Wednesday, September 5, 2018

What About All The People Who Have Never Heard Of Jesus Christ And The Gospel?

  • Discussion:
          -Whether or not people who never had an opportunity to hear and believe on the gospel for salvation are exempt from the wrath of God is not so much a rational, but emotional, question. It concerns the eternal destiny of every individual. How the question is answered shapes the way that we preach the gospel to people of different religions.

         Two things that are of foundational importance to understand here are that God has both inscribed His moral laws into our hearts (Romans 2:15) and manifested Himself plainly through nature (Romans 1:18-20). He is not far from any one of us (Acts 17:26-27). A person's invincible inability to attain knowledge of Jesus Christ for whatever reason is not the problem. The real issue is the sin nature that we inherited from the fall has given us the tendency to reject the things of God. It is our sins against Him that has placed us under spiritual condemnation.

          Even though Scripture acknowledges men such as Cornelius who had feared God prior to receiving the message of the gospel, the New Testament still records the Lord directing the man to the Apostle Peter so that he could receive the good news of salvation (Acts 10). In addition, God does take into account one's ability to understand His precepts in judgement (John 15:22; Romans 2:12-13). The people who knowingly and willingly rebel against God and reject His message of forgiveness are under condemnation. Every person who has a rational mind is culpable.

          If every unbeliever is automatically saved just because of a lack of knowledge regarding the Person of Christ and His atonement, then the gospel that we preach would be needless. In fact, the concept of evangelism would be rendered nonsensical. We are saved by the grace of God through faith in His Son Jesus Christ. We should be making the greatest effort possible to ensure that everybody gets a chance to hear the gospel. That is the underlying goal of the Great Comission. We should be grateful that God has provided even one way for us to be reconciled with Him (John 14:6; Hebrews 4:14-16).

1 comment:

  1. This is a very popular question posed by professing atheist and agnostics, I am glad that you have addressed it on your blog!

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