Q. I have zero doubt Jesus died on the cross for MY sins- personally for ME. He is my Savior and for me that is unshakable. I had a discussion with a good friend, who is a good and compassionate person but does NOT believe Jesus died for him. He believes we should live as Jesus preached, but he does not buy the fact that Jesus died for us. His reasoning, which was impossible for me to refute, is the untold millions of people that have never had the opportunity to hear the name of Jesus—if an undiscovered tribe of people in some far off land has never heard the name Jesus, is that whole tribe doomed to hell? How do I answer this question?
A. Your friend has an excuse but it’s not a reason. In the first place, it’s illogical. If he had terminal cancer would he refuse a cure because other people haven’t been cured? It shows he doesn’t know what it means to be saved.
Second, his opinion that untold millions have died without hearing the gospel can’t be supported in Scripture. Spending just a few minutes studying the character of God will show that being just and righteous and loving God couldn’t require something of us and then condemn us to hell simply because we didn’t know about the requirement. A just God can not judge His creation for failing to meet His requirements if He hasn’t informed them because it wouldn’t be fair. A righteous God can’t do it because it wouldn’t be right. And a God who loves us enough to die for us would want to be sure everyone knew how to avoid judgment because He loves us.
Your friend’s reasoning is without merit and shows that at some level, conscious or subconscious, He really doesn’t want to confront the issue.