Why Does God's Offer for Forgiveness End When We Die?

Tim offers a biblical perspective on whether people get a "second chance" to accept Christ after death.

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Why does God's offer of forgiveness end when we die?

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This is a good question, and the answer is, "I don't know." I don't know why God has

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set death as the deadline for accepting His offer of forgiveness.

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However, I do know that God is the one who sets the terms. Salvation is on His

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terms, not ours.

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He declares the conditions of salvation. While the idea of a second chance for

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salvation is appealing to many of us, especially those who have lost someone

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who died apart from Christ, the Bible just does not seem to indicate that

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that's an option.

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The author of Hebrews says that it's appointed for men to die once and then comes

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the judgment. So as long as you're alive you're able to accept Christ and be

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saved.

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However, after the point of death, well then comes the judgment, and the judgment

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is final and irreversible. Consider the story that Jesus tells about the rich

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man and Lazarus. First, there's a giant chasm that separates these two

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individuals. In fact, it's fixed, and the rich man cannot go from the place of

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torment to the place of blessedness where Lazarus is. And so what he does is

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he tells Abraham to send Lazarus back from the dead to warn his brothers, his

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five brothers, to repent.

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This seems to be a clear indication that there is no second chances after death.

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Let me add one more thing. This question assumes that after death,

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a person may want to repent and ask for forgiveness. But from the story of the

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rich man and Lazarus, it seems clear that the rich man doesn't ask for forgiveness.

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He doesn't repent. He wants to stay in his sin. At death, believers in Christ

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will spend eternity

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with Him. However, unbelievers who reject the offer of forgiveness and

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salvation in this life will not have the opportunity to repent after death. And

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that's why Paul, to the church at Corinth, says, "now is the day of salvation."

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