Does a true Christian believe that all Muslims are going to hell?Does a true Christian believe that all Muslims are going to hell? And does a true Muslim believe that all Christians are going to hell

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I think the previous post captured most of it, you will certainly get "Christians" who think that a literal interpretation of the Bible is the only way to go, but if you are focused more on the philosophy or the tenets of a Christian faith, I think the answer would be no.

If you believe in God as a creator or father-like figure, one that cares about human beings as his children, it is difficult to imagine that being simply accepting that huge numbers of his children would go to hell because they didn't profess the right belief, regardless of whether they were good people, etc.

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Jesus once commented to his disciples that "I have other sheep who are not of this flock." Conservative Christians who interpret the Bible quite literally will argue that unless has experienced an emotional and spiritual rebirth, one will burn in hell, whether he be Christian, Muslim, or Jew. More enlightened thinkers are not so quick to condemn. Alcoholics Anonymous and similar support groups speak of God "as we understand him." Certainly Muslims understand God differently from mainstream Christians; however to automatically condemn them to hell is too strict an interpretation for me personally to accept.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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The only way to arrive at an "answer" to a question such as this is to define what a "true Christian" is.  I think we can get into theological difficulty pretty quickly attempting to do that.  Muslims believe in Allah, which is the same as the Christian God, and they believe in the prophet Abraham and Jesus.  They don't believe he was the Son of God, but that he was still a prophet.  To each his own interpretation, I suppose, but I have a hard time seeing the merciful God or Jesus of the Bible sending 20% of Earth's population to Hell for being peaceful, religious and trying to lead good lives.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This depends on your own interpretation of what Christ says.  (I don't know enough about Muslim scripture to speak on that point.)  Jesus clearly does say that the only way to come to God is through him (John 14:6).  This clearly implies that you cannot be saved without believing in Christ.

However, I believe that you can be a true Christian without believing this passage.  I think that you can take it to mean that no one can come to God without accepting the moral teachings of Jesus, as opposed to his divinity.

I believe that God is too big of a concept to be truly understood by human beings and so I do not believe that we can know who is saved or not.

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elfgirl | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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A remote tribe in South America that's never been exposed to the Gospel are not automatically condemned to hell even though they are in a fallen state [my italics]. God judges the heart and what that person did with the knowledge available to them.This is something that Christians should keep in mind.  We are all educated beyond our obedience [ditto].

Sorry, but that comment belongs in The Dark Ages, not on an internet forum for teachers.

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Does a true Christian believe that all Muslims are going to hell?

Does a true Christian believe that all Muslims are going to hell? And does a true Muslim believe that all Christians are going to hell

By the way you pose your question, you equate a true Christian as someone who believes Muslims and non-Christians are going to hell.  If a Christian isn't sure (for who knows the mind of God or the heart of another person), that Christian is not truly a Christian because of his lack of knowledge?

We have been taught that Jesus is the only way to salvation.  Billy Graham used to preach this message early in his ministry.  However, when he traveled the world and met  people who'd never heard of Christ, he was forced to rethink his conviction.  Graham now says that he is not entirely certain; because scripture tells us that we are judged according to our knowledge. A remote tribe in South America that's never been exposed to the Gospel are not automatically condemned to hell even though they are in a fallen state.  God judges the heart and what that person did with the knowledge available to them.  This is something that Christians should keep in mind.  We are all educated beyond our obedience.

I believe that if someone really seeks God, not seek to make God into what they want to believe, but someone who wants to know Him, will be afforded the opportunity to make a decision about Christ.  In scripture, Jesus visited the quick and the dead when He was in the grave. Those people who preceeded Christ were given the opportunity to hear the call and decide for themselves about Christ. 

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