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When is it too late to be saved?
Race, Religion & Politics / 3:18 PM - Thursday September 17, 2009

When is it too late to be saved?

Can a lifelong atheist who rejects Jesus be saved if they become a born again Christian late in life?

- Asked by 2stlouis, A Thinker, Female, 29-35

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It's never to late.ASK and he will forgive.

- Response by bobboy, A Life of the Party, Male, 66 or older, Retired

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It's never too late in life... God loves us ALL!

- Response by geester, A Creative, Male, 56-65, Celebrity

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Born Again means they were a Christian to begin with. To be "Born Again" means that you are re-affirming your life to Jesus Christ.

Born Again or just finding Jesus for the first time late in life makes no difference. The fact that you believe in & follow Jesus, confess & repent all past sins, and that God and Jesus forgives and loves all means that they can be and will be saved. Simply accepting Jesus into your heart saves you.

- Response by cosmicdog0, A Guy Critical, Male, 56-65, Denver, Science / Engineering

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I guess they'll find out when they die!

- Response by psychoticbabe1, A Thinker, Female, 29-35, Other Profession

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If you're already in's too late.

- Response by bikerchick1, A Life of the Party, Female, 36-45, Atlanta, Financial / Banking

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Yes, but why would anyone wait? Today is the day of salvation because tomorrow is not promised to anyone.

- Response by mistyjean, A Thinker, Female, 46-55, Self-Employed

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sure, why not. unless its just a fake salvation. don't you remember the story about the farmer that went out early in the morning to hire hands to work his fields. he continues all day long, until 1 hour before sundown (end of the day).

as they all came to get paid, they all got the same amount - a days wage. same with humans - we all get saved.

- Response by pizzatroll, A Mr. Nice Guy, Male, 46-55, Science / Engineering

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- Response by birdland, A Thinker, Female, 56-65, Who Cares?

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From what I know, it is never too late until you die.

I guess that is supposed to be 'God's way of forgiving you' for sinning and not believing in him in the first place (the extra time you get to come around)?

I guess that's fair enough, considering you'd be given a horrible torture for eternity if you never came around to believing in something you've never seen, eh?

Wow, what a great being he must be for giving you that extra time. IJS. =-)

- Response by cutypy5840, A Thinker, Female, 36-45, Medical / Dental

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The prisons are full of born again Christians. Rosey

- Response by roseytalks, A Thinker, Female, Who Cares?, Tampa, Who Cares?

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Jesus has to draw that person to him and yes they can be saved even on their dying bed.
Jesus only ask that you take him as your personal savior and turn away from your sins. and when we do sin, he is faithful to forgive us.

- Response by flwoodpecker, A Mr. Nice Guy, Male, 36-45, Other Profession

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Yes. Paul wrote much of the new testament. He was very actively anti-Christ and became the biggest supporter and messenger later. It's not too late. That's the joy of Christ---He doesn't live by our rules.

- Response by thottienc, A Career Woman, Female, 36-45, Who Cares?

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It's too late to be saved after the rapture.

- Response by boggob, A Guy Critical, Male, 29-35, Political / Government

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Yes, if you confess your sins, truely ask for forgiveness, and repent, your sin debt will be paid in full. The one where most people get stuck on is the true repentance.

- Response by max57401, A Guy Critical, Male, 29-35, Student

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When you die, you're going to become worm-bait and help fertilize grass, somwhere.

That's it. It's all over.

- Response by steve67, A Rebel, Male, Who Cares?

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There is a major LOGICAL flaw with this question: an atheist can't reject Jesus because to reject anyone or anything you have to believe it's real in the first place

It's more like a life-long believer decides to reject Jesus or whoever because they choose the life of sin (just can't stay away from alcohol, drugs, sleeping around any more)

An atheist may 'discover' Jesus

but one can't reject him because it was never in their life in the first place

- Response by rubyrednotdead, A Creative, Female, 29-35, Who Cares?

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I suppose if people believed there were a 'point of no return,' then Christianity wouldn't gain many new converts. Indeed, the notion of purging one's sins, instantly and irrevocably, is more likely an invention of man than of God. Seriously. What's the point of "finding God" only to be told, "Good show on getting here, but you're just too late. Go to Hell."

It seems that we believe what we want/have to believe.

- Response by scott0001, A Guy Critical, Male, 36-45, Artist / Musician / Writer

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im sorry if i may seem rude, but if this atheist truly does not believe in god or Jesus then they also dont believe in heaven or hell. just because u do, does not mean its true. just because their atheist does not mean they need to be 'saved' from something. well actually it does, they need to be save from people like you who try to convert them into believing as you do.
let him or her believe in whatever he/she wants and leave him/her alone.

- Response by ilovextc, A Rebel, Male, 26-28, Toronto, Student

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yes they can and it makes God smile

- Response by bigcurt, A Mr. Nice Guy, Male, 56-65, Pittsburgh, Self-Employed

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So long as there is breath in your body, it's never too late to turn to Jesus.

