Are People Who Have Never Heard About Jesus Saved?

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This is a question that has been asked by people since the time Jesus walked the earth.  The Bible is very clear that the only way to heaven is through Jesus.

Acts 4:10-12 (NIV)

10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11 Jesus is

“‘the stone you builders rejected,
    which has become the cornerstone.’

12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

If Jesus is the only way that a person can find salvation, then what about people who live in the remote places of the earth?  Places where it is possible that a person could live their entire life on earth and never hear about Jesus, who He was or what He did?  How can a person know about something that they do not know about?

There may be no satisfactory answers to these questions.  The Bible is clear about the exclusive claims of Christ.  Jesus even actually says this Himself.

John 14:6 (NIV)

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Yet we also know God is merciful and absolutely just.  It would seem to contradict what we know of His nature if He did not account for the disadvantages of those who, through no fault of their own, have never heard of Jesus.

From another perspective we have to say that even those who have heard of Jesus do not deserve to be saved.  Salvation is always the result of God’s love for us, not our love for Him.  It is His grace, not our efforts, that saves us.  The truth is that not a single one of us deserves salvation.  It is God, through His grace, who choose to save us through the death of His Son.  He does not owe salvation to any one of us.

Still, God’s grace requires a human response.  Christians have a responsibility to make Christ known in all the world so people have the opportunity to respond.

Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

The truth is that none of us knows what God is thinking so this questions can’t be answered for sure.  Ultimately, we need to trust the world justly.  If God sees it fit for a person to be saved, He will make sure they are saved.

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Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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