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Ron Graff and Brian Hoerning

What About Those Who Have Never Heard? (Continued)

June 14, 2009

Show Notes:

2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
(from New International Version)

But… Jesus said…
John 14:6
"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
(from New International Version)

Matt 7:13-14
13 "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
(from New International Version)

And the Apostle Paul taught this…
Rom 10:13-15
3 for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"
(from New International Version)

Still, we know there are many who do not hear the Gospel. Are they hopeless? Paul also taught that every person is responsible to worship the God of Creation and to want to know more about Him.

Rom 1:19-20 - CREATION
19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
(from New International Version)

Rom 2:14-15 - CONSCIENCE
14(Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, 15 since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.)
(from New International Version)

Deuteronomy 4:29 -
29 But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.
(from New International Version)

Websites to consider:

Is God biased? Is it fair to save only some?

Will all mankind eventually be saved?

What about the heathen who have never heard?
Campus Crusade for Christ in Great Britain

Dreams of Isa
Muslims converted by dreams and visions about Jesus

Books by Don Richardson
Peace Child and Eternity In Their Hearts

See Questions and Links about Christianity for much more information on this topic.