Is Sheol as a dimension of reality, that is, a dimension of the universe where Christ is present and still preaching today a reality? If we say no, how are we to explain the absolute statement of Christ?
"I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father
except through me."
"Whoever believes in Him will not be condemned,
but whoever does not believe has already been condemned,
because he has not believed
in the name of the only Son of God" (jn 3:18)
There is no doubt that in order to enter heaven you must believe in the Jesus Christ, the Son of God. On earth today there are about 4 Billion people that are not Christians. What will happen to them at death? Most of them do not believe in Christ because of the influence the living environment has on them. Many may have heard of Christ but are not sufficiently convinced, due to many factors, to embrace Christianity. So, how will they be saved?
An orthodox writer has suggested that Sheol today is no longer like the Old Testament but has become a place of divine presence. I suggest that the non-believer at death enter this dimension of the universe where they are asked by Jesus:"Do you believe that I am God's only Son and Savior of the world?" Presumably those who have lived good lives will believe but others will deny Jesus.