We will all stand before God and be judged. The sinners will be judged according to their works and punished accordingly, and the Christians will be rewarded. Christians won't be judged in the same manner sinners are, but they will be judged.
To LadyC, I agree with you in a way, in that God doesn't have to send a person in the manner he did in Acts, but he has to use some method to make Jesus known to someone if they are to be saved. He can send an angel if he wants to. He could reveal Jesus to them in a dream. God's is able to do all things. I don't believe someone can be saved just because they believe in some generic god. Anyway, it is good to see you back posting. I hope all is well in Texas.
i don't believe anyone can be saved by believing in some generic god either, butero... and God wouldn't reveal some generic god to someone's heart, nor does He reveal some generic god through nature. He reveals Himself... but yes, i do understand what you're getting at. if they haven't heard the name of Jesus, who is to say they won't make up some generic god to explain what they are seeing in nature? i don't know how He does it, i just know that He can. maybe it is through an angel, or a dream, like you suggest. i couldn't say. i'm not God, and i'm not an "islander", to use the OP's terminology.
i don't know how long i'll stick around here posting. i go through cycles. after a while it seems like i keep getting drawn into controversial topics and all that bickering tends to affect my entire life, and i find myself becoming short tempered on the home front. then i have to leave for long, long stretches. but as for texas, all is definitely well. i do miss las vegas though, and my church family and friends there, and the food bank ministry. but here i have family... at least my extended family. i'm still praying my daughters and their families will move back to this side of the country.
the best part of being back in texas is that my husband left behind all the bad stuff that influenced him on a daily basis there... he's been clean and sober for three years now, he quit smoking a year ago, and God has restored our relationship to what it should be... full of laughter and joy. so yep, all is well in texas