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james June 12, 2012 at 9:27 am

does romans 4:15 imply that people who never hear about gods laws are saved?-for the Law brings about wrath, but where there is no law, there also is no violation. but then why did jesus die for our sins? wouldnt it be easier to just keep everyone in the dark about sin? also if a child under the age of accountabbility (ive heard its 10 or 12)sins and is killed in an accident is the said child condemed?

(i hope im not condemed for my spelling mistakes)

Jack Wellman June 12, 2012 at 2:35 pm

No, Romans 4:15 shows that since the lost do not know about the law they don’t know about sin. But they have no excuse (read Romans 1 & 2) for we know right from wrong. It would be wrong to keep others in the dark for they are headed to hell fire otherwise. And finally, a child that dies before the age of accountability goes into the presence of the Lord and is not judged or condemned.

james June 13, 2012 at 7:39 am

doesn’t ezekiel 34:16 imply that animals are judged even if they have no knowledge of right and wrong?

I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.

so wouldn’t a child under the age of accountability be judged as well?

or is ezekeil 34 symbolic? does shepherd imply ruler sheep imply people?

Jack Wellman June 13, 2012 at 4:34 pm

James, Ezekiel 34:16 is referring to people and not animals.

You asked, “so wouldn’t a child under the age of accountability be judged as well?” No.

A shepherd does imply a ruler and the Great Shepherd is Jesus Christ and the sheep people, yes James.

Thank you.

Amber September 27, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Hi Jack, thank you for this article. This is a topic I struggle with because I don’t fully understand this: If Jesus died for our sins, then why are people still going to hell? Man will never be able to stop sinning, thats why Jesus died for us. Some will still be morally good people (helping others, etc) even without Jesus. Is God really going to send those people to hell? I believe in Jesus, and that he died for us, but it makes me so sad to think that so many people are going to hell just because they dont know him. But to me, it seems that Jesus already did the work. I agree that we should all believe and forever thank him for that, but can you explain this a little more? Thank you so much for your time on this site and answering questions.

Jack Wellman September 27, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Thank you Amber. Indeed, some very good questions here. People go to hell not because they can’t stop sinning because even Christians sin..(1 John 1:8,10) but we ask for forgiveness (1 John 1:9) and He wipes the slate clean. No one goes to hell because they can’t stop sinning because even I can stop. I am not sinless but I do sin less.

People go to hell because they reject Jesus Christ as their Savior. They fail to place their trust in Him to forgive them & save them. The Bible teaches us that “none are good, no not one!” (Rom 3:10-12). Our good works are useless & actually like filthy rags to God so good morals will not help (read Matt 19:16-26 & Isaiah 64:6). God doesn’t send ANYONE to hell…they send themselves there by rejecting Jesus.

It makes me sad too to think about all those people going there…but that is why Jesus said to go into all the world to witness about Him in the Great Commission, an imperative command given 5 times by Christ. That is how you can help. Tell others. Yes, Jesus did the work and in fact, completed the work at Calvary but people must put their trust in Christ after they repent from their sinful life, confess their sins, and trust Jesus to save them and make Him their Lord. There is no other way (Acts 4:12) to heaven.

andro February 12, 2016 at 4:04 pm

thank you for your good article

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