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What about people who never hear about Jesus?

“What about people who never hear about Jesus?”

This is one of the most common “objections” people have regarding Christianity.  It’s not really an objection to Christianity as a whole, it’s actually an objection to God’s judgement of mankind.

We Have All Sinned

No matter who the person is, where they live, what their knowledge is about Jesus, we have all sinned.  You, me, your neighbor, and the isolated tribe members in Africa and Asia who have never heard the gospel.  All of us, will stand guilty of crimes against God when we die 1  Sin, is why people stand guilty before God, not their knowledge of Jesus.

But Isn’t The Fact Some People Haven’t Heard of Jesus Unfair?

Nope.  God does not owe us anything.  He is the potter, we are the clay.  He can do with his creation as He so desires.  And since He is Holy, He will always do what is Holy.  If anything, He has shown His abundant mercy in not instantly executing his judgement on all of our sins already.  Has has allowed for a time whereby people can spread the glorious news of the gospel to people, that some might be saved.

Just some? 

Again, none of us deserves mercy or have earned grace.  Clearly, there will be people who will not be saved at the judgement at the end of revelation.2 We also see a clarifying statement regarding this judgement in Matthew 7:23 where Jesus says “Away from me, you workers of iniquity.”  We see here that their condemnation is a result of their lawless and sinful deeds not their lack of knowledge of Jesus.

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In fact, earlier in the exact same verse, Jesus says “I never knew you” in to people who had claimed to know him, by doing works in his name. So, whether we know Jesus or not, people still have sins, and those sins are still attributed to us, unless we repent of our sins and trust in Jesus alone to be saved.

I do want to make one exception

I DO believe that Jesus is still working miraculously today.  I believe that He still does appear in visions and dreams, and that through these miraculous appearings the gospel is being delivered to those who will never meet a missionary and in spite of the fact they will “never hear about Jesus“.


  1. Romans 3:23
  2. Revelation 20:15

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I'm a Christian who has great interest in apologetics, evangelism and theology. I also teach middle school science, enjoy camping and watching the Seahawks. I'm a fairly nice guy. Feel free to drop me a line.

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