I am reading a book, "Conversational Evangelism" (Norman Geisler). There is a section that really grabbed my attention. I think many of us are questioning the state of the world right now. Are we in the end times or nearing that time? What's our part in the Gospel today? The generation is perverse and, at least in the Western world, evangelism is very difficult.
The question begs: What about those who have never heard the Gospel?
We also hear this question posed by some in arguing a position regarding the GOSPEL:
“How is it fair for God to condemn someone for not having enough knowledge to save him, but just enough knowledge to condemn him?”
Here's where the author answers.....
To answer this, we must remember that God is not responsible to give us greater light of who He is when we have not responded to the light we already have. Matthew 13:12 says, “Whoever has will be given more.” Other examples of this in Scripture are the Ethiopian in Acts 8, Cornelius in Acts 10, and God-fearing Greeks in Acts 17. Romans 1 teaches us that all people have some knowledge about God, even if it is not saving knowledge.
Consider this illustration that demonstrates how God is still just even if men never come to know anything about Jesus Christ. (I LOVE THIS):
Suppose you are lost in a desert and it’s getting dark. You are hungry, thirsty, and know that if you do not find food and shelter soon, you are probably going to die. Then you see a speck of light on the horizon indicating that there is human life out there. If you move away from the light instead of toward it, whose fault is it if you die? It would be your fault, right? Had you chosen to move toward the light, would not the light have grown brighter, revealing who was there? In a similar way, God is not responsible to give us greater light if we have not responded to the light He has already provided through general revelation. Furthermore, the Bible shows us God’s universal concern for mankind when it tells us that there will be people “from every nation, tribe, people and language” in heaven (Revelation 7: 9), which proves that God is not discriminatory in His love and desires for all to come to know Him (2 Peter 3: 9).
Many matters burden my heart for my family. They reject the Gospel and I sometimes find myself casting my pearls before swine. So, for me at least, I find that if they reject, then I need not, nor should not, keep putting other stuff, i.e. response to issues before them either. If one fails to respond to the light, why bother with the rest?
Jesus was not political nor a moralist. Was He?