This past weekend I delivered a message called, “How could God send someone to Hell who has never heard about Jesus?” I love this question. It is a very honest and fair question that the Bible does address. Thank God!

I was a little rushed on Sunday and really didn’t get to deal with this question as well as I would have liked. If you missed the message you can listen or watch at www.elevationSTL.com.

I made this statement: “Nobody goes to Hell for not hearing about Jesus!” How can I say this? I can say it because of what Paul says in Romans 1. Let’s look at it:

18 But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness.* 19 They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. 20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.   (Romans 1:18-20) NLT

Romans 1:18-20—All people everywhere know the truth about God. Through creation and their conscience. They are without excuse.

25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. (Romans 1:25) NLT In other words, they have taking the knowledge given by God and worshiped created things and not the Creator.

Paul is telling us that the guy on the island has been given sufficient knowledge to be saved. I also believe that if there is a human being on this earth that desires to know the name of the God clearly displayed in creation (Jesus), then God will provide someone or something to tell them that name. God desires for all to be saved, but Romans 1:25 tells us that not all will be saved, because they take the truth provided by God and turn it into a lie and worship it.

May we be overwhelmed by the fact that we have heard the message of the gospel and been given the opportunity to be saved. May we fall on our knees in worship because of this great privilege. May we be willing to share the good news with everyone we meet, so that the Kingdom of God will be populated to most fully.

 

Blessings,

Pastor Daniel