Q. Is there a place in the Bible where we find that God offers salvation to those who reach out to Him as best as they know how … even if it’s wrong?
A. Although it’s the intent of our heart that’s most important to God, he does hold us all responsible for knowing that He exists (Romans 1:18-20). It’s my personal conviction that once a person concludes that He exists, God will do what ever is necessary to reveal his Son as well, because no one can come to the Father except through the Son (John 14:6). As long as this results in the person agreeing that he’s a sinner in need of a savior, and accepts the Lord’s death as payment in full for his sins, the specific process he follows in doing this is irrelevant to God.
He promised that all who ask will receive, all who seek will find, and to all who knock the door will be opened. (Matt. 7:7-8) If we make a legitimate effort, He’ll make sure we get the right result. After all He wants everyone to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth (1 Tim. 2:3-4).