So I’m in an online discussion/debate with a Mormon. And he has raised an interesting question about salvation and justification.
The dilemma is…well, I’ll just quote him:
**"If the law makes salvation easier, then the problem of God’s justice comes into play. Why make it easier for some people based on accident of birth and history (i.e. those who were given the opportunity of hearing the Gospel)?
The alternative is that it’s a wash (i.e. it doesn’t matter if you were born in Alaska around 100 A.D., you will be judged according to what you knew and understood God’s law to be). In which case it gets hard to justify the urgency of spreading the Gospel since it has no net impact on the safety/difficulty of the path to salvation."**
Reformulated he puts it this way:
1: the amount of law you have helps (Gospel is necessary but God seems unjust)
or 2: you are judged “based on the Law they had” and thus the amount of law you have is rendered immaterial because it’s how you act based on whatever Law you have that matters (thus the Gospel is not necessary but God seems just)
There’s no way to have the Gospel necessary (or even beneficial) AND have God seem just at the same time. None."**
My question is, does anyone have a great answer for this?