What about those who have never heard the Gospel?
The question that has been widely asked concerning non-believers and the Judgment is: what will happen to those who have never heard the gospel or have never had the opportunity of being preached to? This idea follows after the passage in Romans 10:17 which states that: “faith come by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”, if faith comes by hearing the word of God, then we must ask ourselves this question concerning those who have never heard the word of God preached to them. You probably might have asked yourself this question: what about the innocent guy in Africa who does not have a bible translated in his native tongue?
It would not be fair if he be sent to hell because maybe had he been preached to, he could have accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. Well, it's simple, the innocent man in africa will go to heaven no questions asked.
But the problem with the above narrative is that there is no innocent guy in Africa who has never heard the Gospel, everyone is guilty and accountable for his sins irrespective of whether they have read from the bible or not. Every individual is brought to the awareness of God and His law through general revelation and is left without excuse (cf. Romans 1:20). Although one may never have heard a sermon preached before, their conscience as designed by God brings them to this awareness. No one can say they were not aware of the Existence of God or of the evil of their impenitent hearts,
Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
Rom 1:19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.
Rom 1:20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
Rom 1:21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Rom 1:22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools,
Rom 1:23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
God has written His law in our hearts so we may know what is good and what is evil in His sight. He has made Himself known to everyone, His invisible attributes are displayed by the things that He has made, but human beings suppresses the truth of God in unrighteousness.
Think about the same innocent guy in Africa, if there was no any awareness of God in him, what could have driven him to ancestry worship and other kinds of idolatry? Its obvious that when He knew God, he glorified him not as God, neither was he thankful; but became vain in his imaginations, and his foolish heart was darkened. He exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. He could not have set idols for himself unless he knew there was a God to be worshiped.
It is clear therefore that no one will be treated unfairly on judgment day, God has not left anyone with any excuse. Man because of his disobedience despises God and will not bring himself to the obedience of The Almighty. On the last day God will not ask such people of what they have not heard or what they do not know but He will judge them accordingly and justly as He has made Himself known unto them. He will judge them for ignoring the one they have known and intentionally ignored.
Think about the people who died before Jesus came into the world, they won't be judged because they did not believe in Jesus whom they don’t know, If we are to look to them as innocent people we miss the point, they are guilty and accountable of their unbelief. God will bring them into judgment for ignoring Him though He has made Himself known unto them through natural revelation. The agnostics will go to hell though they accuses God of not having provided enough evidences.
Soli Deo Gloria