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Justin121121
Oct 13th 2008, 11:40 PM
Quick question, i know this might not be the right section, but I've got quite a few friends who aren't Christian, some are Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Even Agnostic. What I'm trying to say is many of my friends have different religions, and well... Are their religions right too?
Will i see them in heaven one day?
One thing I've noticed with their religions, is that none of them follow The Son of God like we do, does that make them wrong? Or do all of those religions leaders connect us to the same God?

D in Georgia
Oct 13th 2008, 11:48 PM
John 14:6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Justin121121
Oct 13th 2008, 11:52 PM
so what does that mean, i'll never see them again?

HisLeast
Oct 14th 2008, 12:01 AM
Most of my friends are agnostic. There's nothing wrong with having friends outside the faith, but don't EVER sacrifice your integrity or righteousness to maintain those friendships. For example... I walked out of a friend's bachelor party because there was too much drunkenness and the had arranged some strippers. They didn't understand, or even agree with my taking the moral high ground... and only years later did they see it for truth.

Because they're your friends, you'll feel pressure to be as they are, and think how they think. As long as you can stay strong and true to your faith there shouldn't be a problem.

Justin121121
Oct 14th 2008, 12:03 AM
i give you LOTS of respect for leaving. But the thing is, i don't want to become any other religion at all, Christianity makes the most sense to me... It's just, Suppose we all get into heaven one day, Will my friends be there? Because how can it be heaven if my friends aren't there you know?

HisLeast
Oct 14th 2008, 01:09 AM
i give you LOTS of respect for leaving. But the thing is, i don't want to become any other religion at all, Christianity makes the most sense to me... It's just, Suppose we all get into heaven one day, Will my friends be there? Because how can it be heaven if my friends aren't there you know?

Eyes have not seen nor ears heard what's in store in heaven. Whole new reality.

But let me ask you this... if it DID come down to your friends or your Lord, which would you pick? (Don't answer that here... just think about it). Sure, your friends won't necessarily pose it to you like that... but at the end of your life if you audited your actions, would more things end up on the side of "I'm doing this for my friends" or would more line up with "I'm doing this for God".

Justin121121
Oct 14th 2008, 01:11 AM
Funny thing, i was actually thinking that before i read your reply, and OF COURSE without a Doubt it'd be God. And it's awesome to think of how great Heaven would be. I guess it just all ties down to me being confused about Why I'm here of all people you know?

HisLeast
Oct 14th 2008, 01:14 AM
Funny thing, i was actually thinking that before i read your reply, and OF COURSE without a Doubt it'd be God.
I'm glad you have that confidence. For me... it keeps me up at night wondering. Remember that "deciding for God" isn't always a single monumental choice where the world says "its God or us". Sometimes its a long, long list of tiny, seemingly meaningless decisions.


I guess it just all ties down to me being confused about Why I'm here of all people you know?
Not sure I get ya.

Dani H
Oct 15th 2008, 03:38 AM
There's a saying that goes we're going to be surprised who we find in Heaven ... and we're going to surprised who we don't find, after all it's said and done. No, it's not in the Bible.

But, I know that God is able to save, especially those we think He's forgotten all about.

Pray for your friends. They deserve to know Jesus like you know Him, don't you think? :)

livingwaters
Oct 15th 2008, 04:03 AM
Justin121121, I'm soooo glad to hear you say, without a doubt!!!! Stand steadfast in your faith at all times. Don't let anything change how you feel about God, the Father, the Son and the Holy GHost!!!!:)

John 14:6 says it best in answer to your question about your friends. Try to witness to them as much as you can...Pray about it and the Lord will open the door for you to do so. When the opportunity arises, take it. Be BOLD and COURAGEOUS!!!!:pp:pp

Esperanza32
Oct 15th 2008, 03:42 PM
Quick question, i know this might not be the right section, but I've got quite a few friends who aren't Christian, some are Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Even Agnostic. What I'm trying to say is many of my friends have different religions, and well... Are their religions right too?
Will i see them in heaven one day?
One thing I've noticed with their religions, is that none of them follow The Son of God like we do, does that make them wrong? Or do all of those religions leaders connect us to the same God?

I agree with what the other posters have said...

