The following article is from the CRI (Christian Reseach Institute). How on earth can any loving person believe that people through absolutely NO fault of thier own are, in fact (not possibly but in fact) condemmed to Hell for all eternity?
Am I missing something or does this have contradiction written all over it?
It states "People don’t end up in hell because of what they haven’t heard; they get there because of their failure to act responsibly on what God has already revealed to them ", then goes on to state that if they have not heard of Jesus Christ they are lost. How are the two (God’s revelation of himself and the knowledge of Jesus Christs existence) directly tied together? I’d think they are not. One may know of God without being told of God however one cannot know of Jesus Christ if one has not been told of Jesus Christ.
I’d love to ask Hank Hanagraaff (of CRI) , how a loving God can create creatures and provide them NO reasonable way to achieve life eternal.
Hank is the first to state that we have a moral code written on our hearts. I’d conclude that same moral code applies to our inherent knowledge of justice. This apparent lack of justice is diametrically opposed to the moral justice written on our hearts. I have to wonder how anyone can perceive this as just.
Although God is sovereign and he can deal with individuals in extraordinary ways, He tells us in the Bible that there’s no other way to reach Him except through His one provision — the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6). From this, we can only conclude that those who have never heard of Christ are indeed lost. They’re lost as a result of their own actions, and not because of God. People don’t end up in hell because of what they haven’t heard; they get there because of their failure to act responsibly on what God has already revealed to them — whether through creation in Romans 1, through their conscience in Romans 2, or through the light of Christ in Romans 3. Let us, therefore, labor all the more to bring God’s message to a world in desperate need of salvation (Rom. 1:16; 10:13-15). And remember that if those who’ve never heard the gospel are indeed going to go to heaven, why should we even be involved in foreign missions? Let’s just keep everyone in the dark. In fact if you really draw this argument out to its logical conclusion, Jesus Christ did not come to seek and save those who are lost, he would have come to seek and lose those who are saved. He would then not be the great saviour of the world, he would become it’s great destroyer.