shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?
how shall they hear without a preacher?" (Rom 10:14)
Jesus Christ is the only way to Heaven and there is no salvation without
Him, what is the destiny of those who die before they hear about Him? (Jn
14:6; Acts 4:12).
is a Saviour and because of His very nature He does not desire anyone to
be lost. He desires "all" men to be saved and come to the
knowledge of the truth (1 Tim 2:3,4; 2 Pet 3:9). He shed His blood not for
a selected few but for the sins of the "whole" world (1 Jn 2:2;
1 Tim 4:10). God loves all men and women equally. He plays no favoritism.
If a person has not heard the Gospel, it is not his fault. It is the
failure of the Church. Even before Cornelius became a Christian, his
prayers had been heard and alms remembered in the sight of God. Apostle
Peter, though he had been biased by his exclusive Jewishness, testified,
"In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every
nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him"
will be judged only according to the light he has received. God is a
righteous Judge (Gen 18:25; 2 Tim 4:8). Judgment for those who have never
heard the Gospel will not be the same as for those who have rejected it
(Rom 2:11,12). In Heaven we will have three surprises: Some people we
expected will not be there; Some people we did not expect will be there;
The uppermost surprise — We will be there!
God has revealed Himself fully in the Person of Jesus Christ (Heb 1:1-3),
He has also other means of revelation of His grace and goodness— One is nature
and the other is man's conscience (Acts 14:17; Rom 2:14,15).
suggest that those who die without hearing the Gospel will get a chance to
hear it in the spirit world. Such an interpretation of the text of 1 Peter
3:19 quoted to support this view is not consistent with the general
teaching of the Scriptures that "it is appointed for men to die once,
but after this the judgment" (Heb 9:27). It is not right to use an
obscure passage to establish a doctrine. The destiny of the unevangelised
is too high a subject for our finite minds distorted by fallen nature.
Those who die without hearing the Gospel enormously outnumber those who
die after hearing it. Instead of arguing over what is not clearly stated
in the Bible, let us accelerate our efforts of reaching the unreached with
the Gospel. It is late, but not too late!