Will I go to hell?

 

Providing absolute proof for the afterlife is a difficult task as no human being has died, seen the afterlife, and returned back to Earth.

The major religions in their respective books state that those who disbelieve in the oneness of God will have a taste of hell.

So what do you say to all those good people in the world, who think, talk and act with far more integrity and honesty than those who believe in God? I am sure all of us witness this many times.  I have been asked by several ‘non-believers’ if their fate is to be hell, despite the good lives that they lead.  If the answer is yes, then this could only serve to take them further away from their willingness to accept the existence of God.

I am certainly no scholar of religion but at the same time I would not like to deny that the scriptures DO state that non-believers will enter the hellfire.

And whoso seeketh as religion other than the Surrender (to Allah) it will not be accepted from him, and he will be a loser in the Hereafter.  (Quran; 3:85)

Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. (John 3:18)

And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life and some to reproaches and everlasting abhorrence” [Daniel 12:2]

Ultimately, it is in the hands of God as to whether a person develops firstly the belief in God and then a deep felt connection that satisfies the soul.  But having a positive response to the question ‘am I going to hell? promotes faith and perhaps directs the questioner towards searching for a little spirituality in their lives.

My response is firstly to admit that it IS clear in the scriptures that non-believers will go to hell.  But at the same time, we as believers cannot make judgements about any individuals, including telling them that they are destined for the hell-fire.  Allah has said that he can both give faith and take it away, even if that is just seconds before you take your last breath.  So if someone has lead a good life, but without the declaration of faith, God could put that faith in their hearts just as they are about to pass on to the next world.  This is something that none of us will ever have any knowledge of: it is an act exclusively reserved for God, so how can we say to any other human being that they are going to hell? God could just as easily take faith away from those who believe at the moment of death, which is why we should never take our faith for granted.

This response highlights both the power of God and His Infinite mercy.  A last minute decision that saves His slave from eternal suffering.

Remember, as mere human beings we do not have the power to place faith in the hearts of other human beings.  But it is our responsibility to live our lives with exceptional character, drawing people towards us and our faith.

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