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Would someone who dies for another go to heaven?

Submitted: 7/13/2009
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Question: I've been wondering lately, if a person (for example a fire-fighter) were not saved biblically, but dies rescuing somebody in the line of duty, would God receive his/her soul? I'm basing this question on John 15:13 where our Lord said 'Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.' So could God have pity on this individual who gave his/her life so that others may live?

Answer: Giving ones life for another is a noble act, but it is not the basis for salavtion. No one can be saved apart from the new birth experience described in John 3:5 and put into practice in Acts 2:38. The very fact that you would ask this question causes us to be concerned about your spiritual condition. We caution you to be careful that you do not fall into deception.