According to Christians:
Jesus died and rose again to save the world from all their sins.
Based on this, do all people go to heaven and no one go to hell? If not who will go to hell?
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Only those who reject Christ.
God doesn't send anyone to hell. A person goes to hell because they reject the Savior.
The Old testament saints were sanctified by faith in the future savior. They believed in the same concept Christians believe except they were looking ahead to the cross. They believed that the savior -would- come.
We are redeemed by the belief in the same savior except that we believe that the savior has came, looking -back- to Cross.
The cross is the Epicenter of all time. Everything before and everything after in scripture and in faith either moves towards or returns to that moment. The moment the giver of life died to save the people He loved so dear.
I was asked to expand upon the notion of why only those who reject Christ are those who go to hell. I will do so here because I don't want to interfere with my already user accepted response.
Why do we need the Savior and who is He?
In order to understand why rejecting Christ send us to hell we must understand why we need Christ in the first place. From the beginning God in His Holy and Righteous state declared for any an every sin atonement must be made. A blood sacrifice must be given. In the book of Genesis Chapter 3 after man falls God declares that because of Adam's sin he will return to the dust he was formed from. He also makes them clothes using skin which implies death being required. Then in one the books of God's law, Leviticus, we see full details concerning offerings made to God to atone for sin. Start at Chapter 1 and just keep reading. Point is according to God blood must be spilt in order to reconcile man back to the Holy God and not just any blood but, the innocent blood of a spotless lamb. No amount of praying could make atonement. Works could not make atonement. Nothing but faith in that blood sacrifice as an offering to cover sin. But there is a problem with this system. It has to be repeated. Over and over throughout history the "Passover" ritual was done in honor of that fateful night that God spared the Hebrew from death in Egypt. Just as He said then He says now.
So Why then do we need the savior? Because the sacrifices could never atone for all the sin of humanity. They were a temporary solution until God's plan was completed circling back to my statement about Abraham "God will provide a sacrifice." He did that very thing in the precious blood of Jesus Christ our savior and our Lord. He being the divine Word of God in the flesh (John 1) stepped into His own creation forsook Glory to become the lowest of men and to provide the atonement for our sins with his shed blood upon the cross. Fulfilling ever prophetic word concerning the messiah. Living a perfect and spotless life free of sin. Seeing as He is and was the only hope man could have of ever doing so being conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Why is rejecting Him the only way to hell?
If we understand what the apostle Paul is saying here we know two things.
Now knowing that salvation is a gift of grace that God himself provided we see ourselves free from our sins, our punishment for them being paid by Christ, and are now freely able to come to the throne of God. John 3:16 says "For God so loved the World, that he gave his only Son..." meaning everyone. It doesn't matter if your white, black, red, blue, yellow, green, or orange. You have just as much gift of salvation as anyone else. All it boils down to is this. Do you believe it? God gave the gift of salvation you can receive it...or you can reject it and try to get by on your own. Prayer won't atone for sin. Works won't atone for sin. Living a good life won't atone for sin. There's no other way except in Christ.
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Hope this helps, enlightens or just brings a smile of confidence to somebody today. God bless.
Anyone can go to heaven and God doesn't want anyone to go to hell. However, some people reject Jesus. He still died for them, but they don't care. I heard something once that was very helpful for me. It was something like, "God loves you so much that when you die, He will give you what you loved most while you were alive forever. If you love Him the most, you will be with him forever. (That is called heaven.) If you loved anything else more, you will get it forever, but you will also see how much you are missing without God. If you loved anything besides God the most, having it forever will be hell."
Christianity, as defined by this forum, covers many differing views. From an evangelical perspective, we are all guilty of sin against God--rebellion against His authority. Simply put, we are guilty of high treason--not merely minor infractions.
Our good works can never outweigh our bad. I don't know where that idea comes from, but we certainly do not operate that way in relation to our government. No amount of good works would make up for committing murder or rape or even speeding. There is a penalty for every crime that must be paid.
The same is true with our relationship to God. We have committed high treason by rejecting His authority in our lives every time we sin. No one is worthy, and everyone is guilty. Justice can only be served when the penalty is paid. We are completely unable to pay the penalty of our sins by our good deeds. We are utterly helpless and hopeless by ourselves.
However, God loves us and desires to not merely overlook our sins, but to fully pay for them. He is certainly able to do so. The Eternal Son (see the trinity) entered into His creation and took on the name Jesus, which means "God saves", because God became a Man to save us from our sins. He died as payment for our sins, thereby satisfying the requirements of His own justice. Our penalty is, then, fully paid.
It is then left to us whether or not we accept this gift. We can refuse this payment and believe we are good enough on our own. In that case, we will pay for it ourselves, spending eternity in the place where God is not--what we call hell.
If, however, we do accept His payment for us, made on our behalf, and trust His work rather than our own, then He makes us His own children and forgives us completely.
So, in conclusion, all are completely unrighteous and unworthy. However, those who admit that and accept God's payment for the penalty of their sins will be forgiven and spend eternity with God. Those who reject this payment will spend eternity in the place where God is not.