Who goes to heaven?

I got a text from a friend of mine today who was strugglin, and wanted to hear my thoughts.  This is what he wrote…

Hey bro. I am struggling with something. Could u email me your thoughts on: does the person who never hears the gospel go 2 heaven?email me

I typed up a quick yet lengthy response on google documents. Check it out here if your interested, be sure to get back and freestyle with me.


  1. fakegod · October 31, 2009

    Hate to break it to you, kiddo, but you got it right the first time: “the answer ultimately would be no they do not”.

    That’s the good news. The bad news is worse.

  2. freestyle · October 31, 2009

    While I am glad that as an atheist you feel welcome to join the dialogue (which you are), I must suggest that your perspective might possibly be biased… I know it’s a stretch. Anyways, I think that the large commercialized american and western church has made the issue seem clear, it is not the historic nor comprehensive practice or understanding of the church. There are many nuances in understanding. Take a look at James Cone in “God of the Oppressed” and you will see that the christian theology is extremely diverse in this particular area.

  3. notesalongthepath · November 1, 2009

    Wow, I’ll bet your friend was surprised to get that answer back as a text message! I love how thoughtfully you present both sides of the issues and how you take the time to explain man’s place in respect to God.
    I for one am voting that what is in our hearts is what counts with God, for not everyone in our world will be exposed to Christ’s teaching during their lifetimes. But, like Gandhi, they may already ‘know’ on some level. And, look at all those who are exposed to His teachings, but can’t or don’t apply the ‘peaceful way’ to themselves. Christ’s path is a like walking on the edge of a razor blade, from which we fall many times in our lifetimes. Yet, we pick ourselves back up and keep on keeping on, because we are called to do so.
    You always make me think, Drew.

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