Case in point, as Jesus was being executed, a man next to him who was also being executed turned to him and acknowledged him as God's anointed king. That man, according to the gospel, was brought into heaven, even though it was only in his dying hours that he turned to Jesus, and even though he was being executed for, by his own confession, rightful reasons.

- Response by ryanthegreatarj, An Intellectual Guy, Male, 26-28, Student

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its never to late,each of us come to our own in our own time.we serve a GOD of love,and in JOHN 3-16 For GOD so loved the world that HE gave HIS only begotten SON that whosoever believeth in HIM should not perish,but have everlasting life.and there is no one on this earth that is without sin not one being is perfect we all sin and fall short.we are to repent offen so no bad will be by our names in the books of life.we want all good,and each of us can go right to GOD HIMSELF and talk to HIM we need no middle person.FATHER knows what each of us have done we dont even have to bring up each sin we have ever done,just ask HIM to foregive you for all sins,and dont ever make a promise to GOD that you cant keep.why?because FATHER always keeps HIS promises,just tell HIM you will do the best you can,that is far better than lying to GOD.we all HIS children HE loves each of us the same not one better than the other each the same.we are to help each other not to make one feel bad because of the things that person has done,we are not perfect no one is without sin we all fall short.we are to build up not to take down,we are not to judge others and remember one good deed covers alot of sins.when JESUS died on that cross that HE was nailed to the vail was rent from the top to the bottom of the HOLY OF HOLY saying come on in.before any of us was in our mothers wombs we was with GOD,and what is in the womb with us?you are right water,so each of us comes though the water,making each of us born from just stay in there and if you have any questions to ask there are alot of people on this site that will help you.some are will founded in the word of GOD,but remember this always check that person out in the word of GOD,and that goes for me too.

- Response by miss10, A Thinker, Female, 56-65, Home Maker

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The thief who was on the cross next to Jesus asked Him to save him at the last minute, and Jesus told him "this day you will be with me in paradise". Jesus is very forgiving and merciful, and does not hold anyone's past sins against them because he sacrificed his life so that all men would be saved.

- Response by experience101, A Thinker, Female, 56-65, Who Cares?

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First question - When is it too late, when you say I'll do it tomorrow.
Second question - Yes I don't see why not.

- Response by hands, A Creative, Male, 46-55, Hong Kong, Who Cares?

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Salvation is possible up to our "point of departure", if you will. It's an instantaneous sort of thing. As to "reward" for someone who gets to the Wedding Feast late, I give you the words of the late Dr. Walter R. Martin, founder of Christian Research Institute: "The base pay is the same. The fringe benefits are different."

- Response by morethanafeeling, An Intellectual Guy, Male, 46-55, Artist / Musician / Writer

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This is like explaining green to someone who was born blind. You have to experience it to believe it. I have seen too many miracles in my time not to believe. Scientists call what they can't explain... phenomena...some call it God.

- Response by dane69, A Creative, Male, 46-55, Technical

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OF course, it's NEVER TOO LATE!

Welcome to the FOLD!!!

- Response by kevsmoml, Female, 56-65, Who Cares?

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The only time it's too late to be saved is when you're dead. As long as you're still alive, it's not too late. I've been a Christian all my life and I know this to be true. Don't listen to anyone who tells you otherwise.

- Response by ndngirlntx, Female, 36-45, Student

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Oh honey it is never to late to do anything unless you are dead, god is loving and forgiving, live your life to the best of your ability and believe have faith it really keeps people going!

- Response by duckyggf, Female, 29-35, Home Maker

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it is never to late to accept jesus christ, as long as you are sincere about it

- Response by swabjockey52, A Couch Potato, Male, 56-65, Technical

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As far as I know it's never too late. But I hate that term "born again Christian" b/c that doesn't just SUDDENLY entitle you to get up on your high horse and say to everyone that's not a Christian is lower than, or know less about God than you.

- Response by TheSshhmoe, An Alternative Girl, Female, 22-25, Student

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Plug this logic into a statement about just about any major religious icon and you will see how silly it really is.
Can a lifelong atheist who rejects Buddha experience nirvana late in life?
Can a lifelong atheist who rejects confuscius experience a depth of understanding and acceptance of his teachings in late life?
Can a lifelong smoker quit late in life?
Can a lifelong Christian become an atheist late in life?
Can a conversion experience be bout about outside the confines of any religion? Yes it can.
What about Jesus would an atheist reject if he was just a man with royal lineage who was a priest who once lived? That would just be need to reject anything at all.
Do people who don't describe themselves as Christians in any way shape or form experience conversion experience while vision questing or even sky diving. Well yes.

And here's my thought connected with your post. Are we about to experiece another "Great Awakening" because of beliefs about 2012?

- Response by joybird, A Creative, Female, Who Cares?, Therapist

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saved from what?

- Response by nursecracker, A Creative, Female, 56-65, Artist / Musician / Writer

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