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What would Jesus say at the funeral of an unbelieving, unsaved person?
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I recently attended the funeral of a person who I knew had never been saved or responded to the gospel. This person had never been overtly evil but neither had he shown or expressed any interest in God or religious matters in general. And he had little patience for so-called: God Botherers.

Under the belief system that is widely promoted throughout the Christian Church, to all intents and purposes this individual is headed straight for an eternity in hell. So what would Jesus say if He had been invited to attend that funeral? What would He say to the loved ones who attended this man's funeral?

"Sorry folks, but you do realise that your father/brother/son is roasting in a fiery place right now, so be warned, don't make the same mistake or you'll be roasting right along with him."

Not exactly compassionate but, according to what the Christian church teaches, He would be telling the truth. Personally, I don't think Jesus would be saying anything of the sort. Because if He did, He would be contradicting many different parts of the Bible which He would never do. The hell doctrine just cannot stand up to basic scrutiny. It's completely undermined in the book of Revelation and most of the major and minor prophets of the Old Testament. When i read exposing the curse, many of these scriptural contradictions were pointed out and a much more plausible explanation was offered that didn't cause contradictions in the Bible.

No, if Jesus showed up at that funeral, He would have comforted the grieving relatives, He would have talked openly about the coming resurrection and re-assured them that they would definitely see their loved ones again. The gospel is an amazingly positive message for a hurting and dying world. The full impact of what Jesus did has never really been fully understood before. Hopefully we will see more and more Christians taking the time to read the Bible for themselves and discover the full story behind God's great plan to reconcile humanity to Himself.

Posted: Aug 15 2009 03:49:15am by Paul Mason
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Debra Mock (@debradoo)
Aug 15 2009 06:34:35am
  Jesus most definitely was a compassionate being. However, His truth preceded His compassion. As beautiful and uplifting and promising and hopeful as the Gospel is, the truth is still there. And the truth can be a raw and uninvited and dreadful honesty for some. Depends on what side of the fence you have chosen.

Ted Kmiecik (@tedarkay)
Sep 12 2009 10:37:05am
  Dear Pureinheart, In His kindness, God has provided us a glimpse of Jesus at a graveside. (John 11). Jesus' friend, Lazarus, is dead. Jesus spoke to the dead man's sister, Martha. (John 11:23-26). Later in the text, (John 11:36), Jesus wept; and the mourners said, "Behold how He loved him!" This is the example He left us. He was compassionate. He shared their care-filled feelings. He spoke plainly of His power over death. No, He did not speak of hell at the funeral of Lazarus. But elsewhere at many times He did speak plainly about hell. (Luke 12:4-5) (Luke 16:19-31) (John 5:28-29)

Francisco J Zubia (@tohimbeglory)
Sep 12 2009 11:39:14am
  God did go to funeral of such. Turn to Luke 7:11-17, ["...11And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. 12Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. 13And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. 14And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. 15And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. 16And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people. 17And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judaea, and throughout all the region round about...] You must have faith and understand the truth that it is God that giveth life and he can give it up to any one, even if one is one on his way from casket to hell. This is to glorify God as the giver of all things. And we must believe that nothing is impossible for glorious GOD. There's really nothing in the imagination of perishable man or men, anyone or anything like him- GOD!. Truly! Believe me! Blessings. Chow!

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