This is probably not a new theological query, but I have been thinking about this lately.
Christianity, and especially Catholicism, seems mutually exclusive of other religions. There are a lot of points of our dogma that, if true, imply that ours is the only valid religion - God as a Trinity, Jesus as God and Man on Earth, the virgin birth, the Resurrection, and especially the idea that only through faith in Christ can we achieve salvation. Fine.
My question, though, is, if Christianity is the One True Religion, why has only a small percentage of humankind been given the benefit of exposure to the religion of Christ and the ability to Believe? There were obviously 10s or 100s of millions of people who lived before Christ who weren’t able to receive that message. Since the time of Christ, there have been 100s of millions of more people who - by fate of geography and culture - haven’t heard the message. Millions more may be aware of the message but have had no compelling reason to abandon the faith tradition with which they live. Still more may be aware of the message and perhaps even raised in the Faith but don’t accept Christianity because of lots of reasons - secular influences, life events and tragedies, cynical personalities, etc. People who were abused by priests might understandably want nothing more to do with Christianity and would fall into this category. And most True Believers didn’t choose Catholicism freely and openly but were instead born into the religion, grew up with it, and accepted it without much question or consideration; “saved” by an accident of being born into a Catholic family. Why is this? Am I making sense? Why didn’t Jesus want most of the billion people in India and the billion in China and the billion in the Middle East to know Him? Why did He choose me?