Will my dead relatives who didn’t hear the Gospel go to heaven?

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My relatives were good and kind people but did not hear about Jesus, will they go to heaven?

They were good people

Believers and Unbelievers will face two different kinds of judgments. Everyone will give an account of their life on earth; Jesus will be their judge (Rom. 2:6-11). The LORD is good to those who trust Him, and He remembers their good works (Nahum 1:7; Psalm 25:6-7). The problem is, how good is good enough?

If your dead relatives or parents died not knowing Jesus, they would face the final judgment if their names are not written in the “Book of Life,” damnation awaits. But if they believed and received Jesus, they will go to heaven, the Bible says.

Psalm 37:3
Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

There is no excuse for knowing God

  • Even without the Bible, God revealed Himself to everyone – Romans 1:20
  • God has set eternity in our hearts. Those who haven’t seen a Bible sought and found God in their hearts. – Deuteronomy 4:29; Ecclesiastes 3:11
  • Unfortunately, despite the evidence for God, many refused to believe. Even when they heard about Jesus, they rejected Him in their hearts. – Romans 3:11
  • To know Jesus is to know God. (Read verses)

good works are never enough to exempt us from facing judgment.

→ How do you know a genuine Christian?

My grandmother was in a different religion, will she go to heaven?

My grandmother tried to be good. I shared about Jesus, but her devotion remained focused on her religious activities, not entirely Jesus. I take comfort knowing she did not reject Jesus. However, good works are never enough to exempt us from facing judgment. But those who belong to Jesus are saved!

Jesus is Lord and Savior of all generation

Jesus is the Lord and Savior of humankind. God desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. We can only hope for God’s mercies when those who do not know Jesus face judgment for their deeds on earth. (1 Tim. 2:4)

Instead of worrying about the dead, ask yourself, do you have the assurance of heaven? Have you shared the Gospel with living relatives so they may have the assurance of salvation and freedom from condemnation?

1 Timothy 4:10
“God is the Savior of everyone, especially of those who believe.”

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Albert is an academic researcher and UX/UI content manager. He is a graduate of Asian Studies and went to the Asian Bible Seminary and Trinity College of Music. He is happily married with three lovable teenagers.

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