My relatives were good and kind people but did not hear the Gospel Jesus, will they go to heaven?
They were good people
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. Damnation awaits if their names are not written in the “Book of Life.”
Two kinds of judgments
He will judge everyone according to what they have done. 7 He will give eternal life to those who keep on doing good, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality that God offers. 8 But he will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves, who refuse to obey the truth and instead live lives of wickedness.
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 Jehovah’s witness, will she go to heaven?
Just like many religions, you must earn your way to heaven. My granny tried to be good and was an active Jehovah’s witnesses. I shared about Jesus, but her devotion remained on religious activities rather than knowing Jesus.
The same with my mother, who’s Seventh Day Adventist. She’s entirely devoted to her religion. They focus on end-times prophecies more than knowing Jesus.
I take comfort knowing my granny did not reject Jesus. Good works are never enough to exempt us from facing judgment. We were created in Christ to do good results, but going to heaven is because of Jesus.
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.“
Jesus is God and Savior
Jesus is the Lord and Savior of humankind. He has the power of life and desires all men to be saved and come to know the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 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? Only God can change man’s heart. Our role is to share and pray for their salvation.
1 Timothy 4:10
“God is the Savior of everyone, especially of those who believe.”