By Mark Galli
I love the honesty here–a lot–but I struggle to square it with Jesus’ words that “whoever does not believe is condemned already.” If someone refuses to receive the only remedy for his sin, then that someone is certainly lost. God will respect that choice, however awful.
I’m not saying this at all glibly, and perhaps I’m misreading Mark. The Scripture, however, is frighteningly clear on this point–and on the fact that we will only be judged on the light we had. But the fact is, most of us have plenty of light, if we do not close our eyes to it.
By the way, Mark’s book is great. I’ll be reviewing it in an upcoming Books & Culture.