I wonder if God has put you into your friends' lives for a reason.....;)

daughter
Oct 15th 2008, 04:25 PM
so what does that mean, i'll never see them again?Don't rule out the possibility that God will save them. Pray for them. He can save people from extremely anti Christian backgrounds. (I'm a case in point, ex witch here.)

And you ask, how could it be heaven without your friends. How could it be heaven if it was full of people who hated God? God in His mercy gives us a season to repent, but that door closes on all of us one day. If they don't love Him now, how can they love Him after death? I never understood before I was Christian... but before I knew God through His son Jesus, I never wanted to be with Him. If I didn't want to be with Him, He's not going to have me in heaven, is He?

Just pray for your friends, and ask God to keep opening their hearts, through whatever means He chooses. Whatever He does is right, and we'll understand it one day.

Athanasius
Oct 15th 2008, 04:30 PM
Quick question, i know this might not be the right section, but I've got quite a few friends who aren't Christian, some are Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Even Agnostic. What I'm trying to say is many of my friends have different religions, and well... Are their religions right too?
Will i see them in heaven one day?
One thing I've noticed with their religions, is that none of them follow The Son of God like we do, does that make them wrong? Or do all of those religions leaders connect us to the same God?

As it stands right now: no, they won't be in Heaven. That's why you need to tell them about Christ, so that they do start following the true, living God (Jesus Christ). Christianity is the only religion that is the full truth - we don't all follow the same God (in fact the gods of these religions - except for Buddhism, which is atheistic - are very different gods).

Tell them about Christianity and practice what you preach. Don't be overwhelming, but do realize you have a responsibility to tell them about the Gospel (and then let God work on their hearts).

Sold Out
Oct 21st 2008, 09:19 PM
i give you LOTS of respect for leaving. But the thing is, i don't want to become any other religion at all, Christianity makes the most sense to me... It's just, Suppose we all get into heaven one day, Will my friends be there? Because how can it be heaven if my friends aren't there you know?

I know it's hard to imagine heaven without your friends....but Jesus is not a liar. He said He is the only way. That is why it's so important for you to present the Gospel to your friends so they can be saved.

σяєяυииєя
Oct 22nd 2008, 02:51 AM
Hi Justine,

Well you know if your friends live according to the light God has shed round about them or that they have access to, you know what I mean, if they are in peace with God and have sought the truth, then probably God would led them now or afterwards who knows.

But we can ask the Lord whether or not it is His will that we witness to them and if so:

1-When \
2-how ------->> Even as the story of the woman who anointed Jesus
3-where /

And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head. Mark 14:3

She was wondering, how could she honor Jesus?, How could she support His cause? Then God showed her how to.

Cya around

gpmosely
Oct 22nd 2008, 08:28 PM
Quick question, i know this might not be the right section, but I've got quite a few friends who aren't Christian, some are Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Even Agnostic. What I'm trying to say is many of my friends have different religions, and well... Are their religions right too?
Will i see them in heaven one day?
One thing I've noticed with their religions, is that none of them follow The Son of God like we do, does that make them wrong? Or do all of those religions leaders connect us to the same God?

Well is their religion right? Well you are asking a lot of us to Judge, and none of us is the Judge. Only God is the Judge. He is completely and entirely fair. What I'm trying to tell you is, you live your life and they will observe. You minister by actions more then you do by what you say. Don't try to convert them, they will only resent you.

Will you see them in heaven? Maybe. You don't know. We don't know what is in their lives etc we don't know how Christians have come to them in the past etc. But we do know that God will judge it accordingly.

NOW the best thing you need to do is this: Respect them. Live with them peacefully. Respect them, they will respect you.

Now: this is my stance, we do not know the ideas God has for your friends. You just have to trust that God will use you.

Now will you see them in heaven? Well, we can't judge but I do know that those who chose to not follow Jesus, and dont worry they will make their own mind up, they will have plenty of chances, and then there is the millenium (erm..thats a big topic in itself), they will make the one for them.

If they chose not to follow God then those who chose to not follow God will be blotted out from the memory.

But don't you worry a thing, God is the judge, and he is very patient and very fair! So don't get all scared that you wont see them again just yet! :)