Q. In many of your answers to questions you’ve said that no man has an excuse for not believing because God has made Himself known obviously in many ways, including putting that knowledge in the hearts of men from birth. The way you said this makes it sound like people that have never heard the Gospel can still get to Heaven if they believe that there is a God. Is this correct and, if so, why would it matter if they believe in Allah, Buddha, or whomever?
A. I have never said that believing there is a God will get a person into Heaven because it’s not true. Jesus said, “No one can see the Kingdom of God unless he is born again” (John 3:3) and “No one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6).
Here’s how I think it works. Romans 1:18-20 says God has made Himself so obvious in the Creation that man is without excuse. Whenever someone concludes by looking into the creation that someone must have created it, and begins to seek Him, God will do whatever it takes to reveal Himself to that person and present him with a bona fide offer of salvation. He does this because He promised that anyone who seeks Him will find Him (Matt. 7:7-8) and He doesn’t want that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9).
To do otherwise would make Him an unjust God, something His word is very clear in denying about Him. Deut. 32:4 says, “He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.”