What about those who die with no faith?

You might say, “My husband never prayed.  My grandpa never worshiped.  My mother never opened a Bible, much less her heart.  What about the one who never believed?  What about those who die with no faith?

I personally like Max Lucado’s response, “How do we know that he didn’t or she didn’t?”

Max continues, “Who among us is privy to a person’s final thoughts?  Who among us knows what transpires in those final moments?  Are you sure no prayer was offered?  Eternity can bend the proudest knees.  Could a person stare into the yawning canyon of death without whispering a plea for mercy?  And could our God, who is partial to the humble, resist it?

He couldn’t on Calvary.  The confession of the thief on the cross was both a first and final one, but Christ heard it.  Christ received it.  Maybe you never heard your loved one confess Christ, but who’s to say Christ didn’t?

We don’t know the final thoughts of a dying soul, but we know this:  we know our God is a good God.  He is ‘not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance’ (2 Peter 3:9).  God wants your loved one in heaven more than you do.  And, he usually gets what he wants.”

What do you think?

From:  Max Lucado’s book:  Traveling Light (book on Psalm 23)

Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder is the founder of the Wisdom of the Wounded ministry. She lives in Holland, Michigan with her husband Larry.


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