Can the lost be saved?

Q:

I know a person who feels that they will be used by God to go into hell to save souls. Their revelation is from the two verses below. If the road to destruction is wide and many travel down it and in heaven there are many mansions, then there is still hope for people who have gone to hell. This person feels they have been chosen to rescue people from hell. Let me know your thoughts.

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.  My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” (John 14:1-4)

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A:

When interpreting Scripture, the Bible must be kept in context. This involves both the immediate context of the passage, as well as the larger context (of the entire Bible). Since, in the Bible, there are other places that indicate that a person in hell cannot ever get out, therefore, it would not be possible for anyone to “go there” and rescue people.

The passage where this is made clear is Luke 16:19-31 and in particular verse 26 (this passage is the story of the rich man who went to hell and another man named Lazarus (not the one whom Jesus raised from the dead for a while) who went to paradise; one of the main points of the story is that once in hell, it is impossible to ever get out). In the story, Abraham is speaking, as it were, through the valley over to the other side to the rich man who is in hell, who is pleading for his life because he wants to get out of there. But in response to the cries of the rich man, who is begging for even a little water because of the intense heat, Abraham responds, saying:

“And besides all this, between us (Abraham and Lazarus in paradise) and you (the rich man in hell) there is a great chasm fixed, so that those who wish to come over from here to you will not be able, and that none may cross over from there to us.” (Luke 16:26)

About Daniel Parkes

Daniel Parkes has worked in fields of technology for many years and currently writes software that is used to publish websites. He graduated from McGill University in 1985 and began working in fields of technology (microwave telecommunication design) soon afterwards. In 1987, he left engineering to study theology, but became very sick. The Lord led him on a journey to discover what was making him sick, and through this has learned many valuable lessons which relate to why people may get sick. The Lord did heal him (fully). He returned to engineering in 1993 and has been working as an engineer ever since. He has authored many articles through FCET (Fellowship of Christian Engineers and Technologists) at www.fcet.org, which is mostly an online outreach which he started in 1998. There are currently more than 1000 articles on this website, written by more than 100 authors. If you are interested in making your personal testimony known through FCET, please use the contact form on that website.
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