Question #3
?If loved ones of ours have passed away not as Christians, will we see them in heaven? Will we be able to see them again?

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This is a tough question. Not tough because it?s complicated or confusing…in fact it?s just the opposite. It?s tough because scripture is very clear. It?s tough, because the answer is difficult to hear.

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Scripture makes it completely clear that Jesus Christ is our only hope for salvation. Jesus says in John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” There?s not another option. Another passage that comes to mind is Matthew 7:13-14 Jesus says “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” A simple, yet sobering message. Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven. A narrow road for sure, but a road that is open to everyone. To quote a David Crowder Song “Oh happiness, there?s grace enough for us and the whole human race.”

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To directly answer the question, scripture is clear that only those who put their trust in Jesus Christ for salvation go to heaven. The destiny of those who don?t put their trust in Christ is hell. So…no, we will not see them in heaven. But the question remains…will we see them again? Luke 16:19-31 gives us a very vivid picture of this kind of situation. Jesus tells a parable (this story didn?t literally take place…it?s an earthly story, with a heavenly meaning) about a rich man and a poor man. The rich man passes away and goes to hell where he is tormented. The poor man goes to heaven. The rich man longs for the poor man to come and alleviate his suffering. He is told that there is “a great chasm” that separates them and that there is not crossing from one side to the other. The decisions we make in this life carry with them eternal consequences.

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This is why ACC believes so strongly in our mission to show the world the life changing power of Jesus Christ, through lives of full devotion in authentic community. There is no decision more important than what we chose to do with Jesus Christ. Let us be bold in reaching out to our friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family members! If you have questions about becoming a Christ-follower please don?t hesitate to contact our church office to talk to a member of our pastoral staff.

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Grace,
?Chris