I think I caught some emotion in conversation about the salvation of the good people – when we talk about the fact that personal virtue can not be saved, people seem to hear it as if we deny the virtue of non-Christians or to declare it non-genuine. Do good deeds of unbelievers do not deserve recognition? Is there a difference between the unbelievers and unbelieving villain physician ascetic?
Of course, there is. But this does not mean that the doctor-devotee be saved without Christ, his goodness. Virtue in men deserve our recognition and gratitude. Erwin Rommel was personally a decent man. This decency it should be recognized. Does that make it worthy of paradise? I’m afraid not. When he got there, it is because it is simple, and not because of his honesty.
We live in a fallen world, but not in hell, and we are fallen people, not dead souls or demons – so the people there is something good, even a clear and grave evil can exist only parasitizing on something good, such as trust, on obedience, faithfulness to duty.
Sin means damage something good – while not yet an all-out, no damage to the final, because spoiling everything, he would have had no idea what to spoil. If the half-rotted apple, we can point to a good part of it, but we can also predict the development of the process, if it is left to himself. Therefore, the question is not whether fallen man has something good – is not in hell are we now – and whether it is damage. Corruption can only have two vectors of development – or it will devour the whole person (or, rather, almost entirely, there is something good in hell – namely, the existence as such), or rooted. Restore integrity in people, unspoiled, can only one who originally created it – but it involves the free consent of the person. If a person says “no” (typically while lying to yourself, “No, I did not say no”) damage just eats him from the inside.
When you say “oh, I do not believe in God condemns poor sinners to hell” – it’s like saying “ah, I do not believe in medicine that condemns the poor drunks to cirrhosis of the liver.” Drunkards doom themselves, physicians trying to help them (and the most difficult – to convince people to recognize their problem and accept help). Alcoholics are very nice people; as well as drug addicts (up to a point). And then the patient passion in them vyest and finally kill. The fact that there is some rotting fruit nesgnivshaya part, more or less – it’s good, but that is no reason for hope. That foundation is the ability of the One who created him, sverhestvennym way to intervene and restore spoiled. He will take us to forgive, and will carry through life, patiently laboring over us until his death, and after death, and then resurrect us already free of any damage (as in Handel’s “Messiah” in the aria from the known biblical text – trumpet shall begin to sound and we will be resurrected incorruptible). But it is necessary to accept that you need to want it to take. That no one can do for you, not even God.