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I have known adults who made a decision to follow Jesus at a very young age. I made that decision when I was 27 years old. The topic of what happens if we die before making that decision and where we end up is wrapped up in a knowledge that is incomplete. God has all the information and complete knowledge, we do not. My Daddy had hate in his eyes when visited by a Christian neighbor two months before my Dad died, did my Dad make a last minute decision to accept Jesus' message and sacrificial death, I will not know until I get to heaven. I do know Daddy spent a lot of time those last days staring up at the corner of the room, his eyes would no longer focus on the caregivers. He appeared to be listening and watching something.

I do know that if we do not read the Bible then our knowledge is not as complete as it can be. I did not read the Bible completely until I was over 50 years old. Now, each time I read it there is a different perspective because of the problems in my life at the time.

I don't even know what to say. Sorry you lost your father. I hope he made it up there.
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post #212 of 4463
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I have known adults who made a decision to follow Jesus at a very young age. I made that decision when I was 27 years old. The topic of what happens if we die before making that decision and where we end up is wrapped up in a knowledge that is incomplete. God has all the information and complete knowledge, we do not. My Daddy had hate in his eyes when visited by a Christian neighbor two months before my Dad died, did my Dad make a last minute decision to accept Jesus' message and sacrificial death, I will not know until I get to heaven. I do know Daddy spent a lot of time those last days staring up at the corner of the room, his eyes would no longer focus on the caregivers. He appeared to be listening and watching something.

I do know that if we do not read the Bible then our knowledge is not as complete as it can be. I did not read the Bible completely until I was over 50 years old. Now, each time I read it there is a different perspective because of the problems in my life at the time.
I'm sorry you don't know if your dad was saved before he passed hugs.gif But I would still have hope that something could have changed his mind. I think God has a lot more ways of connecting with people than we may think. It really does break his heart when one of his children refuses him. And he does do everything possible to bring them to him without interfering in their free will. There's stories of unsaved people having Jesus appear in their dreams and then coming to God. So I really think every person is given many opportunities to accept salvation while on earth.
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post #213 of 4463
I didn't start learning the truth until about 5 years ago. Before then, I was a mess.

I grew up in a good Lutheran home, but we weren't by any means churchgoing folk. So as the years went by I lost what little faith I had to begin with. Until I was faced with an abusive husband addicted to meth and 2 small children and an alcohol problem. My kids were taken from me, I got divorced, and was at the mercy of the state until I met a friend of my sisters, who I jokingly called "the Bible thumper"...

I married that man wink.png

He started to teach me, little by little. I got sober, got my kids back, got baptized. And then I decided I needed to marry this man that showed me the truth. Now we have a 3 month old son as well smile.png

I like Matthew 7:7 because it taught me that even me, at 38 ripe years old, am worthy of a second chance if only I ask and seek to know God more. That's all I ever had to do, was just let go of all my pride and just ASK for help, and I got it.

It's truly amazing being able to read the Bible and it always seems to answer what I'm asking, even if I don't know the question.
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post #214 of 4463
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I didn't start learning the truth until about 5 years ago. Before then, I was a mess.

I grew up in a good Lutheran home, but we weren't by any means churchgoing folk. So as the years went by I lost what little faith I had to begin with. Until I was faced with an abusive husband addicted to meth and 2 small children and an alcohol problem. My kids were taken from me, I got divorced, and was at the mercy of the state until I met a friend of my sisters, who I jokingly called "the Bible thumper"...

I married that man wink.png

He started to teach me, little by little. I got sober, got my kids back, got baptized. And then I decided I needed to marry this man that showed me the truth. Now we have a 3 month old son as well smile.png

I like Matthew 7:7 because it taught me that even me, at 38 ripe years old, am worthy of a second chance if only I ask and seek to know God more. That's all I ever had to do, was just let go of all my pride and just ASK for help, and I got it.

It's truly amazing being able to read the Bible and it always seems to answer what I'm asking, even if I don't know the question.
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post #215 of 4463
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I didn't start learning the truth until about 5 years ago. Before then, I was a mess.

I grew up in a good Lutheran home, but we weren't by any means churchgoing folk. So as the years went by I lost what little faith I had to begin with. Until I was faced with an abusive husband addicted to meth and 2 small children and an alcohol problem. My kids were taken from me, I got divorced, and was at the mercy of the state until I met a friend of my sisters, who I jokingly called "the Bible thumper"...

I married that man wink.png

He started to teach me, little by little. I got sober, got my kids back, got baptized. And then I decided I needed to marry this man that showed me the truth. Now we have a 3 month old son as well smile.png

I like Matthew 7:7 because it taught me that even me, at 38 ripe years old, am worthy of a second chance if only I ask and seek to know God more. That's all I ever had to do, was just let go of all my pride and just ASK for help, and I got it.

It's truly amazing being able to read the Bible and it always seems to answer what I'm asking, even if I don't know the question.

That's amazing! I love reading stories like that.
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post #216 of 4463
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I didn't start learning the truth until about 5 years ago. Before then, I was a mess.

I grew up in a good Lutheran home, but we weren't by any means churchgoing folk. So as the years went by I lost what little faith I had to begin with. Until I was faced with an abusive husband addicted to meth and 2 small children and an alcohol problem. My kids were taken from me, I got divorced, and was at the mercy of the state until I met a friend of my sisters, who I jokingly called "the Bible thumper"...

I married that man wink.png

He started to teach me, little by little. I got sober, got my kids back, got baptized. And then I decided I needed to marry this man that showed me the truth. Now we have a 3 month old son as well smile.png

I like Matthew 7:7 because it taught me that even me, at 38 ripe years old, am worthy of a second chance if only I ask and seek to know God more. That's all I ever had to do, was just let go of all my pride and just ASK for help, and I got it.

It's truly amazing being able to read the Bible and it always seems to answer what I'm asking, even if I don't know the question.


Praise Jesus! What a wonderful testimony!!! Isn't our God just so good!? <3
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post #217 of 4463
So I heard this story on a documentary or something awhile ago. And they said when Jesus's body was in the tomb his spirit was in hell preaching to the unsaved souls of the gentiles. Since before Jesus's sacrifice only the Jewish people knew the way to salvation. I always thought that was really interesting but I can't find that story in the Bible. Has anyone heard that before or know if it's even true?
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post #218 of 4463
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So I heard this story on a documentary or something awhile ago. And they said when Jesus's body was in the tomb his spirit was in hell preaching to the unsaved souls of the gentiles. Since before Jesus's sacrifice only the Jewish people knew the way to salvation. I always thought that was really interesting but I can't find that story in the Bible. Has anyone heard that before or know if it's even true?

It sounds a little familiar.
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post #219 of 4463
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So I heard this story on a documentary or something awhile ago. And they said when Jesus's body was in the tomb his spirit was in hell preaching to the unsaved souls of the gentiles. Since before Jesus's sacrifice only the Jewish people knew the way to salvation. I always thought that was really interesting but I can't find that story in the Bible. Has anyone heard that before or know if it's even true?

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It sounds a little familiar.

1 Peter 3...19

17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 19 After being made alive,[d] he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— 20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God.[e] It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.
Edited by shortgrass - 12/15/16 at 4:32pm
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my...
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The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my...
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post #220 of 4463
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1 Peter 3...19

17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 19 After being made alive,[d] he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— 20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God.[e] It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.
Thanks for finding the verse. So is it possible that some people in hell were saved after that?
Edited by chickluvinfreak - 12/15/16 at 5:08pm
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