+Joe BetsillDo you think that a Christian can go to hell?
I can answer this two ways. Obviously if I define a Christian as someone who goes to Heaven, well then I'm done and no one learns anything. So perhaps a more revealing answer is I do not "know" who actually goes to Hell. I don't "know" who goes to Heaven either. What I believe is that Jesus is the one who determines this. So, I do what I can to lead others to faith in Christ because a) I believe He restores and redeems people better than anyone else, and b) that through His death, burial, and resurrection He assures eternal life to those who profess their faith in Him. I do realize in some respects it sounds quite silly, but in other respects one can not deny that His story has been profound and deep enough to capture much of humanity, whether rich or poor, brilliant or not, regardless of culture, nation, or race for over 2000 years. Not too many individuals do that.By virtue of going to hell are they not a Christian in your eyes?
It's a slightly different question, so I'll take a stab at it as well. I wouldn't say that everyone in Heaven is a Christian in the popular sense of the word. What I would say is that the ones in Heaven in some way understand God and understand man's relationship with God. They see man for who he is and they humbly seek to honor God above al in a way that meets His mercy. I do not know the riches of His mercy outside of my own sin. I don't have any idea how this plays out in China in 20AD or how it plays out in Machu Pichu's heyday, how it plays out in the 5 year olds of CT or it's perpetrator, or how it plays out for you. I just believe this much, that I am a far better man today because of Jesus, that He alone has healed much of what was broken in me, that He lived and taught a life of virtue that has not been surpassed in all of history, and that the more I trust in Him, the richer and fuller life becomes. Getting to Heaven is not the point. Jesus himself is.