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“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
“For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.” Ezekiel 18:32, 23
“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth. I Tim 2:3-4. Jesus wants the heathen to get saved. Do you?
“The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.” Psalm 145:8-9
“That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” Matthew 5:45
“He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.” Deu 32:4
“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” Isaiah 45:22. This includes the heathen everywhere.
“The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.” Isaiah 52:10
“Ge ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” Matthew 28:19
“And he said unto them, Ge ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15
If all the people who’ve never heard about Jesus will be saved anyway, Jesus’ command to preach the gospel to everyone is unnecessary. Think about it.
If we say that people who never heard the Gospel will be saved anyway, the most merciful thing we could do is NEVER tell the heathen about Jesus.
By keeping silent, we could make sure that no one ever hears the Gospel so that they will all be saved. If we believe that everyone who never heard will be saved, then the worst thing we could do would be to share the Gospel with them because they might reject it.
If we keep silent and the heathen never hear the gospel, according to the popular false teaching among Christians, they will all surely be saved because God won’t send anyone to hell who has never heard.
People in the Old Testament got saved a little differently than people after the resurrection of Christ. In the Old Testament, they had to trust God and believe what God said, Psalm 2:12, Genesis 15:6, but they didn't believe on Jesus Christ to get saved.
This revelation of God in the human conscience is found throughout the Bible, beginning in Genesis.
We know good and evil through the leading of our God-given conscience. These verses explain it more fully. Exodus 20:6, Acts 10:35, Matthew 7:21, Romans 2:14-15, Psalm 50:23, 97:11, 103:17-18, Prov 28:18.
When a heathen person who has never heard of Jesus obeys his conscience, God will get the truth of salvation to that individual, John 6:45, 7:17. Biblical examples are the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8:26-40, Saul in Acts 9 and Cornelius in Acts 10.
Now that’s pretty clear. They are NOT saved simply because they never heard. They perish. They’re still without excuse because the Law is written on their hearts even if they never read the Bible, even if they never heard about Jesus, Romans 2:14-15.
Allow me to suggest that God judges people who have never heard by this standard.
“From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from His dwelling place He watches all who live on earth - He who forms the hearts of all, considers everything they do.” Psalm 33:13-15
“God knows your hearts.” Luke 16:15
"But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who will render to every man according to his deeds: to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life;" Romans 2:5-7.
Do you care about the heathen who have never heard or is this just an intellectual argument for you?
When a lost person obeys his conscience, God will get the message of truth to him as He did for the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8 and Paul in Acts 9 and Cornelius in Acts 10.
The conscience of an honest man (a heathen in a South American jungle or a heathen in the middle of New York City) leads him to trust Jesus Christ. When a lost person does not obey his God-given conscience, God is under no obligation to do anything more for him.
We often reject God’s leading to go our own way. God could send all of us to hell and be perfectly right in doing so. We don’t keep our own moral standards and we certainly don’t keep God’s moral standards. Getting saved is all about receiving the gift of God's grace in Jesus Christ.
In Romans 1:18-32 (please look it up and read it), we learn that people who never read a word of Scripture have a basic knowledge of God as Creator. God created the heathen and everything around them.
God makes it clear in Rom 2:14-15 that conscience conveys God’s law to human hearts even when they haven’t heard, even when they don’t have a Bible. Abimelech is an example of this in Genesis 20:1-12, before any books of scripture had been written.
Abimelech had the law of God written on his heart and God also spoke to him in a dream. In a similar way, God’s law is a schoolmaster to lead any heathen anywhere on earth to Christ if that heathen will obey his conscience, Gal 3:24-25.
The fact that God sent His son to redeem us and pay for our sins demonstrates God’s grace and His good intentions toward the human race. God is willing to give us what we do not deserve and He has already paid the price so that we can have what we do not deserve IF we will receive salvation as a free gift in this life.
Yes, the Bible is absolutely clear about that.
Rom 3:10, 3:23, Psalm 51:5, Rom 5:12
No, the Bible is absolutely clear about that. Since the resurrection of Jesus, salvation is only through Christ, Acts 4:12, John 14:6.
We have already seen that God is absolutely fair in His dealings with the human race. The answer is Yes, if God condemns anyone (including the heathen), He is absolutely fair in doing that.
Rom 1:20, Act 14:15, 14:17, Rom 2:12-15, John 3:19
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