“The real son of God is at your side. He is beginning to turn you into the same kind of thing as Himself … to turn the tin soldier into a live man. The part of you that does not like it … is the part that is still tin. ~C. S. Lewis
A few took exception to my view in the post Can the Unbelieving be Saved? that a person who has not formally accepted Christ in this life might still be redeemed. Just to clarify: I am not a universalist, I do not believe in a heaven made of unrepentant souls. Neither do I believe in “cheap grace” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer). I do, however, believe that God sees when a heart is “done,” i.e. He sees what we observers cannot.
In C.S. Lewis’s book The Last Battle, a character named Emeth has wrongly served the false god Tash. When he meets Aslan, he is thunderstruck, realizing this is who he meant to serve all along–and who he truly loves. Knowing what is in Emeth’s heart, Aslan (who allegorically represents Christ) accepts him. I believe God accepts those whose hearts are His, even when their information or understanding is amiss.
Anyone who would use this idea as an excuse to continue in their former ways (cheap grace) proves by their very actions that their heart is not His.