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The exclusivity of salvation thought Christ

The four most frequently made objections to Christianity Part 1

The exclusivity of salvation thought Christ

By

Jose de Carvalho

 ’What about those who have never heard the Gospel – are they all going to Hell?’

This one of the main objections unbelievers have to the exclusivity of salvation through Christ only, based on the theological position that states there is no salvation without a personal encounter with Jesus. 

However it must also be acknowledged is that there is another theological position equally supported by scripture that provides salvation possibilities for those who have never heard the Gospel. Unbelievers do have the opportunity to receive salvation through Jesus Christ, even if they never had the opportunity to hear His message. I must admit that we do not know for certain how God will deal with these people. Nevertheless we know that:

 God will judge righteously

 This is clearly supported in scripture (Ps 145:17); God will not send the innocent to Hell. What is also clear is that God does not want anyone to perish (2 Peter 3:9), but rather that everyone will be saved (1 Tim 2:4). God will therefore make a way of salvation for those that never met Christ. This does not mean that they all will be saved, but that they will have an opportunity. Presupposing that it is understood that “all have sinned and fallen short of Gods standard” (Rom 3:23) and are in need of salvation – a fact that is self-evident in the Word. The answer appears to be that those who have never heard the Gospel message will be judged according to the information about God they do have (1Tim 1:13; Rom 2:13-16, 5:15; Acts 9:41).  So then: They will be judged according to how they respond to the revealed knowledge they have of God (Rom 1:18-20), not just about the Gospel message. God has revealed Himself to all (Acts 14:17) through general revelation, natural revelation, and conscience. God is one, rejecting the Father is like rejecting the Son.

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