Does the Christian Faith Automatically Condemn People Who Never Hear of Jesus?

The answer to the title question is worth taking the time to read.

4 thoughts on “Does the Christian Faith Automatically Condemn People Who Never Hear of Jesus?

  1. Where I see people failing at the idea Christianity is condemning those who have never heard of Jesus is in the comprehension of what those passages say. The entry you linked to is exactly correct: The Bible does NOT condemn those who have not heard of Jesus.

    The only thing those passages are saying is thanks to Jesus’ sacrifice, we can enter into Heaven, but if you hear of Jesus, are taught the teachings, and straight up say, “BULLSHIT!” that is what will be considered unacceptable in God’s eyes.

    I always find it odd when people start saying those deep in the jungles who have never even seen an airplane, worshiping the sun because they don’t know what it is, are going to Hell or even how one sin is worse than another. God isn’t about justice and penalty, he is about mercy and grace.

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    1. I agree, but I am afraid I have heard preachers who should know better say people who have never known Christ Jesus will suffer condemnation. When I read Romans 2, I found myself reassured otherwise. Here are the most relevant verses.

      Romans 2:6-16 English Standard Version (ESV)

      6 He will render to each one according to his works: 7 to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; 8 but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. 9 There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, 10 but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. 11 For God shows no partiality.

      12 For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. 14 For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them 16 on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.

      Our works cannot save us, but Christ Jesus’ sacrifice was for all. So it is that those who show the law is written on their hearts will be saved by Christ Jesus too.

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