Do those with other beliefs go to Hell?


Do people who believe differently than Christians, or a subset thereof, automatically go to Hell? This may seem like a relatively straightforward question, but it actually needs to be broken down into two parts. First, can unrepentant heretics and/or non-Christians go to Heaven based on good works alone? Second, if works alone cannot save, are people thrown into the lake of fire without any other consideration?

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at


I have always felt that a final chance at repentance and submission to Christ was compatible with God’s mercy.

More simply, it’s likely that no one is in Hell who doesn’t choose to be there, one way or another.