California Man Drowns After Rescuing Niece During Storm
VENTURA, Calif. ‚ÄĒ A man drowned Tuesday while rescuing his 4-year-old grandniece who was knocked off a jetty and into the ocean by a big wave, authorities said.
Rough surf was rolling ashore ahead of a Pacific storm approaching Southern California. The girl and her mother were watching big waves when the child was swept away, said Ventura County fire Capt. Barry Parker.
Timothy Barry, 54, jumped into the water off Pierpont Beach about 11 a.m. after hearing the girl's mother screaming for help, Parker said.
Barry reached the girl and kept her head above water until a surfer arrived and brought her to safety, Parker said. Lifeguards found Barry floating face down by the time they arrived....
People may be saved before knowing of the Bible's existence. However, they cannot be saved apart from faith in Christ.
The apostle Peter made this very bold claim before the New Testament was even written: "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, WHEREBY WE MUST BE SAVED" (Acts 4:12).
If people could be saved without hearing and believing the gospel, then it was absurd for our Lord to command the church to preach it to "every creature" so that they might be saved by believing it. On that occasion, He Himself said, "He that believeth not shall be damned" (Mark 16:15-16).
If you read the third chapter of John's gospel in its entirety, you will further see the force of the Lord Jesus' argument. We are all born in sin, under the righteous condemnation of God, so we must be born again by the Holy Spirit's power, looking to CHRIST'S BLOODY DEATH ON THE CROSS FOR OUR SINS in order to obtain pardon and everlasting life.
Go to SermonAudio's ONLINE BIBLE SEARCH option, look up John 3, and read the whole chapter (it is short--only 36 verses, not even a page and a half in my Bible), and you'll see I'm not taking Jesus' words out of context. E-mail me if you'd like and tell me what you think.
It is Biblically accurate to say that someone who has never heard won't be punished with as many stripes as a person who knows right from wrong. I'm not clear on the verse but at the very least we can apply that to these situations.
There are plenty who may disagree with me here, but I also think that during the 1000 yr reign of Christ, when we Christians are teachers to those that survived and are born during the tribulation, would be an opprotunity for others who never heard. Some may not agree with that, but I think there are more arguments for it. God is not a respecter of persons, Faith comes by hearing the word of God, and just the fact that no one, not even the condemned, will have an excuse when judgement is passed. God is the ultimate judge and He wont do anything that seems shady to us, after all the Bible also says that we being evil no how to give good things to our sons, so we being evil know a lesser justice, God will be the ultimate in fairness and justice...and he won't even ask our opinions about it
"For when the gentiles,which have not the law do by nature the things contained in the law,these,having not the law,are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law WRITTEN IN THEIR HEARTS,their conscience also bearing witness,and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another."Romans 2-14=15
Yes, let's hope he was. But, what if he wasen't? Which leads me to the next question. What happens to a person's soul that has never been exposed to the Bible when that person passes on? For instance, what about people in countries where religious persecution is practiced where reading the Bible has in the past or is now forbidden? Or, how about native Americans that never saw a Bible? How about a blind person that was never read to, or before braille was invented? African tribes in the jungle? I hope you know where I'm going. Are these people thru no fault of thir own doomed to an eternity in hell because they never had access to the Bible? I'm sure that there are billions of people that lived eons ago that never laid eyes on a Bible. Did God sentence them to an eternity of darkness?
This man did a truly noble act, let us hope that he was a Christian.
Romans 5 7 For scarcely for [the] just [man] will one die, for perhaps for [the] good [man] some one might also dare to die; 8 but God commends *his* love to us, in that, we being still sinners, Christ has died for us. 9 Much rather therefore, having been now justified in [the power of] his blood, we shall be saved by him from wrath.