If Salvation is a Free Gift Why Doesn’t Everyone Accept It?

If Salvation is a Free Gift Why Doesn’t Everyone Accept It?

First let’s talk about a free gift. If you add any requirement at all to a free gift, it is no longer free. Most unbelievers do not believe salvation is a free gift. Sadly, most believers do not believe salvation is a totally free gift either. Yeah, they may say they agree with the bible passages that say it is a free gift, however they like to add “ but ” you must do or not do this or that to be truly saved. Also they may redefine what true belief is.

Now to answer the question as to why people will not accept the free gift of salvation. I believe there are at least four reasons, while there could be more.

Reason-1 They just simply do not believe in a supreme being (God).
This group usually believes in “Mother Nature” who ever that is and/or evolution.

Reason-2 They do not believe a free gift is really being offered.
I have kind of said this before, but some do not believe a free gift is really offered. In the world today there is a saying that goes “There is no such thing as a free lunch”. Meaning if you are offered a free lunch there is usually something behind it, if only your time to listen to a sales pitch.

Reason-3 They believe they already have what it is you are offering them.
If you had a home with a brand new expensive stove and oven that you loved and someone was offering a free stove, would you take it? Now I am not talking about taking it to sell or give away. I mean you have no need of it, so the fact that it is free does not motivate you to accept it. This was the case with the Pharisees in the bible. They were depending on their own righteous for salvation. Like those who say they believe they will go to Heaven because they are a good person.

Reason-4 They do not want what it is you are offering them.
This one seems the hardest one to believe and I would not add it to the list if it was not clearly stated in the bible. You may be thinking as I would, how could anyone not want to go to Heaven? Remember though, Satan and a third of the angles left Heaven. So I guess they did not like Heaven. Why, because they were evil and filled with pride.

Here are the bible verses below to support this last reason highlighting 19 and 20.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
John 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

John 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.



Just came across this…
my thoughts why so many don’t want to accept it?
They watch the christians very carefully and see how they act and how much they are fighting against each other - and…
because of that they might say: I have enough problems on my own, I don’t want to add yours as well
in short words: they see the hypocrisy

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Hypocrisy is ONLY when you pretend you don’t argue or fight like what the Pharisees did. Christians need to stop pretending they are so good and show that because of LOVE even when we argue we can show forgiveness.

To argue guess is not a big deal because nonbelievers are aware of different opinions…
But they see so many who call themself a christian but are like pharisees. What they speak and how they act is so contrary.
In a former workplace I had a couple of people who said they are christians but their attitude spoke a complete different language (I don’t want to list details here, just disgusting).
How to bring the lost the Good News if ears and hearts are smoked with filth from such pharisaical christians.
Disciples with true fruits of the Holy Spirit are rare in these days…

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In MY opinion, the answer much simpler than the 4 reasons you’ve presented…I believe the core of refusing the free gift of salvation is Satan’s influence.
**Reason-1 They just simply do not believe in a supreme being (God) Is nothing less than Satan’s lie

Reason-2 They do not believe a free gift is really being offered.
Also… Satan’s deceptive lie

Reason-3 They believe they already have what it is you are offering them. Also… Satan’s vanity based deceptive lie

Reason-4 They do not want what it is you are offering them.
Also… Satan’s lie
After all, the lie convinces that there is no such thing as evil or sin therefore no need of repentance…add to THAT, there is no such thing as heaven or hell because Jesus is just a myth of a fairy tail.


Good point Vicki! :+1:


My opinion, based on my experience. We witness, or plant a seed , sometimes our life being observed by others, is our seed.
After getting out of the service and back from Vietnam, I lived in Hawaii for a time. I was going to Honolulu Community college for auto mechanics. There was a fellow student there who read his bible at lunch. I was a evil, God hating, Christian hating, government hating, mankind hating atheist. I used to harass this man to tears, and was proud of it. BUT GOD, used this man’s witness, his life to put a crack in my heart, I used to start to envy his faith in something, I would think, I don’t have that crutch, I have to go though life with just me, there is no God. Looking back, that was the start and I never even knew it.
The rest is a long story…
My point is, at many, many, places along that journey a Christian could see me and say, why doesn’t he just except the truth. We see people’s lives as looking at a parade through a knot-hole in a fence, God sees it from a helicopter overhead, the beginning to the end. We just plant the seeds, and move on, occasionally you may be granted the blessing of being the one God uses, sometimes you’ll never know the end.
When I came back from war years ago, I was so full of hate, I would just as soon hurt you than look at you, today I love Jesus more than my life. Who would have known, only HIM.
Warmly Doc


Love this. You are inspiring.


Just stumbled across this topic. While I know my response will be looked at differently and many may not agree with it, I’d like to present a perspective:


  • Misconception / Misunderstanding
    • Deception
      • Thinking you only need to be a good person to get into Heaven
        Only criminals and killers go to Hell
        Thinking as a Christian you do no wrong “perfect” and see otherwise
        Family lineage were Christians, so I’m good
        Person remembers your past and doesn’t comprehend the change in you
    • Example
      • Brethren, or those claiming to be such, setting an example by their actions
        Christians getting fleshly when unable to get their point across
        Being judgemental of others, brethren or otherwise (pompous at times)
        Various denominations proclaiming to be the truth while others are false
        • Westboro Baptists as a great example
    • Lies
      • No such thing as evil / Satan
        You just know Jesus and you’re good to go
        All religions go to God and Heaven
        Bible is written by man and therefore a lie
        Only demons go to Hell
        “12 step program” to being saved
    • Trials
      • Death of friend/family
        People see the wrongdoing to Christians and want nothing to do with it
        Once people see the attacks to themself, they renounce faith
        Lack of seeking help with knowledge about trials

Sounds reasonable to me. :+1:


Imo, it’s a hard pill to swallow, but well documented in the scriptures, as to why they refuse to believe.

John 10:26
“But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.” ( says they don’t believe “because” they are not His)

John 6:37
“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”

John 6:39
“And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.”

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great post <3 reasons 1 and 2 applied to me before I believed.

I definitely did not feel I had salvation in this world, and I desperately wanted it, but couldn’t seem to find such assurance.

I had become disillusioned by the church I’d grown up in, combined with my otherwise-secular life, there was no reason to believe. Santa, the Easter Bunny, tooth fairy, etc, had all convinced me that Jesus and God were lies. I will never pass those abominable traditions to my children, and the church will be in our hearts and homes, not just at the conglomerate building.

my parents weren’t rooted in the Word enough, but I’d heard enough to WANT salvation if it existed…

thank You God, for saving me <3


I used to feel so bad/ guilty for telling my kids, when they were little, that the Santa story wasn’t true. It felt like I was depriving them of their childhood fun, while all my sister in laws played it up with my nieces and nephew….but not too long ago, my grown daughter told me she was glad I didn’t lie to her, and that she would also be telling her children the truth. ….but there sure is a lot of pressure to push those stories though.


@1jewel ,
When I found out from my siblings that there was no such thing as Santa, that is the moment that I relied on what my siblings told me rather than what my parents told me. So I always told my kids the truth.

Another point is that you have to be good to receive a gift according to Santa. That is one reason that many think you have to be good to receive the FREE GIFT of salvation.