Q. An article I read recently claims that the unsaved dead don’t suffer eternal punishment, but will have a chance to accept salvation at the Great White Throne judgment if they’ve never heard the Gospel before. If they accept they’ll be saved then, and if not they’ll be destroyed along with all the others who rejected Jesus. Overall I don’t agree with a lot of the things they say here, because the references, or lack of, don’t directly support what they say, even though they write it as if they do. Overall, what is your view on the existence of Hell, and what they say in the article about certain people getting a ‘second chance’ at the White Throne Judgment?
A. There are several things this article teaches that aren’t Biblically accurate. The Bible is clear on the eternal suffering in store for those who don’t choose to accept God’s pardon during their lifetimes. This is because while God is loving and merciful, He’s also righteous and just. He isn’t arbitrary so He can’t manifest one of His character traits at the expense of any other one. Everything has to fit.
Since He holds everyone accountable for the choices of their life, He has to give everyone the opportunity to make an informed decision on whether to accept the pardon He purchased for them or not. Hebrews 9:27, which says that Man is destined to die once and after that to face judgment, tells us that this has to happen during our lifetimes. The opinion that the unsaved will get a 2nd chance at the Great White Throne is incorrect.