A question Christians and non-Christians frequently ask is
“How do people, if they’ve never heard the Gospel, get into Heaven?”
Christians ask this because of their desire to see everyone saved. ‘Have billions of people been judged wanting because we’ve been negligent in His command to ‘make disciples of all nations’?’
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Non-Christians typically ask this as a way to downplay the Gospel suggesting ‘it isn’t fair for God to send a person to Hell if they’ve not heard the Gospel”. What about ‘those people’ who live on islands in the South Pacific without access to the Bible?
And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Fair questions. The answers? Yes.
Pastor Sattler (ret.) once answered the question to this. It was a long time ago so The Purging Lutheran will do my best to remember. I’ll keep it short because ‘chaos theory’, you know.*
Do you have a conscience? Sure you do. We all have one. The word ‘conscience’ is a Latin word meaning ‘with knowledge’. Every human being is born with the ability to discern right from wrong. I’ll leave it at that.
14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:
16 “This is the covenant I will make with them
after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”
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“I’m telling you these things while I’m still living with you. The Friend, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you. He will remind you of all the things I have told you. I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught.
*the longer a person takes to answer a difficult question the more likely I am to flub it up.