The Fate of Those Who Die Without Hearing the Gospel of God
Many people have asked me about the fate of those who never hear the gospel and die, and are surprised when they find that there is an answer.
In Romans 2, Paul mentions the fact that those who know God and the Gospel will be judged accordingly, while those who have never heard the Gospel will be judged according to what they do know by nature.
First off, the Word states that people are without excuse for not knowing that God exists generally because anyone can look at what God has created around us and know He exists, if they are honest with themselves. Man didn’t create the animals, DNA, plants, the atmosphere, balance, the universe, and all within. It was clearly an intelligent design by an intelligent and very intentional Creator.
Next, those who may not have ever heard the gospel fundamentally have an understanding between right and wrong because God has literally set it within our hearts. With this set in place, all cultures around the world create their own rules with regard to murder, stealing, etc., and they break their own rules. They will be judged by what they know and understand if they have never heard the gospel. God meets us where we are, but He desires to teach us and lead us in all ways that His will can be done on earth as it is in Heaven through Jesus Christ. It’s one thing to be partially ignorant… God will meet you there… but it’s another thing to act like you’re ignorant and rebel against God and the Holy Spirit.
God sent the Holy Spirit to not only indwell the believer but also to convict the unbelievers of their sin and to show them their need for Jesus.
Don’t harden your heart; just seek Him, obey, and see what happens.
All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. (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. They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.) (Romans 2:12-15)
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood from His workmanship, so that men are without excuse. (Romans 1:20)
Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
(John 16: 7-8)