How would you interpret this?
MK 16:16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who disbelieves will be condemned.
JN 3:5 Jesus answered, "Most certainly I tell you, unless one is born of water and spirit, he can't enter into the Kingdom of God!
Now muslims and nonbaptized people comming from near death say they come from Hell. One went to heaven and saw one muslim there and the muslim asked for Jesus on his dead bed and become Christian there.
Is it possible that He talking to us who have read the Bible and learned the Truth? That, without it, it's possible we could have just gone "Well, we'll all be saved, so let's just living how we want." But, now, knowing the Truth, we have a decision to make. Whereas, a Muslim or Buddhist or what have you has never heard of Christ and so has no chance. And, perhaps a Buddhist who has lived out Christ's principles, without even knowing Christ, will have a chance to be with God. That, the Buddhist has drawn closer to God's love because of his own love for others and his humility.
God said, Himself, that He does not desire the death of a sinner and we hear every Pascha that "not one dead in the grave remains" from the sermon of St. John Chrysostom. From everything I've read, the old religions and the philosophies all pointed to Christ. They did not have the fullness of Truth, but they pointed to it.
Now, denying the Truth. That's a whole different ballgame but we cannot limit God's mercy. We shouldn't be going around saying "He's going to hell because he's not Orthodox." That's us trying to do God's job. Instead, we should seek out our salvation and pray that God, through His great mercy, will help others come to Him.
The one thing I know is that there have been many non Christians throughout history that were better at being Christians then I have.