How Much? How Little?
I don’t have a whole lot to say about this topic, but I thought it was an interesting question.
How much, or how little do you need to know to achieve salvation?
Of course, these questions are all just hypotheticals.
What if you are a person in a mountain community who only has heard of this Jesus character as a great moral teacher and sometimes people will come into town and tell you something new about Jesus and you love learning about him, his teachings and his life. You live your life as best as you can according to what you know, but that is all?
Do you have to know he died for your sins?
Do you have to know where he was from? When he lived? What if someone told you the story about Jesus, but told you that he was from Greece in the 1940s and you believed it?
Do you have to know about baptism?
I have asked questions like this before, and it has caused me problems. But I think that it is interesting and worth pondering.
Some would suggest that babies go to heaven if they die. This, though they know nothing of Jesus. But they also do not know sin and wrong-doing. Some would say though that an adult who never knew of Jesus and never knew what sin was, would not get into heaven. This is salvation based on age and an ignorance, not just ignorance.
Thinking about these things is tricky stuff, and something that a lot of people feel very passionately about, despite little evidence to argue and no way to know for sure.