about that person who has never heard about Him? What about a person who grows up in a remote village where there is no Bible or Christianity? Are they going to hell? Is that fair? Well here’s a thought that may surprise you…
I remember a few years back meeting with a young man who wanted to get baptized because he had recently become a Christian. When I asked him how it happened, I was surprised by his answer. He told me he became a Christian in a coma. That’s right, he got in a car accident, went into a 7 day coma, Christ appeared to him, he gave his life to the Lord and woke up a Christian! My first response was this guy may be a little weird, so I better ask a few more clarifying questions.
He went on to explain that he had rejected Christ and Christianity his whole life. Many of his friends had tried to convince him otherwise, but he always said no. But during his coma when Christ appeared to him, that all changed. Although he doesn’t remember the details of his conversation with the Lord, he does remember being humbled and convicted resulting in repentance and committing his life to Christ.
He told me when he came out of the coma, he was a completely different person. Everything had changed. His motives, attitudes and hunger for God were immediate and real. Then he said something that I will never forget. He said, “If I would have died during my coma, every Christian friend I knew would have assumed I went to hell because of my rejection of Christ before the accident”. In other words, because he got saved while in a coma, no one would have known about it and would have made an inaccurate conclusion about his eternity.
This is an important reminder for all of us when it comes to creating scenarios that box God in and make it look like He can’t work. Think about it! If God is going to go to the trouble of sacrificing His one and only son for mankind’s sin (see my blog “Hell No”), He can certainly work around the speculative limitations we try to create. God has the ability to reach any person in any situation at any time or in any place. He is not limited by access, people, or challenging circumstances. This means that there are no loopholes when it comes to the saving work of Christ and it will be available to everyone, even if we can’t figure it out.
Romans 1:20 – For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
So the next time you are tempted to box God in or create a scenario where He can’t work, remember He is God and you aren’t. Isn’t that a comforting perspective? I know it is for me!!
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