When an unsaved love one dies
This is worth quoting
>>is it possible that they are given one last chance before they die, unknown to us, and that they then surrendered, thus we will see them again when we enter Heaven?
It is very possible for anyone to be saved in the last minutes of their life. Our Lord is so good.
A perplexing issue for believers is, if a saved loved one dies there is peace, but how should a Christian feel when an unsaved family member dies knowing he rejected Jesus? For the believer, the death of an unsaved loved one is very difficult. Sometimes it seems we will never find comfort or peace of mind when we know the destiny awaiting the unsaved. When a saved loved one dies, we miss him, but we do not grieve “as others who have no hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:13), because we know we will be reunited in heaven one day.
Given that, It is not our job to save others, we can’t, only God can when an individual says yes to Jesus. This is my position which I feel is born out by The Word. However, I do have reason to believe that before dying, a dying person will have another opportunity to accept or reject Jesus in his own way. So, in this regard, I do have reason to hope.
I also believe that if a person sincerely turns to Christ on his death bed, not just to slip into Heaven after a lifetime of rebellion, that God will honor that. Also, I believe there are instances where one has just not realized what salvation is yet through no fault of their own and they will not be denied salvation if they turn to Christ at the last second.
who is to say that God Almighty can not whisper in a person’s ear that He is Jesus and He is the Answer.. God can do anything and will do everything possible to reach each person. But they have a free will to respond.
If a person no matter what their situation wants truth, I believe God will get right through to them.
>>do those who only gave a little to serve God enter into Heaven along with those who gave their all to serve the Lord?
Since salvation has nothing to do with our works, but it’s strictly by God’s grace that we are saved, both those who gave it all and those who only enjoyed the beauty of being born again a little bit, will enter heaven.
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First of all, do we really know a person isn’t saved? I don’t think we are to dwell on their loss if they intentionally didn’t receive Christ. I think when we get to heaven, we will know why they aren’t there and we will have peace knowing that they didn’t want what we had.
I personally think of all the good they did while they lived, all the love they showed to others.
I won’t speculate as to whether they went to heaven or not because I don’t know what was in their hearts when they died. I don’t know if they were ministered to by Christ Himself, right before they passed.
Therefore, my mind stays on what they meant to me, what pleasure I treasure because I had the opportunity to have them in my life.
This is the way I would like to remember a virtual friend:” He and my mother travelled the same path for almost 2 years (on Gerson Therapy). He was diagnosed with Kidney Cancer in Sept 2009 (my mother Dec 2009-breast cancer). He was told by his doctors that he only have 6 months to live from the time of diagnosis, but he was able to control his cancer with Gerson Therapy and was thriving up to the 2nd year. On the third year, he reapt the love of his friends and family and died knowing he was loved by friends and family. He gave me reason to believe that God’s grace reaches everyone regardless of culture, race, tradition and religion and each one of us were given free will to choose…I also remember him saying that Budhism is not a religion but a life system or philosphy of thought as a way of seeking for the truth.. it seems he is indirectly saying he does not see Buddha as a God or Lord, but see him as a fellow human being who spent his life searching for the truth. It seems he was immitating Buddha in that regard, without knowing that King Solomon (a Biblical character) also travelled the same path of soul searching and seeking for the truth… who knows if finally before their death bed, they actually found the Truth??”
His blog and the articles pertaining solely on Gerson Therapy (before he tried other more agressive therapies) is here:
The way I honoured him in my own way, I see him as modern day King Solomon, wise beyond his years with a heart of gold, he questioned the statuos quo and continued to seek the truth even to his death bed
(New King James Version)
To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born, And a time to die;
A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill, And a time to heal;
A time to break down, And a time to build up;
A time to weep, And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain, And a time to lose;
A time to keep, And a time to throw away;
A time to tear, And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;
A time to love, And a time to hate;
A time of war, And a time of peace.
New International Version (NIV)
7 A good name is better than fine perfume,
and the day of death better than the day of birth.
2 It is better to go to a house of mourning
than to go to a house of feasting,
for death is the destiny of everyone;
the living should take this to heart.
3 Frustration is better than laughter,
because a sad face is good for the heart.
4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning,
but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.
5 It is better to heed the rebuke of a wise person
than to listen to the song of fools.
6 Like the crackling of thorns under the pot,
so is the laughter of fools.
This too is meaningless.
4 Since a king’s word is supreme, who can say to him, “What are you doing?”
5 Whoever obeys his command will come to no harm,
and the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure.
6 For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter,
though a person may be weighed down by misery.
7 Since no one knows the future,
who can tell someone else what is to come?
8 As no one has power over the wind to contain it,
so[a] no one has power over the time of their death.