William Paul Young, the author behind the faith-based bestseller The Shack, later turned into a movie in 2017, has addressed one of the main controversies behind his book, by disputing the Christian mainstream view that those who die without knowing Jesus Christ cannot achieve salvation.
Speaking to Eternity website in Australia, the author was asked what happens to a person who does not know God or does not return to God within the time frame of their life on earth.
“You’re putting a ‘don’t return [to God]’ as if death is the final arbiter,” Young said.
“Romans itself says that death can’t separate you from the love of God [see Romans 8:31-39, in particular],” he argued, insisting that the verse applies to all people, including those who haven’t accepted Christ.
“And every time the New Testament talks about the issue of judgment, it talks about crisis — the Greek work for judgment — and it’s a crisis. You’re going to enter a crisis — and I don’t think the story is over; I don’t think death is our damnation,” he continued.
“I think that Jesus is both our salvation and rightful judge but that judgment is intended for our good, not our harm.”
He added that he doesn’t believe people’s stories are over “just because you die.”
“I think there is an ongoing relational confrontation between the One who knows you best and loves you best. Potentially forever and, potentially, you could say ‘no’ forever. How someone could do that I don’t know, but definitely that tension is held in Scripture for sure,” he positioned.
Young’s interview was focused in part on the docu-drama “The Heart of Man,” based on himself and others sharing their personal stories of the Prodigal Son parable. The biblical account is about a wayward son returning to his father.
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Source: Christian Post