Grace to All?

A hypothetical for you…it’s come out of great conversation I’m having with someone at our church about other religions. What if on Judgment Day God says “I don’t want anyone to perish. I’ve changed my mind. Grace to all. Everyone gets in!”

What’s your gut reaction to that scenario? It’s not fair? It’s not right? It’s great? Hallelujah?

14 thoughts on “Grace to All?

  1. It wouldn’t be fair. It wouldn’t be right. It would be great! No one is saved fairly or because one is right. We only get his rightness because he became our wrongness..II Cor. 5:21. He made the trade.Paul thought he was the chiefest of sinners. He never met me. I hope all can get in and none be lost.

  2. Russ,It sort of reminds me of the parable Jesus told about the workers in the vineyard. Those hired first were jealous of those hired last. I think it all stems from the fact that we still somehow think we have earned God’s love. We still think that we deserve it.The Bible says that it is God’s will that all men be saved. Well, God usually gets what he wants.Gary

  3. Hebrews 6:18 – “it is impossible for God to lie.”Revelation 21:8 – “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”Matthew 7:13,14 – “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”This question, hypothetical as it is, goes against all of God’s word. We do not deserve God’s grace nor do we earn salvation, but we must take action to gain both. Those who do not act on God’s word will not see His kingdom. The situation you present will never happen, it is not possible. It is not the way God will have it. – K

  4. Russ,Remember what Jesus said to his followers who informed him of others casting out demons and using his name. I don’t recall the exact verse, but it was something along the line of, “Leave them alone. They are not speaking against me.” Bill D.

  5. The question came out of a conversation about other religions (Judaism, Muslim, Hindu, etc.) We were discussing what happens to those who are faithful to God, yet don’t believe in Jesus. I know that the Bible teaches that Jesus is the only way to the Father and that only through Him are any of us “worthy” of salvation. The hypothetical explores our attitude about God’s grace. What if he changed his mind and gave grace to all, even those who don’t follow Jesus? I fear that many of us Christians would feel cheated or wronged. But why? And what does that reveal about our understanding of grace or our motivation for following Jesus?

  6. God says “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” It does not therefore depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. (Romans 9:14-16)The very fact that God is granting mercy and compassion in the first place infers (I hate that word) that he is dealing with sinners who do not deserve either.Does grace and mercy only cover the “little” sins?Could God in his soverinty choose to forgive (have mercy and compassion on) Liars, adulterers, murderers, even cowards (?) Rev. 12:1)Why not Jews?

  7. Because as Russ said, Jesus is the only way to the Father, and He is the only way to gain that grace and forgiveness. If that were not true there would be no need for the mission work that Christ commanded. Jesus in His ministry was focused on the Jews. Without Him they get no mercy or grace. I would wish every person to be saved but I know that it is my responsibility to get the word to people of all faiths. If Christians do not do this the world will not see His mercy. I can not wish, ask hypotheticals, or hope, I must make it my job to bring Christ to these people. That is the only way. – K

  8. I find it very interesting that the people that appear the most hard hearted and unbending in their belief that God cannot extend his grace and mercy to everyone are anonymous. Are they afraid of being identified as hardhearted and unwilling to extend grace? Are we still that tied to legalism in this culture? PRAISE GOD we are not under the letter of the law anymore. All authority in heaven and on earth belongs to God and Jesus, by his own admission in Matthew 28, so I don’t see why it couldn’t happen. And my gut reaction? PRAISE GOD! SALVATION FOR ALL! Jesus loves the little children… All the chidlren of the world. Is one crack whore’s soul any less valuable than that of a person who fills a pew every Sunday but secretly hates her husband because he works too much? Is a homeless man’s soul not worth as much as a man’s who teaches Sunday School but through the week no one knows he does? How dare we say whose soul is worth more and how dare we presume we know better than God who gets into Heaven?

  9. The worth of a soul was never brought to question, and I presume nothing. Everything I’ve said comes directly from God’s word. If you do not want to believe God’s word or you make up something else because it is what you want to believe then you are the one that presumes. So, concerning what is being discussed and what I said, what’s your point? – K

  10. K,One more thing, who are you to say I am making up anything simply because I disagreed with you? Differing opinions do not mean I was making up anything. And when you say it is your job to bring Christ to these people, does that mean that Christ has nothing to do with it? Without you, He is nothing? In Luke 19:40 Jesus tells the Pharisees that without the disciples proclaiming the word, “the stones will cry out”. I do know that the Devil loves a miserable Christian who loves to debate doctrine rather than show love and mercy. Which one are you, K?

  11. I am one to say that you are making up things because the things you say are not in God’s word, if you are not making them up who is? What I wonder is how you say that I presume anything. Scripture says that not everyone will make it into Heaven, in fact it says “narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” If anyone says anything else then that is made up falsehood. Where do you find in God’s word where everyone will receive God’s grace, I would like to know? Also, how do you claim to love people if you wish for grace but do not accept the responsibility to bring the word to everyone? Will you love them but rely on the rocks for their salvation. Another question, how do you love people if not through the Word? You present me with the idea that you either stick to doctrine or “show love and mercy.” These things are not opposites, they are the same. You can not love anyone without God’s doctrine. Do not talk love but act on it, bring the Word to people and debate doctrine where it needs be debated. God’s word is love, making up falsehood is the work of satin and will send people to hell, the very real place with very real souls in it.

  12. It is impossible to be faithful to God and not accept His son. Yes, we are all undeserving of the grace He has granted us. But, God does require acceptance of the Savior. Imagine a Heaven of people who do not believe they need a Savior. They got in because they were obedient, diligent, charitable, cautious, etc. I don’t think it would be very heavenly. In fact, it sounds a lot like the fallen angels. Heaven, in its perfection, can only house those who come to God in need of redemption. Inadequate souls, riding on the wings of grace.

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