Lies About God 2: “God is obligated to save people from other religions”

What about people who never hear the name of Jesus, and never read a Bible?  Is it fair for God to send them to hell when they never had a chance to accept Christ?

“The heavens declare the glory of God”, according to Psalm 19.  Nature itself is a testimony to God (Rom. 1:18-21), and because of that, those who ignore it and reject him are “without excuse” (v. 20).  Furthermore, the moral law of right and wrong is “written on their hearts” (Rom. 2:15), though no one lives up to it.  So we see that nature can not give us what we need.

One may say, “But what if someone sincerely seeks God, in their own way?”  This may sound good, but it neglects to deal with mankind’s problem.  The requirement to stand before God and escape judgment is not sincerity – it’s righteousness.  We can not achieve that through our own works, no matter how sincere we are.  There is only One who can give us that, and His name is Jesus.

“Is God fair?” is really a loaded question that depends on the standard of fairness, and He gets the privilege of deciding that.  He is not obligated to save anyone; however, He must be just in all He does.  Are we being arrogant to say that Jesus is the only way?  No, because it’s not our plan.  Considering these things makes clear just how urgent a task it is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Most who are worried about those in other religions are not concerned enough about themselves.

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