What Happens to People Who Never Hear About Jesus?
By Sharon Houk
People who have never heard about Jesus have most likely seen a glorious sunset or the sea of the starry host against a black night sky. For those who cannot see, which of them has not felt the heat of the noonday sun against their skin?
First, the heavens declare and speak about God, whom Jesus is. “Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge (of God). There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out to all the earth, their words to the end of the world” (Psalm 19:1-4).
God does not want any to die without knowing about him. If one looks to the heavens or to nature around him and wonders, “Where did this come from?” or “Is there more to this world than what I see?” then he has knowledge of God. God will make a way for that person, tribe, or nation to get answers and to hear about his plan of salvation which provides what God requires through Jesus Christ (Acts 8:32-38). God is not willing that any should perish but that all come to a saving knowledge of the Creator God.
Second, “the New Testament makes it clear that people will be judged according to the light (knowledge of God) that they have” (R.C. Sproul, Reason to Believe, Zondervan, 1978, p. 55). All people have a law, a value system, or an ethic “written on their hearts” (Romans 2:15). These people are not judged for having never heard about Christ, but for the rejection of God of whom they have heard and for the disobedience to the law that is written in their hearts.
The question is, “What will you do now that you have heard about Jesus?” Do you see the signature of an awesome Being that holds atoms together and then paints the sky with them? The world says many things about God and Jesus, but there really is only one right answer. God loved his created human race so much that even though they messed up, he still orchestrated a plan to fix their mess. The plan includes Jesus and the acknowledgement that God is God and we are not. Ask him to show you Jesus, and then ask him to show you those that have not heard of him.
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