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When is it too late to ask for salvation? It is never too late, as long as a person is alive. The thief on the cross is a good example of this in the Bible. What about obtaining salvation after death? Some Christians believe that everyone will be given a second chance to believe after death. Usually the proof text used is: 1 Peter 3:18-20 (NIV) ...


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Considering that the thief on the cross asked and was forgiven as he was dying on a cross near Jesus I'd have to argue that there is never a moment that is too late until you are dead. I don't know of any teachings in my sect (reformed protestant, specifically Presbyterian) that either allow or prohibit the idea of conversion after death. However, because ...


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There is an old saying (I believe from Dante) that "the gates of Hell are locked from the inside." In The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis, this is reiterated by a solid one who says: "In the end, there are only two kinds of people - those who will say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God must reluctantly say, 'Your will be done.'" The idea is ...


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The chief reason that people put off Baptism had to do with the Roman tendency to be almost magical in their thinking about religion. Even when they had converted in their hearts, people who had civic duties, which inevitably involved performing some pagan rites, were extremely reluctant to break with tradition. And Roman society in general didn't tolerate ...


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I do not think anyone knows as there is huge speculation on the subject. Basically some see it as his cowardice to confess his faith, others see it as a prudent measure to keep his influence of power until the risk of his own execution for becoming a Christian had passed. He himself does not seem to say. I do not even believe we can prove He was a ...


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I'll ditto Eric. But I would add: The Bible makes it clear that you can be saved on your deathbed, e.g. the theif on the cross (not exactly a death BED, but whatever). But Jesus told several parables in which he made clear that there is some point at which it will be too late. For example, read the parable of the "wise and foolish virgins" in Matthew ...



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