Sjolander Road Fellowship




Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

"nones" in heaven?

6/2/19

 

The label “none” shows up on paperwork where you are asked to declared a religious affiliation. It is a relatively new term which identifies those who do not associate with a standard religious group. I assume those in this category include atheists, maybe agnostics, those who claim a spiritual but not religious identity, and the religiously indifferent. Again I assume that Orthodox Christians, especially of the most conservative kind reject this group as being acceptable to God and therefore worthy of heaven.

 

Carrying that thought with me I return to a previous subject, which hovers around the edge of the doctrine of most churches. That tricky doctrinal issue is generally known as the age of accountability, the specifically unknown point in a child’s maturity when he or she become able to respond properly to the Gospel and become acceptable in heaven.

 

The fact that no one can find concrete Bible support for a specifically defined age of accountability is troublesome enough, but the very idea of there being exceptions to the absolute requirement to get saved, accept Jesus, pray the sinner’s prayer, etc., makes a  shambles of church evangelism. One might suspect that is why any identified or desired exceptions to the salvation process is rarely if ever addressed by any church group. Things that obviously cannot be explained or justified, though essential for one reason or another, are best left untouched. Now this does not mean that some creative individual has not a some point developed his or her personal explanation. But that attempt will almost assured involve nothing more than speculation, an attempt to extrapolate from some isolated verse and construct a possible answer. Such efforts can’t be much comfort to those who really need to know for sure, namely parents.

 

Anyway, this issue leads me to another observation. I’ll make the assumption that most Christian parents would not think that their child had reached the required age before they could fully talk and communicate, say age 3-4. Advancing from that assumption, I ask this question: how many children through the course of human history have died before being able to talk? The actual number is unknown but surely very large. Then I ask another question, what percentage of all those who ever lived to maturity made it to heaven. Obviously I have no idea nor does anyone else, but if you have heard years of church teaching like some of us, you have surely heard some preacher throw out a number, at least of those living today who will make heaven. My experience was that the preacher never thought more than 10% would escape the alternative fate. In fact, I heard more than once that probably the vast majority of those hearing his words would never see heaven. The road gets narrower every day.

 

Apparently very few who reach adulthood find the way to heaven, and one suspects that this saved group is not as great as the countless millions of dead children? Don’t these include Hindu babies, Muslim babies, pagan babies, the children of atheists, etc. Don’t these little ones qualify as “none”, never having established a religious preference, Christian or otherwise. It’s not much of a stretch to conclude that the “nones” will be the majority in heaven, little innocents who never lived in a practical sense. It's a strange way to dissect the heavenly population, but then every dissection and every exception just creates a new point of confusion. Best to just leave this issue alone.