What about before Jesus?

12 Aug

What happened to all the people before Jesus came? Do they all go to hell? What about all the people who lived after Jesus died, but did not know about him? Do they all go to hell? What about all the people in China or the new world who wouldn’t hear about Jesus for centuries? Do they go to hell? God certainly didn’t see fit to tell them about Jesus right away. He made them wait another 5 centuries until missionaries got around to talking to them. What happens to all those people until the missionaries came? (And even when the missionaries did come, often they were backed up by extreme violence and brought the Spanish Inquisition with them.)

3 Responses to “What about before Jesus?”

  1. wellwateredgarden August 12, 2009 at 7:38 pm #

    Boy, that is quite a picture. Where do you find those?

    If God doesn’t exist, as you probably believe, what difference does it make? It’s just us humans mucking around jockeying for position in this ‘dog eat dog’ world. Some of us win, get all the money/talent/health and some of us loose and get poverty/ill health/early death, etc.

  2. Maggie August 13, 2009 at 12:50 pm #

    Again, I believe that in the belief system you’re referencing, “righteous heretics” (or good-but-not-christian folks) from earlier than Jesus or with no knowledge of Jesus are sent to a Purgatory type thing. Not heaven, per se, but certainly not hell.

  3. godlesspaladin August 13, 2009 at 6:18 pm #

    But even if they are sent to purgatory, how is that fair? So they might not be suffering like the other people in hell, but they aren’t exactly happy either since they’re away from god. Purgatory is supposed to be a depressing place. No physical torment, but not exactly happiness either….

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