What happens to the poor, innocent native who dies without hearing of Christ?
In Lesson 1, we established that God exists. Moreover, all men know that God exists as creator of the world. Later we learned that Christianity is indeed different from other world religions in many significant ways, including the doctrines of God, Jesus Christ, Man, Evil, and Salvation. Then we discovered that the Christian scriptures (the Bible) are special. Unlike other holy books, the Bible demonstrates its origin in God rather than man. Thus, the words of God can be trusted for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction (2 Tim 3:16).
In the matter of salvation, the Bible proclaims there is no other name under heaven by which men must be saved (Acts 4:12). For some, this seems patently unjust of God. Our compassion for our fellow man vehemently objects, “What about those who never hear of Christ?”
1. The absolute exclusivity of the gospel message is a very sensitive subject and must be approached with fear, humility, and reverence.
a. The gospel is by nature offensive to the proud and sinful heart of man. 1 Pet 2:6-8
b. We should be careful not to add offense and thereby unnecessarily repel our hearers.
c. Neither should we subtract offense to zealously win our hearers and thereby water down (and even destroy) the essence of the gospel message.
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