One of the things that drove me away from Christianity when I was a teenager was that I didn’t feel like I got sufficient answers to my legitimate questions. I always got people telling me the party line. Stuff like “pray on it” or “have faith” or “only god knows.”
I got to the point where I felt like I was too smart for religion. Not trying to sound full of myself or anything, but that’s really how I began to feel. Even now as I’m further studying Christian mythology and taking a second look at it all, I’m still getting the same glossed over answers. I really want to know these answers. Not because I want to use them as ammunition against the faith. I’m genuinely curious.
So I’m going to ask a couple here. Knowing this place is filled with Christians. Even though many probably don’t read my blog anymore. But if there are any more scholarly Christians reading maybe you can fill in the blanks for me.
Ok here we go. I’ll start with one question and then make this a running series over several blog entries.
Correct me if I’m wrong about anything.
1. God ultimately wants us to love him. So what happens to people who die before they get the chance to discover their love for God?
For instance, lets say a 17 year old person hasn’t ever really thought about God. Maybe they were just brought up in a non religious situation and just hadn’t got around to it. But they had just started to research it and then got into a fatal car accident.
They hadn’t really got to fully understanding or forming a relationship with God yet, let alone loving God. So what happens to them?
This baffles me a little bit, because people die at all different ages. For some people it may take them until they are in their thirties or forties before they really begin to understand and embrace God and religion. So what about those people that aren’t given enough time?
Some have said that if they die before knowing God it is because God knows the beginning and the end of them and already knew they wouldn’t come to love him. So what does that say about free will then? Did they even have any to begin with if God ultimately knew they weren’t going to love him? How were they ever given a choice to love him if they were destined to not love him?
What happens to that person (soul)?