How incorrect is this answer? ?
Death leads to immediate heaven or hell, and it is too late to be saved, after death. To be in heaven and not hell, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, who is God and who died on the cross and shed His blood to pay for all of our sins in full, and who was buried, and who resurrected from the dead. The only way to avoid hell is by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, without adding any of your own works. See Romans 4:5, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, and John 3:16.
- PubliusLv 74 weeks agoFavorite Answer
Almost entirely. "To the Law and To the Testimony" addresses many of these topics in greater detail than I can go into here.
1. Heaven vs. Hell is a false dichotomy. Heaven comes only after the resurrections and final judgment. Hell exists only until the resurrections. Rev. 20:12-14.
2. Every single one of God's human children, past, present, and future, shall have a fair chance to learn the gospel of Jesus Christ, even in hell (1 Peter 3:18-20; 4:6), and benefit from it (1 Cor. 15:29). God's love, justice, and mercy are all intact. It is not too late to be saved after death, but it is too late to do the good works for which Christ shall judge and reward us.
3. Christ definitely teaches that he shall reward us according to our works, not our beliefs, much less some nebulous "acceptance" or some arbitrary whim of his.
4. Faith without works is dead, and so are we. The person who provided you those scriptures did an admirable job of cherry picking, but he ignores the context of the rest of the New Testament.
- PaulLv 74 weeks ago
It is completely correct, except, we do not know that non-Christians automatically go to Hell. God judges every individual based on their own life, their own morality. He certainly isn't going to send one of His beloved children to Hell just because they were raised in a country where they never had the opportunity to learn about Him, or Christianity.
- RichardLv 64 weeks ago
Totally, since extraordinary claims that are presented without evidence can be dismissed in the same manner.
- Annsan_In_HimLv 74 weeks ago
Catholics will say it's totally wrong because they believe in an intermediate state, Purgatory, where souls need to be refined (by Catholics praying for them etc) before they're fit for Heaven. Jehovah's Witnesses will say it's totally wrong because they don't believe in hell (the way that person means it) and that only 144,000 people will ever get to Heaven. And a host of other groups will disagree with it. Nice to see you agree with it by advertising it.
However, I think it's wrong to try to use sound-bites on such a massive issue, but Yahoo is full of sound-bite answers. Why complain at one if you happen to disagree with it? If people would just take time to analyze Qs and stick to answering only the point in it, we would have less cut-and-paste, sound-bite answers. Once a person gets a reputation for that, they are automatically thumbed down without their answer even being read, so it's counterproductive.
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- 4 weeks ago
We all sleep before we are judged. Together we rises. Hell is a place designed for the fallen angels and there children. Man who sins without repentance will forever more be a child of Satan. Therefore they are linked to the devil. God place any man who is under sin in Hell. To reestablish the link from God and man, Jesus the Word of God, had to make a bold statement to reconnect man's faith in the true God. With Jesus we are once again linked to God but only though suffering (death) are we able to return to God's presence. Unfortunately man has been corrupted by desires and sin for so long some can not see the difference.
- Bulldog reduxLv 74 weeks ago
I'd say that it is your question that is "incorrect."
- Den B7Lv 74 weeks ago
- John SLv 74 weeks ago
Not incorrect - but may need further explanation of what the person means by 'faith'
It is similar in formulation to a basic 'creed' (See Nicean or Apostles creed) but much more condensed and focused only on salvation.
Catholics, if they don't get too offended by the wording, can agree with it. It is just likely that a Catholic and non-Catholic will simply disagree on semantics or the definitions of things like 'good works' 'justification vs. sanctification, and definition of what it means to have 'faith'
The last line "without adding any of your own works" - is problematic, but also a cornerstone of most Protestant denominations. It all depends on how dogmatically the person holds onto the phrase 'without adding your own works'
Often times when pressed regarding 'good works' - MOST Christians who claim that we can't 'add' our good works - STILL believe that good deeds ARE part of the Christian life. They are just 'evidence' of faith, but not salvific in and of themselves. When further pressed - the connection between good deeds and salvation often gets blurrier and blurrier until the functional difference between a non-Catholic and a Catholic is largely nonexistent.
-- Minor Critique --
Hinging an answer on like 4 or 5 verses cherry picked from the Bible is never great. A) what if the person is a non-Christian, aka an Atheist. Quoting them bible verses isn't gonna do much.
B) Anyone can find 2 or 3 verses that seem to agree with their point. That's not that impressive. In this case, the person has chosen fairly stereotypical verses that get dragged out almost everytime in defense of Protestantism.
C) What the answer-er does to explain verses that rebuff his/her position are MORE important than simply quoting a few verses to prove your point.
D) Using verses to prove one's point only really helps those who already believe in Sola Scriptura. They are less impressive to non-Protestants (Catholics, Orthodox, Muslims, Jews, Atheists, Agnostics, Budhists, etc.) which is the majority of the world.
Better to mention larger chunks and more references if you are going to try and debate.
In the end, this answer is OK, but very cliche and uninspiring - very stereotypical.
- Anonymous4 weeks ago
No salvation is given until AFTER death.
- 4 weeks ago
I have never actually read the whole thing. The robot who posts it does himself and his message a disservice by spamming the same nonsense over and over. We get used to seeing it then automatically skip it.
I am sure it's 100% incorrect, though, because it seems to quote the Bible.